Reviews

Larabee: A Slice of  Alt-Country Pop Goodness

Larabee: A Slice of Alt-Country Pop Goodness

A Slice of Alt-Country Pop Goodness By John G. Larson Contributing Writer Imagine Whiskeytown with some pop or Big Star with a bit more twang and the result would be a little band by the […]

This City Will Never Drown: A review of Ben de la Cour’s “To The River Rise”

This City Will Never Drown: A review of Ben de la Cour’s “To The River Rise”

This City Will Never Drown by John G. Larson With his second album, “To The River Rise,” singer/songwriter Ben de la Cour proves that New Orleans was and always will be a refuge for the musically […]

Review: Wilco – The Whole Love

Review: Wilco – The Whole Love

Today NPR featured Wilco’s The Whole Love for a first listen, before its official release on September 27. The Whole Love isn’t an alt-country album by any means. It’s indie rock. And it’s made it […]

Steve Earle “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive”

Steve Earle “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive”

Steve Earle: I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West Records) Steve Earle is a badass.  And he’s getting better with age. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, I’ll Never Get Out of This World […]

AMA Album of the year nominee – Justin Townes Earle “Harlem River Blues”

AMA Album of the year nominee – Justin Townes Earle “Harlem River Blues”

Justin Townes Earle Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot) A few months back I saw Justin Townes Earle perform at the Autry museum in Los Angeles and it was by far the best show I’ve seen this […]

Wilco "I Might"

Wilco "I Might"

It’s been two years since Wilco’s released a new single. One would think that if a band is going to wait two years to release a single, their effort should make fans feel it was […]

AMA Album of the year nominee – Robert Plant: Band of Joy

AMA Album of the year nominee – Robert Plant: Band of Joy

AMA Album of the year nominee – Robert Plant: Band of Joy  By Courtney Sudbrink I really wonder why this album was nominated for the AMA Album of the Year. Then I remind myself – […]

Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO

Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO

Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO With his last album, 2008’s Trouble in Mind, Hayes Carll proved to be a real Texas songwriter.  His latest effort, KMAG YOYO (in military terms: Kiss my ass, you’re on your […]

Ten artists to see this summer (wherever you may be)

Ten artists to see this summer (wherever you may be)

1. Guy Clark I’ve been hearing rumors that Guy Clark isn’t in the best of health. True or not, he will be appearing in the Texas area, Louisiana, Montana and all the way up north […]

AMA Album of the year nominee – Elizabeth Cook: Welder

AMA Album of the year nominee – Elizabeth Cook: Welder

Though she appears regularly at the Grand Ole Opry, Florida native Elizabeth Cook is something of a Nashville outsider.  Her last album, Balls, produced by Texas Outlaw Rodney Crowell was too daring for airplay.  Though […]

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Class Mythology

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Class Mythology

This EP (which was released for Record Store day) is a collection of outtakes from 2008’s Cardinology.  The EP starts out with two tracks that make it pretty obvious why they were outtakes. They should […]

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses: Junky Star

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses: Junky Star

With the exception of Justin Townes Earle, it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten really excited about a new artist. I’m a big fan of Texas Country , primarily Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, […]