Posts Tagged ‘song’

Haggard brings back old-school country in "I Am What I Am"

Haggard brings back old-school country in "I Am What I Am"

What would you have if the past 25 years of country music history had never occurred?  You would Merle Haggard’s new album, I Am What I Am.  Released on his Hag Records label, this is old-school country gold from the era of AM radio and 8-track tapes played on long 55-mph road trips.  It is […]

Coachella…always legendary…

Coachella…always legendary…

Coachella…always legendary…always memorable…always for different reasons. This year was my fourth at Coachella, and it was notably the-same-but-not-at-all-the same for one main reason: it was so, so packed. The festival is always busy, but this year, with the removal of the one day pass (which meant that every attendee had to purchase the full three […]

The Sadies "Darker Circles"

The Sadies "Darker Circles"

Darker Circles, possibly alluding to an even increased lack of sleep, is what seems to be afoot in the methodically constructed new album by The Sadies. The obvious hard work rings noticeably down to the bone, and at first listen you can tell that these Alt Country Rockers worked long and hard on this short […]

Craig Bancoff's song for hope – West Virginia coal-mine disaster

Craig Bancoff's song for hope – West Virginia coal-mine disaster

In an effort to show support for the families of loved ones lost in the West Virginia coal-mine disaster that struck April 5, singer-songwriter Craig Bancoff released a rough-cut of a song he wrote about his roots in a Western Pennsylvania coal-mining town. “A few years ago I wrote a song about a coal-mining explosion,” […]

Johnny Cash "American VI: Ain't No Grave" Review

Johnny Cash "American VI: Ain't No Grave" Review

Gone, but certainly not forgotten. Three days before what would have been his 78th birthday, Lost Highway Records released the last part of the “American Recordings” sessions between Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin. It’s the final Cash album to be released. “American VI: Ain’t No Grave” is dark, mysterious and, honestly, flat-out morbid; but hey, […]

SxSW 2010 DAY FOUR

SxSW 2010 DAY FOUR

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR In a decade of SxSW adventures, I have never encountered a night as cold as Saturday.  To call it “unseasonable” does not begin to do it justice. The mercury dropped to 37 degrees, accented by a biting wind howling through the streets […]

SxSW 2010 DAY ONE:

SxSW 2010 DAY ONE:

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR In a decade of attending this festival, I have not missed a night of SxSW. And, yet, Wednesday night, SxSW 2010, stands out as one of the most extraordinary and enjoyable nights of music I have ever experienced here.  I heard a […]

Laura Cantrell Sings “Kitty Wells’ Dresses” at Radio Free Song Club

Laura Cantrell Sings “Kitty Wells’ Dresses” at Radio Free Song Club

“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” — Groucho Marx. Despite what Groucho said, this is one club you want to be a part of. The Radio Free Song Club is a group of ten veteran songwriters with a monthly deadline: ready or not, write a new song every […]

Bret Michaels teams up with Miley Cyrus on new single

Bret Michaels teams up with Miley Cyrus on new single

You may know him best as the lead vocalist for Poison, or maybe as a reality TV star on “Rock of Love,” or even as a solo artist, having just released the single “Nothing to Lose.” But now Michaels is tapping into his melodic prowess and knack for writing epic ballads to deliver a song […]

Kate McGarrigle, 1946-2010

Kate McGarrigle, 1946-2010

We are saddened today to learn of the death of Kate McGarrigle last night from cancer. She was 63. McGarrigle performed widely with her sister, Anna, for more than three decades, recording 10 albums. She was also well-known for being the matriarch of a musical family, the Wainwrights. McGarrigle was the mother of singers Rufus […]

Tiny Television – Mission Statement (Magnolia Records)

Tiny Television – Mission Statement  (Magnolia Records)

Some artists sneak up on you from out of the haze of a purple dusk, tap you on the shoulder and hand you a precious box. Tiny Television’s Mission Statement (Magnolia Records, 2009) is that box, a bejeweled wonder full of interesting compartments holding secret, shiny surprises that reveal themselves with each new opening. From […]

Review: Van Meter – "Should've Been A Weathergirl" (Van Meter)

Review: Van Meter – "Should've Been A Weathergirl" (Van Meter)

If you’re currently in a bad relationship, recently escaped one, are thinking about leaving one, or have ever been dumped, made a horrible one-night-stand mistake, or gotten a tattoo you regret, then this is the album for you! If not, the well-trod ground of heartbreak and loss will wear very thin after a few songs. […]

Dierks & Patty create “A Beautiful World”

Dierks & Patty create “A Beautiful World”

One of the hottest names in country music has teamed up with a folk legend, and the result is nothing short of, well, beautiful: Dierks Bentley and Patty Griffin seem right at home and natural in the video for “A Beautiful World.” The video, simply shot and authentic, matches the organic and easy lyrics, melody, […]

The Greencards – "Fascination" (Sugar Hill Records)

The Greencards – "Fascination" (Sugar Hill Records)

This is not your father’s bluegrass. Progressive isn’t a strong enough description for The Greencards: otherworldly is more suitable. The trio at the core of this band consists of two Aussies and a Brit who originally met in Austin, Texas, but now call Nashville home. As for the band’s quirky name, I suppose Greencards sounds […]