Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

A Night with Brandi Carlile

A Night with Brandi Carlile

By: Amy Dolkas Is music just about the songwriter’s life experiences or do songwriters help us to see life like we’ve never seen it before, even though we are living it? How is it that some very talented musicians can say the simplest line, and yet it so tugs at our heart strings that tears […]

A Talk with Bobby Long – Part One

A Talk with Bobby Long – Part One

Bobby Long is one of the most dynamic singer-songwriters of the last five years, and as his world gets bigger, so does his music. He puts everything he has into each song, giving very personal experiences in veiled, metaphorical phrases. Hearing his lyrics or reading his poetry is like having a conversation with the man, […]

Mumford & Sons annouce new album: ‘Babel’

Mumford & Sons annouce new album: ‘Babel’

By: Gillian McClellan The highly anticipated sophomore album from Mumford & Sons has been set for a September 25 release through Glassnote Records. The folky band of Brits have christened their newest production ‘Babel’ and will be making it available for pre-order via their website on July 23. ‘Babel’ follows in the rather large footsteps […]

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 […]

An Avett Brothers Fan’s Apostasy (And Possible Return to The Fold)

An Avett Brothers Fan’s Apostasy (And Possible Return to The Fold)

In the Church of the Avett Brothers, I once held the esteemed (albeit self-proclaimed) position of prophet lead evangelist. I have taken it upon myself in years past to boldly and effectively proclaim the good news to hoardes of unbelievers.  Simply lend me an ear and I’d tell a tale of hair-splitting harmonies, unrivaled anthems, and live […]

The Dead’s First “Best Of” Re-Vinylized at Last on New Audio Fidelity 180-Gram LP Available Today

When the Grateful Dead left Warner Bros. to form their own label in 1973, after six years and eight albums, they delivered their first live “best-of” anthology, HISTORY OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD VOL. 1 (BEAR’S CHOICE). The album, which will be reissued by Audio Fidelity on July 10 on 180-gram virgin vinyl, documents the band’s […]

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

If moving forward in music is scary—forging new paths, creating new sounds and genres—then looking back must be terrifying. That fear over the path you’ve chosen, even if it’s through previously charted lands, must be crippling. After all, we’ve moved on as listeners into a new age, and we tend to do so every few […]

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 […]

Hank Williams, Jr. — “Old School, New Rules”

Hank Williams, Jr. — “Old School, New Rules”

By: Gillian McClellan If one were to scroll through my Twitter page, they might be disappointed to find there isn’t much substance. Half of it is a testament to my hopelessly-single-girl obsession with my future wedding, while the other half consists of my feeble attempts at being clever.  Regardless, one of my most compelling gems of […]

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

By: Sarah J. McNally The first time I ever saw Kenny Rogers perform he kicked off his set with his hit “You Decorated My Life.” Next to me an older couple began to dance, singing every word along with Kenny, and I noticed that both of them were crying. After the song ended I asked […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

The French Connection — From Quebecois to Cajun On night two of SxSW 2012, I acquired a sidekick (or perhaps I was the sidekick, I don’t know). In recent years, I have been fortunate to have an accomplice for my SxSW adventures. It has, however, never been the same person from year to the next […]

Gabriel Kelley’s Debut Album ‘IT DON’T COME EASY’ Set for Release on July 10th from Nashville’s Badge Music Group

Gabriel Kelley’s Debut Album ‘IT DON’T COME EASY’ Set for Release on July 10th from Nashville’s Badge Music Group

Kelley Will Open for Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers Through June IT DON’T COME EASY, the debut album by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Gabriel Kelley, will be released on July 10 from Badge Music Group. The 10-song collection was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy®-award-winner Neal Cappellino and features a stellar group of musicians backing up Kelley’s […]

Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes Offer Infectious Sounds, Intelligent Music, and Mass Appeal

Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes Offer Infectious Sounds, Intelligent Music, and Mass Appeal

Nashville is a veritable breeding ground for the very best new music, no matter the genre, and Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes is just one more piece of solid proof supporting this theory of mine. If you haven’t heard of them, it’s okay. You will, and very soon. The quartet, headed by Daniel Ellsworth, […]

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 […]