MEET MATT JAFFE AND THE DISTRACTIONS

MEET MATT JAFFE AND THE DISTRACTIONS

MEET MATT JAFFE AND THE DISTRACTIONS

Vivid imag...

STAGECOACH FESTIVAL 2017 - APRIL 27, 28, 29

STAGECOACH FESTIVAL 2017 - APRIL 27, 28, 29

STAGECOACH FESITVAL 2017

The folks at Stagecoac...

MEET CARRIE ELKIN

MEET CARRIE ELKIN

MEET CARRIE ELKIN - Carrie Elkin Talks About The...

THE MAVERICKS - BRAND NEW DAY

THE MAVERICKS - BRAND NEW DAY

The Mavericks (from the album Brand New Day)

Th...

MEET DAVID LUNING

MEET DAVID LUNING

MEET DAVID LUNING

For many years, the downward ...

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

LILLIE MAE - FOREVER AND ...

LILLIE MAE - FOREVER AND THEN SOME

Lillie Mae (from the album Forever and Then Some)

The thanks that Lillie Mae offers in the album credits on her Third Man Records debut album, Forever and Then Some, are as musical as everything that surrounds the Nashville, Tennessee-based musician. She gives a nod to her boss, and album producer, label owner Jack White, who recorded the album at Third Man Studios. Lillie Mae has lots gratitude to the players as well, and the folks that helped her arrange and create the songs on Forever and...

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JASON EADY - JASON EADY

JASON EADY - JASON EADY

Jason Eady (from the album Jason Eady)

To fulfill the sound of his own Roots, Jason Eady borrowed from multiple styles within the genre on his recent self-titled release. Jason sings to himself with on an easy Country Folk that matches the tire rhythms of a traveling troubadour (“Waiting to Shine”). Wishes become hard truths as Jason Eady drifts on dreamlike strums (“Where I’ve Been”), uses beats that slap like big fat drops of weather (“Rain”), and p...

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TIM O'BRIEN - WHERE THE R...

TIM O'BRIEN - WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE ROAD

Tim O’Brien (from the album Where the River Meets the Road)

West Virginia provided the musical backdrop for Tim O’Brien in his early years. Tim returns to the sounds that are part of the experience of West Virginia on his recent release, Where the River Meets the Road. On his personal journey, Tim O’Brien headed west, forming Hot Rize in Boulder, Colorado, and coming back east to take up residency in Nashville, Tennessee. Where the River Meets the Road is the sixteenth solo ...

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NEW VIDEO FROM THE ETHER

CHRIS MILAM - KIDS THESE ...

Touring puts Chris Milam behind a windshield. On “Kids These Days”, Chris hauls in his gear, takes the stage, and gets behind his guitar to sing of the road and the life of a traveling musician. “Kids These Days” is the title track from the recent Chris Milam release.

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ROSELIT BONE - BLISTER ST...

The music of Roselit Bone hints at surf music, hot rod rockabilly, and Tex-Mex dialed in on echoey radio signals. Roselit Bone debuts the “Blister Steel” video with Hollywood-style singing cowboys riding through nightmare landscapes on a Mexican ranchera on the title track from their upcoming release.

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NU-BLU - STILL SMALL VOIC...

Inviting friends from the road into their recording experiences, Nu-Blu offer a peek inside the Red Squared Audio in North Carolina with the video for “Still Small Voice”. Former Statler Brother, Jimmy Fortune, and Gospel singer, Ben Isaacs, join the band in harmony on the cut from their recent release, Vagabonds.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

CARRIE ELKIN - THE PENNY ...

CARRIE ELKIN - THE PENNY COLLECTOR

Carrie Elkin (from the album The Penny Collector)

The old adage of ‘penny for your thoughts’ collects new change for Carrie Elkin on her latest album release. She is The Penny Collector as the songs play in a dream-like state of words and music. The catalyst, and the muse, for The Penny Collector is the tumultuous year that preceded the album’s recording. In a short space of time. Carrie Elkin lost her father and after working towards a family for a while, discovered she was...

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THE WHISKEY GENTRY - DEAD...

THE WHISKEY GENTRY - DEAD RINGER

The Whiskey Gentry (from the album Dead Ringer)

A personal history of their band is delivered in “Following You” as The Whiskey Gentry push the beat down on the touring gas pedal with distorted guitar chords and fiddle riffs on the album opener for Dead Ringer, their recent release. The Atlanta, Georgia-based band musically travel to the Northern California mountains as they reverently cover Merle Haggard on “Kern River”, gently pluck an acoustic guitar to let a front ...

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MIDTOWN SOCIAL - MIDTOWN ...

MIDTOWN SOCIAL - MIDTOWN SOCIAL

Midtown Social (from the album Midtown Social)

The Golden State is proud of its California Country which gets a lot of love though it is not the only west coast style that gets branded with its state name. Bay Area collective Midtown Social deliver California Soul on the recent self-titled release, mixing Funk, Rock’n’Roll, and Soul into one badass boogie. Midtown Social kicks in with a touch of second line drumming to pave the way for the band to shout out “It’s Alrig...

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FROM THE VAULTS

CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS - DR...

CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS - DRIFTED: IN THE BEGINNING AND BEYOND

Continental Drifters   (from the album Drifted: In the Beginning and Beyond on Omnivore Recordings) - For many years, Continental Drifters could have been considered ‘more a legend than a band’ (thanks to The Flatlanders for their album title). Omnivore Recordings has changed that with the release of Drifted: In the Beginning and Beyond. The band first gathered in Los Angeles (1990) via a yearlong jam residency at Raji’s. Relocation to New Orleans for a decade long ...

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THE SLIDE BROTHERS - ROBE...

THE SLIDE BROTHERS - ROBERT RANDOLPH PRESENTS THE SLIDE BROTHERS

The Slide Brothers (from the album Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers) - Do not be fooled be the ‘scared steel’ name that the style of The Slide Brothers wears. The title, like one hour cleaning, is just a phrase attached, it doesn’t apply directly. The sound of scared steel was born in the House of God Church more than 80 years ago but has since crossed over to mainstream secular success. Robert Randolph has revitalized the sacred steel tradition in the modern era a...

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HOT TUNA - ACOUSTIC AND E...

HOT TUNA - ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC BLUES

 

 

 

 

 

HOT TUNA - ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC BLUES

Hot Tuna was not as much of a departure for the pair that made the music as it would seem. Jack Casady  and Jorma Kaukonen were flying high as founding members and lead guitar (Jorma) and bass (Jack) for San Francisco psychedelic top dogs Jefferson Airplane. The duo formed Hot Tuna in 1970 and set to the business of releasing records.  Two albums came out quickly, a live show, on album one (recorded at th...

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MAKING THE LIST

THE ALTERNATE ROOT TOP 40...

THE ALTERNATE ROOT TOP 40 ROOTS ROCK ALBUMS 1980-89

 

 

The decade of the 1980's can be looked at musically in a number of ways. On the surface it's easy to dismiss the decade as one of the worst in terms of popular music. What wasn't being dominated by the horror of Journey, REO Speedwagon, Survivor, Toto and Styx was being dominated by Duran Duran, Kenny Loggins, Culture Club and Michael Jackson. The rockers had their own mindless decade being fed a steady diet of Def Leppard, Van Halen, Molly Hatchet and Aerosmith.

We notic...

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TOP 100 FOR 2014 BY THE N...

TOP 100 FOR 2014 BY THE NUMBERS

The Top 100 takes a full year to become a proper list. The number one spot changed hands several times in the past twelve months. Our mid-year list took a listen to albums released between January and June. The list seemed like it was running strong yet the releases in the tail end of the year came on strong. For me, Old Crow Medicine Show was number one when I received their July release, Remedy. Nothing against the other players on the 2014 chart, but band for band, Old Crow will always be i...

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TEN REASONS WE LIKE EMMYL...

TEN REASONS WE LIKE EMMYLOU HARRIS

Emmylou Harris has defied the odds of location, location, location when she paired with Gram Parsons to develop cosmic American Music shortly after being a waitress in a Baltimore diner. She broke industry rules that rock and country could not and would not meet when her first albums were received by both communities, and where her presence still gets attention. Very few times can you mention Emmylou Harris without another chiming in, at least one, with an ‘I love Emmylou’. That is...

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