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Words with Buffalo Clover

Words with Buffalo Clover

Back in August, I got a chance to sit down with some of the members of Buffalo Clover, Margo Price, Jason White, and Matt Gardner.  In thirty minutes, we covered carnivals, scalawags, and cliff diving.  Read on to get inside the minds of Nashville’s most eclectic band. ATF: How would you describe your music for […]

Little John the Conqueror: An Interview with The Reverend John DeLore

Little John the Conqueror: An Interview with The Reverend John DeLore

Back in August, with Hurricane Irene bearing down on NYC and New England, Brooklyn singer/songwriter The Reverend John DeLore tweaked the lyrics to the old Leadbelly classic, “Goodnight Irene,” giving it a timely Gotham City theme, a musical plea to spare the island metropolis. DeLore recorded a solo acoustic version around 3pm on August 28, […]

Slaid Cleaves “Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge” Music Road

Slaid Cleaves “Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge” Music Road

Slaid Cleaves may not be a natural-born Texan (He’s originally from Portland, Maine. He has been in Texas for 20 years, though.), but he knows a thing or two about a thing or two.  For starters, he knows about songwriting, and he shows it off here with a 2 disc set of his “greatest hits” […]

Beyond The Music: Mark Lennon – “California Calling”

Beyond The Music: Mark Lennon – “California Calling”

North Carolina native (and current L.A. resident) Mark Lennon is the unassuming, easygoing guy next door. That’s what I enjoyed about his debut EP, Down the Mountain (2009, Vagabonds Tune) — it was like sitting on a wide and comfortable front porch, drinking ice cold beer and listening to a friend play some solid, honest […]

Album review of Paladino: Paladino

Album review of Paladino: Paladino

The Los Angeles, California based band Paladino will release their self-titled debut album on November 15, 2011. The album is a mix of original songs and covers of classic country tunes like the standard Have You Ever Been Lonely and the seminal Green Green Grass of Home which was made popular by the late-great Porter […]

TFDI – When I Stop Running

TFDI – When I Stop Running

Individually, the members of TFDI (Totally F***in’ Doing It) are some of the most prolific, musical, and creative artists in the singer/songwriter circuit, so I could only imagine what these three amazing musicians would do when recording together.  Their first EP of four songs was just a tiny taste of what they can do – […]

From the Bottom of My Punk-Pop Heart – Reviewing Since Forever and Yours Truly

From the Bottom of My Punk-Pop Heart – Reviewing Since Forever and Yours Truly

There are a few things that I just won’t apologize for, and loving punk-pop is one.  While I like to read deeply into lyrics, feel guitar chords rolling up my spine, and drown in complex harmonies, sometimes I also just like to open the sunroof and blast something fun and fresh while driving through the […]

Album review of Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine

Album review of Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine

Bloodshot Records is set to release Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine on Tuesday September 12, 2011. Loveless is a 21 year old songwriter from Columbus, Ohio with the heart of a traditional country singer and the attitude and bravado of a gutter punk musician. Her songs range the gamut from Loretta Lynn style country vocals and […]

Nashville’s Derek Hoke: ATF – Beyond the Music

Nashville’s Derek Hoke: ATF –  Beyond the Music

We’re introducing a new feature here at The Flood called Beyond the Music. (Yes, in the spirit of VH1’s sensationalistic “Behind the Music” series, but without the ubiquitous tragedies.) Each installment of ATF – Beyond the Music will feature a video with commentary by the artist about the song, the video shoot, the album, juicy […]

Album review of Bearfoot: American Story

Album review of Bearfoot: American Story

Compass Records Group will release Bearfoot: American Story on September 27, 2011. American Story is the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2009 Compass Records debut album Doors and Windows, which reached #1 on Billboards Bluegrass chart. The Nashville quintet has experienced a few personnel changes since their last release. Angela Oudean (fiddle) and […]

Heather Bond Trio Blows My Mind – August 13, 3rd and Lindsley

Heather Bond Trio Blows My Mind – August 13, 3rd and Lindsley

It’s not often that a warm-up act really blows my mind, so when they do, I know they’re special.  When I went to see Lee MacDougall at 3rd and Lindsley on August 13, the Heather Bond Trio became the latest in a very short line of mindblowers.  I was skeptical when they took the stage, […]

A Night with Buffalo Clover (and Others) – August 20, The Basement

A Night with Buffalo Clover (and Others) – August 20, The Basement

It’s always a pleasure to see some live music in Nashville, but it’s especially brilliant when every act that takes the stage is entertaining and magnetic.  The night I went to see Buffalo Clover at The Basement, I experienced one of those rare nights–when everything came together and the bands warming the stage were stellar, […]

Lee MacDougall Speaks – Interview, August 13

Lee MacDougall Speaks – Interview, August 13

Before Lee MacDougall took the stage in Nashville on August 13, I got a chance to talk with him for a few minutes.  With his easy, charming wit, Lee discussed heavy metal, TJ Maxx, and his mom.   ATF:  How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you? LM: Um, wow.  […]

Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets

Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets

White Bluff, Nashville, and all of Middle Tennessee, today August 16, 2011, Bloodshot Records will release Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets. The album is a departure from the plugged in rock sound the band has been playing since their inception in 1992. The signature raucous rock sound has been stripped down […]