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Justin Townes Earle “Single Mothers”

Justin Townes Earle “Single Mothers”

Justin Townes Earle “Single Mothers” By Courtney Sudbrink, Editor With a new label and a new wife, Justin Townes Earle has spent the past year in transition.  After a public feud over artistic integrity with would-be label Communion Records (started by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons), Earle has found a new home at Vagrant […]

TJ West: Catching up with The Brothers Comatose

TJ West: Catching up with The Brothers Comatose

TJ West: Catching up with The Brothers Comatose By Kim Grant The Brothers Comatose are a 5-piece string band that’s based in the San Francisco Bay area. Ben and Alex Morrison are actual brothers and original members of the quintet. They play guitar and banjo respectively and both contribute lead vocals. Fleshing out the quintet […]

Jump In, It’s Swimmin’ Time

Jump In, It’s Swimmin’ Time

Jump In, It’s Swimmin’ Time By Jake Tully Between relentless NPR touting and popularity driven from overnight Spotify showcasing, it’s easy to get inundated with Americana duos in present times. However, despite the encroaching fear that one might miss the boat with the next best partners from down South, Charleston husband and wife duo Shovels […]

Los Angeles is the place for Americana in September

Los Angeles is the place for Americana in September

Los Angeles is the place for Americana in September By Gerry Gomez The Los Angeles area is a magnet to a lot of great shows in September and it’s not even Rocktober yet! Make your plans now and get out to see some of the great local acts sharing the stage with national groups, legends […]

TJ East: Video Premiere of Jumbo Brown “Ain’t Nothing Wrong”

TJ East: Video Premiere of Jumbo Brown “Ain’t Nothing Wrong”

Video Premiere of Jumbo Brown “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” By Mark Lennon “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” is the first single off of Brooklyn based Jumbo Brown’s upcoming album American Primitive (December 2nd). Jumbo Brown is a band of country boys livin’ in Brooklyn, creating sing-along Country Blues songs about drinking and debauchery and giving you that backwoods, […]

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, […]