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Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

By: Sarah J. McNally The first time I ever saw Kenny Rogers perform he kicked off his set with his hit “You Decorated My Life.” Next to me an older couple began to dance, singing every word along with Kenny, and I noticed that both of them were crying. After the song ended I asked […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

The French Connection — From Quebecois to Cajun On night two of SxSW 2012, I acquired a sidekick (or perhaps I was the sidekick, I don’t know). In recent years, I have been fortunate to have an accomplice for my SxSW adventures. It has, however, never been the same person from year to the next […]

Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes Offer Infectious Sounds, Intelligent Music, and Mass Appeal

Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes Offer Infectious Sounds, Intelligent Music, and Mass Appeal

Nashville is a veritable breeding ground for the very best new music, no matter the genre, and Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes is just one more piece of solid proof supporting this theory of mine. If you haven’t heard of them, it’s okay. You will, and very soon. The quartet, headed by Daniel Ellsworth, […]

Father’s Day Special: An Interview With Jim Avett (Father to Scott and Seth Avett)

Father’s Day Special: An Interview With Jim Avett (Father to Scott and Seth Avett)

[Originally published on Father’s Day 2010, ATF decided to re-run this interview in honor of good fathers everywhere. Jim Avett is the father of Scott and Seth — you know, the Avett Brothers. Jim Avett’s latest album, Second Chance, was released in February 2012 and is available on iTunes. Enjoy.] When asked about his plans […]

Jason Myles Goss Hits a High Note with Radio Dial

Jason Myles Goss Hits a High Note with Radio Dial

In 2003, Jason Myles Goss released his debut album, Long Way Down, a sort of budding-college-freshman ode to the amazement of puppy love, or an amateur Dave Matthews Band meets Jason Miraz. Now, nine years later, you have to listen pretty close to Radio Dial to know it’s the same singer. Goss’ vocals—and songs—have emigrated […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

At Long Last: SxSW 2012 FIRST, an apology to my readers: real life sometimes gets in the way of my music journalism. These reviews come more than two months after the fact, but I hope that being untimely in no way distracts from the enjoyment that reading brings or the great music and performers it […]

Kelley Anderson’s New Band: Grand Strand

Kelley Anderson’s New Band: Grand Strand

The so-called “Grand Strand” is 60 miles of South Carolina coastline stretching from Little River to Pawleys Island; more recently, however, it’s also the name of former Those Darlins member Kelley Anderson‘s new band. We knew this was bound to happen; sure enough, this past February, Anderson (“Kelley Darlin”) left the band she co-founded with […]

French Camp’s Self-Titled Debut Is Intense and Inventive

French Camp’s Self-Titled Debut Is Intense and Inventive

Brooklyn-based quartet French Camp recently released its self-titled debut album, a collection of tunes that pull inspiration from some of my favorite genres and styles.  This means, of course, that I love every song for different reasons, but there is one prevailing technique carried through the record that cements my regard and respect for the […]

Delta Spirit – Shredding It at The Belly Up Tavern: A Show Review

Delta Spirit – Shredding It at The Belly Up Tavern: A Show Review

By: Josh Risch I’ve been fortunate enough to have been following Delta Spirit play live shows for over 6 years now. Really became of fan while they were “Gimme‘(n) Some Motivation back in 2006. These recent two nights at The Belly Up Tavern, in Solana Beach, were undoubtedly the best I’ve ever heard them play. […]

Coal “Minors” Daughter? New Data Offers Light and Controversy on Loretta Lynn

Coal “Minors” Daughter? New Data Offers Light and Controversy on Loretta Lynn

It is one of the best known and most iconic origin stories in American music: on April 14, 1935, a young woman was born into poverty in the rural community of Butcher Hollow along the Kentucky coal face. Married at 13 and a mother of four by 18, she received her first guitar on her […]

Red June Releases “Beauty Will Come” Album Review

Red June Releases “Beauty Will Come” Album Review

By Alan Morgan It is usually pretty obvious when a band has put in countless hours of work tightening up their sound, and Red June is no exception.  Debuting their second studio release, “Beauty Will Come”, on June 5th, Asheville, NC based Red June will serve listeners a diverse yet cohesive mix of original Americana […]

John Lee Hooker: “Cook With The Hook” Live in 1974 DVD

John Lee Hooker: “Cook With The Hook” Live in 1974 DVD

“Nothin’ but the best and later for the rest.” So said John Lee Hooker on Saturday, July 6, 1974. The legendary Mississippi-Delta bluesman was one of the star attractions at an all-day festival attended by 6,000 people. The event in the town of Gardner, Massachusetts, was called “Down in the Dumps” perhaps the first in […]

Stacey Randol: A Strong Voice for Female Singer/Songwriters

Stacey Randol: A Strong Voice for Female Singer/Songwriters

It’s a sad fact, but there seems to be shortage of female singer/songwriters in the world. Of course, with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Sarah Bareilles, and Regina Spektor earning accolades, many might argue that women have a huge place in the music scene, and these women are strong writers, singers, and performers who deserve […]

Foggy Mountain Special: A Tribute to Earl Scruggs – Review

Foggy Mountain Special: A Tribute to Earl Scruggs – Review

by: Alan Morgan It was a sad day when the music world heard about the passing of banjo master Earl Scruggs on March 28th, 2012.  Musicians and fans from all different musical backgrounds were saddened by the loss of one of the most innovative instrumentalists this world has ever seen. Now, in the weeks following […]