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PONDEROSA STOMP 2011: DAY TWO

PONDEROSA STOMP 2011: DAY TWO

NIGHT TWO BRINGS THREE EPIC GUITARISTS AND A DAZZLING ARRAY OF BLUES, SOUL … AND PUNK? Saturday Night, I return to Club Howlin’ Wolf, located in the central business district of New Orleans, for day two of the Ponderosa Stomp—America’s premier roots music festival. Gracing the festival stages tonight will be a galaxy of great […]

Glen Campbell Will “See You There” – The Rhinestone Cowboy’s Latest Album Still Sparkles.

Glen Campbell Will “See You There” – The Rhinestone Cowboy’s Latest Album Still Sparkles.

By Jon Black That “See You There,” the new album by country legend Glen Campbell, exists at all is remarkable enough. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in June 2011, there was wide expectation that “Ghost on the Canvas,” released the same year as Campbell’s diagnosis, would be the artist’s final album. With “See You There” Campbell […]

Hank WIlliams III Announces Country Album & Punk Album

Hank WIlliams III Announces Country Album & Punk Album

The king of hellbilly, Mr. HANK3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases, hitting stores October 1, 2013. HANK3will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4×4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project “3”.  Brothers of the 4×4 will also be available as a single LP vinyl version, and A […]

Jason Isbell – “Southeastern”

Jason Isbell – “Southeastern”

Jason Isbell has seen some major changes in his life in the last couple of years — chief among them marriage and sobriety.  If anything, those changes have been positive for Isbell as a songwriter.  Listening to  “Southeastern,”  Guy Clark repeatedly comes to mind in terms of Isbell’s handle on the power of a lyric […]

Get Primitive with Daniel Bachman: Seven Pines Album Review

Get Primitive with Daniel Bachman: Seven Pines Album Review

Daniel Bachman is an intriguing young artist. At 22 years old he is the torchbearer for American Primitivism, a little-known genre started by John Fahey in the late 50’s which is derived from the country blues and string band music of the 20’s and 30’s. Just to clarify, no real torches will be carried. Fahey […]

A Look at The Wild Feathers

A Look at The Wild Feathers

“And I don’t know how I got this far down with the ceiling,” cries Taylor Burns, one of five vocalists for The Wild Feathers, on their first single, The Ceiling. However, with each opening set for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Ryan Bingham, respectively, that ceiling–a retractable roof–opens wider to reveal the sky-high limit for […]

Wing and Hollow’s Signal Fire: EP Review

Wing and Hollow’s Signal Fire: EP Review

See the billowing smoke in that faraway clearing? Down below Jill and Haven Lamoureux are stoking the flame. Their Los Angeles-based band, Wing and Hollow, is trapped in the dense wilderness of criminally neglected Indie Rock. Signal Fire, their third EP, may change that. The EP opens with Cage a Bird, which was recorded at […]

French Camp’s Sophomore Album, Odd Particle: A Review

French Camp’s Sophomore Album, Odd Particle: A Review

Made by Music Lovers for Music Lovers As innovative and fun as their first self-titled outing may have been, the structure of Odd Particle—the cohesive balance between driving rock and ethereal vocals—is something to be envied. The influence of Radiohead, especially early albums, is pervasive but not overwhelming. The band has a style all its […]

Todd Snider is a Country Hippie

Todd Snider is a Country Hippie

By: Jason Estopinal A few nights ago I was able to catch that singer songwriter hippie folk balladeer guy Todd Snider at the Coachouse in San Juan Capistrano, Ca. Im not going to presume to really know anything about Todd. All I know is Ive been hearing his name around for years, I feel like […]

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 […]

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 […]