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Take a Trip with Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Take a Trip with Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

By Mark Lennon Sturgill Simpson’s well documented burst onto the americana and country scene came with a loud twang-bang. 2014’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music with producer Dave Cobb harnessed the raw energy of Waylon Jennings’ throbbing country groove with psychedelic poetry and acoustic underpinnings making a legion of Sturgill fans seemingly overnight. The one thing […]

TJ WEST: Storming Through SXSW

TJ WEST: Storming Through SXSW

By Kim Grant Apparently, I’ve been going to SXSW for over 10 years, as my music-loving friend, Rob McCann reminded me when he celebrated his 10th year at the music conference recently.  This doesn’t hold a candle to the many years the industry vets I know have accumulated, but still, ten years is long time. […]

My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me

My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me

By Jake Tully With an EP entitled My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me, one might think Venice beach busker-cum recording artist Vince Grant was being entirely transparent. However, the beauty in Grant’s music lies within a way of inhabiting Tim Buckley or Skip Spence, and in these elegiac and elegiac epic tragedies Grant […]

Julie Rhodes is Bound To Meet The Devil

Julie Rhodes is Bound To Meet The Devil

By Brian Rock If you like travelling on the Blues side of the Americana soundscape, sooner or later you’re bound to meet Julie Rhodes. On her debut album, Bound To Meet The Devil, she announces her debut on the world Blues stage with a confidence, swagger, and defiance that belies her newbie status. Part Brittany […]

TJ West: Fairbanks and the Lonesome Light

TJ West: Fairbanks and the Lonesome Light

By Kim Grant Erik Flores and Amelia Rose Logan are the core of Fairbanks and the Lonesome Light, an indie Americana band (and sometimes duo) who base their music foundation on contemplative storytelling and stunningly sweet harmonies.  Layering guitars, mandolin, drums, bass and pedal steel, the band is able to create an emotional connection with […]

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

By Jake Tully In search of truly authentic Middle American folk music, it’s often difficult to parse out what will be a re-hash of Heartland rock and music that will inhabit traditional music of the region. While such a quest for music may be outdated and somewhat in vain, we’re lucky enough to have acts […]

TJ’s 2015 Best of Americana

TJ’s 2015 Best of Americana

With the promise of a new year, 2016 will inevitably bring the soundtrack of our days and nights, helping celebrate the highs and morning the lows through music. TJ takes a quick look back at the top albums that helped shape last year’s landscape through the eyes of our writers. Did any of these make it […]

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone By Brian Rock Corb Lund continues to be one of the most interesting voices in Americana today. His latest album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, continues his streak of inspired and insightful musical milestones. Despite being from Canada, Corb has a keen insight into the American experience. On […]

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue Stops Through LA

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue Stops Through LA

By Jake Tully It’s safe to say that at 66 and still performing as visceral as ever, Nick Lowe reigns supreme as Jesus of cool. For the second annual tour of Lowe’s “Quality Holiday Revue,” the new wave phenom teamed up with surf-punk backing band Los Straightjackets for a night of holiday standards and Stiff […]

TJ WEST: GOE Winter Dance Party

TJ WEST: GOE Winter Dance Party

TJ WEST: GOE Winter Dance Party By Kim Grant This Sunday (Dec 13) in Los Angeles, The Grand Ole Echo (the spring/summer Americana music series) will hold a winter dance party honoring the era of the birth of rock and roll.  The idea came about when Matt Farber, half of the GOE booking duo, was […]

TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA

TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA

TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA HOME: Venice, CA PROFESSION: Song Slinger and Guitar Fighter at NOCONA HOBBIES: Astronomy, Particle Physics and Salsa making LAST ALBUM PURCHASED: Ronnie Self, Mr Frantic, Norton Records LAST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Getting to open for Roky Erickson and The Hounds of The Baskervilles in Austin last year was a big deal for us. His music has been more […]

The Humble Kind’s Soaring Harmonies

The Humble Kind’s Soaring Harmonies

By Amanda Wicks Humble Kind’s four core members, Will Folse (lead guitar), Michael Legendre (guitar and lap steel), Benjamin Moore (rhythm guitar) and Marc Stubbs (bass) are exactly what their name purports: humble. These Baton Rouge-based gents made their way around the local music scene before forming their Americana sound and becoming one of the […]