Sturgill Simpson/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music; Todd Begins Looking Back on His “Best of 2014”

I had not heard of Sturgill Simpson until attending a Gamecock baseball game this past April. It was a cold day (luckily we had box seats) and I was talking with my friend Ryan, who I had invited along. Ryan and I don’t see each other often, but we’re always emailing and exchanging CDs and […]

Twang in South Carolina

Although we twangers are located all across this great United States of America, and while Boston often gets a little more recognition on this blog thanks to the tireless efforts of Mayer, little ole’ me takes up residence in the capital city of South Carolina. Being a college town, we get our share of young […]

Water Liars

Water Liars/Water Liars When listening to new bands these days I usually don’t do much “research” on the artist in fear that I’ll find something about them that pisses me off.  Like they used to cover John Mayer or something…  No seriously, sometimes I just like to be introduced to an artist through their music.  […]

Todd’s Tops of 2013

A little more rockier than most twangers, but here’s what’s been lighting up my ears for the past year.  Happy New Year! 1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern – Just damn fine songwriting with minimal production shows a sober, reflecting Isbell at his best. 2. BRMC- Specter at the Feast – This band keeps getting better […]

Butch Walker, Peachtree Battle-EP

I like Butch Walker. His new EP is good. It is very fun. One time I shot a squirrel too. Oh sorry, I’ve been reading my daughter’s 1st grade journal. I’ll try to be a bit more sophisticated, as this EP does deal with death and Butch rushed the release so his father could hear […]

High Cotton: a Tribute to Alabama

Riding around with mom in the back seat of the family’s 1980’s Buick, I distinctly remember the sounds of Alabama coming from the tape deck or Whistle 100, the local country radio station. I could sing every word of their Christmas album at 10 years old. And even my dad, who didn’t really get into recorded […]

Twangville Music Fest! Night 1

A couple of weekends ago 7 of our 9 contributors from this little site we call Twangville met in Boston for the second showcase we’ve put together boasting the Twangville moniker.  And when I say “we” put it together, I’m really just saying “Mayer” put together.  I volunteered to post a few words about Friday […]

Todd’s Tops of 2012

There were a lot of songs from 2012 that I enjoyed, but not a lot of albums.  Maybe because I can only listen to so much new music without getting jaded or maybe it is still a time for singles.  Or maybe, just maybe, I didn’t hear your favorite record yet and haven’t been converted.  All of my top […]