Some weeks just call for a blast of some good ol’ rock and roll. How about we get this week started with a pair from Nashville’s Blackfoot Gypsies. The boys are celebrating the release of To the Top, their new long-player. Here are two tracks that will give you a taste of what is to […]
I still remember, and have previously written about, my introduction to Mike Errico. I, along with a room full of holiday revelers, were relegated to a stunned silence as Errico performed solo with his acoustic guitar at a NYC show. With one song, Errico secured a spot on my top ten list of concert experiences. […]
Brent Cowles has lived a musical lifetime in his 27 years. The Denver-based singer-songwriter tasted some success with You Me & Apollo before that group’s demise in 2014. A few years down the road he has returned with Cold Times, his solo debut. The ep finds him exploring new ground, trading his acoustic guitar for […]
MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ The former (?) Delta Spirit frontman sure likes to rock. I caught him a few times over the week and it he fired up the crowd each time. He suffered from poor sound at one show, but the energy carried him through. Like many an artist, he was showcasing songs from the […]
AUSTIN LUCAS Lucas snuck into Austin to play a single afternoon solo acoustic show. To say that he attacked his guitar wouldn’t be an overstatement. He alternated between channeling Johnny Cash in his fiery moments and Blaze Foley’s mellow stylings. It was a powerful performance from start to finish. RON GALLO Gallo was a contender […]
I caught the Drive-By Truckers over the weekend and, true to form, they delivered an epic guitar-driven onslaught. The setlist leaned heavily on their most recent album, the politically charged American Band, alongside more than a few fan favorites. Among the highlights was this searing take on John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth.”
LANGHORNE SLIM This was the best of the best, my favorite musical moment of the week. Langhorne Slim sitting in a chair on the floor, the audience arrayed cross-legged on the floor around him. A campfire festival without the campfire. His late-night performance was a freewheeling gem that included a few impromptu requests, all delivered […]
Count me among the many whose earliest experience with music was courtesy of Chuck Berry. I think it was “Roll Over Beethoven.” Perhaps it was my personal rebellion against the symphony performances that my parents dragged me to attend. I’ve come to enjoy the symphony in the years since but, at the time, the lyric […]
My original plan was to share a version of Jimmy Cliff covering his classic “The Harder They Come.” Until I stumbled across this version of Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros rockin’ it right.
The lead off track from Girls Guns and Glory’s latest long player (Love and Protest) seems like a fitting song to kick off the week. Are you ready to rock and roll?