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Heartless Bastards: “Parted Ways” Video, New Album “Arrow”

Heartless Bastards: “Parted Ways” Video, New Album “Arrow”

New single, “Parted Ways,” from Heartless Bastards’ stirring and powerful new album “Arrow.”

Canada’s Doing Something Right – A Chat With Your New Favorite Band Elliott BROOD

Canada’s Doing Something Right – A Chat With Your New Favorite Band Elliott BROOD

I was just at the time starting to be annoyed with The Avett Brothers that the stars aligned and I first heard Elliott Brood. I’m a sucker for minimalism, but rowdy; for harmonies, but raspy; and these 3 cats that make Elliott Brood did the trick. They got some slow jams that you kind of […]

Billy Joe Shaver, an interview

Billy Joe Shaver, an interview

Maybe I’m a little jaded, but there aren’t too many  people I’d get excited about meeting.  Billy Joe Shaver is an exception.  He’s a writer that proves less is more which meant a lot when my dad showed me “Tramp on Your Street” while I was in college.  Surrounded by people trying to use big […]

Album Review: Nameless Path by Marcus Foster

Album Review: Nameless Path by Marcus Foster

As always, I wish I could discuss every song on this album. Marcus Foster has done something truly special with Nameless Path, and each song deserves a mention, but I’ll try to keep it brief with some of the highest of the highlights. Rest assured that the whole album is worth adding to your collection. […]

Bobby Long – Live at 3rd and Lindsley

Bobby Long – Live at 3rd and Lindsley

On November 17, 3rd and Lindsley welcomed Bobby Long – this time without his band.  As much as I enjoy hearing him play with a full band, I became acquainted with his music when it was just Bobby and a guitar, so there’s a special place in my heart for his acoustic sound. Bobby Long’s […]

Jabe Beyer at 3rd and Lindsley – November 17

Jabe Beyer at 3rd and Lindsley – November 17

It’s happened again.  I attended a show and found an opener that blew me away.  At 3rd and Lindsley on November 17, Jabe Beyer warmed the stage for Bobby Long and found a new fan in me.  I was embarrassed to admit that I’d never heard of him, and I’m even more embarrassed now that […]

Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Not Fragile” Remastered by Audio Fidelity

Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Not Fragile” Remastered by Audio Fidelity

I’m often told that I’m “too young” to enjoy a certain type of music – specifically anything that was released before 1990.  After all, what would a 33-year old know about the Beatles, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and many other classic bands that shaped the music I’m “supposed” to like?  Well, I can tell you […]

Live Review: Other Voices — Irish Music and Literature (Le Poisson Rouge, NYC)

Live Review: Other Voices — Irish Music and Literature (Le Poisson Rouge, NYC)

By Jacob Blickenstaff (All photos c.2011, Jacob Blickenstaff) On October 27 and 28, Irish music series Other Voices marked its ten-year anniversary with two sold-out shows at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. The three-hour-plus program featured an interwoven lineup of Irish and American musicians as well as several notable Irish writers. The program featured Glen […]

ATF Self-Interview: Folk Family Revival

ATF Self-Interview: Folk Family Revival

Texas roots quartet Folk Family Revival released their debut full-length, Unfolding, back in July of 2011. It’s an honest record, a gritty effort straight from the heart of these three brothers and one honorary brother. Produced and mixed by Jeffery Armstreet at Red Tree Recording Studio in Magnolia, Texas, the album also features Scott Davis, […]

Deer Tick: “Divine Providence” (Partisan Records)

Deer Tick: “Divine Providence” (Partisan Records)

By Crystal Murphy For better or for worse, Deer Tick’s Divine Providence (Partisan Records) documents the life of having been at it for some time. The Deer Tick men let you know what this album about right from the start: “We’re full grown men; we act like kids.” And the shouting background choral affirms: the […]

Good Times with Swear and Shake – Interview

Good Times with Swear and Shake – Interview

When New York band Swear and Shake visited Nashville at the end of September, I got a chance to talk with them in between a photo shoot with MD Laidlaw and their show at the Music City Bar and Grill.  In thirty minutes, we covered a lot of ground, during which I discovered the origin […]

Interview with Matt Duke (and Sometimes Jay Nash)

Interview with Matt Duke (and Sometimes Jay Nash)

On September 26, two-thirds of TFDI performed at 3rd and Lindsley.  Matt Duke was kind enough to speak with me before the show, and Jay Nash was kind enough to join on occasion.  In thirty minutes, we discussed everything from love songs to bobsledding.  These are seriously talented and very funny guys, and I enjoyed […]

The Backing Singer by Bobby Long – An EP Review

The Backing Singer by Bobby Long – An EP Review

I’ve been listening to anything Bobby Long has to offer since I picked up my copy of Dirty Pond Songs at his first show here in Nashville three years ago.  Over the years, he has proven to be prolific and exceptionally profound, but his latest offering, The Backing Singer, goes above anything he’s ever done […]

Swear and Shake – September 29, Music City Bar and Grill

Swear and Shake – September 29, Music City Bar and Grill

Sometimes I get to see a band performing live and I wonder, “Do they even know?  Can they feel that magic they’re making, or are they just hoping they don’t mess up?”  I’m not talking about smoke and mirrors magic either.  I’m talking about real magic – the kind that earns a letter to Hogwarts […]