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Well, the Rapture didn’t come….

I was waiting all day for Jesus to arrive, but it didn’t happen. Strand of Oaks looks enough like him to suffice for now. The apocalyptically appropriate, “End in Flames” from the album Leave Ruin

The Low Anthem: Smart Flesh

The Low Anthem: Smart Flesh

Finally! Something different! The Low Anthem started out playing homemade instruments in a church basement. Smart Flesh is their first studio project. Yet, it was recorded in an abandoned factory. Go figure. This is a […]

The Punch Brothers: Antifogmatic

Chris Tileman is one hell of a mandolin player. I’ll give him that. Produced by the amazingly talented, Jon Brion (I Heart Huckabees), the Punch Brother’s latest, Antifogmatic is Quasi-meets-bluegrass. It makes for an interesting […]

Flashback Friday! Oh so wrong, yet oh so right – Glen Campbell’s "Southern Nights"

Every Friday I will bring you a very dated track in a section called “Flashback Fridays.” The 80s weren’t a good time for anyone. But, buried in the rough of cheesy over-production, we often find […]

The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow

The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow

I like the sound of this band. I do. John Paul White and Joy Williams offer up pleasant folk harmonies, minimal production, acoustic guitar centered roots music. They’re on to something, they just haven’t gotten […]

Country Strong = Country Wrong

Country Strong = Country Wrong

I’m not a person who is easily offended. This movie offended me. Not only did it offend me, it disgusted me. It made me want to vomit more than drinkin’ a bottle of tequila on […]

Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am

Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am

The Hagg tells it like it is with his latest album, I Am What I Am. Arguably the greatest country singer/songwriter of all time, there just ain’t no one like him. I am What I […]

HA HA Tonka: Death of a Decade

HA HA Tonka: Death of a Decade

With the release of their third album, Death of a Decade, Missouri based indie band, HA HA Tonka are a little bit C86, a little bit country. Their sound is a blend of jangly Smiths-esque […]

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers: Rare Bird Alert

On his latest release, Rare Bird Alert, Martin has teamed up with former North Carolina pickin’ buddies, The Steep Canyon Rangers to give us yet another kickass bluegrass album. Not only is it a fine […]

Alison Krauss and Union Station: Paper Airplane

Alison Krauss – I respect you? But I don’t want to listen to you. I want to like this album. I really do. Because it’s the only album high up the country charts with any […]

Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

How many aged musicians put out shit that’s as good as what they did in their heyday? When legends like Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney or Bob Dylan release a new record, there isn’t much to […]

Essential Albums — Paul McCartney: Ram

Essential Albums — Paul McCartney: Ram

I very often make attempts to turn my country friends onto music they otherwise might sneer at.  “Paul McCartney? He ain’t country.” Maybe not in the way we think of “country,” but this is a […]