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James McMurtry Complicated Game

James McMurtry Complicated Game

By Brian Rock “Honey don’t you be yellin’ at me when I’m cleaning my gun.” So begins James McMurtry’s 9th studio album, Complicated Game. With this line McMurtry is able to create tension and suspense and lay the foundations of a believable living, breathing main character. And that’s just the first line! The song, “Copper […]

American Aquarium’s Wolves

American Aquarium’s Wolves

American Aquarium’s Wolves By Brian Rock American Aquarium follows up their critically acclaimed, Burn, Flicker, Die with their 6th studio release, Wolves. You might think that with the praises of the Americana community still ringing in their ears, this album would strike a tone of triumphant optimism. You might be wrong. Wolves strikes a somber […]

TJ WEST: Charlie Faye

TJ WEST: Charlie Faye

TJ WEST: Charlie Faye By Kim Grant Singer-Songwriter, Charlie Faye is an artist who has received accolades from the likes of American Songwriter, CMT Edge, the Austin Chronicle and The Bluegrass Situation. She has been on NPR’s venerable Mountain Stage and along with her own career has also toured as a sideman with Dan Zanes […]

Bob Dylan Compels and Haunts Through Voice & Song

Bob Dylan Compels and Haunts Through Voice & Song

Bob Dylan Compels and Haunts Through Voice & Song By Terry Roland Bob Dylan’s Shadows in the Night is another revelation in a career that has set trends and influenced the musical landscape for over five decades. On this new release Dylan moves through the soundtrack that formed his childhood before he heard rock & […]

Album Review: The Simple Truth by Jeff Austin

Album Review: The Simple Truth by Jeff Austin

Album Review: The Simple Truth by Jeff Austin By Brian Rock Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist, Jeff Austin steps out on his own with the release of his debut album, The Simple Truth. From the album’s first notes on “What the Night Brings,” Jeff makes it clear that this is not just YMSB.2. With a […]

Justin Towns Earle’s Absent Fathers

Justin Towns Earle’s Absent Fathers

Justin Towns Earle’s Absent Fathers By Jake Tully Justin Towns Earle doesn’t bother with any highfalutin introductions when it comes to his records, and one can appreciate that about the Nashvillian singer-songwriter. 2015’s Absent Fathers is no exception to JTE’s candor, nor is it anything but a sublime companion to last year’s Single Mothers. Subtle, […]

TJ WEST: SAN FRANCISCO ARTIST, JORDANNAH ELIZABETH TO RELEASE A RUSH

TJ WEST: SAN FRANCISCO ARTIST, JORDANNAH ELIZABETH TO RELEASE A RUSH

TJ WEST: SAN FRANCISCO ARTIST, JORDANNAH ELIZABETH TO RELEASE A RUSH By Kim Grant A Rush was produced by Breck Omar Brunson (Apes) and Steve Kille (Dead Meadow). The record is more experimental in nature than Elizabeth’s first release, Bring to the Table and combines psych rock, country and soul music while highlighting the singer’s […]

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: Medicine

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: Medicine

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: Medicine By Brian Rock Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors bring a spark of warmth to this frigid season with their fourth full length release, Medicine. Starting with the sparse, acoustic, “American Beauty,” Drew sings, “Her blue eyes shone in the summer sun, her kiss felt like a loaded gun. Wish […]

Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal

Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal

Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal By Gerry Gomez Anthony Arechiga is the spark plug for local promoters known as Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal. Over the past couple of years, Arechiga and Hillgrass Bluebilly have put on an array of shows in local watering holes, Escondite, the Wayfarer, Detroit Bar, Alex’s Bar, Memphis Cafe, as well as the Long […]

Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah

Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah

Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah By Jake Tully It’s not often that a roots band so triumphantly kicks off their debut that one feels as though they’ve encountered something instantaneously formidable. Luckily, the immediately powerful sound comes hand in glove with San Francisco based roots-rockers Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah on their eponymous debut record. […]

TJ EAST: Songs of the Seventh Generation – Native Americana Rising

TJ EAST: Songs of the Seventh Generation – Native Americana Rising

TJ EAST: Songs of the Seventh Generation Native Americana Rising By Kandia Crazy Horse “And there are drums beyond the mountain Indian drums that you can’t hear There are drums beyond the mountain And they’re getting mighty near” The world is changed almost beyond repair, and there’s no end in sight. Air, water, earth all […]

TJ TOP 10 of 2014

TJ TOP 10 of 2014

The closing of 2014 is upon us, we at Turnstyled Junkpiled Magazine are looking forward to the great music that awaits us in the new year. With a look back at all of the albums that made up TJs soundtrack of 2014, our writers from all over the country give their take on the top […]