Posts Tagged ‘roots’

Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music

Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music

Norman Blake’s strings have helped shape the sound of America’s music. His guitar work has anchored artists as essential as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. He was a driving force of the bluegrass revival. His discography includes more than three dozen titles and his playing can be heard on the soundtrack of movies […]

RIP Joe Cocker: Saying Goodbye With A Little Help from Our Friends

RIP Joe Cocker: Saying Goodbye With A Little Help from Our Friends

Today’s regularly scheduled feature has been preempted for a retrospective and celebration of the late Joe Cocker. In the final analysis, Joe Cocker’s formidable talent and musical significance can be expressed in a single sentence: The man out-Beatled The Beatles. Cocker’s 1968 cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends” not only reached #1 […]

Beyond The Music: Mark Lennon – “California Calling”

Beyond The Music: Mark Lennon – “California Calling”

North Carolina native (and current L.A. resident) Mark Lennon is the unassuming, easygoing guy next door. That’s what I enjoyed about his debut EP, Down the Mountain (2009, Vagabonds Tune) — it was like sitting on a wide and comfortable front porch, drinking ice cold beer and listening to a friend play some solid, honest […]

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 […]

Kingsley Flood Sneak Peek: “Quiet, Quiet Ground” on Upcoming Album

Kingsley Flood Sneak Peek: “Quiet, Quiet Ground” on Upcoming Album

One of our new favorite bands, Kingsley Flood (check out our review of their debut album Dust Windows) is hard at work on their next album. They sent us this video, so we caught up with bassist Nick Balkin to ask him about it. “We shot this video for ‘Quiet, Quiet Ground’ for our upcoming […]

Album Review: Trevor Alguire – “Now Before Us” – (Trevor Alguire/SOCAN)

Album Review: Trevor Alguire – “Now Before Us” – (Trevor Alguire/SOCAN)

The former frontman for Mercury Pickup, Alguire has a vocal style that’s relaxed yet dominant, akin to Greg Keelor and Declan McGarry. Now Before Us, his third solo album, is a stripped-down, squeaky clean production with some very enjoyable moments; unfortunately, those moments are too few and far between. Algure has beginnings down pat (many […]

Album Review: Kingsley Flood – “Dust Windows” – (Kingsley Flood)

Album Review: Kingsley Flood – “Dust Windows” – (Kingsley Flood)

By Krystal Dawn Muhlbach When I was sixteen my best friend and I got aboard a train that darts from our mundane little city to the bigger, more thrilling city of Los Angeles. Broke, underage, and with a borderline lethal sense of adventure, we got on that train without a penny in our pocket or […]

Album Review: J. Shogren “Birds Bones & Muscle” JAHA!

Album Review: J. Shogren “Birds Bones & Muscle” JAHA!

Sounding like some weird-ass acoustic version of Southern Culture on the Skids, “Birds Bones & Muscle” busts out of the gates, front loaded with three great songs, and while the album may be a little uneven, it’s hard to deny its best cuts.  “Pulp Americana” is what Shrogen calls it, and according to his website […]

Scene Spotlight: Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival –– Columbia, Mo.

Scene Spotlight: Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival –– Columbia, Mo.

Being in the middle of a state in Middle America is actually a pretty ideal situation for a music lover. Being at the convergence point for artists from all over the country is quite the advantage, and a festival like Columbia, Missouri’s Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival proves it, combining local and national performers. […]