Posts Tagged ‘bluegrass’

Fuzz Face and Granny Whites CD Release Party Set for February 28th

Fuzz Face and Granny Whites CD Release Party Set for February 28th

Guest Post: Fuzz Face and The Granny Whites Prepare to Rock Nashville Whatever plans you have for February 28th, cancel them. You are not going to want to miss the event of the year at the High Watt in Nashville. Peeled Labels Entertainment is rolling out the red carpet for Fuzz Face and The Granny […]

Spotlight Artist: Amy Black – “Whiskey and Wine”

Spotlight Artist: Amy Black – “Whiskey and Wine”

Boston based singer/songwriter Amy Black possesses all the necessary traits of a soulful Southern artist: Her parents are from the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, her dad is a preacher, her granddad loved to tell stories, and the family moved around a lot within Missouri and Alabama before finally heading to Boston.

Old Crow Medicine Show Gets Carried Away

Old Crow Medicine Show Gets Carried Away

One night in the early ‘00s, the legendary Doc Watson stumbled across a group of good-lookin’ cats playing old-timey music in front of a pharmacy in North Carolina, and immediately shipped them off to Merlefest. In 2004 they knocked the nation off our feet with their self-titled debut album. It opened with a fiery hot […]

Hank Williams, Jr. — “Old School, New Rules”

Hank Williams, Jr. — “Old School, New Rules”

By: Gillian McClellan If one were to scroll through my Twitter page, they might be disappointed to find there isn’t much substance. Half of it is a testament to my hopelessly-single-girl obsession with my future wedding, while the other half consists of my feeble attempts at being clever.  Regardless, one of my most compelling gems of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Album Review: Jim Lauderdale – “Reason and Rhyme” (Sugar Hill)

Album Review: Jim Lauderdale – “Reason and Rhyme” (Sugar Hill)

Reason and Rhyme is Jim Lauderdale’s latest studio album. This man has put out 19 albums of bluegrass, country, and sometimes pop music. Through his consistently solid song writing, Lauderdale has helped modern country music sound the way it does. Lauderdale is responsible for the country sound of the 90’s; everyone from George Strait to […]

Album Review: Matt Bauer – “The Jessamine County Book of the Living” (Crossbill)

Album Review: Matt Bauer – “The Jessamine County Book of the Living” (Crossbill)

Matt Bauer, a Kentucky-born recording artist and songwriter, is awaiting the release of his second album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living (Crossbill Records, June 7, 2011). Bauer’s style could be described as neo-industrial folk, and his vocal delivery can best be articulated as a raspy whisper that makes Bill Anderson sound like a […]

Album Review: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers – “Rare Bird Alert” (Rounder)

Album Review: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers – “Rare Bird Alert” (Rounder)

Yes. That Steve Martin. Many of you may have seen Steve play the banjo on Saturday Night Live or have heard it on his comedy albums, although these were novelty performances at best. Rare Bird Alert is not a novelty. After winning a Grammy for best bluegrass album in 2010 for The Crow: New Songs […]

“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, […]

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Larry Keel

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Larry Keel

By Lindsey Grossman Alt-grass legend and flatpicking guitar genius Larry Keel has been a busy guy this year. Keel launched a new website, Fishin’ and Pickin’, as well as a facelift of LarryKeel.com, complete with new music releases and daily fishing reports. Keel played a full summer schedule, hitting the biggest and best festivals and […]

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

By Brian Lightfoot Railroad Earth’s self-titled release is a comfortable and confident layering of Southern rock, country and bluegrass. It is an undeniably American record with very naturally performed and recorded songs. Mixtures of sparkly acoustic instruments and twangy-to-growling telecaster tones matched with driving drum beats, semi-bluegrass bits, and some surprisingly funk- and rock-driven rhythms […]

Two-Part Documentary: Mumford & Sons

Two-Part Documentary: Mumford & Sons

Formed in 2007, this West London quartet has a gutsy, old-time sound choc-a-bloc with passion and a fresh, unbridled energy. They take their music seriously, but not themselves; we certainly appreciate that. The four friends (Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane) were each playing in other bands when they found themselves performing Marcus’ […]

Album Review: The Moaners – “Nocturnal” – (Holidays for Quince Records)

Album Review: The Moaners – “Nocturnal” – (Holidays for Quince Records)

By Melissa Haklitch Embodying their Southern geography, The Moaners’ third release Nocturnal captures the loveliness that is bluegrass, while adding a certain element of garage rock and whimsy. Nocturnal ranges across the spectrum of many genres within its ten tracks. Having been previously compared to The White Stripes, The Moaners maintain their two-person ensemble of […]