Mayer’s Playlist for October 2014, Part 2

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH And the War Came, by Shakey Graves Austin-based Alejandro Rose-Garcia — Shakey Graves — makes a mighty fine racket. His live performances, generally just him on the stage playing guitar and percussion, are captivating. And the War Came is the rare studio album that captures this energy while simultaneously showcasing the […]

Sean Costello – In The Magic Shop

Sean Costello was a great talent who left us too soon. After taking the blues world by storm, Costello was found dead of an apparent overdose in his Atlanta hotel room on April 15, 2008, the day before his 29th birthday. After his death, his family confirmed that the troubled artist had suffered from bipolar […]

Readers’ Pick: Aviator by Stoney LaRue

You picked Aviator by Stoney LaRue as your favorite for the week of October 21, 2014. Readers’ Top Picks (last 4 weeks) Boxers by Matthew Ryan (20) Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams (9) Aviator by Stoney LaRue (7) And The War Came by Shakey Graves (7) Rock & Roll Time […]

JW-Jones – Belmont Boulevard

JW-Jones is one slick guitar slinger from north of the border.  Cut from the mold of a Jimmie Vaughan or the late Johnny Winter, Jones hails from Ottawa, Canada, an unexpected cradle for an artist sure to be recognized for his impressive guitar skills. Somewhat of a prodigy, Jones recorded his first album, Defibrilatin’, in 2000 […]

Mayer’s Playlist for Oct 2014, Part 1

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH Boxers, by Matthew Ryan Boxers is an album of discontent. Life, love, work — you name it — the characters that inhabit this collection of songs are dissatisfied. There is rage, resentment and restlessness. Through it all, however, Ryan manages to find a glimmer of hope — sometimes it’s a lyrical […]

Readers’ Pick: Boxers by Matthew Ryan

You picked Boxers by Matthew Ryan as your favorite for the week of October 14, 2014. Readers’ Top Picks (last 4 weeks) Boxers by Matthew Ryan (20) [10/14] Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams (9) [9/30] And The War Came by Shakey Graves (7) [10/7] Indian Ocean by Frazey Ford (5) […]

Nu-Blu – All the Way

Another in my string of bluegrass reviews, Nu-Blu’s new record “All The Way” manages to take the cheesy and make it memorable. Take leadoff track “That’s What Makes the Bluegrass Blue.” I couldn’t think of a less appealing title. Yet the first spin clothed in expert bluegrass picking and airtight harmonies, makes the song surprisingly […]