Trout Steak Revival – Brighter Every Day

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There’s something about bluegrass that always seems slanted toward picking up your spirits.  It’s not that the genre doesn’t have its share of good murder ballads–a couple of doozy’s come immediately to mind–but as a rule it’s not somber music. That’s true in spades in the debut album from Colorado-based Trout Steak Revival. Entitled Brighter […]

Mayer’s Playlist for March/April 2015, Part 3

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH The Firewatcher’s Daughter, by Brandi Carlile For some, the process of getting off the major label merry-go-round can be a traumatic experience that results in musical purgatory. Not for Carlile, who shifted to ATO Records and returns with another stand-out release. Her voice is as radiant as ever, beautifully complimented by […]

Millie Mason/Here on Up

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Simple and to the point. Millie doesn’t need 3 ½ , or hell, even 3 minutes of your time to get her message across. The most she asks for is 2:29 on the opening “In Town.” The Brooklyn singer/songwriter hails from Knoxville and obviously has a love for old time country a la Patsy Cline, […]

Readers’ Pick: Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes

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ALABAMA SHAKES, Sound & Color beats out GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, A Forest of Arms by 2 votes as your favorite for the week of April 21, 2015. Poll Results     Readers’ Tops – Spring 2015 RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, Ruffian’s Misfortune (22) DWIGHT YOAKAM, Second Hand Heart (21) ALABAMA SHAKES, Sound & Color (10) CALEXICO, […]

Monday Morning Video — Shakey Graves Sings About “The Perfect Parts”

One thing was immediately clear when Austin’s Shakey Graves passed through Boston a few weeks ago — he’s come a long way from his one-man band roots. Sure, he did a couple of songs solo but he quickly invited his two bandmates to the stage (drummer and guitarist/bassist). The three proceeded to whip the crowd […]

Old Settler’s Music Festival 2015 Edition

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My favorite weekend of the year has come and gone again.  A couple of weeks after the over-sized crowds, egos, and marketing campaigns of SXSW comes a music festival in the hill country outside Austin that’s just about the music.  With only 15,000 attendees, and a couple of stages, you can see at least a […]

Mayer’s Playlist for March/April 2015, Part 2

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH Down To Believing, by Allison Moorer Real life is often the best inspiration for art, notably when it is created in response to heartache and sorrow. Such is the case for Allison Moorer, who channels her emotions into a collection of songs that is by turns sad, angry, regretful and defiant. […]

Dwight Yoakam CD Giveaway!!!

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The kind folks over at Yoakam’s digital marketing team (Girlilla) have sent us a copy of Dwight’s latest Second Hand Heart to give away to one lucky Twangville denizen. It’s definitely a killer album. I’ve see advance clips with things such as “Best album from Dwight in years!” etc. etc., but I’m kind of the […]