One of my favorite things about seeing live shows (well, after the music) are the crazy comments that you hear along the way. Here are a few choice selections from winter/spring 2018. I was totally gonna play another song but Spotify tells me you like this one better. Lincoln Durham I don’t play any happy […]
Sometimes you go to a restaurant you’ve never been to so you can order their homemade biscuits. It’s still comfort food, but with a little variety over your normal routine. That’s the analogy I’m going to use for the soon-to-be-released album from Virginia native Sarah White. High Flyer has the folk and country and Americana […]
There’s perhaps only one thing better than hearing James McMurtry play his remarkable “Levelland” and that’s watching him perform it in a pastoral setting that is so fitting for the song.
The sun comes up over the pine trees, darkness and shadowy forms give way to the crispness of the air and the glint reflected off the lake. Daylight accentuates the feeling that it’s going to be a beautiful day with nothing but great things on the horizon, regardless of the distresses of yesterday. That’s the […]
Barefoot Sailors, Session Americana (from the self-released Live at the Haybarn) Session Americana in concert is more than a show, it’s an experience. The group takes their musicianship seriously yet are equally focused on delivering a relaxed, freewheeling and entertaining performance. Live at the Haybarn, recorded in Dec 2016, is a perfect snapshot for both […]
This song embodies much of what I love about music. The song marries lyrics of substance, in this case about dealing with anxiety in the quest to find one’s self paired with a melody that is uplifting and anthemic. Most of all it just radiates honesty and authenticity. Brent Cowles will release his debut full-length […]
I’m sure you’ve seen this before. The special effects people take an explosion and play it backwards, in slow motion. The result is a whole bunch of disparate, seemingly unrelated, pieces all come together to form the perfect whole. That’s the kind of experience I had with the new album from Trampled by Turtles, Life […]
It’s one thing to have a special guest join a band for a song. It’s quite another when it’s Neil Young joining join Pearl Jam to perform Young’s classic “Rocking in the Free World.” The video itself is something special – pieced together from different audience video clips.
All Be Gone, Buffalo Tom (from the Schoolkids Records release Quiet and Peace) One of rock and roll’s great debates is whether to burn out or fade away. There’s a third option, though. Buffalo Tom make the point that it is possible for rock and roll to mature gracefully while still maintaining an edge. In […]
Some of the best music coming out of Nashville these days is from artists who have trouble really connecting with Nashville. The collection of Americana talent there is tremendous, and you can find a lot of empathetic soul mates. But it just never seems like home. That’s the situation with Santa Fe artist Coco O’Connor. […]