Mayer’s Playlist for Feb/Mar 2014, Part 1

I suppose that Lydia Loveless could have gone in two directions after 2011’s outstanding Indestructible Machine... more »


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 »


Happy Valentine’s Day: Radio Sweetheart from Sarah Borges


Every once in awhile, there is an artist whose album is so anticipated by everyone in the Twangville Posse that a few of us pile on for a team review. Put Sarah Borges’ “Radio Sweetheart” into that category. SUZANNE’S TAKE There’s one word to describe Sarah Borges: BADASS. When I was growing up, I always […] more »


Steve Dawson – Rattlesnake Cage


Canadian roots music master Steve Dawson’s Rattlesnake Cage showcases Dawson’s astonishing guitar skills as they should be – intimate and acoustic.  Dawson, whose passion for roots music prompted him to found the Black Hen Music label in 1995, has been a force in the Canadian music scene and now, having relocated to Nashville, his star […] more »


Readers’ Pick: PARKER MILLSAP, Parker Millsap

You picked Parker Millsap’s self-titled album as your favorite for the week of February 4, 2014. Readers’ Top 10 (last 4 weeks) ROSANNE CASH, The River & The Thread (17) BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS, South (12) DAMIEN JURADO, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (11) PARKER MILLSAP, Parker Millsap (9) DAVID CROSBY, Croz […] more »


Mark T. Small – Smokin’ Blues

Mark T Small

New Englander Mark T. Small’s lightning fast guitar picking skills are on display on the all-acoustic Smokin’ Blues.  Small, whose background includes a stint in the 1980s with the Indiana-based “newgrass” band called The Brown County Band and a dozen years as leader of Chicago-style electric blues band The Lonesome Strangers, has managed to fuse the extraordinary dexterity required […] more »


Damon Fowler – Sounds of Home


Damon Fowler’s music captures his Southern roots as well as any up-and-coming artist today. A native of Brandon, Florida, Fowler’s sound encompasses swampy soul, blues, country and a measure of rockabilly. For his sixth and latest solo album, Sounds of Home, Fowler enlisted prominent Louisiana blues-rocker Tab Benoit to help produce a tasty helping of […] more »


Readers’ Pick: DAMIEN JURADO, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

You picked Seattle-based Damien Jurado’s “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son” as your favorite album for the week of January 21, 2014. Readers’ Top 10 (last 4 weeks) ROSANNE CASH, The River & The Thread (17) BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS, South (12) DAMIEN JURADO, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (11) BRUCE […] more »


Eli’s Favorite Records of 2013

2013 was a pretty crazy year for me. Personally, professionally, and music listening habit-wise, it was all over the map. At different points during the year, I obsessed over the back catalogs of The Clash, Emmylou Harris (again), Tom Waits, Kevin Gordon, Superchunk (again), Kanye West (weirdly), Paul Westerberg solo records (again), and finally The Bottle Rockets. […] more »


Chase Gassaway – Certain Circles

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Certain Circles, the latest release from Austin musician Chase Gassaway, should be listed as a treatment for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  Although he writes about typical songwriter topics like love and angst, he manages to put an optimistic sound to them.  And then add to that a few of his songs are just unabashedly happy […] more »


The Twangville 2014 Release Preview, Boston Edition

Amy Black This Is Home Cover - High Res

This is shaping up to be a great year of music in Boston. All the albums below will be unleashed to the world in January and February. Here’s hoping the following ten months are just as fruitful. RADIO SWEETHEART by SARAH BORGES If there’s such a thing as a rock star quality then Sarah Borges […] more »


David Wax Museum at the Sinclair


When one thing ends, another begins. Suz Slezak had her baby 6 weeks ago and suddenly she was back on tour in the limelight. She talked about how relaxing her life as a pregnant woman was compared to hotel rooms and tour buses. I suppose that coming back to Boston (where they started and Wax […] more »


Tom’s Picks: Best of 2013

Album of the Year: Jason Isbell – Southeastern Jason Isbell is quickly establishing himself as one of the greatest singer/songwriters alive today. He’s cleaned up, remarried, and recording without the 400 Unit (his backing band from the last few years). Southeastern is one of those albums I imagine we’ll look back on some day as […] more »


Best of 2013 – Chip


Here is my Top Ten for 2013: Feel free to cast stones and insults if you disagree. 1. Patty Griffin American Kid The combination of Griffin’s vocal elegance along with Luther and Cody Dickinson’s backup, made this album stand above all others. The ethereal duet with Robert Plant was also a high impact song. 2. […] more »


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 »


Matthew Ryan benefit for John Anderson