Posts Tagged ‘alt-country’

Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Cory Branan is a hard guy to peg, but he seems aware of that fact. His sound mixes enough influences that he called his last album, “Mutt.” While “Mutt” did showcase some strong songwriting, it simply didn’t cohere perfectly as an album. “The No-Hit Wonder” is a different beast. While there are still plenty of the […]

A Coffee Table Fable with Deer Tick

A Coffee Table Fable with Deer Tick

The night I first heard Deer Tick is the night I fell through a glass coffee table. For the past seven years the third weekend of October has been reserved for my annual “poker” trip, otherwise known as “Veiny Balloon Weekend”, which takes place somewhere along the Virginia/North Carolina border with seven lovable scoundrels with […]

A Look at The Wild Feathers

A Look at The Wild Feathers

“And I don’t know how I got this far down with the ceiling,” cries Taylor Burns, one of five vocalists for The Wild Feathers, on their first single, The Ceiling. However, with each opening set for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Ryan Bingham, respectively, that ceiling–a retractable roof–opens wider to reveal the sky-high limit for […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

Scott H. Biram free Mp3s and Tour News

Scott H. Biram free Mp3s and Tour News

Scott H. Biram “The Dirty Old One Man Band” and high priest of the “First Church of the Ultimate Fanaticism” is back home in Texas from his Midwest tour. There will be little rest for the wicked, however, as Biram has a new album, Bad Ingredients, set for release on October 11, 2011 and a […]

An Interview with the Legendary American Troubadour: Guy Clark

An Interview with the Legendary American Troubadour: Guy Clark

On July 19, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a true icon in the world of songwriting, Guy Clark. Terms like troubadour, legend, and master are used all too often when referring to songwriters/musicians of far lesser caliber who do not live up to the honor. You do deserve all of those accolades […]

Album Review of David Serby: Poor Man’s Poem

Album Review of David Serby: Poor Man’s Poem

David Serby and his Dirt Poor Folklore band are set to release their third album, Poor Man’s Poem, on August 16, 2011. The album is a departure from the honky tonk style of the previous two albums. The new album could be described as old time country, hillbilly, or American political folk music. Serby has […]

Album review of Old Californio: Sundrunk Angels

Album review of Old Californio: Sundrunk Angels

Set to drop July 19, 2011, Old Californio’s Sundrunk Angels is the third studio album from the Pasadena, California quintet. Their sound is an eclectic blend of country, rock, folk, and psychedelic rock that is reminiscent of bands like the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Gram Parsons Flying Burritos. The label […]

Album review of Jolie Holland: Pint of Blood

Album review of Jolie Holland: Pint of Blood

Jolie Holland is a supremely talented singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas. Her latest album Pint of Blood, released June 28, 2011, is a brilliant collection of ten beautiful, yet haunting songs that inhabit your consciousness with their melodic and melancholy deliverance. Holland’s music is not easily categorized as she draws elements of folk, country, rock, and […]

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

DAY ONE: THE BUZZ ABOUT “SOUTH BY” For one week each year Austin, Texas becomes the global capital of the music industry. In its 25 year existence, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or simply “South by” to the initiated) has emerged as the industry’s most important “trade show”. Over the course of […]

“So I Want Out” – Booty Shakin’ from Junior League Band

“So I Want Out” – Booty Shakin’ from Junior League Band

Junior League Band‘s Jelly Roll made our Top 20-Something of 2010 for good reason. We were hit immediately with lead singer Lissy Rosemont’s distinctive and seductive voice, her jammin’ banjo licks and the band’s tight grooves. We love Jelly Roll because it takes some chances and breaks new ground while remaining true to blues, jazz, […]

Cowboy Junkies Announce Vic Chesnutt Tribute Album

Cowboy Junkies Announce Vic Chesnutt Tribute Album

Canadian alt-country band Cowboy Junkies will release Demons (Proper Records), the second album in their four-volume Nomad Series (an idea the band had “born in the tumult of a perfect storm of ideas, influences, inspirations and timing”), on February 14. A collection of songs by the late Vic Chesnutt, Demons is described by Michael Timmins […]