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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.  […] more »

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Damien Jurado/Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

I once made my fiancé a mix CD of Damien Jurardo songs that she refused to listen to because of the songs of his I’d played for her before. She liked a lot of them, but stated they were “so sad.” A few months later I was having a discussion with her dad about Jason […] more »

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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 […] more »

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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 […] more »

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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 […] more »

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Twangville Music Fest! Night 1

Session Americana

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 […] more »

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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 […] more »

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Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

Don McLeese’s new book entitled Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, and released by University of Texas Press, gives an almost academic look at Dwight’s recording career and rise to stardom. While the book isn’t exactly a chapter to chapter account of each release or milestone, it is pretty close, leaning a bit heavier […] more »

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John Fullbright/From the Ground Up

About a year ago, (or longer…time escapes me) I had the pleasure of catching John Fullbright play a show with Sam Baker and Natalia Zukerman at a local club here in Columbia, South Carolina. I’d never heard of Fullbright, but I enjoyed his songs as much or more than Baker’s, the reason I’d came to […] more »

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Company/Dear America,

There’s a Charleston, South Carolina band that goes by the moniker Company, not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of the early 2000’s of the same name. (Or the cover band that also apparently plays in Charleston called “The Company Band.”) Unlike the folkier rock of the Brooklyn band, the Charleston collective focuses on […] more »

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Damien Jurado/Maraqopa

Opening with the raucous “Nothing Is The News” (featuring an excellent rambling lead guitar) I immediate thought that Jurardo had taken a cue from Neil Young’s Crazy Horse adventures, or his own I Break Chairs days, but, as I soon found out, that only lasts for one track. “Life Away from the Garden,” the second […] more »

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Todd’s Tops of 2011

There were tons of releases in 2011 and I am sure I only listened to a fraction of them.  I always have a hard time narrowing down my top 5 or so choices, and then I always have a hard time coming up with a full list of 25.  Here’s my top 15 of the […] more »

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Artists I’m Thankful For (A Fall Collection)

At this time of year, we all like to sit back, reflect, and look at what we are thankful for.  Most people around my neck of the woods cite family, freedom, friends, etc., and while I am very thankful for all of those, I’m also pretty thankful for a few musicians that seem to pop […] more »

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Butch Walker/Drinking With Strangers

Butch Walker’s latest release, Drinking With Strangers, opens with the catchy…wait, this isn’t a record… it’s a book. Sorry, I get into a pattern here. Co-Authored with Matt Diehl, this funny tale of Walker’s love/hate relationship with the music industry is pretty much summed up nicely by Walker when he describes his 20 plus career […] more »

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The Felice Brothers / Celebration, Florida

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when the new Felice Brothers album, Celebration, Florida, arrived in my mailbox. I’d been a fan of the tune “Frankie’s Gun” a few years back on their self-titled release, but that was really about as far as it went. I had failed to hear their 2009 release and […] more »

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Matthew Ryan benefit for John Anderson