Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

Alana Amram – Snow Shadows

Alana Amram – Snow Shadows

Alana Amram’s haunting voice and interesting instrumentation mixed with the classic words of Vince Martin make Amram’s new album Snow Shadows: Songs of Vince Martin exceptional. This New York native was born the daughter of composer/beat icon David Amram and writer/actress Lora Lee, but somehow Amram still makes the album sound as if it came […]

A Night with Sam Bradley – 3rd and Lindsley, June 3

A Night with Sam Bradley – 3rd and Lindsley, June 3

I’ve had the pleasure of attending several Sam Bradley shows over the past two years.  He’s usually accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, but he’s never failed to entertain.  I expected something similar when I arrived at 3rd and Lindsley on June 3, but that wasn’t what I got.  After the supporting act, Holly Conlon […]

Interview with Scott H. Biram

Interview with Scott H. Biram

If Jimmy Martin, Leadbelly, David Allan Coe, a fire and brimstone preacher, and Gregg Ginn had their DNA combined and implanted in the womb of Janis Joplin, the baby that resulted would be the closest match to the incredible talent that is “The Dirty Old One Man Band,” Scott H. Biram. Equal parts country, blues, […]

Gillian Welch Announces New Album

Gillian Welch Announces New Album

Acclaimed songstress Gillian Welch has announced her new album The Harrow and the Harvest, will be released June 28th. (That’s only 3 weeks from now!) The new album will feature ten new songs recorded at her own Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and will be produced by her partner David Rawlings. Welch and Rawlings […]

AMA Announces 2011 Nominees

AMA Announces 2011 Nominees

The Americana Music Association announced the list of 2011 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards nominees on May 23rd at the Gibson/Baldwin Showroom in New York City.  The one and only Miss Rosanne Cash. Top notch performances accompanied the announcement by The Civil Wars and Levon Helm and his Dirt Farmer Quartet featuring Jim Lauderdale […]

Interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Dawes sophomore album Nothing Is Wrong gets its release Tuesday June 7th. Last week I got a chance to talk to lead man Taylor Goldsmith while the band was up in Vermont. ATF: So Taylor, what inspired you more on this album home or touring? TG: Out of the two I would say touring. I […]

Keb Mo Releases New Single: “The Whole Enchilada”

Keb Mo Releases New Single: “The Whole Enchilada”

There’s no mistaking that cool, soulful voice and the bluesy, smooth R&B sound of Keb Mo. The song is the lead track on Keb’s first album in five years, The Reflection, due August 2nd on Yolabelle International/Ryko. The Reflection was written and recorded over a period of three years, that included his relocation from Los […]

ACL Announces Lineup

ACL Announces Lineup

September 16th-18th Austin City Limits festival returns to Ziller Park, down in Austin, Texas. As far as awesome music goes they’ve got it all. The full line up has been announced and includes Fleet Foxes, Randy Newman, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Old Crow Medicine Show, Delta Spirit, Gillian Welch, My Morning Jacket, Iron and […]

Dawes “Nothing Is Wrong”

Dawes “Nothing Is Wrong”

Dawes is the new quintessential American band. They are sponges, soaking up the sounds and feelings of their predecessors. They sound like four guys who grew up sitting at the feet of Neil Young and Levon Helm, memorizing everything they ever said. On their sophomore album, they build on what they started with North Hills. […]

Young Robert Ellis Shoots His First Gun

Young Robert Ellis Shoots His First Gun

What makes a good song? It isn’t obvious. Perhaps it’s never crossed your mind. But the ingredients are out there, apparent within every classic tune, and yet extraordinarily difficult to grasp ahold of. Many artists fail. Fine is the line between cliché and catchy. Equally enigmatic is the appropriate boundary between “weird” and “wow.” The […]

Suzanna Choffel-Steady Eye Shaky Bow

Suzanna Choffel-Steady Eye Shaky Bow

Suzanna Choffel has put together a solid combination of pop, soul, and jazz on her new record Steady Eye Shaky Bow. The Austin native uses her strong voice and unique song writing to produce a nice mix of pop soul and jazz. Choffel barely has to try. Her smokey voice lays down comfortably over every […]

Kingsley Flood – New Single: “I Don’t Wanna Go Home”

Kingsley Flood – New Single: “I Don’t Wanna Go Home”

Boston’s Kingsley Flood continues to amaze. Their funky blend of blues, garage rock, punk, jug band, and folk just seems to keep evolving. I first heard about them last year, and Krystal Mulbach reviewed their excellent debut, Dust Windows. I was so impressed, the album made Awaiting the Flood’s Top 20-Something of 2010. (And they […]

Album Review: Matt Bauer – “The Jessamine County Book of the Living” (Crossbill)

Album Review: Matt Bauer – “The Jessamine County Book of the Living” (Crossbill)

Matt Bauer, a Kentucky-born recording artist and songwriter, is awaiting the release of his second album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living (Crossbill Records, June 7, 2011). Bauer’s style could be described as neo-industrial folk, and his vocal delivery can best be articulated as a raspy whisper that makes Bill Anderson sound like a […]

The Band of Heathens “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son” BOH Records

The Band of Heathens “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son” BOH Records

On their newest album, “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son,”  The Band of Heathens continue to refine their kitchen sink approach to southern music.  Combining elements of rock, country, soul, blues, funk, gospel, and whatever else that might come up in the process and with whatever instruments deemed appropriate (lapsteel, resonator guitars, piano, organ, […]