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Justin Townes Earle and Wagons at The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW Australia October 7

Justin Townes Earle and Wagons at The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW Australia October 7

As we pulled up outside The Clarendon, the sleet was falling and all I could think was thank God I brought my big black jacket! Let’s face it, Katoomba = COLD! There’s no denying that fact! Justin Townes Earle is no show pony, he’s a work horse… having played over 250 shows in the last […]

Pop or Not? Johnny Cooper's "Follow" – Review

Pop or Not? Johnny Cooper's "Follow" – Review

Though listed as a country release, Johnny Cooper’s second effort, Follow, is peppered with enough pop and rock to be considered mainstream and playable on a wide spectrum of radio – and it’s a super fun album. Cooper recently turned 21 years old, and both his music and lyrics reflect that carefree, hopeful spirit, including […]

Mindy Smith — Interview

Mindy Smith — Interview

Love, loss and real life. Nashville’s singer/songwriter Mindy Smith reveals herself in raw form in her album “Stupid Love,”  which released this past summer. Smith is well known for her debut hit album “One Moment More,” and her appearance on Dolly Parton’s tribute album with her own version of the song “Jolene.” Smith has been […]

Merle Haggard, Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, 10/1/09

Merle Haggard, Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, 10/1/09

Seeing Merle Haggard live is in many ways (at least for me) similar to what it used to be like seeing the Grateful Dead. Now that some of you are quite possibly cursing me, let me elaborate before the hate mail begins.. First, you never know what songs will be played, as Merle never makes […]

Willie Nelson "American Classic" Blue Note

Willie Nelson "American Classic" Blue Note

There’s no mistaking Willie Nelson’s voice.  It’s an old friend, and it’s a wonderful thing to hear that voice taking on pop standards like “Ain’t  Misbehavin’” and “On the Street Where You Live,” among others.  It was brilliant when he did it on “Stardust,” and the hope must have been to create something similar to […]

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 […]

It's Just Like Seeing a Hank Williams Show. Sort of.

It's Just Like Seeing a Hank Williams Show. Sort of.

You know Time Life? That company that does the “Sweet Sounds of the ’70s” 22-disc anthologies with all the Rod Stewart songs you never knew you secretly loved? Well, now they’ve made a box set for those of you who love Hank Williams but were born several decades after his tragic death in 1953. Revealed: […]

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 […]

Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Melissa Ethridge, and that one Judge from American Idol – Country Music Hall of Fame "All for the Hall" Fundraiser and Guitar Pull

Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Melissa Ethridge, and that one Judge from American Idol – Country Music Hall of Fame "All for the Hall" Fundraiser and Guitar Pull

Last night I think I overheard Emmylou Harris talking about a guitar pull in New York that she sat in on with Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. There’s always such good country lovin’ on the East, but alas, for us West Coasters we don’t get quite as many sessions like the one […]

Those Darlins at The Loft – Atlanta, GA – 9/29/09

Those Darlins at The Loft – Atlanta, GA – 9/29/09

ATLANTA, GA – On a chilly Tuesday night at The Loft in Atlanta, Those Darlins roared into town and proceeded to heat up the place before a crowd that was either extremely stoned or completely taken by surprise. These sweet little darlins are cussin’ big time! They’re screamin’ and shreddin’ guitars up there! After opening […]

Scene Spotlight: Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival –– Columbia, Mo.

Scene Spotlight: Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival –– Columbia, Mo.

Being in the middle of a state in Middle America is actually a pretty ideal situation for a music lover. Being at the convergence point for artists from all over the country is quite the advantage, and a festival like Columbia, Missouri’s Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival proves it, combining local and national performers. […]

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 […]