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The Complete Recordings of The Red Fox Chasers

The Complete Recordings of The Red Fox Chasers

Sitting around a camp fire in the woods of North Carolina, Guy Brooks and Paul Miles begin to play. They play songs they learned from their fathers, from hunters, from farmers, from the people of the mountains. The fire crackles and they play real appellation mountain music. It’s been a long day hunting foxes along […]

Sidewalk Dave – "Songs for Cowards" – (Sidewalk Dave)

Sidewalk Dave – "Songs for Cowards" – (Sidewalk Dave)

Right off the bat, a plaintive voice confesses “I’m a coward.” So begins Sidewalk Dave’s Songs for Cowards, the latest effort from this Connecticut four piece. The same narrator on the album’s final cut — his voice scarred by experience and emboldened with newfound confidence and resolve — announces “I’m no coward.” Quite a lofty […]

Woody Guthrie – "My Dusty Road"

Woody Guthrie – "My Dusty Road"

Woody Guthrie Rediscovered It isn’t often that a legend gets the chance to be reborn, but listening to these four disks is like hearing Woody for the first time. His voice is clear on all of the tracks. The hiss and background noise that is so familiar to any Guthrie recording is virtually unnoticeable. My […]

Yonder Mountain String Band – "The Show"

Yonder Mountain String Band – "The Show"

Yonder Mountain String Band starts out paying homage to the Bluegrass greats of the past with their new CD “The Show”. The opening track “Out Of The Blue” sounds as traditional Bluegrass/String Band as you can get, all the ingredients are there, the Banjo runs and the Chicken Pickin Flat Top seem to be hitting […]

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses “Roadhouse Sun” Lost Highway

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses “Roadhouse Sun” Lost Highway

With the addition of his new backing band, Ryan Bingham’s new release has a much more full sound than it’s predecessor, “Mescalito.”  The Dead Horses sound like a good bar band should, and they give this album much more energy.  At times, it almost feels like a live recording. Lyrically, “Roadhouse Sun” finds Bingham trying […]

Patty Loveless – "Mountain Soul II" (Saguaro Road Records)

Patty Loveless – "Mountain Soul II" (Saguaro Road Records)

The twenty year stretch from the release of Urban Cowboy to O Brother, Where Art Thou was an interesting time in country music. For decades all the major record labels had offices in Nashville, but it was during this period that they seriously began to contribute to the corporate profits of their parent companies, and […]

The Bottle Rockets – "Lean Forward" (Bloodshot Records)

The Bottle Rockets – "Lean Forward" (Bloodshot Records)

Atlanta, GA — I’ve never liked comparisons. If a reviewer must mention how closely one band’s sound resembles another, that only reduces the band to mere cover-band status. Just my opinion, but hey, that’s what I’m here for. That said, The Bottle Rockets have been compared thusly: Wilco are to the Beatles as The Bottle […]

J.H. Sitton "Losing Kind, Losing One" Avebury Records

J.H. Sitton "Losing Kind, Losing One" Avebury Records

J.H. Sitton is a man of many voices. His album, Losing Kind, Losing One explores a wide range of musical influence. But whether a song is reminiscent of Bob Dylan or Kurt Cobain, they are clearly creations of J.H. Sitton. The album has a lo-fi sound in both production and style. Their is a hiss […]

Elliott Brood “Mountain Meadows” Six Shooter Records

Elliott Brood “Mountain Meadows” Six Shooter Records

Death country, country noir or whatever other labels anyone wants to give them, the three guys that are Toronto’s Elliott Brood push the boundaries of the country genre.  Listening to the album the first three references that come to mind are Sunny Day Real Estate, Nirvana, and Elliott Smith – primarily in regards to the […]

The Council of Smokers and Drinkers "Grizzled"

The Council of Smokers and Drinkers "Grizzled"

Pour yourself a tall glass of whiskey and light a cigarette. Grizzled, the debut album from The Council of Smokers and Drinkers will bring you to the back of a poorly lit but crowded bar, and rock you the whole night long. The Council of Drinkers and Smokers, an Alaskan country band with hard rock […]

Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go 50 years of The New Lost City Ramblers

Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go 50 years of The New Lost City Ramblers

The New Lost City Ramblers were not only musicians, they were historians. They searched the country for lost singers, and helped revive their music. Their most recent collection of music, Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go? is not only a celebration of a legendary folk group, but it is also an exploration […]

Mark Lennon – Down the Mountain – (Vagabonds Tune Records)

Mark Lennon – Down the Mountain – (Vagabonds Tune Records)

Atlanta, GA — At first glance, there’s nothing special about Mark Lennon. He’s the guy next door, the laid-back neighbor strumming his guitar on the back porch while sipping a cold drink. He’s not flashy, but then again he doesn’t have to be. Just listen to his music and you’ll realize he’s a savvy musician […]

Joshua James "Build Me This"

Joshua James "Build Me This"

Joshua James—Build Me This—Intelligent Noise—2009 Yes, I know it’s hard to get past that album cover. Is that Noxema? Has he rolled himself in flour? If this reverse minstrelsy? Is he covering his face with curdled milk like Halle in Beloved? Or is he just trying to illustrate that he’s more tortured by the burden […]

The Band of Heathens “One Foot in the Ether” BOH Records

The Band of Heathens “One Foot in the Ether” BOH Records

How do you follow a debut album that hit No. 1 on both U.S. and Euro Americana radio? If you’re Austin’s The Band of Heathens you change the formula. While their eponymous debut was more on the acoustic side of things, “One Foot in the Ether” is a plugged-in rock record. This is a band […]