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Patrick Carrico – Rooted in the Rich Tradition of California Country

Patrick Carrico – Rooted in the Rich Tradition of California Country

By Terry Roland Southern California’s Inland Empire is an unsuspecting place to find country-roots talent. But, if you travel down Route 66 heading east from L.A. far enough and you look real close you may see the footprints along the highway of others who have traveled along that road. They include familiar names like Sam […]

Luke Winslow-King’s new album I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

Luke Winslow-King’s new album I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

By Brian Rock A single, wavering note begins Luke Winslow-King’s new album, I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always; a small clue to the music that follows. Unlike his previous four albums, this work is intensely personal. As he strums his Fender guitar and bends that first note, it wavers between rising higher or dropping lower. […]

Waylon Jennings – The Lost Nashville Sessions

Waylon Jennings – The Lost Nashville Sessions

By Brian Rock New Waylon Jennings album. That’s probably all you need to know to make up your mind about getting a copy. But for those who are curious, the album is titled The Lost Nashville Sessions, and features 14 unreleased versions of Jennings originals and covers. The sessions were originally recorded in July of […]

The Coal Men release Pushed To The Side

The Coal Men release Pushed To The Side

By Brian Rock Dave Coleman and his cleverly named band, The Coal Men, are either very brave or impractically idealistic. Living in Nashville, the trio insists on making “really honest, genuine music.” On their fifth album, Pushed To The Side, they do just that. Perhaps inspired by the unbearable irony of making genuine music in […]

Hymn for Her Releases Drive Til U Die

Hymn for Her Releases Drive Til U Die

By Brian Rock Listening to the new album, Drive Til U Die, by Hymn for Her, it’s hard to believe that all that great, textured psychobilly sound is coming from just two musicians. The duo,Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing, share vocal leads and harmonies. Her angelic alto and his earthy, growly baritone merge in perfect […]

Seth Walker’s Gotta Get Back

Seth Walker’s Gotta Get Back

By Brian Rock Seth Walker gets back to his roots on his ninth release, Gotta Get Back. Fatigued and road weary from over 15 years of bringing his music to the people, Seth decided to retreat to the comfort of his home and family in North Carolina to recharge and refocus. While there, Walker teamed […]

The Furious Seasons Release Look West

The Furious Seasons Release Look West

By Jake Tully There’s a ferocity that comes with the territory of recording country in the City of Angels -  we’ve seen it since the days of Gram and continue to with the likes of Ryan Bingham. This ferocity may not manifest in a way that inspires spite or anger, it’s generally just a issue […]

Jim Peterik – The Songs

Jim Peterik – The Songs

By Jake Tully Jim Peterik may be one of the electric songwriters of the past half-century, but his bombastic and sometimes catawampus hits are perhaps best displayed in his relatively bare-bones record, The Songs. Under the production of Fred Mollin, Peterik takes the back seat to his 70’s hits that may have otherwise gone down […]

Dale Watson Live at the Big T Roadhouse – Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday

Dale Watson Live at the Big T Roadhouse – Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday

By Brian Rock If you’ve never been to a Texas roadhouse and wondered what you’ve been missing, Dale Watson is bringing the roadhouse to you. His new album, Live at the Big T Roadhouse – Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday, is as close to being there as you can get without getting sawdust on your boots. […]

Jack Klatt’s Shadows In The Sunset

Jack Klatt’s Shadows In The Sunset

By Brian Rock I must confess I’m a little late jumping on the Jack Klatt bandwagon. But in my defense, Klatt was a little late starting the bandwagon in the first place. After ditching college to pursue his music he spent six years on the road as a vagabond troubadour, playing for his every next […]

Chrystyna Marie’s Loaded Gun

Chrystyna Marie’s Loaded Gun

By Jake Tully There’s always a young troubadour ready to pick up the Bonnie Raitt archetype-mantle, and should the cut of their jib please the listening public at large, she’s permitted to continue in that vein until accessing some vein of pop or otherwise abdicating the throne to someone else. While it’s entirely too early […]

Long-Awaited Guy Clark Bio: Without Getting Killed Or Caught

Long-Awaited Guy Clark Bio: Without Getting Killed Or Caught

Legendary songwriter and Country great Guy Clark’s new bio, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, will be available October 18th. Written by Grammy-winning producer Tamara Saviano, the long awaited book explores the beloved tunesmith’s life, loves, and friendship with Townes Van Zandt, while also exploring the author’s friendship with Clark and […]