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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 […]

Kris Kristofferson & John C. Reilly Headline Harry Dean Stanton Award Night

Kris Kristofferson & John C. Reilly Headline Harry Dean Stanton Award Night

By Jake Tully For 90 years, Harry Dean Stanton has provided us with an Americana archetype on screen that can only be described as having true grit. To commemorate his legacy, his influence and overall presence in cinema, Santa Monica-based film organization and library Vidiots, is presenting Stanton with the first annual “Harry Dean Stanton […]

TJ West: Americana Fest 2016 Recap

TJ West: Americana Fest 2016 Recap

By Kim Grant For those of you unfamiliar with AmericanaFest, it’s a weeklong celebration of Americana music held in Nashville, TN.  It takes place in mid-September and along with the music, there are panels you can participate in, mentoring sessions and interviews with country and Americana artists that you can watch live.  Wednesday evening is […]

All For The Hall Goes Cross-Country

All For The Hall Goes Cross-Country

By Jake Tully Held in support of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, All For The Hall 2016 featured long-time host Vince Gill, joined by Kasey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton as well as cross-over stalwarts Joe Walsh and James Taylor. With an all-star lineup spanning the annals of country from A.M. gold to modern troubadours […]

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 […]

TJ West: Bobby Rush on His New Album Porcupine Meat

TJ West: Bobby Rush on His New Album Porcupine Meat

By Kim Grant At the age of 82 and a 60-ish year career, Bobby Rush has earned the title of the greatest bluesman currently performing. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006, Rush has also earned three Grammy nominations as well as 10 Blues Music Awards and 41 nominations. He estimates that he […]

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 […]