Posts Tagged ‘music’

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 […]

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show

by Jesse Hill On September 23rd, Old Crow Medicine Show will release their third album Tennessee Pusher, a beautifully cinematic and empathetic album about a people and from a people, the American people, the people from which this musical tradition is sprung. After going into the lost alleys and forgotten trailer parks to find the […]

Emmylou Harris “All I Intended to Be” Nonesuch Records

Emmylou Harris “All I Intended to Be” Nonesuch Records

County Legend Emmylou Harris, a self-described “finder of songs and gatherer of songs” has outdone herself with what deserves to be regarded as one of the year’s most remarkable country albums. Her first solo album since 2003, “All I Intended to Be” showcases Harris’s unparalleled gift for song selection. The album’s thirteen tracks are masterfully […]

In the Footsteps of the Snowman: A Jerry Reed Retrospective

“Atlanta to Texarkana and back in twenty eight hours? That ain’t never been done before.” – Cledus Snow (The Snowman), Smokey and the Bandit In 1977, Smokey and the Bandit exploded on to movie screens across the country. While the focus of the film was unquestionably Burt Reynold’s good-hearted rogue, the Bandit, moviegoers were equally […]

Mike Seeger – "Last Known Interview"

Mike Seeger – "Last Known Interview"

The Vine of American music grew slowly at first. Traditions were passed down from person to person. Music and musicians were relatively isolated, unique to each region. This slowly shifted as people arrived here from a wider range of countries, settled more of the country. The advent and growth of recording, radio and the Internet, […]

Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Lie Down in the Light” Drag City

Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Lie Down in the Light” Drag City

by Jesse Hill Will Oldham. The haunting, Appalachian shapeshifter: father, mother, son, daughter, minstrel, lumberjack, monster, goat, snake, earth, water, wind, and fire. His prolific body of work weaves in and out of the eastern side of the mountain’s morning sunlight and the darkness of the deep, briar filled forest it borders. His innocence as […]

Opry Member Charlie Walker Passed Away Friday at 81

Excerpt from tennessean.com “Grand Ole Opry member and famed disc jockey Charlie Walker, whose shuffling, twinkling “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down” remains a country music standard a half-century after its recording, died Friday in Hendersonville. Mr. Walker was 81, and had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer…” Read the full article by Peter […]

George Jones “Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets” Bandit Records

George Jones “Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets” Bandit Records

The rich, throaty tones of George Jones are one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in county music. Unless this reviewer misses his guess, C&W fans will be hearing that old familiar voice a lot in the coming months — because the Possum’s latest CD release is radio gold. Burn Your Playhouse Down includes 12 […]

Randy Travis "Around the Bend" Warner Bros.

Randy Travis "Around the Bend" Warner Bros.

Kyle McCraw Randy Travis has spent the last nine years recording only gospel music, and “Around the Bend” marks his return to country. Fans should be happy, as this is a solid album throughout. And despite the overly slick production, Travis sounds relaxed, having fun with the material, including on his cover of Dylan’s “Don’t […]

The Dedringers "Sweetheart of the Neighborhood" Dedcrow

The Dedringers "Sweetheart of the Neighborhood" Dedcrow

Jesse Hill Damn! Why can’t the rest of you boogers be more like the Ded-f-ing-ringers?! We’ve had piles upon piles of great music to influence us over the last couple hundred years, and most of you are putting out shit like you never heard any of it. With the Dedringers, they’ve definitely listened to the […]

Ryan Adams "Easy Tiger" Lost Highway

Ryan Adams "Easy Tiger" Lost Highway

Jesse Hill Imagine the prettiest damn banjo picking you ever heard. And an angelic, toughly vulnerable voice sings: Blue eyes for miles, pretty as a peach Glorious, kind and always on time, never far out of reach Tomorrow’s on its way, there’s always new songs to sing Glorious, kind and always on time, pearls on […]

Silver Jews

Silver Jews

by Rebecca Zaragoza One could research the Silver Jews and their music and come to find some common themes throughout texts. I encourage you to do so and you will begin to resonate with this proposal. When you consider the criticisms written by music’s brightest elitists, you find patterns and a passion of a band… […]

Justin Townes Earle “The Good Life” Bloodshot Records

Justin Townes Earle “The Good Life” Bloodshot Records

by AP Justin Townes Earle’s name alone stirs a certain amount of expectation and curiosity before one hears a single note of his debut solo release, “The Good Life”. How could it not? Justin is the son of acclaimed troubadour Steve Earle and is named for his father’s hero, the troubled country/folk genius, Townes Van […]

Dwight Yoakam “Dwight Sings Buck” New West

Dwight Yoakam “Dwight Sings Buck” New West

by Jesse Hill Like a deconstructed tumbleweed that’s danced across southern and western terrains for the span of five decades, Dwight Sings Buck is an explosive unraveling of the history of country music, rockabilly, and moreover, music in general. It is a masterpiece that rebuilds a well-trodden bridge between two legendary bodies of work, and […]