Some musicians like to master their genre. Some like to push the boundaries of a genre. Others thrive by crossing genres. You can count Phoebe Hunt in that last category. Her musical arc started with the Texas swing and big band-influenced country of The Belleville Outfit, swung across her fiddle and vocal prowess collaborations with […]
Lee Bains has amassed an impressive catalog of songs that chronicle the new south, a region struggling to maintain it’s distinctive identity while challenging aspects of its heritage and socio-political outlook. Bains and company will release Youth Detention, the follow-up to 2014’s outstanding Dereconstructed, on 30 June. If you prefer that your rock and roll […]
What’s more summer than an amusement park? Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp is inclined to agree and is helping us ring in this year’s summer season with Bay Beach Amusement Park, a six-song concept ep tribute to a Green Bay, WI institution. Not surprisingly, the ep rings out with a youthful innocence and enthusiasm as Schoepp […]
After gaining much acclaim on his previous release, “High on Tulsa Heat”, John Moreland has released a new album of tunes that raises an already high bar even further. This time around he eschewed the solitary acoustic Folk style of previous work that put full focus on the lyrics. His new effort, “Big Bad Luv”, […]
Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket, is one of the most distinctive singer-songwriters you’ll come across these days. A one-man band in the dumpster-diving tradition (his guitar was rescued from a dumpster; his kick-drum features his own re-purposed baby shoe), his songs veer from the beautiful ballads to battered blues. Layered on top are tasteful […]
A really good stew is hard to describe. I mean, on the surface, it’s easy. Some meat, some vegetables, in a broth, cooked for a while. But it is so much more than that. Think of the difference between a Louisiana gumbo, a California cioppino, and a New England chowder. They all have seafood, and […]
Here’s a fun one to start the week. Matthew Logan Vasquez and Nathaniel Rateliff and friends hanging out singing a song. The song is “Redfish,” from Vasquez’s new album Does What He Wants. It looks like at least a few wine bottles were harmed, or at least emptied, during the making of this video.
Here’s a video from my longtime friend, and once collaborator, Don Merckle. It’s from his recently released EP, The Ballad of Lincoln Wray, a concept record telling the story of his grandfather’s war exploits. You can pick up the EP here.
Hailing from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, Mink’s Miracle Medicine is primarily the brainchild of Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezeski. Melissa approaches music with her background in Americana and formal training from Berklee College of Music, while Daniel comes at things from a punk and ska band experience. Their upcoming album, House Of Candles, has a […]
Life takes funny turns sometimes. Jared Tyler was on an arc to be a darling of the Nashville music scene. Big names in the music business were taking him under their wing and he was hanging with the stars. Then family called and he answered to his heart’s priorities. A couple of years pass and […]