Posts Tagged ‘album’

James McMurtry "Live in Europe" Lightning Rod

James McMurtry "Live in Europe" Lightning Rod

(Note: This review has been altered.  For various reasons, the album was originally reviewed without the bonus DVD.  When McMurtry’s people caught wind, they got a copy of the DVD to me because they felt it was important.  They were right.) It’s only been five years since the release of the well received “Live in […]

Taylor Holingsworth "Life With a Slow Ear" – Review

Taylor Holingsworth "Life With a Slow Ear" – Review

Taylor Holingsworth, guitarist of Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band, has slowly but surely made his own way into an Oberst-like spotlight. Growing up in Alabama, Taylor was hired as a back-up guitarist for several bands. In these bands, he mastered both the art of rhythmic rock tunes and the title of a young […]

On The Road With Port O’Brien – Interview

On The Road With Port O’Brien – Interview

By Dan Evon I had been listening to Port O’brien for an entire week. I had gotten their album, All We Could do Was Sing, the previous year and was enamored with the eclectic mix of acoustic guitars, ancient rhythms, and choir like singing that reminded me of the Polyphonic Spree. Every track was a […]

Drive-by Truckers w/ James McMurtry – Rev Room, Little Rock, AR – 10/24/09

Drive-by Truckers w/ James McMurtry – Rev Room, Little Rock, AR – 10/24/09

This was the first time in five years that Drive-by Truckers have rolled into town, and fans responded with a sold out crowd.  While they might have sold out anyway, having James McMurtry as an opening act couldn’t have hurt.  Not having too much time to dawdle, McMurtry ripped through his songs like a machine.  […]

Loudon Wainwright III – High Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2nd Story Sound Records)

Loudon Wainwright III – High Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2nd Story Sound Records)

Back in 1966 when Bob Dylan broke his neck in a motorcycle wreck, Loudon Wainwright III was among his possible successors (along with Springsteen, John Prine and Steve Forbert) – heaven forbid should Dylan not recover. At least that’s how Wainwright told it on “Talking New Bob Dylan” from his wonderful and personal History album […]

Justin Townes Earle and Wagons at The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW Australia October 7

Justin Townes Earle and Wagons at The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW Australia October 7

As we pulled up outside The Clarendon, the sleet was falling and all I could think was thank God I brought my big black jacket! Let’s face it, Katoomba = COLD! There’s no denying that fact! Justin Townes Earle is no show pony, he’s a work horse… having played over 250 shows in the last […]

Sidewalk Dave – "Songs for Cowards" – (Sidewalk Dave)

Sidewalk Dave – "Songs for Cowards" – (Sidewalk Dave)

Right off the bat, a plaintive voice confesses “I’m a coward.” So begins Sidewalk Dave’s Songs for Cowards, the latest effort from this Connecticut four piece. The same narrator on the album’s final cut — his voice scarred by experience and emboldened with newfound confidence and resolve — announces “I’m no coward.” Quite a lofty […]

Yonder Mountain String Band – "The Show"

Yonder Mountain String Band – "The Show"

Yonder Mountain String Band starts out paying homage to the Bluegrass greats of the past with their new CD “The Show”. The opening track “Out Of The Blue” sounds as traditional Bluegrass/String Band as you can get, all the ingredients are there, the Banjo runs and the Chicken Pickin Flat Top seem to be hitting […]

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses “Roadhouse Sun” Lost Highway

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses “Roadhouse Sun” Lost Highway

With the addition of his new backing band, Ryan Bingham’s new release has a much more full sound than it’s predecessor, “Mescalito.”  The Dead Horses sound like a good bar band should, and they give this album much more energy.  At times, it almost feels like a live recording. Lyrically, “Roadhouse Sun” finds Bingham trying […]

Interview – Elliott BROOD has a suitcase full of stories

Interview – Elliott BROOD has a suitcase full of stories

I’m not big into “tweeting”, but this is by far the best bio I’ve ever read on Twitter: Name: Elliott BROOD Location: Toronto Bio: If a whiskey-stinking Harry Dean Stanton busted into your living room window one night and knocked your teeth out with a tire iron, EB might be the sound track. A bit […]

Country noir trio Elliott BROOD – "Mountain Meadows" out Oct. 6

Country noir trio Elliott BROOD – "Mountain Meadows" out Oct. 6

Fall North American tour dates announced! “Loosely based around a 19th century massacre in Utah, their album Mountain Meadows is delivered with exuberance and skill, with Mark Sasso growling like Drive By Truckers’ Patterson Hood.” – UNCUT * * * * “Elliott Brood do for pre-war folk music what bands like The White Stripes and […]

Patty Loveless – "Mountain Soul II" (Saguaro Road Records)

Patty Loveless – "Mountain Soul II" (Saguaro Road Records)

The twenty year stretch from the release of Urban Cowboy to O Brother, Where Art Thou was an interesting time in country music. For decades all the major record labels had offices in Nashville, but it was during this period that they seriously began to contribute to the corporate profits of their parent companies, and […]

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Kevn Kinney Interview

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Kevn Kinney Interview

As with so many great projects, the inspiration for The Great American Bubble Factory, Drivin’ N Cryin’s first new album in 12 years, came from an unexpected place: the dollar store. “I was at the dollar store with my granddaughter buying some bubbles, and I saw on the label where the bubbles are made in […]

The Council of Smokers and Drinkers "Grizzled"

The Council of Smokers and Drinkers "Grizzled"

Pour yourself a tall glass of whiskey and light a cigarette. Grizzled, the debut album from The Council of Smokers and Drinkers will bring you to the back of a poorly lit but crowded bar, and rock you the whole night long. The Council of Drinkers and Smokers, an Alaskan country band with hard rock […]