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TJ WEST Talks with Dale Watson Before Thursday’s Echo Show

TJ WEST Talks with Dale Watson Before Thursday’s Echo Show

By Kim Grant Texas based honky tonk artist, Dale Watson has a new album titled, Call Me Insane and is currently on tour in support of the record. Call Me Insane is his 29th record and proves he is still King of the Honky Tonk after all these years. Positioning himself as an outsider to mainstream country, he started […]

LA Bluegrass Situation Goes Greek

LA Bluegrass Situation Goes Greek

By Jake Tully Los Angeles has always fostered a healthy friendship with the traditional music of America’s roots. From the early days of the cowpoke radio darlings to musical stylings that embody psychedelia and punk there has been a strong reverence in Los Angeles for music that is thoroughly Americana. In particular, traces and shadows of […]

Joe Goodkin’s Record Of Life

Joe Goodkin’s Record Of Life

By Jake Tully It’s easy to look to the format of a record as an autobiographical unveiling of routine minutiae. Springsteen perhaps codified this best in his early years with songs of bus rides and record company advances, intertwining with forlorn romances with Jersey girls and automobiles. There’s a comfortable feeling of what Bruce was […]

Watkins Family Hour Covers LA

Watkins Family Hour Covers LA

Watkins Family Hour Covers LA By Jake Tully Upon first impression the gang behind The Watkins Family Hour constitutes the decidedly kitsch  (a folkie sibling duo, Benmont Tench and bass courtesy Soul Coughing’s Sebastian Steinberg, to name a few from the stable) and the embodiment of a musical pronouncement from the aging alt-90’s crowd. Who […]

Star Wars Strikes the Greek

Star Wars Strikes the Greek

By Jake Tully A true mark of indelible talent is when those in the cheap seats have nothing but positive words to spill into their word document after the show. At the very least, that’s how this reporter felt while battling nosebleed and balancing on a bench during the ever-persistent genius of Wilco at LA’s […]

Video Premiere: “Turn and Run” by The Surreal McCoys

Video Premiere: “Turn and Run” by The Surreal McCoys

By Kim Grant Who are the Surreal McCoys? Think tongue-in-cheek, think Johhny Cash mixed with The Clash, with a strong chaser of the Stones, the Replacements, and the Drive-By Truckers for good measure. Their New Disc The Howl & The Growl Is A Dark, Twangy Love Letter To Rock ‘n’ Roll. Recorded and produced in […]

Agastock Festival Rocks Los Angeles

Agastock Festival Rocks Los Angeles

By Jake Tully This past Sunday saw the Second Annual Agastock Festival as part of the Grand Ole Echo Series take over The Echo on Sunset. Agastock saw its second year as a benefit event for The Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) Trauma Training Program in memory of Alice Ferguson. An Americana and Country music […]

Sam Outlaw Angeleno

Sam Outlaw Angeleno

Sam Outlaw Angeleno By Jake Tully There’s a need for country and western music that follows a systematic approach to record making. Much like the moral code of the West that unifies both do-gooders and desperados alike, every now and then it serves us well to have the classic formula on record for listeners and […]

Dale Watson Call Me Insane

Dale Watson Call Me Insane

Dale Watson Call Me Insane By Brian Rock Ringo Starr once said, “Time takes time,” And that phrase has never been truer than it is for Dale Watson. This authentic and prolific ambassador of original Honky Tonk music has released twenty albums in the past ten years and still has managed to fly under most […]

Grammy Museum’s Americana series with Texas Legend, Robert Earl Keen

Grammy Museum’s Americana series with Texas Legend, Robert Earl Keen

Grammy Museum’s Americana series with Texas Legend, Robert Earl Keen By Jake Tully, Staff Writer Contributor, Chris Isom Photography – Adrienne Cohen Isom In celebration of their Americana series, LA’s own Grammy Museum hosted none other than Robert Earl Keen, the consummate Texas troubadour gone Bluegrass and prototype of everything near and dear to Americana […]

Pancho and Lefty have reunited, this time as Django and Jimmie

Pancho and Lefty have reunited, this time as Django and Jimmie

Pancho and Lefty have reunited, this time as Django and Jimmie By Michael Karman With their latest release, Pancho and Lefty have reunited, this time as Django and Jimmie.  Representing the best in Country music, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson prove they are able to make an album that is worthy of debuting at No. […]

Little Richard: Directly From My Heart

Little Richard: Directly From My Heart

Little Richard: Directly From My Heart By Brian Rock Little Richard. One of the few towering greats of Rock and Roll. He influenced everyone from Paul McCartney to David Lee Roth to Michael Jackson. Even Elvis covered many of his songs. He is a hall of famer who helped inspire most other hall of famers. […]