Justin Currie continues to quietly — really too quietly — put out exceptional albums. He could teach a masterclass in how to write a song with blunt honesty and emotional punch. Here is a favorite from This Is My Kingdom Now, released earlier this year.
I spend so much time listening to new music that it’s easy to forget about the classics and old favorites, so I love it when a casual conversation sends me back into the archives. Boston’s Todd Thibaud has one of the most consistent — and consistently good — catalogs of any in my music collection. […]
Don’t Tell Me to Smile, The Mastersons (from the Red House Records release Transient Lullaby) The husband and wife team of Chris Masterson and Bonnie Whitmore continue to refine their sound on the glorious Transient Lullaby. The duo thoughtfully explore the foibles of contemporary relationships with a studied blend of thoughtfulness and realism. The arrangements […]
Success, as pretty much everyone has realized, gives one some freedom that can’t otherwise be earned. Some use that freedom to advance an agenda, whereas others look to self-improvement and creativity as the opportunity. Mark Olson, founder of pioneering Americana group The Jayhawks, chose the latter path along with his wife and musical partner Ingunn […]
Songs, let alone performances, don’t get much more powerful than this. “Ain’t No Little Girl” is from Dragonfly, Chambers’ latest release.
One of the things I’ve observed over the years is how the best musicians put so much more into a song than just the words and notes. A poignant pause, a percussive tap, a note played just off the beat, they contribute to a texture and ambiance that are nearly impossible to describe. You just […]
Will Hoge recently celebrated the release of Anchors, his 9th studio album. In the video below, he talks about the burn-out that preceded it and how watching his kids, ages 6 and 9, form a band rekindled his musical spirit. Great news for the rest of us, as it is a fine addition to the […]
I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure if we’d ever get new music from The Contenders. The duo of Jay Nash and Josh Day introduced themselves with 2014’s outstanding Meet the Contenders ep, played some shows and then… nothing. Music is, in fact, a business and Nash and Day spent the time apart focused on other […]
Earlier this year former Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s frontman Richard Edwards released the sublime Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset. Whereas the album itself was immaculately crafted with minimalist pop orchestrations, the solo acoustic versions of the songs from this live performance are hauntingly beautiful. As if to reinforce the understated nature of his […]
One of the endearing things about bluegrass and folk music is the tradition of doing versions of songs that have been in the collective consciousness of the musical community since the 19th century, or even longer. No one remembers, or perhaps ever even knew, who wrote them. But groups take them, make them their own, […]