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Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

By Jake Tully In search of truly authentic Middle American folk music, it’s often difficult to parse out what will be a re-hash of Heartland rock and music that will inhabit traditional music of the region. While such a quest for music may be outdated and somewhat in vain, we’re lucky enough to have acts […]

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone By Brian Rock Corb Lund continues to be one of the most interesting voices in Americana today. His latest album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, continues his streak of inspired and insightful musical milestones. Despite being from Canada, Corb has a keen insight into the American experience. On […]

Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time

Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time

By Brian Rock Kevin Gordon’s new release, Long Gone Time simmers with the musical flavors of his Louisiana roots. Jazz, Blues and Rockabilly are all slow-cooked together and occasionally brought to a boil to bring out the flavorful essence of each. The lyrics are equally tasty, as the acclaimed “juke-joint professor emeritus” works his mojo […]

Joe Goodkin’s Record Of Life

Joe Goodkin’s Record Of Life

By Jake Tully It’s easy to look to the format of a record as an autobiographical unveiling of routine minutiae. Springsteen perhaps codified this best in his early years with songs of bus rides and record company advances, intertwining with forlorn romances with Jersey girls and automobiles. There’s a comfortable feeling of what Bruce was […]

Video Premiere: “Turn and Run” by The Surreal McCoys

Video Premiere: “Turn and Run” by The Surreal McCoys

By Kim Grant Who are the Surreal McCoys? Think tongue-in-cheek, think Johhny Cash mixed with The Clash, with a strong chaser of the Stones, the Replacements, and the Drive-By Truckers for good measure. Their New Disc The Howl & The Growl Is A Dark, Twangy Love Letter To Rock ‘n’ Roll. Recorded and produced in […]

Sam Outlaw Angeleno

Sam Outlaw Angeleno

Sam Outlaw Angeleno By Jake Tully There’s a need for country and western music that follows a systematic approach to record making. Much like the moral code of the West that unifies both do-gooders and desperados alike, every now and then it serves us well to have the classic formula on record for listeners and […]

Dale Watson Call Me Insane

Dale Watson Call Me Insane

Dale Watson Call Me Insane By Brian Rock Ringo Starr once said, “Time takes time,” And that phrase has never been truer than it is for Dale Watson. This authentic and prolific ambassador of original Honky Tonk music has released twenty albums in the past ten years and still has managed to fly under most […]

Grammy Museum’s Americana series with Texas Legend, Robert Earl Keen

Grammy Museum’s Americana series with Texas Legend, Robert Earl Keen

Grammy Museum’s Americana series with Texas Legend, Robert Earl Keen By Jake Tully, Staff Writer Contributor, Chris Isom Photography – Adrienne Cohen Isom In celebration of their Americana series, LA’s own Grammy Museum hosted none other than Robert Earl Keen, the consummate Texas troubadour gone Bluegrass and prototype of everything near and dear to Americana […]

Pancho and Lefty have reunited, this time as Django and Jimmie

Pancho and Lefty have reunited, this time as Django and Jimmie

Pancho and Lefty have reunited, this time as Django and Jimmie By Michael Karman With their latest release, Pancho and Lefty have reunited, this time as Django and Jimmie.  Representing the best in Country music, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson prove they are able to make an album that is worthy of debuting at No. […]

Little Richard: Directly From My Heart

Little Richard: Directly From My Heart

Little Richard: Directly From My Heart By Brian Rock Little Richard. One of the few towering greats of Rock and Roll. He influenced everyone from Paul McCartney to David Lee Roth to Michael Jackson. Even Elvis covered many of his songs. He is a hall of famer who helped inspire most other hall of famers. […]

The Grahams: Glory Bound

The Grahams: Glory Bound

The Grahams: Glory Bound By Brian Rock Husband and wife team, The Grahams, hit the tracks to record new tracks for their second release. Inspired by Woody Guthrie’s “Farmer Labor Train,” Alyssa and Doug Graham wanted to create a train themed project. So they rode the rails from Oklahoma to Memphis to New Orleans working […]

Eilen Jewell’s Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell’s Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell’s Sundown Over Ghost Town By Brian Rock The “Queen of the Minor Key,” Eilen Jewell, returns for her fifth album, Sundown Over Ghost Town. As the title implies, it’s a sparse, introspective musical nocturne. Gone are the jazz and country swing musical flourishes of her earlier work. Instead Eilen’s voice does the heavy […]