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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 […]

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 […]

Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time

Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time

By Brian Rock Kevin Gordon’s new release, Long Gone Time simmers with the musical flavors of his Louisiana roots. Jazz, Blues and Rockabilly are all slow-cooked together and occasionally brought to a boil to bring out the flavorful essence of each. The lyrics are equally tasty, as the acclaimed “juke-joint professor emeritus” works his mojo […]

Sharing the Stage in LA with The Bluegrass Situation

Sharing the Stage in LA with The Bluegrass Situation

By Jake Tully The Los Angeles Bluegrass Situation at The Greek Theater on Saturday, featuring bands decidedly not the textbook definition of bluegrass, was nonetheless one of the most dedicated folk, roots and Americana music events in Southern California. A culmination of blatant hipster culture paired with Crosby, Stills and Nash sensibilities, the day festival attracted concertgoers […]

TJ West: Catch Chris Morris as He Talks Los Lobos and New Book Dream in Blue

TJ West: Catch Chris Morris as He Talks Los Lobos and New Book Dream in Blue

By Kim Grant Los Lobos leaped into the national spotlight in 1987, when their cover of “La Bamba” became a No. 1 hit. But what looked like an overnight achievement to the band’s new fans was actually a way station in a long musical journey that began in East Los Angeles in 1973 and is […]

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 […]