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EP Review: Sidewalk Dave – “Can’t Be Your Friend”

EP Review: Sidewalk Dave – “Can’t Be Your Friend”

Brutal honesty has been a trademark of Sidewalk Dave since their 2009 debut (Songs for Cowards), and on their latest EP, Can’t Be Your Friend, the honesty continues. Brutally. “On my way to Hell, whoah, I’ll be kicking myself / On my way down that dark well, oh well,” sings Dave VanWitt on “On My […]

Album Review of The Waifs: Temptation

Album Review of The Waifs: Temptation

Born in a spirit of independence, the Australian folk rock band The Waifs have toured the world, since their formation in 1992, and made their special style of music, on their own terms and in their own way. The Waifs, whose core members are Sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson together with Josh Cunningham, produce […]

Album Review: Colin Hay – “Gathering Mercury” – (Compass)

Album Review: Colin Hay – “Gathering Mercury” – (Compass)

Forever known as the lead singer-songwriter of the iconic ’80s band Men At Work, Colin Hay has been cranking out solo records for nearly a quarter century. Gathering Mercury is arguably his best work. Tragically, though, the album was inspired and written after the death of Hay’s father. “Dear Father” features one of the most […]

Alana Amram – Snow Shadows

Alana Amram – Snow Shadows

Alana Amram’s haunting voice and interesting instrumentation mixed with the classic words of Vince Martin make Amram’s new album Snow Shadows: Songs of Vince Martin exceptional. This New York native was born the daughter of composer/beat icon David Amram and writer/actress Lora Lee, but somehow Amram still makes the album sound as if it came […]

Interview with Scott H. Biram

Interview with Scott H. Biram

If Jimmy Martin, Leadbelly, David Allan Coe, a fire and brimstone preacher, and Gregg Ginn had their DNA combined and implanted in the womb of Janis Joplin, the baby that resulted would be the closest match to the incredible talent that is “The Dirty Old One Man Band,” Scott H. Biram. Equal parts country, blues, […]

Album Review of Tommy Shaw: The Great Divide

Album Review of Tommy Shaw: The Great Divide

I can’t say that I’ve been a huge fan of Styx at any point in my life.  I don’t know much about this legendary band, but I know enough that I was surprised to hear Tommy Shaw, the guitarist, released a bluegrass album on March 22.  As a Tennessee native, I’ve been around bluegrass my […]

Gillian Welch Announces New Album

Gillian Welch Announces New Album

Acclaimed songstress Gillian Welch has announced her new album The Harrow and the Harvest, will be released June 28th. (That’s only 3 weeks from now!) The new album will feature ten new songs recorded at her own Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and will be produced by her partner David Rawlings. Welch and Rawlings […]

Interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Dawes sophomore album Nothing Is Wrong gets its release Tuesday June 7th. Last week I got a chance to talk to lead man Taylor Goldsmith while the band was up in Vermont. ATF: So Taylor, what inspired you more on this album home or touring? TG: Out of the two I would say touring. I […]

Dawes “Nothing Is Wrong”

Dawes “Nothing Is Wrong”

Dawes is the new quintessential American band. They are sponges, soaking up the sounds and feelings of their predecessors. They sound like four guys who grew up sitting at the feet of Neil Young and Levon Helm, memorizing everything they ever said. On their sophomore album, they build on what they started with North Hills. […]

Young Robert Ellis Shoots His First Gun

Young Robert Ellis Shoots His First Gun

What makes a good song? It isn’t obvious. Perhaps it’s never crossed your mind. But the ingredients are out there, apparent within every classic tune, and yet extraordinarily difficult to grasp ahold of. Many artists fail. Fine is the line between cliché and catchy. Equally enigmatic is the appropriate boundary between “weird” and “wow.” The […]

Suzanna Choffel-Steady Eye Shaky Bow

Suzanna Choffel-Steady Eye Shaky Bow

Suzanna Choffel has put together a solid combination of pop, soul, and jazz on her new record Steady Eye Shaky Bow. The Austin native uses her strong voice and unique song writing to produce a nice mix of pop soul and jazz. Choffel barely has to try. Her smokey voice lays down comfortably over every […]

Jason Ringenberg Lends His Voice To Pbs Show

Jason Ringenberg Lends His Voice To Pbs Show

Legendary Jason & The Scorchers Front Man Sings on Civil War Documentary To Air This Week Nashville, TN– Jason Ringenberg appears prominently in the new “Tennessee Civil War 150: The Music” documentary airing on all PBS television stations in Tennessee and some stations around the country. He sings the “Battle Cry of Freedom” and an […]

Album Review of Brett Detar: Bird in the Tangle

Album Review of Brett Detar: Bird in the Tangle

What would happen if Bill Monroe, Layne Staley, Johnny Cash, and Marilyn Manson decided to collaborate, on an album together? Well you can bet it would probably sound something like, Bird in the Tangle, the first solo album by Brett Detar, former lead singer of the emo/indie/rock band The Juliana Theory. Detar released the album […]

James McMurtry On Tour

James McMurtry On Tour

James McMurtry is gearing up for an extensive summer tour **In Case You Missed It** James McMurtry’s “Bayou Tortous” was featured last night on the FOX-TV series, Bones.  CLICK HERE to watch the full episode, entitled “The Finder.”  More and more these days, McMurtry pops up in popular culture – his albums and songs have […]