Posts Tagged ‘Awaiting The Flood’

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

By: Sarah J. McNally The first time I ever saw Kenny Rogers perform he kicked off his set with his hit “You Decorated My Life.” Next to me an older couple began to dance, singing every word along with Kenny, and I noticed that both of them were crying. After the song ended I asked […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

The French Connection — From Quebecois to Cajun On night two of SxSW 2012, I acquired a sidekick (or perhaps I was the sidekick, I don’t know). In recent years, I have been fortunate to have an accomplice for my SxSW adventures. It has, however, never been the same person from year to the next […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

At Long Last: SxSW 2012 FIRST, an apology to my readers: real life sometimes gets in the way of my music journalism. These reviews come more than two months after the fact, but I hope that being untimely in no way distracts from the enjoyment that reading brings or the great music and performers it […]

Aaron Shanley Set to Release Album “Please Tell Me the Clocks Are Lying” through American Cadence Records

Aaron Shanley Set to Release Album “Please Tell Me the Clocks Are Lying” through American Cadence Records

Aaron Shanley, award-winning singer/songwriter of Northern Ireland, will release his first full-length album June 5 with American Cadence Records and later this summer with Love Gum Records in the United Kingdom. Shanley, the recipient of the 2010 Katherine Brick Young Songwriter of the Year and 2010 “Best Male Award” for the Access to Music Awards, […]

Kelley Anderson’s New Band: Grand Strand

Kelley Anderson’s New Band: Grand Strand

The so-called “Grand Strand” is 60 miles of South Carolina coastline stretching from Little River to Pawleys Island; more recently, however, it’s also the name of former Those Darlins member Kelley Anderson‘s new band. We knew this was bound to happen; sure enough, this past February, Anderson (“Kelley Darlin”) left the band she co-founded with […]

Rosanne Cash: American Music’s Theoretical Physicist of Love

Rosanne Cash: American Music’s Theoretical Physicist of Love

Anyone who has listened to her music and lyrics, or read her fiction and non-fiction, knows that Rosanne Cash is much more than a pretty face and the daughter of an American musical and cultural icon. (Her 2010 memoir, Composed, is graceful and beautifully written.) Rosanne Cash is an artist with great emotional depth and […]

John Lee Hooker: “Cook With The Hook” Live in 1974 DVD

John Lee Hooker: “Cook With The Hook” Live in 1974 DVD

“Nothin’ but the best and later for the rest.” So said John Lee Hooker on Saturday, July 6, 1974. The legendary Mississippi-Delta bluesman was one of the star attractions at an all-day festival attended by 6,000 people. The event in the town of Gardner, Massachusetts, was called “Down in the Dumps” perhaps the first in […]

Deer Tick at the Yost Theater – Cee Lo and McCauley’s Grill’s! A Show Review

Deer Tick at the Yost Theater – Cee Lo and McCauley’s Grill’s! A Show Review

I think if Deer Tick were on NBC’s “The Voice” they would win, and the win would come without any mention of frontman John McCauley’s jacked up grill (hell, Cee Lo might even hook John up with some extra platinum caps he boxed up in his attic). Those raspy-laced pipes could rival Celtic singers, aging […]

The Brothers Comatose – “Respect The Van”

The Brothers Comatose – “Respect The Van”

String bands are so prevalent these days that if you stand on any street corner in this country and throw a rock you just might hit one. Hailing from San Francisco, the Brothers Comatose are not just any old string band. Their latest and second full-length, Respect The Van, finds this exceptional quintet (brothers Alex […]

Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls” – (ATO)

Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls” – (ATO)

“Retro Soul” was a label that got thrown around a lot after Alabama Shakes’ 2011 EP (of which all three songs are included in this album).  Listening to those songs, it’s understandable, but with Boys & Girls, the band makes it clear that while there are plenty of influences (blues, soul, etc.), it’s all filtered […]

Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel about Me Now” – (Bloodshot)

Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel about Me Now” – (Bloodshot)

In the midst of strong reviews of his last album, Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle made the kind of splash he undoubtedly did not want to make.  For various reasons, Earle entered re-hab (again) for drug addiction.  I mention this mainly as a reference point for the songwriting on the album.  While there are […]

Breaking Down the Fourth Wall with The Vespers’ Phoebe Cryar

Breaking Down the Fourth Wall with The Vespers’ Phoebe Cryar

Phoebe Cryar on Songwriting, Nashville, and Jam-Session-Campfire-Cookout-Things By Dacey Orr Not many kids get the opportunity to sing background vocals and hanging around studios in Music City, but for sisters Callie and Phoebe Cryar of family folk band The Vespers, it was just a part of growing up. “It’s crazy because when you grow up […]

Tom “Pops” Carter, 1919 – 2012

Tom “Pops” Carter, 1919 – 2012

SAYING GOODBYE TO POPS Bluesman Tom “Pops” Carter dies at the age of 92 In a twelve-month period that has already seen us mourn the loss of Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin, American blues and roots music has lost one of the last undiscovered treasures of blues music. Tom “Pops” Carter passed away late Sunday […]

The New Standard by Which All Other Albums Will Be Judged – Maple Ridge by Swear and Shake

The New Standard by Which All Other Albums Will Be Judged – Maple Ridge by Swear and Shake

I’d heard a few sneak peek tracks of Maple Ridge and knew that something special was coming. With the release of These White Walls, the first single from the record, I could already tell that Swear and Shake had upped their game considerably. I thought I was adequately prepared for the remaining songs, but I […]