Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

Lee MacDougall Speaks – Interview, August 13

Lee MacDougall Speaks – Interview, August 13

Before Lee MacDougall took the stage in Nashville on August 13, I got a chance to talk with him for a few minutes.  With his easy, charming wit, Lee discussed heavy metal, TJ Maxx, and his mom.   ATF:  How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you? LM: Um, wow.  […]

Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets

Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets

White Bluff, Nashville, and all of Middle Tennessee, today August 16, 2011, Bloodshot Records will release Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets. The album is a departure from the plugged in rock sound the band has been playing since their inception in 1992. The signature raucous rock sound has been stripped down […]

Album Review: Buffalo Clover – Low Down Time

Album Review: Buffalo Clover – Low Down Time

As one of the most diverse and well-rounded bands in the Nashville area, Buffalo Clover can always be counted on to give us music that makes us think and move and wish that we could make music just like they do.  I first fell in love with their sound when I heard Midnight Circus from […]

Lee MacDougall Brings It – Live at 3rd and Lindsley, August 15

Lee MacDougall Brings It – Live at 3rd and Lindsley, August 15

It’s not unusual to hear an artist nail it on an EP or LP but fumble when performing live.  Lee MacDougall is NOT one of these artists.  From the moment he opened his mouth on the stage at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, he gave us the very same vocals, dynamics, range, and wit that […]

Scott H. Biram free Mp3s and Tour News

Scott H. Biram free Mp3s and Tour News

Scott H. Biram “The Dirty Old One Man Band” and high priest of the “First Church of the Ultimate Fanaticism” is back home in Texas from his Midwest tour. There will be little rest for the wicked, however, as Biram has a new album, Bad Ingredients, set for release on October 11, 2011 and a […]

Wagons- Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Wagons- Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Australia is one of the few places in the world that has more actual cowboys than America, and has for a while. Australia is the wild west. This island is still full of cattle herding, hard living on the open land, and the frontier mentality. Wagons fifth album, Shake, Rattle and Rumble embodies this. This […]

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 […]

Alexis Marceaux: “Orange Moon”

Alexis Marceaux: “Orange Moon”

The follow-up to her 2009 debut, Dandelion, finds young NOLA native Alexis Marceaux maturing into a songwriting force to be reckoned with. The opening track of Orange Moon is a dramatic, emotionally charged homage to her late friend Leila Foret (to whom the album is also dedicated) that puts Marceaux’s powerful and gorgeous alto front […]

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 […]

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: Jim Lauderdale – “Reason and Rhyme” (Sugar Hill)

Album Review: Jim Lauderdale – “Reason and Rhyme” (Sugar Hill)

Reason and Rhyme is Jim Lauderdale’s latest studio album. This man has put out 19 albums of bluegrass, country, and sometimes pop music. Through his consistently solid song writing, Lauderdale has helped modern country music sound the way it does. Lauderdale is responsible for the country sound of the 90’s; everyone from George Strait to […]

Lindsey Buckingham Readies New Album — Download 1st Single Here

Lindsey Buckingham Readies New Album — Download 1st Single Here

If you only know Lindsey Buckingham from Bill Hader’s portrayal of the oft-neglected and silent guest on the “What Up With That?” sketch on Saturday Night Live, you’re missing out (and you’re probably very, very young). Best known for his work as guitarist, male vocalist and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac, this Grammy winner, producer and […]

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 […]