Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Album Review: The Definitive Chick Corea – (Stretch and Concord)

Album Review: The Definitive Chick Corea – (Stretch and Concord)

By Bill Ford Pianist/keyboardist Chick Corea, a 60’s sideman of such jazz luminaries as Blue Mitchell, Stan Getz, and Miles Davis, and one of the first musicians to marry a jazz sensibility to rock rhythms and electric instruments during the early 70’s with his jazz-rock group Return to Forever, has never been satisfied to rest […]

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 […]

Guy Clark “Songs and Stories” Dualtone

Guy Clark “Songs and Stories” Dualtone

The first thing I noticed looking at the cover art for “Songs and Stories”  was on the inner part of the gatefold.  There are three photos — one of Guy Clark and one each of Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp, who are both good friends and long-time collaborators of Clark’s. Perhaps the most interesting thing […]

If Walls Could Talk – Lee MacDougall EP Review

If Walls Could Talk – Lee MacDougall EP Review

Never has an entire album or EP made it into my regular playlist rotation, but Lee MacDougall broke that record with If Walls Could Talk.  Not only did I gleefully add every song to every playlist, I turned up the volume every time one of the songs queued up.  This is an extended EP with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: NRBQ – “Keep This Love Goin'” – (Clang!)

Album Review: NRBQ – “Keep This Love Goin'” – (Clang!)

Summer is here and NRBQ is back; that’s cause for celebration on both counts. Well known for unusual musical pairings and rollicking live shows, the band is better and looser than ever: Who else would adapt Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor” to a loping country song? That’s exactly what keyboardist/frontman Terry Adams […]

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 […]

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 […]