Posts Tagged ‘song’

A Talk with Bobby Long – Part Two

A Talk with Bobby Long – Part Two

I grew up listening to folk music and murder ballads, thanks to my parents. While other kids were glued to Casey Kasem on Sunday afternoons, I nodded along to The Kingston Trio or Joan Baez in the backseat of the car. I probably wasn’t old enough to appreciate Little Boxes, and that’s why I take […]

The Dead’s First “Best Of” Re-Vinylized at Last on New Audio Fidelity 180-Gram LP Available Today

When the Grateful Dead left Warner Bros. to form their own label in 1973, after six years and eight albums, they delivered their first live “best-of” anthology, HISTORY OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD VOL. 1 (BEAR’S CHOICE). The album, which will be reissued by Audio Fidelity on July 10 on 180-gram virgin vinyl, documents the band’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spotlight on Megan McCormick – “Honest Words”

Spotlight on Megan McCormick – “Honest Words”

Out of the wilds of Idaho and Alaska, Megan McCormick has settled in Nashville. Her fiery debut, Honest Words, hits you from the opener, “Shiver”, a down-and-dirty song of obsession and addiction, and never lets up. McCormick packs quite a punch with her gorgeous and powerful voice (somewhere between Ann Wilson and Bonnie Raitt), a […]

Katzenjammer “Le Pop” Nettwerk Records

Katzenjammer “Le Pop” Nettwerk Records

Being new to the world of album reviews, I decided to just write whatever popped into my head while listening to Le Pop for the first time (not unlike anything else I write, ever). So: I generally love things with bells and accordion-sounding instruments, so this sounds really promising from moment one, and very eclectic, […]

Imelda May – Love Tattoo – (Verve Forecast)

Imelda May – Love Tattoo – (Verve Forecast)

Dublin-born rockabilly sensation Imelda May is further proof that the Irish are the European torchbearers of soul. Backed by a band that includes her husband Darrel Higham on guitar, she alternately growls, shouts, purrs and croons on Love Tattoo, her first major-label release. (Her debut, No Turning Back, was released under her maiden name, Imelda […]

“Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs Shel Silverstein” (Various Artists) Sugar Hill

“Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs Shel Silverstein” (Various Artists) Sugar Hill

You never know what to expect with a tribute album.  They have a tendency to be very hit and miss.  Often, the biggest downfalls are that the songs don’t sound all that different from the original and they just aren’t quite as good.  While there are some songs on this album that don’t add too […]

Neil Young previews new tracks in Nashville

Neil Young previews new tracks in Nashville

Six songs into Neil Young’s seemingly sedate solo set at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last night, the 64-year-old rocker stunned fans who weren’t expecting to leave with ringing ears. Putting down his acoustic guitar, he strapped on his signature electric Les Paul Old Black and began thrashing away on “Down by the River” like a one-man […]

Roland White “I Wasn’t Born to Rock ‘n Roll” Tompkins Square

Roland White “I Wasn’t Born to Rock ‘n Roll” Tompkins Square

It took thirty-four years for “I Wasn’t Born to Rock ‘n Roll” to be reissued on cd, and we should be thankful to Tompkins Square for seeking out lost treasures like this. Roland White may not be as immediately recognizable outside of bluegrass circles as names like Bill Monroe or Lester Flatt, but he has […]

Q&A: Blackberry Smoke

Q&A: Blackberry Smoke

The faint aroma of incense eased through the air of Nashville’s Mercy Lounge as the five longhaired, Skynyrd-esque rockers of Blackberry Smoke took the stage. Often cited as “Too Country for Rock, Too Rock for Country”, Blackberry Smoke delivered a foot stompin’, lighter-wavin’, ‘hell yeah’ of a good time that fully lived up to the […]

Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams and Beck Bring New Music to ‘True Blood’

Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams and Beck Bring New Music to ‘True Blood’

“Who isn’t a fan of nakedness and vampirism?” Elvis Costello jokes when asked to sum up the appeal ofTrue Blood. Hopefully, more rock fans will soon be too. For the third season of HBO’s hit drama, the show’s producers have lined up an impressive roster of artists to contribute to an eclectic soundtrack. Beck, Robbie […]

Willie Nelson “Country Music” Rounder

Willie Nelson “Country Music” Rounder

“This is my definition of real country music.”  That’s what Willie Nelson says about his new album, and, with that in mind, it’s interesting that he chooses to close the album with “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” – which comes from the blues tradition, rather than country.  It was the only song that Willie added to […]

Jason Boland: What's going on in the sticks these days?

Jason Boland: What's going on in the sticks these days?

It began with Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family in the 1920s, but country music has come a long way since the days of “Blue Yodel No. 1” and “Wildwood Flower.” In the early 1940s it was Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs, and later honky tonk was born with Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams. […]