Articles By: Isaac Darnall

Isaac Darnall

Isaac is a copy writer and editor for Chartwell Literary Group. http://www.suite101.com/profile.cfm/thinspread (writing) http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/credits/articles/isaac-darnall/ (writing) ikecatrett.bandcamp.com (music) www.flickr.com/photos/thinspread (Photography)

Old Crow Medicine Show Gets Carried Away

Old Crow Medicine Show Gets Carried Away

One night in the early ‘00s, the legendary Doc Watson stumbled across a group of good-lookin’ cats playing old-timey music in front of a pharmacy in North Carolina, and immediately shipped them off to Merlefest. In 2004 they knocked the nation off our feet with their self-titled debut album. It opened with a fiery hot […]

Bear Creek: Carlile’s Biggest Splash

Bear Creek: Carlile’s Biggest Splash

By: Isaac Darnall For years, Brandi Carlile’s voice has been stopping millions of people dead in their tracks. It first hit in 2005, wildly ambitious, fresh off the streets of Seattle where it had been busking overtime to pay the rent. It dared to summon echoes of the superhuman Matt Belamy—no small feat, but a […]

Jason Myles Goss Hits a High Note with Radio Dial

Jason Myles Goss Hits a High Note with Radio Dial

In 2003, Jason Myles Goss released his debut album, Long Way Down, a sort of budding-college-freshman ode to the amazement of puppy love, or an amateur Dave Matthews Band meets Jason Miraz. Now, nine years later, you have to listen pretty close to Radio Dial to know it’s the same singer. Goss’ vocals—and songs—have emigrated […]

Robert Ellis’ Brief Stop in Nashville

Robert Ellis’ Brief Stop in Nashville

Robert Ellis’ debut album with New West Records, Photographs, is armed to the teeth with sweet pedal steel, twangy solos and cheatin’ lyrics. Most of the record sounds like a barefaced tribute to Tootsie’s on Broadway. So you’d think that on his schedule of tour dates, Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN would have a special […]

Next up from The Mountain Goats: All Eternals Deck

Next up from The Mountain Goats: All Eternals Deck

John Darnielle, the main brains behind The Mountain Goats, has been doing his thing for awhile now. 1991, to be precise. His expertise definitely shows on his latest release All Eternals Deck (named after an apocryphal tarot card set), with Peter Hughes on bass and Jon Wurster (Superchunk) on drums. An ode to all that […]

Lost Highway 10th Anniversary Record Giveaway

Lost Highway 10th Anniversary Record Giveaway

The Nashville-based label Lost Highway Records, who delivered the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, as well as American IV: Ain’t No Grave, Johnny Cash’s best selling studio album, is proud to celebrate its ten-year anniversary by giving away a slew of rare 12″ vinyl records. At AwaitingTheFlood, we got our hands on six of […]

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 […]