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CAN’T QUIT STOMPING

CAN’T QUIT STOMPING

AMERICA’S ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE PONDEROSA STOMP, IS BACK AFTER A YEAR OFF After a one-year hiatus, The Ponderosa Stomp, America’s premier roots music festival, is back with a vengeance. Since 2002, the Ponderosa Stomp has been a festival with a unique mission—to look beyond record sales and box office receipts and create a festival […]

PONDEROSA STOMP 2011: DAY ONE

PONDEROSA STOMP 2011: DAY ONE

OR: HOW ROOTS MUSIC MADE ME BECOME A FASHION WRITER This year, the Ponderosa Stomp is held at The Howlin’ Wolf, a music venue located in New Orleans’ central business district. The club is an ideal site for the Stomp in many ways. Named in honor of legendary bluesman Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnet, it is […]

PONDEROSA STOMP 2011: DAY TWO

PONDEROSA STOMP 2011: DAY TWO

NIGHT TWO BRINGS THREE EPIC GUITARISTS AND A DAZZLING ARRAY OF BLUES, SOUL … AND PUNK? Saturday Night, I return to Club Howlin’ Wolf, located in the central business district of New Orleans, for day two of the Ponderosa Stomp—America’s premier roots music festival. Gracing the festival stages tonight will be a galaxy of great […]

Glen Campbell Will “See You There” – The Rhinestone Cowboy’s Latest Album Still Sparkles.

Glen Campbell Will “See You There” – The Rhinestone Cowboy’s Latest Album Still Sparkles.

By Jon Black That “See You There,” the new album by country legend Glen Campbell, exists at all is remarkable enough. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in June 2011, there was wide expectation that “Ghost on the Canvas,” released the same year as Campbell’s diagnosis, would be the artist’s final album. With “See You There” Campbell […]

Hank WIlliams III Announces Country Album & Punk Album

Hank WIlliams III Announces Country Album & Punk Album

The king of hellbilly, Mr. HANK3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases, hitting stores October 1, 2013. HANK3will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4×4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project “3”.  Brothers of the 4×4 will also be available as a single LP vinyl version, and A […]

Hurray For The Riff Raff Might Be The Best Band

Hurray For The Riff Raff Might Be The Best Band

New Orleans, Louisiana’s Hurray for the Riff Raff has signed to ATO Records and will release their anticipated new studio album early 2014. Alynda lee Segarra signed the ATO contract in the basement of the The Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville, TN where she and producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) first worked together on Hurray […]

Roadkill Ghost Choir = A Mix of All Your Favorite Genres

Roadkill Ghost Choir = A Mix of All Your Favorite Genres

Florida-based band Roadkill Ghost Choir today re-released their new Quiet Light EP, which features the five originally-released tracks as well as a newly recorded song “In The Lion’s Mouth.” About the Quiet Light EP, Absolute Punk said: “The power and grace showcased in just these songs is enough reason to think that this Florida band […]

The O’s Make Music You Want To Hear

The O’s Make Music You Want To Hear

Heres a download of a choice lick called “Outlaw“ Born out of Dallas, Texas’ rich music scene, The O’s deliver a melodic, catchy pop sound, achieved with folk-minded acoustic instrumentation, drawing influences from the modern and traditional Americana scenes.  Comprised of Taylor Young (acoustic guitar, kick drum) and John Pedigo (banjo), the duo had spent […]

A Coffee Table Fable with Deer Tick

A Coffee Table Fable with Deer Tick

The night I first heard Deer Tick is the night I fell through a glass coffee table. For the past seven years the third weekend of October has been reserved for my annual “poker” trip, otherwise known as “Veiny Balloon Weekend”, which takes place somewhere along the Virginia/North Carolina border with seven lovable scoundrels with […]

Jason Isbell – “Southeastern”

Jason Isbell – “Southeastern”

Jason Isbell has seen some major changes in his life in the last couple of years — chief among them marriage and sobriety.  If anything, those changes have been positive for Isbell as a songwriter.  Listening to  “Southeastern,”  Guy Clark repeatedly comes to mind in terms of Isbell’s handle on the power of a lyric […]

A Look at The Wild Feathers

A Look at The Wild Feathers

“And I don’t know how I got this far down with the ceiling,” cries Taylor Burns, one of five vocalists for The Wild Feathers, on their first single, The Ceiling. However, with each opening set for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Ryan Bingham, respectively, that ceiling–a retractable roof–opens wider to reveal the sky-high limit for […]

Wing and Hollow’s Signal Fire: EP Review

Wing and Hollow’s Signal Fire: EP Review

See the billowing smoke in that faraway clearing? Down below Jill and Haven Lamoureux are stoking the flame. Their Los Angeles-based band, Wing and Hollow, is trapped in the dense wilderness of criminally neglected Indie Rock. Signal Fire, their third EP, may change that. The EP opens with Cage a Bird, which was recorded at […]

French Camp’s Sophomore Album, Odd Particle: A Review

French Camp’s Sophomore Album, Odd Particle: A Review

Made by Music Lovers for Music Lovers As innovative and fun as their first self-titled outing may have been, the structure of Odd Particle—the cohesive balance between driving rock and ethereal vocals—is something to be envied. The influence of Radiohead, especially early albums, is pervasive but not overwhelming. The band has a style all its […]

Todd Snider is a Country Hippie

Todd Snider is a Country Hippie

By: Jason Estopinal A few nights ago I was able to catch that singer songwriter hippie folk balladeer guy Todd Snider at the Coachouse in San Juan Capistrano, Ca. Im not going to presume to really know anything about Todd. All I know is Ive been hearing his name around for years, I feel like […]