ARTHUR ALEXANDER - ARTHUR...

ARTHUR ALEXANDER - ARTHUR ALEXANDER

Arthur Alexander (from the album Arthur Alexander on Omnivore Recordings)

The 1972 release of his self-titled album brought Arthur Alexander back into the music world. He recorded his first hit “You Better Move On” at a former tobacco warehouse turned into a recording studio. The success of the track became a building block for Rick Hall’s Fame Studios. Arthur Alexander’...

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A.J. CROCE - JUST LIKE ME...

A.J. CROCE - JUST LIKE MEDICINE

A.J. Croce (from the album Just Like Medicine available on Compass Records)

Acknowledging the role that music has played in his life, A. J. Croce admits that ‘I’ve been to therapy for twenty-five years and it never helped me as much as sitting down and playing the piano or writing a song’. Just Like Medicine, the eighth album for A.J. Croce, serves as a healer for others as th...

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MARGO PRICE - WEAKNESS E....

MARGO PRICE - WEAKNESS E.P.

Margo Price (from the album Weakness E.P. available on Third Man Records)

It has been a little over one year since Margo Price released Midwest Farmers Daughter, her breakthrough album, in March 2016. She offers an appetizer before the main course of her follow-up, releasing a four-song E.P., Weakness. Margo went into Sam Phillips Recording Services in Memphis, Tennessee to record the songs. We...

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STEELISM - ISM

STEELISM - ISM

Steelism (from the album ism)

‘It’s all about the music, man’ is more than an motto for Steelism. The Nashville instrumental outfit make their music a mission, a way to champion and proudly recall the work of groups such as Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Ventures as well as the orchestral work of movie soundtracks. Steelism are the music side of words and music, addi...

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THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT...

THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT - SONGS FOR MIXED COMPANY

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (from the album Songs for Mixed Company)

There is a stillness to the music of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. Whispered vocals painted with fine-haired brushes on teacups, structured like Japanese gardens with elegance in their simplicity. Songs for Mixed Company, the latest release from the Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Folk duo scratches a rhythm into the hushed acoustics of ...

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DEAD ROCK WEST - MORE LOV...

DEAD ROCK WEST - MORE LOVE

Dead Rock West (from the album More Love available from Omnivore Recordings)

Joy and heartbreak take a hit of California sunshine to tell their tale on the psychedelic Roots Rock of More Love, the recent release from Dead Rock West. Produced by John Doe, More Love is the fourth album from the Los Angeles, California-based band. Elliot Easton (The Cars) lends his guitar work on More Love, hittin...

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TWISTED PINE - TWISTED PI...

TWISTED PINE - TWISTED PINE

Twisted Pine (from the album Twisted Pine on Signature Sound Recordings)

In the beginning. Twisted Pine were obsessed with Bluegrass, reinventing classic string band tunes for the Boston/Cambridge Massachusetts Roots scene, playing locally while attending Berklee College of Music during school terms and venturing out to the festival circuit during the summer months. The fourpiece had a diverse ...

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TOM MACLEAR - GODS AND GH...

TOM MACLEAR - GODS AND GHOSTS

Tom Maclear (from the album Gods and Ghosts)

Tom Maclear couldn’t be happier, and it shows on album track “Movin’ Back to Texas”. Tom spells it out as T-E-X-A-S on the track from his recent release, Gods and Ghosts. The haunting in the album title mirrors Tom Maclear’s day gig for the past thirty years as the spirit whispering in the ears of hit songs, creating tra...

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JOSHUA JACOBSON - GOOD LI...

JOSHUA JACOBSON - GOOD LITTLE THING

Joshua Jacobson (from the album Good Little Thing)

The vintage sound of Piedmont Blues is the vehicle for the modern stories of Joshua Jacobson in his latest release, Good Little Thing. The man ‘doing the best he can’ receives the cold shoulder after a day at work in “Baby’s Mama Really Don’t Care” as Good Little Thing shuffles out a sad story in “Mind ...

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DAN AUERBACH - WAITING ON...

DAN AUERBACH - WAITING ON A SONG

Dan Auerbach (from the album Waiting on a Song on Nonesuch Records)

On his work with The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach cited influences from the Blues, referencing both his father’s vinyl record collection and a college education that put aside classes for time spent soaking up the music of Junior Kimbrough. On his second solo album, the recently released Waiting on a Song, Dan Auerbach shows ...

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61 GHOSTS - ...TO THE EDG...

61 GHOSTS - ...TO THE EDGE

61 Ghosts (from the album …to the edge)

The trio that forms 61 Ghosts adds a fourth influence, the sound of the band’s base, Clarksdale, Mississippi, and its rich history of Blues. The recent E.P. release, ….to the edge, from 61 Ghosts, growls and roars in the language of dirty Blues with its blend of Hill Country homegrown styles, electric rock, and Americana. Gritty vocals...

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RICH MCCULLEY - OUT ALONG...

RICH MCCULLEY - OUT ALONG THE EDGES

Rich McCulley (from the Out Along the Edges)

Los Angeles, California-based Roots musician Rich McCulley takes nothing for granted. With years of touring and studio gigs behind him, Rich still finds way to improve and challenge his guitar work as well as exposing his experiences in love and loss, good times and bad times, as he stays Out Along the Edges on his recent album release. Harmony and h...

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ERIC BARNETT - SHIPWRECK ...

ERIC BARNETT - SHIPWRECK IN A BOTTLE

Eric Barnett (from the album Shipwreck in a Bottle)

Eric Barnett viewed the closing of the factory where he had worked for thirteen years as a door opening for his songs. He gathered the tunes he had written about mid-western life and carried the stories of love and loss, uncertainty and frustration down the stairs to his basement, capturing the sentiments on Shipwreck in a Bottle, his latest r...

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ANDY T BAND FEATURING ALA...

ANDY T BAND FEATURING ALABAMA MIKE - DOUBLE STRIKE

Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike (from the album Double Strike)

The west coast meets the third coast as Nashville, Tennessee-based Andy T Band puts San Francisco singer Alabama Mike behind the microphone for Double Strike, their recent release. Double Strike buries itself in the Blues as “Deep Inside” professes mutual affection. The album struts out on staccato horn pops to look f...

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MIKE YOUNGER - LITTLE FOL...

MIKE YOUNGER - LITTLE FOLKS LIKE YOU AND ME

Mike Younger (from the album Little Folks Like You and Me)

Life and love for both a personal and worldwide view are the subjects for the songs of Mike Younger on his recent release, Little Folks Like You and Me. He opens up his heart in “The Living Daylights”, tackling environmental issues with “Poisoned Rivers” and the problems that face cultures around the globe on &ld...

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BIG STAR - THE BEST OF BI...

BIG STAR - THE BEST OF BIG STAR

Big Star (from the album The Best of Big Star available on Stax Records)

Success is difficult to define in musical terms, that is what makes it so elusive. There are hit records and superstars, songs that live forever and musicians who are both famous for their work and infamous for the lives. Big Star was a band whose influence was greater than their ability to make money, for either themselve...

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TARA DENTE - THE GLEANER

TARA DENTE - THE GLEANER

Tara Dente (from the album The Gleaner available on Mountain Fever Records)

With a background in piano composition, New Jersey native Tara Dente show her Roots in her recent Travianna Records release, The Gleaner. Soulful vocals claw and rip as Tara Dente asks to ‘take my soul and trade it in even if it tears my skin’ in album opener “Blind Pilot”. The Gleaner wonders &l...

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KING JAMES AND THE SPECIA...

KING JAMES AND THE SPECIAL MEN - ACT LIKE YOU KNOW

King James and the Special Men (from the album Act Like You Know)

Hometown grooves, parade percussion, and smooth talking introduce sons of New Orleans, Louisiana King James and the Special Men on their debut E.P., Act Like You Know. The album opener gives a background on the band as King James pontificates while The Special Men lay down a “Special Man Boogie”. Recorded in New Orlea...

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DEVON ALLMAN - RIDE OR DI...

DEVON ALLMAN - RIDE OR DIE

Devon Allman (from the album Ride or Die available on Ruf Records)

A mighty drumbeat kicks off a warning from Devon Allman to “Say Your Prayers”, the lead cut for Ride or Die, his latest release. Over the course of several solo albums, work with dad Gregg and the Allman Brothers Band as well as fronting his own band (Honeytribe) and a member of the Roots supergroup Royal Southern Br...

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EMILY BARKER - SWEET KIND...

EMILY BARKER - SWEET KIND OF BLUE

Emily Barker (from the album Sweet Kind of Blue)

Growing up in rural Australia, Emily Barker was introduced to music in a home without a television to babysit her during childhood. She learned harmony from her mother as she listened to her father’s record collection. Her own musical education began in her teens, when she was schooled though her discovery of artists such as Aretha Franklin...

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