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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 […]

Tomato Tomato releases I Go Where You Go

Tomato Tomato releases I Go Where You Go

By Brian Rock Fresh picked from Canada, comes the new album from Tomato Tomato (or possibly pronounced Tomato Tomahto – I can never be sure after that Christopher Walken skit on Saturday Night Live) I Go Where You Go picks up where their debut album, So It Goes, left off; with a healthy dose of […]

French AmericanaJazz Artist NATE releases Pilgram

French AmericanaJazz Artist NATE releases Pilgram

By Brian Rock If you like Americana and Jazz and you ever find yourself in France, you should definitely check out the band Nate. If your travel budget keeps you closer to home, check out Nate’s new album, Pilgrim. Rooted in Jazz, Blues and Americana, Nate combines these elements with a continental, subdued elegance for a […]

Al Scorch: Circle Round The Signs

Al Scorch: Circle Round The Signs

By Brian Rock From the very first notes of Al Scorch’s new album, Circle Round The Signs, it’s abundantly clear that this is not your grandfather’s Bluegrass. Sure there’s plenty of banjo and fiddle to go around. But Al scorches the strings at full throttle and turns the amps to eleven. Like accidently playing an […]

Nudie’s Everything’s Different In The Night

Nudie’s Everything’s Different In The Night

By Brian Rock Canadian musician Nudie (Canudian?) releases his second solo album this month, Everything’s Different In The Night. Nudie (named for legendary Nashville designer Nudie Cohn, not for any onstage exhibitionism) continues his troubadour stylings from his critically acclaimed debut. A true Marty Stuart disciple, Nudie sings earnest, earthy songs about love and loss […]

Lorene from Left Arm Tan

Lorene from Left Arm Tan

By Brian Rock Start your engines and roll down your windows, because it’s time for the newest musical road trip from Left Arm Tan.  Lorene is the third full length offering from the Fort Worth based quintet. Picking up where they left off, they continue their distinctive brand of melodic Americana. With expert musicianship and […]

Take a Trip with Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Take a Trip with Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

By Mark Lennon Sturgill Simpson’s well documented burst onto the americana and country scene came with a loud twang-bang. 2014’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music with producer Dave Cobb harnessed the raw energy of Waylon Jennings’ throbbing country groove with psychedelic poetry and acoustic underpinnings making a legion of Sturgill fans seemingly overnight. The one thing […]

My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me

My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me

By Jake Tully With an EP entitled My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me, one might think Venice beach busker-cum recording artist Vince Grant was being entirely transparent. However, the beauty in Grant’s music lies within a way of inhabiting Tim Buckley or Skip Spence, and in these elegiac and elegiac epic tragedies Grant […]

Julie Rhodes is Bound To Meet The Devil

Julie Rhodes is Bound To Meet The Devil

By Brian Rock If you like travelling on the Blues side of the Americana soundscape, sooner or later you’re bound to meet Julie Rhodes. On her debut album, Bound To Meet The Devil, she announces her debut on the world Blues stage with a confidence, swagger, and defiance that belies her newbie status. Part Brittany […]

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 […]