Hey Eddie – this is one of my favorite songs, too. They don’t come much better than Buffalo Tom’s “Taillights Fade.” Here is Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz joining Pearl Jam at a recent Fenway Park show in Boston.
They say write what you know. Sam Morrow has spent most of the year cruising the highways playing shows in support of Concrete and Mud, his latest album. Among the stand-out tracks is “Paid By the Mile,” which could otherwise pass as a musician’s lament. If I had a nickel for every song I tried […]
Brett Newski is a glorious enigma. His albums are rooted in pop, bursting with hummable melodies and sing-along choruses. Yet a closer listen finds them spiked with anxiety and the struggle to find one’s way in life. It’s a topic that he approaches it head-on, more often than not offering some pearls of wisdom in […]
Tyler Childers has been making quite a stir with a voice as lived in as the characters in his songs. His own songs aside, he is equally adept at bringing to life the songs of others. In this case he tackles legendary folk singer Utah Phillips “Rock Salt & Nails.”
Immortal Americans, Austin Lucas (from the Cornelius Chapel Records release Immortal Americans) Immortal Americans feels like the album that Austin Lucas was destined to make. The road there certainly wasn’t easy as he overcame a series of challenges, both personal and professional, along the way. It ultimately led him back to his roots in Indiana […]
I’ve been smitten with this song lately. John Calvin Abney pays homage to his Oklahoma roots in this tale of a traveling troubadour longing for home. Hauntingly beautiful. Plenty more to love on Coyote, his latest release.
Right On Time, Kevin Gordon (from the Crowville Media release Tilt And Shine) Kevin Gordon has long been one of contemporary music’s most compelling storytellers. He fills his songs with colorful characters and literary tales, all set to music that has more than a few gloriously jagged edges. Tilt And Shine steps beyond the more […]
We lost one of the greats last week. Here are two vintage Aretha moments. The first, her movie-stealing appearance in “The Blues Brothers”. The second a 1968 performance of “I Never Loved a Man.” Her impact on music and performance will live on forever.
I previously wrote about my experience seeing Hawkins when he made a rare visit to Boston’s Faneuil Hall. There was nothing, however, like seeing him on his home turf – entertaining crowds on Venice Beach, California. Here’s a short but wonderful taste of what it was like.
The Ted Hawkins story is among the most unique in American music. The Biloxi Mississippi native spent years as a street busker, most notably serenading passers-by on Venice Beach, CA while perched on a milk crate. He was “discovered” several times but never found significant success. His graveled voice and insistent guitar were his calling […]