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Thoughts on LOSING MY BROTHERHOOD by Bobby Long

Thoughts on LOSING MY BROTHERHOOD by Bobby Long

LOSING MY BROTHERHOOD is British singer-songwriter Bobby Long’s first collection of poems. He released the book in May of 2012, complete with several drawings by artist Ben Edge. Long has said himself that the book is meant to be a farewell to a particular era in his life, when friendship was all he and his […]

The Be Good Tanyas Are Back with ‘A Collection’ – Interview

The Be Good Tanyas Are Back with ‘A Collection’ – Interview

By: Gillian McClellan For Canadian trio The Be Good Tanyas, 2012 marks the end of a four year long hiatus – and the start of a new learning curve. The group, formed in Vancouver in 1999, is set to release their newest album, entitled ‘A Collection (2000-2012),’ on July 17. The career retrospective boasts fan-favorites […]

Mumford & Sons annouce new album: ‘Babel’

Mumford & Sons annouce new album: ‘Babel’

By: Gillian McClellan The highly anticipated sophomore album from Mumford & Sons has been set for a September 25 release through Glassnote Records. The folky band of Brits have christened their newest production ‘Babel’ and will be making it available for pre-order via their website on July 23. ‘Babel’ follows in the rather large footsteps […]

Old Crow Medicine Show Gets Carried Away

Old Crow Medicine Show Gets Carried Away

One night in the early ‘00s, the legendary Doc Watson stumbled across a group of good-lookin’ cats playing old-timey music in front of a pharmacy in North Carolina, and immediately shipped them off to Merlefest. In 2004 they knocked the nation off our feet with their self-titled debut album. It opened with a fiery hot […]

An Avett Brothers Fan’s Apostasy (And Possible Return to The Fold)

An Avett Brothers Fan’s Apostasy (And Possible Return to The Fold)

In the Church of the Avett Brothers, I once held the esteemed (albeit self-proclaimed) position of prophet lead evangelist. I have taken it upon myself in years past to boldly and effectively proclaim the good news to hoardes of unbelievers.  Simply lend me an ear and I’d tell a tale of hair-splitting harmonies, unrivaled anthems, and live […]

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

If moving forward in music is scary—forging new paths, creating new sounds and genres—then looking back must be terrifying. That fear over the path you’ve chosen, even if it’s through previously charted lands, must be crippling. After all, we’ve moved on as listeners into a new age, and we tend to do so every few […]

Bear Creek: Carlile’s Biggest Splash

Bear Creek: Carlile’s Biggest Splash

By: Isaac Darnall For years, Brandi Carlile’s voice has been stopping millions of people dead in their tracks. It first hit in 2005, wildly ambitious, fresh off the streets of Seattle where it had been busking overtime to pay the rent. It dared to summon echoes of the superhuman Matt Belamy—no small feat, but a […]

Hank Williams, Jr. — “Old School, New Rules”

Hank Williams, Jr. — “Old School, New Rules”

By: Gillian McClellan If one were to scroll through my Twitter page, they might be disappointed to find there isn’t much substance. Half of it is a testament to my hopelessly-single-girl obsession with my future wedding, while the other half consists of my feeble attempts at being clever.  Regardless, one of my most compelling gems of […]

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

By: Sarah J. McNally The first time I ever saw Kenny Rogers perform he kicked off his set with his hit “You Decorated My Life.” Next to me an older couple began to dance, singing every word along with Kenny, and I noticed that both of them were crying. After the song ended I asked […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

The French Connection — From Quebecois to Cajun On night two of SxSW 2012, I acquired a sidekick (or perhaps I was the sidekick, I don’t know). In recent years, I have been fortunate to have an accomplice for my SxSW adventures. It has, however, never been the same person from year to the next […]

Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes Offer Infectious Sounds, Intelligent Music, and Mass Appeal

Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes Offer Infectious Sounds, Intelligent Music, and Mass Appeal

Nashville is a veritable breeding ground for the very best new music, no matter the genre, and Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes is just one more piece of solid proof supporting this theory of mine. If you haven’t heard of them, it’s okay. You will, and very soon. The quartet, headed by Daniel Ellsworth, […]

Father’s Day Special: An Interview With Jim Avett (Father to Scott and Seth Avett)

Father’s Day Special: An Interview With Jim Avett (Father to Scott and Seth Avett)

[Originally published on Father’s Day 2010, ATF decided to re-run this interview in honor of good fathers everywhere. Jim Avett is the father of Scott and Seth — you know, the Avett Brothers. Jim Avett’s latest album, Second Chance, was released in February 2012 and is available on iTunes. Enjoy.] When asked about his plans […]

Jason Myles Goss Hits a High Note with Radio Dial

Jason Myles Goss Hits a High Note with Radio Dial

In 2003, Jason Myles Goss released his debut album, Long Way Down, a sort of budding-college-freshman ode to the amazement of puppy love, or an amateur Dave Matthews Band meets Jason Miraz. Now, nine years later, you have to listen pretty close to Radio Dial to know it’s the same singer. Goss’ vocals—and songs—have emigrated […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

At Long Last: SxSW 2012 FIRST, an apology to my readers: real life sometimes gets in the way of my music journalism. These reviews come more than two months after the fact, but I hope that being untimely in no way distracts from the enjoyment that reading brings or the great music and performers it […]