Posts Tagged ‘Country’

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

If moving forward in music is scary—forging new paths, creating new sounds and genres—then looking back must be terrifying. That fear over the path you’ve chosen, even if it’s through previously charted lands, must be crippling. After all, we’ve moved on as listeners into a new age, and we tend to do so every few […]

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” […]

Nashville’s Derek Hoke: ATF – Beyond the Music

Nashville’s Derek Hoke: ATF –  Beyond the Music

We’re introducing a new feature here at The Flood called Beyond the Music. (Yes, in the spirit of VH1’s sensationalistic “Behind the Music” series, but without the ubiquitous tragedies.) Each installment of ATF – Beyond the Music will feature a video with commentary by the artist about the song, the video shoot, the album, juicy […]

Album Review: NRBQ – “Keep This Love Goin'” – (Clang!)

Album Review: NRBQ – “Keep This Love Goin'” – (Clang!)

Summer is here and NRBQ is back; that’s cause for celebration on both counts. Well known for unusual musical pairings and rollicking live shows, the band is better and looser than ever: Who else would adapt Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor” to a loping country song? That’s exactly what keyboardist/frontman Terry Adams […]

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: 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 […]

EP Review: Crooks – “Lonesome, Rowdy and Restless”

EP Review: Crooks – “Lonesome, Rowdy and Restless”

There’s nothing quite like a classic high lonesome sound to get straight to the heart of every country and roots music fan, especially when it’s done right and with honest emotion. This Austin, TX, four-piece sure got it right. A follow-up to 2008’s full-length, self-titled album (and a precursor to this year’s second full-length), “Lonesome, […]

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day Two As the second night of America’s premier annual roots music festival, The Ponderosa Stomp, kicks off at the House of Blues in New Orleans, I am excited by two things. First is the Stomp’s line-up itself. While Day One focused strongly on Cajun, […]

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 […]

Another Late Night: Lissie Makes Network TV Debut, 1:35am ET

Another Late Night: Lissie Makes Network TV Debut, 1:35am ET

On the heels of her performances at last weekend’s Austin City Limits Festival, Lissie will make her network television debut tonight on Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC, 1:35am ET/12:35am CT), playing “In Sleep” (how fitting) from her debut full-length album Catching A Tiger. The performance and short interview segment were filmed live at her […]

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’ […]

The Secret Sisters’ Self-Titled Debut Drops Oct. 12

The Secret Sisters’ Self-Titled Debut Drops Oct. 12

Honest and meaningful music is what caught T. Bone Burnett’s ear. The Secret Sisters certainly caught our collective ear with their clean and close harmonies — they really are sisters, after all. Natives of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Lydia and Laura Rogers recorded their self-titled debut at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios over two weeks, all on […]

Album Review: “From The Land of Ice And Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin” (Jealous Butcher)

Album Review: “From The Land of Ice And Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin” (Jealous Butcher)

By Melissa Haklitch Having grown up in a house where Led Zeppelin set the standard for what is Music (with a capital M), I was excited to see Jealous Butcher Records is releasing a compilation covers album with some of the band’s greatest hits. Normally, I have some trepidation about modern bands trying to reproduce […]

Album Review: Sally Spring – “Made of Stars” – (Sniffinpup Records)

Album Review: Sally Spring – “Made of Stars” – (Sniffinpup Records)

Don’t let her petite and pixieish looks fool you. Sally Spring is a bold songwriter with rock-solid vocals. A veteran who cut her performance teeth on the coffeehouse circuit of the 1970s, Spring has played with such luminaries as the Byrds, Doc Watson, Guitar Shorty, Rev. Gary Davis, Taj Mahal and Odetta. On Made of […]