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TJ WEST Spotlight: Ben Reddell

TJ WEST Spotlight: Ben Reddell

TJ WEST Spotlight: Ben Reddell By Kim Grant Ben Reddell is very involved in the Los Angeles roots music community as a booker and promoter, partner in a record label, a music studio manager and as a musician—with his own band, and as support for several others. TJ West asks Reddell about the many hats […]

TJ West: March of Tracks

TJ West: March of Tracks

TJ West: March of Tracks By Kim Grant With elements of folk, classic country, southern rock and soul, Northern California artist, Jesse Brewster has been dubbed as one of the new breed of the musical working class heroes. His third album, March of Tracks was recorded as one song per month for 12 months, with […]

Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill Fat Possum/Music Maker By Michael Verity As a founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons’ stock in trade has long been the indigenous music of the American south. With Prospect Hill, he continues his examination of Americana’s deepest roots, from ragtime to blues to spirituals to the […]

Q&A With Newcomer to the LA Scene, Austin McCutchen

Q&A With Newcomer to the LA Scene, Austin McCutchen

TJ WEST Q&A With Newcomer to the LA Scene, Austin McCutchen By Kim Grant I first heard newcomer, Austin McCutchen’s music right after he moved to LA while sitting around a fire at a friend’s party. It was the perfect introduction to his dusty, twangy country that harkens back to the glory days of outlaw […]

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers By Michael Verity There’s a smiling optimism and a healthy dose of good humor on Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers, the first collection of predominantly new material to be released by the country legend in 20 years. All 14 tracks are all new recordings, nine of which were written by […]

TJ West Interview with the Heartache Sisters

TJ West Interview with the Heartache Sisters

TJ West Interview with the Heartache Sisters By Kim Grant Tell us who you are and what you do? We’re Laura Benitez and Michele Kappel-Stone and together, as Heartache Sisters, we’re a close harmony country-folk-pop duet. We’re multi-instrumentalists with influences in Americana, 60s/70s popular music, folk, and early rock-n-roll. How did you get into this […]

TJ WEST: Music Benefit For LA Indie Rock Guitarist Josh Schwartz

TJ WEST: Music Benefit For LA Indie Rock Guitarist Josh Schwartz

TJ WEST: Music Benefit For LA Indie Rock Guitarist Josh Schwartz By Kim Grant Los Angeles musicians, friends and fans are banding together to support a fellow musician in-need, Josh Schwartz. Schwartz is a skilled guitarist who was a seminal player in coining the 90’s West Coast California indie rock sound, playing with the bands, […]

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo By Mark Lennon Billy Joe Shaver will be playing The Sportsmen’s Tavern Tuesday July 8 at 8p. Any classic country junky has heard Honky Tonk Heroes, Waylon Jennings’ landmark album or heard Johnny Cash’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal.” Shaver’s career has been the […]

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy By Dixon Milner After almost fourteen years in Nashville, Tennessee, Old Crow Medicine Show has finally come out with a record firmly rooted in their Mid-South home. While previous albums like Tennessee Pusher and songs like “Wagon Wheel” mention the Music City, OCMS’s new album Remedy actually reflects living […]

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music By Jake Tully On Sturgill Simpson’s latest release, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the country singer-songwriter finds himself at odds sounding reminiscent of Alan Jackson in his Don’t Rock The Jukebox heyday while all the while blended with a slight tinge of psychedelia. It’s not to say that Metamodern is […]

TJ West: CALICO the band

TJ West: CALICO the band

TJ West: CALICO the band By Kim Grant CALICO the band is an L.A.-based  all female Americana guitar-slinging trio. Representing today’s California Country, Manda Mosher, Kristen Proffit and Aubrey Richmond forge skillful and effective vocal arrangements employing alternating lead vocals and multi-part harmonies. Among them, they play banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and harmonica and represent […]

Cowboy Jack Clement’s For Once And For All

Cowboy Jack Clement’s For Once And For All

Cowboy Jack Clement’s For Once And For All By Michael Verity In light of Cowboy Jack’s recent passing and his legacy as a country songwriting genius and rock and roll pioneer, it’s tempting to dispense with any real criticism of For Once And For All and simply praise it as a wonderful swan song from […]