Posts Tagged ‘american’

Charlie Daniels’ Real America

Charlie Daniels’ Real America

To the world at large, no musician epitomizes country music more than Charlie Daniels. His name is shorthand for epic fiddle playing. His albums are country music classics. Not only is “Devil Went Down to Georgia” one of the most widely recognized country music songs in the world, it is the most celebrated face-off between […]

Ray LaMontagne to Release Fourth Album

Ray LaMontagne to Release Fourth Album

Ray LaMontagne admitted during an episode of Elvis Costello’s Spectacle talk show on the Sundance Channel, that he doesn’t like being the center of attention and never wanted to be on stage. “If I didn’t have to do it I wouldn’t do it.” Luckily for us, he is compelled to do so. That said, we […]

The Reverend John DeLore – Ode to an American Urn – (Independent)

The Reverend John DeLore – Ode to an American Urn – (Independent)

What does it mean when an unsigned artist releases an album whose songwriting utterly outshines those of the established and elite, arena-filling Nashville mega-stars? It means big labels need to open their eyes because there’s a plethora of real talent out there — you just have to know where to look. Like Brooklyn, NY. When […]

Johnny Cash "American VI: Ain't No Grave" Review

Johnny Cash "American VI: Ain't No Grave" Review

Gone, but certainly not forgotten. Three days before what would have been his 78th birthday, Lost Highway Records released the last part of the “American Recordings” sessions between Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin. It’s the final Cash album to be released. “American VI: Ain’t No Grave” is dark, mysterious and, honestly, flat-out morbid; but hey, […]

Songs for the World Series

Songs for the World Series

October is over, and so is baseball season. CMP was barely aware of this since we stopped paying attention once our teams were all eliminated. Nevertheless, here’s our World Series playlist for those who are still cracking open Buds and cheering on the Phillies (or that other team CMP refuses to acknowledge): Trace Adkins – […]

Willie Nelson "American Classic" Blue Note

Willie Nelson "American Classic" Blue Note

There’s no mistaking Willie Nelson’s voice.  It’s an old friend, and it’s a wonderful thing to hear that voice taking on pop standards like “Ain’t  Misbehavin’” and “On the Street Where You Live,” among others.  It was brilliant when he did it on “Stardust,” and the hope must have been to create something similar to […]

Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Melissa Ethridge, and that one Judge from American Idol – Country Music Hall of Fame "All for the Hall" Fundraiser and Guitar Pull

Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Melissa Ethridge, and that one Judge from American Idol – Country Music Hall of Fame "All for the Hall" Fundraiser and Guitar Pull

Last night I think I overheard Emmylou Harris talking about a guitar pull in New York that she sat in on with Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. There’s always such good country lovin’ on the East, but alas, for us West Coasters we don’t get quite as many sessions like the one […]

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 […]

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ “The Great American Bubble Factory” Vintage Earth/Thirty Tigers

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ “The Great American Bubble Factory” Vintage Earth/Thirty Tigers

From the title, it’s a little hard to know what to expect from Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s first album in 12 years, but opener “Detroit City,” makes it clear they still like to turn it up, with front man Kevn Kinney sounding a bit like Bon Scott. Paying tribute to Detroit, referencing local bands like MC5 […]

Drivin' N' Cryin' to release their first record in twelve years "GREAT AMERICAN BUBBLE FACTORY," September 29TH

Drivin' N' Cryin' to release their first record in twelve years "GREAT AMERICAN BUBBLE FACTORY," September 29TH

“Crunching hard rock is the drivin’ part, brittle countryish balladry the cryin’, with the two linked by a heavy dose of Led Zeppelinphilia. If Paul Westerberg had grown up worshiping Angus Young instead of Alex Chilton, the Replacements might sound something like this youthful Atlanta trio.” Rolling Stone review of Whisper Tames the Lion ATLANTA, […]