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Jon Black’s SxSW 2013 The Best Review In the World – Day 2

Jon Black’s SxSW 2013 The Best Review In the World – Day 2

By Jon Black SxSW 2013 DAY TWO For SxSW Day Two, we plunge back on the chaotic and crowded streets of downtown Austin for some unique concepts, both musically and underlying bands themselves, as well as some great revivals of classic sounds. THE BEAUMONTS This Lubbock, Texas four piece gives the impression of ZZ Top, […]

Jon Black’s SxSW 2013 The Best Review In the World – Day 1

Jon Black’s SxSW 2013 The Best Review In the World – Day 1

by Jon Black As I get older, my memory gets a little bit fuzzier. This is my fourth (at least?) year to have the privilege of covering the annual South by Southwest music festival in Austin for Awaiting the Flood. Keeping in mind that ATF’s regular readers have probably read previous years’ coverage, including my […]

Bobby Long’s Wishbone: Album Review

Bobby Long’s Wishbone: Album Review

A Talk with Bobby Long: Part Three It’s not accurate to say Bobby Long reinvents himself with every album, however much evidence the music gives. Instead, I think each EP and LP is a step toward something greater, and Wishbone is no exception. Bobby Long told me he never intended to be labeled a singer-songwriter—that […]

Heyrocco’s DARK SUMMER: EP Review

Heyrocco’s DARK SUMMER: EP Review

Charleston Trio Heyrocco Just Keeps Getting Better Guys. Let’s get serious for a minute. You know that album you listen to with the windows down and sunroof open, winter weather be damned? Yeah? Hit the eject button and switch to Heyrocco’s Dark Summer for a few. This four-song EP, a selection of tunes from a […]

Fuzz Face and Granny Whites CD Release Party Set for February 28th

Fuzz Face and Granny Whites CD Release Party Set for February 28th

Guest Post: Fuzz Face and The Granny Whites Prepare to Rock Nashville Whatever plans you have for February 28th, cancel them. You are not going to want to miss the event of the year at the High Watt in Nashville. Peeled Labels Entertainment is rolling out the red carpet for Fuzz Face and The Granny […]

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 […]

Elliott BROOD announces fall tour dates with Wintersleep

Elliott BROOD announces fall tour dates with Wintersleep

I have yet to find any discernible definition for the term “alt-country” – I suppose that’s why I’m so drawn to everything it classifies.  The “country” brand has always been judged against the conventionally held standards set by godfathers/mothers like Hank Williams, George Jones and Patsy Cline.  Someone out there will always say it’s “too rough,” “too […]

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 […]

Top 5 Televised Musical Performances

Top 5 Televised Musical Performances

There’s nothing like going to a live concert and experiencing the pulse of the subwoofers and authenticity of the lead singer’s vocals. But these days, you can watch great artists perform from the comfort of your couch. With HD channels like Palladia, offered by TV providers such as Satellitetv.net, watching live bands perform has never been […]

A Night with Brandi Carlile

A Night with Brandi Carlile

By: Amy Dolkas Is music just about the songwriter’s life experiences or do songwriters help us to see life like we’ve never seen it before, even though we are living it? How is it that some very talented musicians can say the simplest line, and yet it so tugs at our heart strings that tears […]

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, […]

Spotlight Artist: Amy Black – “Whiskey and Wine”

Spotlight Artist: Amy Black – “Whiskey and Wine”

Boston based singer/songwriter Amy Black possesses all the necessary traits of a soulful Southern artist: Her parents are from the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, her dad is a preacher, her granddad loved to tell stories, and the family moved around a lot within Missouri and Alabama before finally heading to Boston.