Articles By: Larry Vanderpool

Larry Vanderpool

Larry Todd Vanderpool is a teacher and songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. He studied history at the University of Central Florida where his focus was on 20th century music and its influence on race, class, culture, and gender. He was Yankee born but southern grown. Born in Towanda, Pennsylvania Todd was raised in Melbourne, Florida where the eclectic mix of race and culture helped shape his personality and life view. Todd has a passion for country, bluegrass, and Americana music and believes music has a unique power to influence the hearts and minds of human beings in both positive and negative ways. Contact Todd at Melbflorida27@aol.com.

Album review of Paladino: Paladino

Album review of Paladino: Paladino

The Los Angeles, California based band Paladino will release their self-titled debut album on November 15, 2011. The album is a mix of original songs and covers of classic country tunes like the standard Have You Ever Been Lonely and the seminal Green Green Grass of Home which was made popular by the late-great Porter […]

Album review of Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine

Album review of Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine

Bloodshot Records is set to release Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine on Tuesday September 12, 2011. Loveless is a 21 year old songwriter from Columbus, Ohio with the heart of a traditional country singer and the attitude and bravado of a gutter punk musician. Her songs range the gamut from Loretta Lynn style country vocals and […]

Album review of Bearfoot: American Story

Album review of Bearfoot: American Story

Compass Records Group will release Bearfoot: American Story on September 27, 2011. American Story is the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2009 Compass Records debut album Doors and Windows, which reached #1 on Billboards Bluegrass chart. The Nashville quintet has experienced a few personnel changes since their last release. Angela Oudean (fiddle) and […]

Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets

Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets

White Bluff, Nashville, and all of Middle Tennessee, today August 16, 2011, Bloodshot Records will release Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets. The album is a departure from the plugged in rock sound the band has been playing since their inception in 1992. The signature raucous rock sound has been stripped down […]

Scott H. Biram free Mp3s and Tour News

Scott H. Biram free Mp3s and Tour News

Scott H. Biram “The Dirty Old One Man Band” and high priest of the “First Church of the Ultimate Fanaticism” is back home in Texas from his Midwest tour. There will be little rest for the wicked, however, as Biram has a new album, Bad Ingredients, set for release on October 11, 2011 and a […]

Wagons: Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Wagons: Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Rumble, Shake And Tumble is the latest release by Australian country-roots-rock band Wagons and is set to drop August 16, 2011, on Thirty Tigers records. Wagons have carved out a following in their native Australia with their wily personalities, boisterous live performances, and roots based sound. Country music fans will find a lot to like […]

Son of the Sun: Almost Not There

Son of the Sun: Almost Not There

White Bluff, Nashville, and Middle Tennessee music aficionados, Son of the Sun will officially release their latest EP Son of the Sun: Almost Not There today (July 26, 2011) on the I Blame Yoko Music label. This album is the follow up to their first full length LP The Happy Loss (2010). The new EP […]

Lovesick Stupid: Urban Hell

Lovesick Stupid: Urban Hell

Lovesick Stupid: Urban Hell is the latest EP released by the Nashville, Tennessee duo of Chad Kalhagen and Alyson Burgess. The album is a splendid example of the diversity of the Nashville music scene when you take the time to look beyond the New York owned façade of mainstream country artists. Lovesick Stupid sounds like […]

Album Review of Gwendolyn: Bright Light

Album Review of Gwendolyn: Bright Light

Gwendolyn: Bright Light, set for release on September 20, 2011, is a family friendly alt. country trip into the idiosyncratic mind of the bands front person and resident poet Gwendolyn Sanford. The album draws from traditional country, American folk, and rock styles of music and melds these sounds into a unique artistic expression. Bright Light […]

An Interview with the Legendary American Troubadour: Guy Clark

An Interview with the Legendary American Troubadour: Guy Clark

On July 19, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a true icon in the world of songwriting, Guy Clark. Terms like troubadour, legend, and master are used all too often when referring to songwriters/musicians of far lesser caliber who do not live up to the honor. You do deserve all of those accolades […]

Album Review of David Serby: Poor Man’s Poem

Album Review of David Serby: Poor Man’s Poem

David Serby and his Dirt Poor Folklore band are set to release their third album, Poor Man’s Poem, on August 16, 2011. The album is a departure from the honky tonk style of the previous two albums. The new album could be described as old time country, hillbilly, or American political folk music. Serby has […]

Album review of Old Californio: Sundrunk Angels

Album review of Old Californio: Sundrunk Angels

Set to drop July 19, 2011, Old Californio’s Sundrunk Angels is the third studio album from the Pasadena, California quintet. Their sound is an eclectic blend of country, rock, folk, and psychedelic rock that is reminiscent of bands like the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Gram Parsons Flying Burritos. The label […]

Review of Jas Patrick: Working On My Soul

Review of Jas Patrick: Working On My Soul

Jas Patrick is a recording artist that is quickly rising in popularity on the local (Nashville, TN) music scene. He is an extremely talented songwriter, vocalist, and musician. Patrick recently released a full length LP of eighteen songs on the Tiny Lion Music record label. Working on My Soul is a musically diverse album that […]

Album review of Dex Romweber Duo: Is that You in the Blue

Album review of Dex Romweber Duo: Is that You in the Blue

Fans of rockabilly, roots-rock, science fiction surf-punk, or fans of just plain great music, you are in for a treat. Bloodshot Records is set to release Dex Romweber Duo: Is that you in the Blue? on July 26, 2011. The new album has fourteen tracks and is a retro-inspired cornucopia of various genres of music […]