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Katzenjammer “Le Pop” Nettwerk Records

Katzenjammer “Le Pop” Nettwerk Records

Being new to the world of album reviews, I decided to just write whatever popped into my head while listening to Le Pop for the first time (not unlike anything else I write, ever). So: I generally love things with bells and accordion-sounding instruments, so this sounds really promising from moment one, and very eclectic, […]

Win Free Copies of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s New CD!

Win Free Copies of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s New CD!

We love Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new CD, The Age of Miracles. Judging by the emails we’ve gotten here and the many comments over at our No Depression page, fans are also excited. In case you missed it, people are saying wonderful things about her music: …a mostly quiet album, yet luckily free from melancholy navel-gazing. […]

Jack Rose with D Charles Speer & the Helix “Ragged and Right” Thrill Jockey

Jack Rose with D Charles Speer & the Helix “Ragged and Right” Thrill Jockey

In the spring of 2008, post-Takoma, American primitive guitarist Jack Rose set off on a tour with D Charles Speer and the Helix.  Along the way, they listened to a lot of Three Track Shack era Link Wray – especially the songs “Scorpio Woman” and his version of “In the Pines.”  Rose was so excited […]

12 Questions with Derek Hoke

12 Questions with Derek Hoke

Twelve is an iconic number. There were the 12 Tribes of Israel, there are 12 eggs in a dozen, and 12-step programs. Twelve is also a sublime mathematical number, there are 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 disciples of Christ, 12 months in a year, 12 strikes to a perfect game in bowling . . […]

John McEuen | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – “Workingman’s Banjo”

John McEuen | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – “Workingman’s Banjo”

No doubt, John McEuen is a lot of things to a lot of people.  He’s a multi-instrumentalist, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, solo artist, producer, documentarian, film scorer, concert promoter, and XM radio host.  In addition to being a husband and father of six, he’s also a close friend of Steve Martin, […]

Billboard Features Jewel’s Cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done”

Billboard Features Jewel’s Cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done”

Jewel covers Neil Young In support of her new album, Sweet and Wild, and as part of this week’s Mashup Mondays series on Billboard.com, Jewel covered Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done.” Jewel “puts a feminine, breathy, melancholy-but-gentle twist on the Canadian rock legend’s track.” Listen closely because Jewel’s otherworldly good looks can […]

Imelda May – Love Tattoo – (Verve Forecast)

Imelda May – Love Tattoo – (Verve Forecast)

Dublin-born rockabilly sensation Imelda May is further proof that the Irish are the European torchbearers of soul. Backed by a band that includes her husband Darrel Higham on guitar, she alternately growls, shouts, purrs and croons on Love Tattoo, her first major-label release. (Her debut, No Turning Back, was released under her maiden name, Imelda […]

“Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs Shel Silverstein” (Various Artists) Sugar Hill

“Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs Shel Silverstein” (Various Artists) Sugar Hill

You never know what to expect with a tribute album.  They have a tendency to be very hit and miss.  Often, the biggest downfalls are that the songs don’t sound all that different from the original and they just aren’t quite as good.  While there are some songs on this album that don’t add too […]

Roland White “I Wasn’t Born to Rock ‘n Roll” Tompkins Square

Roland White “I Wasn’t Born to Rock ‘n Roll” Tompkins Square

It took thirty-four years for “I Wasn’t Born to Rock ‘n Roll” to be reissued on cd, and we should be thankful to Tompkins Square for seeking out lost treasures like this. Roland White may not be as immediately recognizable outside of bluegrass circles as names like Bill Monroe or Lester Flatt, but he has […]

John Prine – In Person & On Stage – (Oh Boy Records)

John Prine – In Person & On Stage – (Oh Boy Records)

John Prine is a national treasure. No one writes and sings quite like he does. His wry, poetic genius spills over with the precise amount of irreverence needed to pull his fans through hard times. One line can be the funniest thing in the world, followed by a quietly heartbreaking image. His smiling voice, especially […]

EXCLUSIVE: Whiskey & Co. “Rust Colors” album stream, plus interview

EXCLUSIVE: Whiskey & Co. “Rust Colors” album stream, plus interview

Here at Country Music Pride, we appreciate the finer things in life. We love whiskey, and we love good company. So naturally, we’d love a band called Whiskey & Company. And it turns out Whiskey & Co. loves us –– so much in fact that Country Music Pride is exclusively streaming their new album, Rust […]

Q&A: Blackberry Smoke

Q&A: Blackberry Smoke

The faint aroma of incense eased through the air of Nashville’s Mercy Lounge as the five longhaired, Skynyrd-esque rockers of Blackberry Smoke took the stage. Often cited as “Too Country for Rock, Too Rock for Country”, Blackberry Smoke delivered a foot stompin’, lighter-wavin’, ‘hell yeah’ of a good time that fully lived up to the […]

Truth & Salvage Co.

Truth & Salvage Co.

Every so often you come across a band whose music sort of reaches out and shakes hands with your soul. That’s just what the music of LA’s own Truth & Salvage Co. did to me. It’s a nice feeling, too, considering the vastly diluted pool of modern Americana rock bands fending for a spot on […]

Declan McGarry – Self-Titled Debut – (LT Records)

Declan McGarry – Self-Titled Debut – (LT Records)

Declan McGarry is obsessed with summertime and being seventeen again. That’s what you might think on on the opening “Summer Heat” and subsequent songs like “Seventeen” and “Summers of My Life.” But hold on. This 25-year-old Canadian who hails from Winnipeg — hometown of the legendary Neil Young and an early influence — has much […]