Reviews

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones’ Here to Tell the Tale

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones’ Here to Tell the Tale

By Brian Rock Rockabilly revivalists Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones have a message to share on their third album, Here to Tell the Tale. That message is: Rockabilly is alive and well! More than that, […]

TJ Summer Mix with Leftover Salmon, Charlie Marie, Zach Schmidt, Stephen Flatt and Ashleigh Flynn

TJ Summer Mix with Leftover Salmon, Charlie Marie, Zach Schmidt, Stephen Flatt and Ashleigh Flynn

By Brian Rock Summer is finally here and, after more than a year of lockdowns, things are finally opening up! That means road trips – and road trips mean summer playlists! Here are a few […]

Steve Almaas’ Everywhere You’ve Been

Steve Almaas’ Everywhere You’ve Been

By Brian Rock If you are “of a certain age” and can trace your musical evolution from Punk to New Wave to Alternative to Roots Rock to Americana, then Steve Almaas has been Everywhere You’ve […]

The Rose Petals’ American Grenadine

The Rose Petals’ American Grenadine

By Brian Rock The Rose Petals make history – or at least sing about it, on their debut album, American Grenadine. The ascendant Americana duo had the unorthodox, yet inspired idea to create an album […]

West of Texas’ Heartache Hangovers & Honky Tonks

West of Texas’ Heartache Hangovers & Honky Tonks

By Brian Rock West of Texas releases their Texas sized debut, Heartache, Hangovers & Honks Tonks. If ever there was truth in advertising, this is it. This generously packaged, sixteen song album is a virtual […]

Mason Lively Releases Self-titled Second Release

Mason Lively Releases Self-titled Second Release

By Brian Rock Texas native, Mason Lively reintroduces himself to the Americana scene with his self-titled second release, Mason Lively. Like Pat Green and Casey Donahew, Lively is part of the next generation of Texas […]

The Barlow’s Horseshoe Lounge

The Barlow’s Horseshoe Lounge

By Brian Rock Colorado renegades, The Barlow, raise the bar for Country music in 2021 with their sophomore album, Horseshoe Lounge. Combining elements of outlaw country, honky-tonk, red dirt country and southern rock; they create […]

Rick Holmstrom’s See That Light

Rick Holmstrom’s See That Light

By Brian Rock Rick Holmstrom finds glimmers of hope in these dark days on See That Light. The guitarist and bandleader for Mavis Staples plumbs the depths of his own Covid/Lockdown-induced funk to produce a […]

TJ Stocking Stuffer with Jerry Jeff Walker, George Shingleton, Brit Taylor and Chris Hillman

TJ Stocking Stuffer with Jerry Jeff Walker, George Shingleton, Brit Taylor and Chris Hillman

By Brian Rock Well the calendar is down to one page, and quite frankly the entire year belongs on Santa’s naughty list. But for those of us who have been able stay nice amidst the […]

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s The Reckless One

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s The Reckless One

By Brian Rock Canadian songbird Samantha Martin and her musical Soul-mates, Delta Sugar return for their third album, The Reckless One. Radiating classic mid-sixties soul vibes on every note, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar add […]

Graber Gryass’ Late Bloom

Graber Gryass’ Late Bloom

By Brian Rock Graber Gryass, an assortment of seasoned bluegrass veterans, germinates to release their debut album, Late Bloom. Led by vocalist Michael Graber, the band plays traditional Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountain Bluegrass styles […]

Rachel Brooke’s The Loneliness in Me

Rachel Brooke’s The Loneliness in Me

By Brian Rock Rachel Brooke pours out classic country tearjerkers on her third release, The Loneliness in Me. Channeling her inner Kitty Wells, with just a touch of Connie Francis, Brooke goes full “old school” […]