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TJ Arist Profile: Jack Evan Johnson

TJ Arist Profile: Jack Evan Johnson

TJ ARTIST PROFILE: Jack Evan Johnson HOME BASE: East Nashville, Tennessee PROFESSION: I was a professional journalist once, but it was too easy to make money doing that, so I moved to Nashville to be an […]

Micky & The Motorcars’ Long Time Comin’

Micky & The Motorcars’ Long Time Comin’

By Brian Rock Micky & The Motorcars ride again on their eighth studio album Long Time Comin’. Stalwarts of the Austin Alt-Country music scene, M&M made a name for themselves playing hell raising, beer drinking […]

Stoney LaRue’s Onward

Stoney LaRue’s Onward

By Brian Rock Red Dirt Troubadour, Stoney LaRue presses forward on his sixth studio release, Onward. Nearing the end of his second decade of making music, LaRue is at a point in his career where […]

Jason James Seems Like Tears Ago

Jason James Seems Like Tears Ago

By Brian Rock If Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary gave you a literal “Hankerin’” for some good, traditional Country music, Jason James has just what you’re looking for in his latest release, Seems Like Tears […]

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s World Full of Blues

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s World Full of Blues

By Brian Rock Virtuoso dobro and guitar pickers Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley explore both the roots and the future of Country and Blues on their third release, World Full of Blues. The first track, […]

TJWest’s 2019 AmericanaFEST Highlights

TJWest’s 2019 AmericanaFEST Highlights

By Kim Grant I came to Los Angeles by way of Chicago 18 years ago.  At the time, I could count on one hand the amount of people I knew in L.A.  One of those […]

Charlie Parr Back with New Record

Charlie Parr Back with New Record

By Brian Rock It might come as some surprise that Charlie Parr’s fourteenth album is simply titled, Charlie Parr. After all, artists usually make their first album eponymous to help people remember their name. But […]

Rodney Crowell’s Texas

Rodney Crowell’s Texas

By Brian Rock Living legend Rodney Crowell returns to his Texas roots on the aptly named, Texas. After several consecutive albums of introspective ballads, Crowell lets down his hair for a looser, more buoyant collection […]

Muddy Roots Music Festival

Muddy Roots Music Festival

By Kim Grant There is only one place you can find punk bands like The Dwarves and The Dead Kennedys mixing it up with country roots artists Mike and the Moonpies, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and […]

Eilen Jewell’s Gypsy

Eilen Jewell’s Gypsy

By Brian Rock Queen of the minor key and shortlist candidate for Queen of Americana, Eilen Jewell releases her eighth album, Gypsy. After exploring her Blues influences in 2017’s cover compilation Down Hearted Blues, Jewell […]

Davina and the Vagabonds’ Sugar Drops

Davina and the Vagabonds’ Sugar Drops

By Brian Rock Davina and the Vagabonds deliver a sweet and sumptuous feast for the ears on their fourth album, Sugar Drops. Lead singer (also songwriter and pianist) Davina Sowers is possessed of a voice […]

Karen Jonas’ Lucky, Revisited

Karen Jonas’ Lucky, Revisited

By Brian Rock Americana chanteuse, Karen Jonas revisits her early recordings on her fourth release, Lucky, Revisited. Whereas most artists revamp the arrangements of their most popular songs for the stage and then release a […]