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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 […]

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 […]