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Blackmore’s Night Singer Candice Night Releases Debut Solo Album, “Reflections”

Candice Night, who has been delighting audiences around the world for over 15 years as the vocalist for the Renaissance-themed band Blackmore’s Night, has released her debut solo album, REFLECTIONS. The new CD, comprising original material written by the multi-talented songwriter and instrumentalist, is available from UDR Records, distributed in the U.S. by EMI. Often […]

Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes Bring Joy to Live Music

Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes Bring Joy to Live Music

Sometimes a band comes along that reminds me of the sheer joy live music should bring. That band, most recently, is Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes. I had the great privilege of seeing them last Thursday, November 1, at The Basement’s Communion show. Though they only had time for six amazing songs, the band […]

Album Review: Dreams of the San Joaquin

Album Review: Dreams of the San Joaquin

When I was seventeen, my grandfather drove my sister and me across the country to California as a graduation present. This was the year of my musical awakening—the age when I discovered there was more to the wide world than what played on the Top Forty radio. My parents had raised us with a healthy […]

A Talk with Bobby Long – Part Two

A Talk with Bobby Long – Part Two

I grew up listening to folk music and murder ballads, thanks to my parents. While other kids were glued to Casey Kasem on Sunday afternoons, I nodded along to The Kingston Trio or Joan Baez in the backseat of the car. I probably wasn’t old enough to appreciate Little Boxes, and that’s why I take […]

Spotlight on Anderson East

Spotlight on Anderson East

I’d only met him once, after a show at The Basement on 8th Avenue, where he performed before Sam Bradley and Marcus Foster and completely stole my heart. Any other knowledge I had of his appearance came through professional photographs on his website. Anderson East is magnetic on stage and sultry in pictures, and I […]

The Avett Brothers sand down their sound with ‘The Carpenter’ – Album Review

The Avett Brothers sand down their sound with ‘The Carpenter’ – Album Review

Last month, the Avett Brothers popped up on my TV performing their newest single, “Live and Die.” Clasping my hands together with joy, I marveled about how adorable they looked together, how great they sounded, how much I loved that dang banjo.  I was floating on an Avett-lined cloud for a solid thirty seconds – […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Aaron Shanley Set to Release Album “Please Tell Me the Clocks Are Lying” through American Cadence Records

Aaron Shanley Set to Release Album “Please Tell Me the Clocks Are Lying” through American Cadence Records

Aaron Shanley, award-winning singer/songwriter of Northern Ireland, will release his first full-length album June 5 with American Cadence Records and later this summer with Love Gum Records in the United Kingdom. Shanley, the recipient of the 2010 Katherine Brick Young Songwriter of the Year and 2010 “Best Male Award” for the Access to Music Awards, […]

Kelley Anderson’s New Band: Grand Strand

Kelley Anderson’s New Band: Grand Strand

The so-called “Grand Strand” is 60 miles of South Carolina coastline stretching from Little River to Pawleys Island; more recently, however, it’s also the name of former Those Darlins member Kelley Anderson‘s new band. We knew this was bound to happen; sure enough, this past February, Anderson (“Kelley Darlin”) left the band she co-founded with […]