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Spotlight on Anderson East

Spotlight on Anderson East

I’d only met him once, after a show at The Basement on 8th Avenue, where he performed before Sam Bradley and Marcus Foster and completely stole my heart. Any other knowledge I had of his appearance came through professional photographs on his website. Anderson East is magnetic on stage and sultry in pictures, and I […]

Top 5 Televised Musical Performances

Top 5 Televised Musical Performances

There’s nothing like going to a live concert and experiencing the pulse of the subwoofers and authenticity of the lead singer’s vocals. But these days, you can watch great artists perform from the comfort of your couch. With HD channels like Palladia, offered by TV providers such as Satellitetv.net, watching live bands perform has never been […]

The Avett Brothers sand down their sound with ‘The Carpenter’ – Album Review

The Avett Brothers sand down their sound with ‘The Carpenter’ – Album Review

Last month, the Avett Brothers popped up on my TV performing their newest single, “Live and Die.” Clasping my hands together with joy, I marveled about how adorable they looked together, how great they sounded, how much I loved that dang banjo.  I was floating on an Avett-lined cloud for a solid thirty seconds – […]

Cory Branan: Live and Direct

Cory Branan: Live and Direct

I was fortunate enough to catch a show Cory Branan at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR not too long after the release of his current record, “Mutt” (It’s his first on Bloodshot Records.).  Like, “Mutt,” the show was full of great moments but a little difficult to sum up.  Branan is just not […]

A Night with Brandi Carlile

A Night with Brandi Carlile

By: Amy Dolkas Is music just about the songwriter’s life experiences or do songwriters help us to see life like we’ve never seen it before, even though we are living it? How is it that some very talented musicians can say the simplest line, and yet it so tugs at our heart strings that tears […]

A Talk with Bobby Long – Part One

A Talk with Bobby Long – Part One

Bobby Long is one of the most dynamic singer-songwriters of the last five years, and as his world gets bigger, so does his music. He puts everything he has into each song, giving very personal experiences in veiled, metaphorical phrases. Hearing his lyrics or reading his poetry is like having a conversation with the man, […]

The Trishas to Release High, Wide and Handsome on August 7 – Interview

The Trishas to Release High, Wide and Handsome on August 7 – Interview

Prior to January of 2009, Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch were mere acquaintances, each pursuing their own musical ventures through various outlets. It wasn’t until the four songstresses gathered in Steamboat, Colorado to perform a tribute to Savannah’s father, singer-songwriter Kevin Welch, that a much stronger connection became evident.  Alas, it […]

Spotlight Artist: Amy Black – “Whiskey and Wine”

Spotlight Artist: Amy Black – “Whiskey and Wine”

Boston based singer/songwriter Amy Black possesses all the necessary traits of a soulful Southern artist: Her parents are from the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, her dad is a preacher, her granddad loved to tell stories, and the family moved around a lot within Missouri and Alabama before finally heading to Boston.

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 […]

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 […]