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Interview: Those Darlins invite you to a sleepover!

Interview: Those Darlins invite you to a sleepover!

On a crisp fall evening in Atlanta, Those Darlins (Jessi, Kelley, Nikki and Sheriff Linwood) blew into town and proceeded to heat things up. CMP caught up with them before their show at The Loft on Sept. 29th in support of their self-titled debut album. Prepare to enjoy the gracious and playful banter. CMP: Just […]

Interview – Elliott BROOD has a suitcase full of stories

Interview – Elliott BROOD has a suitcase full of stories

I’m not big into “tweeting”, but this is by far the best bio I’ve ever read on Twitter: Name: Elliott BROOD Location: Toronto Bio: If a whiskey-stinking Harry Dean Stanton busted into your living room window one night and knocked your teeth out with a tire iron, EB might be the sound track. A bit […]

Patty Loveless – "Mountain Soul II" (Saguaro Road Records)

Patty Loveless – "Mountain Soul II" (Saguaro Road Records)

The twenty year stretch from the release of Urban Cowboy to O Brother, Where Art Thou was an interesting time in country music. For decades all the major record labels had offices in Nashville, but it was during this period that they seriously began to contribute to the corporate profits of their parent companies, and […]

The Bottle Rockets – "Lean Forward" (Bloodshot Records)

The Bottle Rockets – "Lean Forward" (Bloodshot Records)

Atlanta, GA — I’ve never liked comparisons. If a reviewer must mention how closely one band’s sound resembles another, that only reduces the band to mere cover-band status. Just my opinion, but hey, that’s what I’m here for. That said, The Bottle Rockets have been compared thusly: Wilco are to the Beatles as The Bottle […]

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Kevn Kinney Interview

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Kevn Kinney Interview

As with so many great projects, the inspiration for The Great American Bubble Factory, Drivin’ N Cryin’s first new album in 12 years, came from an unexpected place: the dollar store. “I was at the dollar store with my granddaughter buying some bubbles, and I saw on the label where the bubbles are made in […]

MTV Video Music Awards Open Thread

MTV Video Music Awards Open Thread

For us at CMP headquarters, tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards featured one shock after another. First of all, we were shocked to discover MTV still plays music videos. Then, we were shocked bubbly teen country superstar Taylor Swift beat out heavy-hitting pop front-runners Lady Gaga and Sasha Fierce Beyoncé to win Best Female Video for […]

J.H. Sitton "Losing Kind, Losing One" Avebury Records

J.H. Sitton "Losing Kind, Losing One" Avebury Records

J.H. Sitton is a man of many voices. His album, Losing Kind, Losing One explores a wide range of musical influence. But whether a song is reminiscent of Bob Dylan or Kurt Cobain, they are clearly creations of J.H. Sitton. The album has a lo-fi sound in both production and style. Their is a hiss […]

Elliott Brood “Mountain Meadows” Six Shooter Records

Elliott Brood “Mountain Meadows” Six Shooter Records

Death country, country noir or whatever other labels anyone wants to give them, the three guys that are Toronto’s Elliott Brood push the boundaries of the country genre.  Listening to the album the first three references that come to mind are Sunny Day Real Estate, Nirvana, and Elliott Smith – primarily in regards to the […]

Dan Tyminski (Alison Krauss/Soggy Bottom Boys)

Dan Tyminski (Alison Krauss/Soggy Bottom Boys)

The image is forever burned into our pop-culture consciousness. George Clooney, sporting overalls and scruff, wailing “Man of Constant Sorrow” in the Coen Brothers’ twangy Odyssey O’Brother, Where Art Thou? Then, there’s the man behind that scene: bluegrass singer-songwriter Dan Tyminski, of the Dan Tyminski Band and Alison Krauss and Union Station, still one of […]

The Council of Smokers and Drinkers "Grizzled"

The Council of Smokers and Drinkers "Grizzled"

Pour yourself a tall glass of whiskey and light a cigarette. Grizzled, the debut album from The Council of Smokers and Drinkers will bring you to the back of a poorly lit but crowded bar, and rock you the whole night long. The Council of Drinkers and Smokers, an Alaskan country band with hard rock […]

Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go 50 years of The New Lost City Ramblers

Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go 50 years of The New Lost City Ramblers

The New Lost City Ramblers were not only musicians, they were historians. They searched the country for lost singers, and helped revive their music. Their most recent collection of music, Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go? is not only a celebration of a legendary folk group, but it is also an exploration […]

The Sweet Sounds of Jameson: Aug. 13 at the Gypsy Lounge

The Sweet Sounds of Jameson: Aug. 13 at the Gypsy Lounge

When you walk in to a dark bar and see a stage with a Matchless Amplifier, a beautiful guitar, a microphone and a stool with a shot of whiskey and a beer you know you are in for a good night. This is the arsenal of Jameson as a solo act. Orange County, California’s local […]

Mark Lennon – Down the Mountain – (Vagabonds Tune Records)

Mark Lennon – Down the Mountain – (Vagabonds Tune Records)

Atlanta, GA — At first glance, there’s nothing special about Mark Lennon. He’s the guy next door, the laid-back neighbor strumming his guitar on the back porch while sipping a cold drink. He’s not flashy, but then again he doesn’t have to be. Just listen to his music and you’ll realize he’s a savvy musician […]

Joshua James "Build Me This"

Joshua James "Build Me This"

Joshua James—Build Me This—Intelligent Noise—2009 Yes, I know it’s hard to get past that album cover. Is that Noxema? Has he rolled himself in flour? If this reverse minstrelsy? Is he covering his face with curdled milk like Halle in Beloved? Or is he just trying to illustrate that he’s more tortured by the burden […]