As we begin Thanksgiving week here in the US, here’s a song for which I’m thankful. Thanks for the joy that you’ve given me I want you to know I believe in your song And rhythm and rhyme and harmony You’ve helped me along Makin’ me strong Oh, give me the beat boys and free […]
Here’s a vintage full-length concert from Social Distortion, captured live at CBGB’s in 1992. ‘Cause sometimes you need to start your week with a snarl.
Here is the latest installment in our periodic series highlighting Boston and New England artists. (View the complete series here.) 1-2-3, Amy Fairchild (from the self-released Amy Fairchild) There’s something to be said for only speaking when you have something to say. Just ask Amy Fairchild who has just released her first album since 2002. […]
I just got finished watching “Scarred But Smarter,” a cool documentary about Atlanta rockers Drivin’ N Cryin’. The film delves into the band’s rich history, thoughtfully considering why the band did and didn’t find success. From the ups and downs of label deals to a revolving cast of band members, the tale is an all […]
I caught the Truckers in Pawtucket, Rhode Island a few weeks back. The band has been playing larger and larger venues in recent years so it was great to see them in the relatively small venue known as The Met. The group was in fine form. The youngsters in the group — Jay Gonzalez (joined […]
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 […]
Here’s the legendary James Brown delivering a performance for the ages.
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 […]
Here are J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices with guest Nikki Lane performing a damn fine rendition of the Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty classic “After the Fire Is Gone.” Harris has just released a fine new honky-tonk album (Home Is Where the Hurt Is) and Lane released her own gem earlier this year (All […]
It can often be both refreshing and insightful to hear a stripped down version of a songs originally performed by a full band. Here’s a great example — Pete Donnelly of the Figgs offering up a solo take on one of my favorite songs from that band’s extensive catalog. The tempo is a touch slower […]