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The Band of Heathens “One Foot in the Ether” BOH Records

The Band of Heathens “One Foot in the Ether” BOH Records

How do you follow a debut album that hit No. 1 on both U.S. and Euro Americana radio? If you’re Austin’s The Band of Heathens you change the formula. While their eponymous debut was more on the acoustic side of things, “One Foot in the Ether” is a plugged-in rock record. This is a band […]

Those Darlins – Those Darlins (self titled debut) Oh Wow Dang Records

Those Darlins – Those Darlins (self titled debut) Oh Wow Dang Records

Atlanta, GA –  Playing live since 2006, Those Darlins are all about big leather coats with fur collars (when it’s cold), hot pants (when it’s hot), cowboy boots, and making you get up and move! The self-titled debut release by the foursome from Murfreesboro, TN, is a full-tilt, no-holds-barred, never-look-back joyride. While their boots are […]

Album Review: James Hand–Shadow on the Ground

Album Review: James Hand–Shadow on the Ground

James Hand—Shadow on the Ground—Rounder–2009 James Hand is countrier than you. In fact, he was country before (and while and after) country was cool—the 57-year-old has been playing his point-blank honky-tonk in Texas roadhouses since he was in his teens, and now, four decades on, he is a beloved, Willie Nelson-endorsed local legend. For 35 of […]

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ “The Great American Bubble Factory” Vintage Earth/Thirty Tigers

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ “The Great American Bubble Factory” Vintage Earth/Thirty Tigers

From the title, it’s a little hard to know what to expect from Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s first album in 12 years, but opener “Detroit City,” makes it clear they still like to turn it up, with front man Kevn Kinney sounding a bit like Bon Scott. Paying tribute to Detroit, referencing local bands like MC5 […]

Interview: Stephen Kellogg

Interview: Stephen Kellogg

Intro: Forget G.I. Joe when looking at this summer’s Real American Hero. Look no further than singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg, who fights villainous poison ivy plants and performs his tunes for soldiers and foreign heads of state alike. Kellogg even takes on bears, at least in metaphorical terms, with his band The Sixers’ new album, The […]

Rest In Peace, Mike Seeger – Read his last interview

Rest In Peace, Mike Seeger – Read his last interview

The music world lost an incredible performer with the passing of folk virtuoso Mike Seeger this weekend. Seeger, best known for his work with the New Lost City Ramblers in the 1950s and 1960s, died Friday of multiple myeloma at his home in Lexington, Va. He was 75. His survivors include 13 grandchildren and his […]

The Handsome Family at Spaceland, Los Angeles. July 25th, 2009

The Handsome Family at Spaceland, Los Angeles. July 25th, 2009

“Come for the music, stay for the awkward jokes…” should have been the premise of this show. The opening act, a man named Daniel Knox, was a Richard Swift knockoff that could not pull off the avant-garde moniker; he was much too unsettled for me to watch. He stressed me out, so I chose to […]

The Cave Singers: Welcome Joy (8/10/09)

The Cave Singers: Welcome Joy (8/10/09)

The Seattle Trio will release their sophomore album on August, 18th through their home label Matador Records. Following the band since they started touring in 2007, I have been pleased with the evolution of their sound and production. The resonance of Welcome Joy is natural and calming, making for an enjoyable experience for even the […]

Can Anyone Please Tell Us Where The Dixie Chicks Are?

Can Anyone Please Tell Us Where The Dixie Chicks Are?

Unlike most of Middle America, we here at Country Music Pride refuse to give up on The Dixie Chicks, even though we haven’t heard from the girls since 2007, when their last album, Taking the Long Way, scored a couple of big Grammy Awards, including an unexpected Album of the Year. But they’re not touring […]

Steve Shiffman & The Land of No

Steve Shiffman & The Land of No

Anti-folk has been used to describe this East coast wonder known as Steve Shiffman & The Land of No. Indeed the elements of modern anti-folk are present in this melodic record, however it can be more clearly stated by considering Steve Shiffman as a bridging sound from the singer/songwriter/folk movement that is taking over all […]

J.B. Beverley and the Wayward Drifters “Watch America Roll By” Helltrain

J.B. Beverley and the Wayward Drifters “Watch America Roll By” Helltrain

The fact that “Virginia’s hardcore honky tonkers” reference Johnny Cash and Hank Williams (and to a somewhat lesser degree Merle Haggard) on their myspace page doesn’t shock me because those names still have some level of cool factor in certain circles, but when they drop Jimmie Rodgers’ name, I know they’re serious about old country. […]

Interview: Larry Campbell

Interview: Larry Campbell

The average casual music fan probably hasn’t heard of Larry Campbell, yet he’s lived out the dreams of baby boomers everywhere who picked up guitar lessons to prove to their kids that they were once “cool.” He spent eight years rocking out with Bob Dylan and two years after that on tour with Phil Lesh […]

STAGECOACH 2009

STAGECOACH 2009

April 25th, April 26th Indio, Ca. Kenney Chesney Kid Rock Little Big Town Miranda Lambert Earl Scruggs Lady Antebellum Jerry Jeff Walker Ralph Stanley Kevin Costner & Modern West Zac Brown Band + 26 others Deep in California’s armpit lies the hot and uninviting town of Indio, host city of  Stagecoach, California’s largest country music […]

Larry Jon Wilson “Larry Jon Wilson” Drag City

Larry Jon Wilson “Larry Jon Wilson” Drag City

I’d never heard of Larry Jon Wilson before. I can’t comment on his four Monument releases from the second half of the 1970’s. They were a little before my time, and no one had ever pointed me in his direction. After hearing this new, self-titled release, I may have to track down those albums. Given […]