Archive for the ‘Album Reviews’ Category

Jordan Tice "Long Story" Patuxent Music

Jordan Tice "Long Story" Patuxent Music

by Joseph Scott How can this guy be twenty years old? That’s the first question that pops to mind when listening to guitarist Jordan Tice’s new Patuxent Music release, Long Story. Not just because of the picking, in this day and age there is many a twenty year old that can pick. It comes in […]

George Strait "Classic Christmas" MCA Nashville

George Strait "Classic Christmas" MCA Nashville

by Melissa Barnes, The Music City Muse This album undoubtedly lives up to its name Classic Christmas. And personally speaking, I have never heard anything come from George Strait that was anything less than amazing. Strait adds his own special country twang on classics like “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” His voice […]

The Lynn Morris Band "Shape of a Tear" Rounder Records

The Lynn Morris Band "Shape of a Tear" Rounder Records

by Andy Warrener Hats off to Rounder Records for their release of The Lynn Morris Band’s “Shape of a Tear”. A finely crafted album full of Smoky Mountain, bluegrass music. They’re not your typical quartet, bass, banjo, mandolin, vocals. No, Lynn Morris is a musician who learned to sing and not a singer who learned […]

Dearestazazel "Be Mine" One Eleven Records

Dearestazazel "Be Mine" One Eleven Records

by Daniel Norwood When I first encountered this band I was a bit shocked. The singer was a very tall thin man, and the rest of the band kind of looked like they should of been in a southern rock or much heavier band. Then much to my amazement, the show started and I was […]

Matt Toka "Burning In The Clouds" Unsigned

Matt Toka "Burning In The Clouds" Unsigned

by Daniel Norwood Heres an artist the only comes around once in a while. This album was made in a matter of a few short months, and released very soon after. For a unsigned artist to be able to do this, and create songs that you could swear were meant for MTV, VH1 and more, […]

Invite Alison Krauss Into Your Living Room

Invite Alison Krauss Into Your Living Room

by Bill Conger If there’s one thing better than hearing the angelic voice of Alison Krauss, it’s seeing her perform. The lovely and multi-talented singer/instrumentalist/producer collaborates with a who’s who of music on her new DVD, “A Hundred Miles or More: Live From The Tracking Room (Rounder Records), which arrives in stores Nov. 11. Cameras […]

Rodney Crowell "Sex and Gasoline" Yep Roc Records

Rodney Crowell "Sex and Gasoline" Yep Roc Records

by Mike Hennessey Rodney Crowell is a critically-acclaimed member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame with thirty years worth of chart-topping, Grammy-nominated music behind him. However, his latest release, Sex and Gasoline, arrives with a tired title stripped from the album’s faintly sanctimonious opening track, a hoary critique of the female beauty-industrial complex. Mr. […]

Lucinda Williams "LU in 08" Lost Highway Records

Lucinda Williams "LU in 08" Lost Highway Records

by Kevin Dale Bridges Lucinda Williams’ contribution to the campaign season is a fantastic live EP featuring three covers of classic protest songs and one new original. Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”, “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan and “Marching the Hate Machines” written by Thievery Corporation & the Flaming Lips, were recorded live […]

Patrick McAvinue "Rutland's Reel" Patuxent Music

Patrick McAvinue "Rutland's Reel" Patuxent Music

by Joseph Scott Patrick McAvinue gets the fiddle. That isn’t just to say he can play one, though he most assuredly can. But he also understand the fiddle’s history in and importance to bluegrass, and to country music in general. And he aims with every performance to make his audience understand as well. There is […]

Hank III "Damn Right, Rebel Proud" Sidewalk Records

Hank III "Damn Right, Rebel Proud" Sidewalk Records

by Miles Price Shelton Hank Williams, III, the rambunctious grandson of country royalty, released his fourth self-produced record late last month. Damn Right, Rebel Proud is a hellbilly bender of smoking train beats and testimonials of losing control…and loving it. Just as tight and energetic as Shelton’s last album, Straight to Hell, I think Damn […]

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals "Cardinology" Lost Highway Records

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals "Cardinology" Lost Highway Records

by Johnny Napoli Ryan Adams & The Cardinals’ “Cardinology” is Adams’ first full-length album billed with The Cardinals since 2005’s “Jacksonville City Nights,” but it shows here that both he and his band have gotten their shtick down by now. That’s not to say that this is Adams at his best, but he certainly seems […]

Cold War Kids "Loyalty to Loyalty" Downtown Records

Cold War Kids "Loyalty to Loyalty" Downtown Records

by J. Raines Atop the Mulberry Street Ristorante in Fullerton, CA, there lies a very cozy apartment. Up above in that apartment years ago there was often heard the sound of stomping, of clinging tambourines and cymbals, of piano ballads and jangely guitars. This was the birth place of Cold War Kids, and they kept […]

Todd Snider "Peace Queer" Mega Force

Todd Snider "Peace Queer" Mega Force

by Brad Tucker Listening to Todd Snider’s back-catalogue gives one the impression that he has extremely varied tastes in music, and that he is greatly affected by whatever he is listening to. At different times he is contemporary pop country, straight folk, John Prine, or Tom Petty. There are moments on his 1994 debut, Songs […]

The Wood Brothers "Loaded" Blue Note

The Wood Brothers "Loaded" Blue Note

by Kyle McCraw Every so often, you stumble upon an album that is immediately indispensable. Such was my experience first hearing The Wood Brothers’ debut, “Ways Not to Lose,” and I was worried that their follow-up, “Loaded” would not live up to my high expectations. In a sense, it didn’t because this feels less like […]