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Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long Publishes First Book of Poetry Entitled ‘Losing My Brotherhood’

Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long Publishes First Book of Poetry Entitled ‘Losing My Brotherhood’

Second Album Coming in the Fall British singer-songwriter Bobby Long is adding ‘author’ to his list of descriptive hyphenates with the publication of his first collection of poetry entitled LOSING MY BROTHERHOOD. The book is published by SGO Music Publishing and will be available via amazon and other publishing retailers. Long began compiling the volume last year […]

French Camp’s Self-Titled Debut Is Intense and Inventive

French Camp’s Self-Titled Debut Is Intense and Inventive

Brooklyn-based quartet French Camp recently released its self-titled debut album, a collection of tunes that pull inspiration from some of my favorite genres and styles.  This means, of course, that I love every song for different reasons, but there is one prevailing technique carried through the record that cements my regard and respect for the […]

Rosanne Cash: American Music’s Theoretical Physicist of Love

Rosanne Cash: American Music’s Theoretical Physicist of Love

Anyone who has listened to her music and lyrics, or read her fiction and non-fiction, knows that Rosanne Cash is much more than a pretty face and the daughter of an American musical and cultural icon. (Her 2010 memoir, Composed, is graceful and beautifully written.) Rosanne Cash is an artist with great emotional depth and […]

Stacey Randol: A Strong Voice for Female Singer/Songwriters

Stacey Randol: A Strong Voice for Female Singer/Songwriters

It’s a sad fact, but there seems to be shortage of female singer/songwriters in the world. Of course, with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Sarah Bareilles, and Regina Spektor earning accolades, many might argue that women have a huge place in the music scene, and these women are strong writers, singers, and performers who deserve […]

Old Crow Medicine Show – New Album & Tour Dates Announced… Its about time boys!!!

Old Crow Medicine Show – New Album & Tour Dates Announced… Its about time boys!!!

Old Crow Medicine Show announces the release of their newest album, Carry Me Back, on July 17 through ATO Records! Carry Me Back is the band’s fourth studio album and first since 2008’s Tennessee Pusher, and features 12 brand new tracks that sonically span the band’s career while still pushing them forward in new directions […]

Foggy Mountain Special: A Tribute to Earl Scruggs – Review

Foggy Mountain Special: A Tribute to Earl Scruggs – Review

by: Alan Morgan It was a sad day when the music world heard about the passing of banjo master Earl Scruggs on March 28th, 2012.  Musicians and fans from all different musical backgrounds were saddened by the loss of one of the most innovative instrumentalists this world has ever seen. Now, in the weeks following […]

Deer Tick at the Yost Theater – Cee Lo and McCauley’s Grill’s! A Show Review

Deer Tick at the Yost Theater – Cee Lo and McCauley’s Grill’s! A Show Review

I think if Deer Tick were on NBC’s “The Voice” they would win, and the win would come without any mention of frontman John McCauley’s jacked up grill (hell, Cee Lo might even hook John up with some extra platinum caps he boxed up in his attic). Those raspy-laced pipes could rival Celtic singers, aging […]

Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel about Me Now” – (Bloodshot)

Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel about Me Now” – (Bloodshot)

In the midst of strong reviews of his last album, Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle made the kind of splash he undoubtedly did not want to make.  For various reasons, Earle entered re-hab (again) for drug addiction.  I mention this mainly as a reference point for the songwriting on the album.  While there are […]

The New Standard by Which All Other Albums Will Be Judged – Maple Ridge by Swear and Shake

The New Standard by Which All Other Albums Will Be Judged – Maple Ridge by Swear and Shake

I’d heard a few sneak peek tracks of Maple Ridge and knew that something special was coming. With the release of These White Walls, the first single from the record, I could already tell that Swear and Shake had upped their game considerably. I thought I was adequately prepared for the remaining songs, but I […]

Audio Fidelity Showers April with Phil Collins Gold, Ten Years After Vinyl, and a Genesis Rarity for “Record Store Day”

Audiophile Reissues of Collins’ But Seriously, Ten Years After’s A Space in Time Due April 24th  Dual-Speed Genesis EP Spot the Pigeon Arrives April 21 for “Record Store Day” Marshall Blonstein, president of Audio Fidelity, has announced April 24 as the release date for the reissue of two classic rock albums. Phil Collins’ chart-topping 1989 […]

Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day 2012

Second only to National Pancake Day, Record Store Day is my personal favorite day of the year. RSD falls on April 21 this year, so go out and support your local independent record store. You can pick up some new or used vinyl while enjoying the unique scents of cellophane and patchouli at that funky […]

Levon Helm 1940 – 2012

Levon Helm 1940 – 2012

Levon Helm passed peacefully the afternoon of April 19, 2012. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul. In a statement on his official website, Bob Dylan has posted the following message: “He was my bosom buddy friend […]

Album Review: Comfort by Heyrocco

Album Review: Comfort by Heyrocco

Charleston-based trio Heyrocco has really gone above and beyond expectation with their first LP, Comfort. After setting their first EP on repeat, I thought I knew what this band was all about. The Friends Mixtape put forth catchy, upbeat tunes with some clever lyrics and prodigious musicianship. I say prodigious because one or two of […]

Kiernan McMullan’s TWO YEARS – Review

Kiernan McMullan’s TWO YEARS – Review

Two Years has been a labor of love for Kiernan McMullan for–you guessed it–two years. This collection of tunes tells the story of how he struck out on his own after his first recording contract wasn’t all he ever dreamed. From the opening track, What If, we learn just how hard it is to find […]