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Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill Fat Possum/Music Maker By Michael Verity As a founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons’ stock in trade has long been the indigenous music of the American south. With Prospect Hill, he continues his examination of Americana’s deepest roots, from ragtime to blues to spirituals to the […]

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers By Michael Verity There’s a smiling optimism and a healthy dose of good humor on Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers, the first collection of predominantly new material to be released by the country legend in 20 years. All 14 tracks are all new recordings, nine of which were written by […]

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo By Mark Lennon Billy Joe Shaver will be playing The Sportsmen’s Tavern Tuesday July 8 at 8p. Any classic country junky has heard Honky Tonk Heroes, Waylon Jennings’ landmark album or heard Johnny Cash’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal.” Shaver’s career has been the […]

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy By Dixon Milner After almost fourteen years in Nashville, Tennessee, Old Crow Medicine Show has finally come out with a record firmly rooted in their Mid-South home. While previous albums like Tennessee Pusher and songs like “Wagon Wheel” mention the Music City, OCMS’s new album Remedy actually reflects living […]

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music By Jake Tully On Sturgill Simpson’s latest release, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the country singer-songwriter finds himself at odds sounding reminiscent of Alan Jackson in his Don’t Rock The Jukebox heyday while all the while blended with a slight tinge of psychedelia. It’s not to say that Metamodern is […]

Cowboy Jack Clement’s For Once And For All

Cowboy Jack Clement’s For Once And For All

Cowboy Jack Clement’s For Once And For All By Michael Verity In light of Cowboy Jack’s recent passing and his legacy as a country songwriting genius and rock and roll pioneer, it’s tempting to dispense with any real criticism of For Once And For All and simply praise it as a wonderful swan song from […]

Bottle Rockets Set Western NY Off

Bottle Rockets Set Western NY Off

Bottle Rockets Set Western NY Off By Mark Lennon Anyone who has set foot in a supermarket or restaurant in Western NY, may be all to familiar with the 90s rock time warp the area is stuck in. Yes, the sounds of The Goo Goo Dolls and Bare Naked Ladies and any once moderately popular […]

Singles Saturday: WOLVEZ “A Friend of A Friend”

Singles Saturday: WOLVEZ “A Friend of A Friend”

Singles Saturday: WOLVEZ “A Friend of A Friend” Drummer Erik David’s experimental side project Wolvez, is now coming into focus. After playing drums and singing in bands around Los Angeles, Erik David has turned his full attention to Wolvez, a folk-underground Americana and experimental rock project. Focusing on in-the-moment experimentation and recording trickery, Wolvez have […]

Marc Ford Holy Ghost

Marc Ford Holy Ghost

Marc Ford Holy Ghost By Gerry Gomez Staff Writer “I see Blue Skies from now on,” sings Marc Ford in the song “Blue Skies” from his recent solo release, Holy Ghost on the Naim Edge label. The fifth solo effort from Ford is a chill meditation on a life lived through extremes as he cruises […]

Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars: An Artist Renewed and Ready

Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars: An Artist Renewed and Ready

By Terry Roland Unearthed recordings from shelved sessions can be mixed blessings. On the new release from the Cash estate, Out Among the Stars, restored and completed sessions from 1983, when as his son John Carter Cash states on the liner notes, “he had found recovery and he was in perfect voice.” The sessions do […]

Turnstyled: Steep Ravine, The Palominos, Kandia Crazy Horse,Grady Kelneck and Bradford Lee Folk

Turnstyled: Steep Ravine, The Palominos, Kandia Crazy Horse,Grady Kelneck and Bradford Lee Folk

Turnstyled By Jonathan Shifflett Steep Ravine Trampin’ On (Self) Bay Area string band, Steep Ravine, combines folk, bluegrass and hot jazz with a strong sense of dynamics and harmony. Sensitivity isn’t easily found among west coast, generic-ana groups. Throughout each track, guitar, fiddle and mandolin blend solos and rhythms together like only true acoustic performers […]

Gary Austin’s The Traveler

Gary Austin’s The Traveler

Gary Austin’s The Traveler By Gerry Gomez Staff Writer There’s a purity and honesty in Gary Austin’s songs. A longtime writer, Gary Austin is the founder of Los Angeles’ famed Groundling theatre who just recently put years of living, writing, and storytelling to music with his long overdue, debut release, Gary Austin The Traveler. A […]