Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

Aaron Shanley Set to Release Album “Please Tell Me the Clocks Are Lying” through American Cadence Records

Aaron Shanley Set to Release Album “Please Tell Me the Clocks Are Lying” through American Cadence Records

Aaron Shanley, award-winning singer/songwriter of Northern Ireland, will release his first full-length album June 5 with American Cadence Records and later this summer with Love Gum Records in the United Kingdom. Shanley, the recipient of the 2010 Katherine Brick Young Songwriter of the Year and 2010 “Best Male Award” for the Access to Music Awards, […]

Kelley Anderson’s New Band: Grand Strand

Kelley Anderson’s New Band: Grand Strand

The so-called “Grand Strand” is 60 miles of South Carolina coastline stretching from Little River to Pawleys Island; more recently, however, it’s also the name of former Those Darlins member Kelley Anderson‘s new band. We knew this was bound to happen; sure enough, this past February, Anderson (“Kelley Darlin”) left the band she co-founded with […]

French Camp’s Self-Titled Debut Is Intense and Inventive

French Camp’s Self-Titled Debut Is Intense and Inventive

Brooklyn-based quartet French Camp recently released its self-titled debut album, a collection of tunes that pull inspiration from some of my favorite genres and styles.  This means, of course, that I love every song for different reasons, but there is one prevailing technique carried through the record that cements my regard and respect for the […]

Delta Spirit – Shredding It at The Belly Up Tavern: A Show Review

Delta Spirit – Shredding It at The Belly Up Tavern: A Show Review

By: Josh Risch I’ve been fortunate enough to have been following Delta Spirit play live shows for over 6 years now. Really became of fan while they were “Gimme‘(n) Some Motivation back in 2006. These recent two nights at The Belly Up Tavern, in Solana Beach, were undoubtedly the best I’ve ever heard them play. […]

Coal “Minors” Daughter? New Data Offers Light and Controversy on Loretta Lynn

Coal “Minors” Daughter? New Data Offers Light and Controversy on Loretta Lynn

It is one of the best known and most iconic origin stories in American music: on April 14, 1935, a young woman was born into poverty in the rural community of Butcher Hollow along the Kentucky coal face. Married at 13 and a mother of four by 18, she received her first guitar on her […]

Red June Releases “Beauty Will Come” Album Review

Red June Releases “Beauty Will Come” Album Review

By Alan Morgan It is usually pretty obvious when a band has put in countless hours of work tightening up their sound, and Red June is no exception.  Debuting their second studio release, “Beauty Will Come”, on June 5th, Asheville, NC based Red June will serve listeners a diverse yet cohesive mix of original Americana […]

John Lee Hooker: “Cook With The Hook” Live in 1974 DVD

John Lee Hooker: “Cook With The Hook” Live in 1974 DVD

“Nothin’ but the best and later for the rest.” So said John Lee Hooker on Saturday, July 6, 1974. The legendary Mississippi-Delta bluesman was one of the star attractions at an all-day festival attended by 6,000 people. The event in the town of Gardner, Massachusetts, was called “Down in the Dumps” perhaps the first in […]

Stacey Randol: A Strong Voice for Female Singer/Songwriters

Stacey Randol: A Strong Voice for Female Singer/Songwriters

It’s a sad fact, but there seems to be shortage of female singer/songwriters in the world. Of course, with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Sarah Bareilles, and Regina Spektor earning accolades, many might argue that women have a huge place in the music scene, and these women are strong writers, singers, and performers who deserve […]

Old Crow Medicine Show – New Album & Tour Dates Announced… Its about time boys!!!

Old Crow Medicine Show – New Album & Tour Dates Announced… Its about time boys!!!

Old Crow Medicine Show announces the release of their newest album, Carry Me Back, on July 17 through ATO Records! Carry Me Back is the band’s fourth studio album and first since 2008’s Tennessee Pusher, and features 12 brand new tracks that sonically span the band’s career while still pushing them forward in new directions […]

Foggy Mountain Special: A Tribute to Earl Scruggs – Review

Foggy Mountain Special: A Tribute to Earl Scruggs – Review

by: Alan Morgan It was a sad day when the music world heard about the passing of banjo master Earl Scruggs on March 28th, 2012.  Musicians and fans from all different musical backgrounds were saddened by the loss of one of the most innovative instrumentalists this world has ever seen. Now, in the weeks following […]

Deer Tick at the Yost Theater – Cee Lo and McCauley’s Grill’s! A Show Review

Deer Tick at the Yost Theater – Cee Lo and McCauley’s Grill’s! A Show Review

I think if Deer Tick were on NBC’s “The Voice” they would win, and the win would come without any mention of frontman John McCauley’s jacked up grill (hell, Cee Lo might even hook John up with some extra platinum caps he boxed up in his attic). Those raspy-laced pipes could rival Celtic singers, aging […]

The Brothers Comatose – “Respect The Van”

The Brothers Comatose – “Respect The Van”

String bands are so prevalent these days that if you stand on any street corner in this country and throw a rock you just might hit one. Hailing from San Francisco, the Brothers Comatose are not just any old string band. Their latest and second full-length, Respect The Van, finds this exceptional quintet (brothers Alex […]

Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls” – (ATO)

Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls” – (ATO)

“Retro Soul” was a label that got thrown around a lot after Alabama Shakes’ 2011 EP (of which all three songs are included in this album).  Listening to those songs, it’s understandable, but with Boys & Girls, the band makes it clear that while there are plenty of influences (blues, soul, etc.), it’s all filtered […]

Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel about Me Now” – (Bloodshot)

Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel about Me Now” – (Bloodshot)

In the midst of strong reviews of his last album, Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle made the kind of splash he undoubtedly did not want to make.  For various reasons, Earle entered re-hab (again) for drug addiction.  I mention this mainly as a reference point for the songwriting on the album.  While there are […]