Monday Morning Video – Ike Reilly

While a good portion of Boston converged on a Somerville club on the off chance that U2 would make an appearance, I did the opposite and went into Boston to catch Ike Reilly. Damn glad that I did (and it has nothing to do with the fact that U2 didn’t show up in Somerville). Reilly […]

Mayer’s Picks: The Best of 2015, So Far (the Songs), Part 1

For me, at least, this year has been more about songs than albums. Here are just a few of my favorites from the first half of 2015. If Still It Can’t Be Found, Joe Pug (from the Lightning Rod Records release Windfall) A melancholy ode to perseverance and pursuing one’s dreams. Simply magical. Don’t Let […]

Tweed River Talk – a Few Words with Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless is no stranger to Twangville. We’ve long been fans and she continues to impress. Somewhere Else, her most recent release, was among our favorite albums from 2014 and we are eagerly awaiting the follow-up. The Ohio native, along with her band, are making their first visit to the Tweed River Music Festival this […]

Monday Morning Video – Eilen Jewell Covers the Ronettes

Singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell has a fine new album out (Sundown Over Ghost Town). Before we get to that, though, we thought we’d share this beautiful rendition of the Ronette’s “Be My Baby.” Jewell and her band, accompanied by the Sweetback Sisters, performed the song late last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her label, […]

Shinyribs – Okra Candy

Shinyribs Okra Candy

On various patches of land continuously testing the boundaries of wet and dry in the sea level portions of southeast Texas, southwest Mississippi and southern Louisiana live a breed of men thriving on the margins of humanity.  For a 2 week stretch they manage to semi-control their impulses enough to be trusted by others of their […]

Tweed River Talk – A Few Words with Christopher Paul Stelling

You have to appreciate an artist who invites himself to a festival (see below for the full story). Of course, in this case, the festival organizers welcomed him with open, arguably ecstatic, arms. And why shouldn’t they? Christopher Paul Stelling is a compelling live performer who will undoubtedly captivate the Tweed River Music Festival crowd. […]

Mayer’s Picks – the Best of 2015 (So Far), the Albums

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite releases from the first half of 2015. COMPLICATED GAME by JAMES MCMURTRY As he celebrates the release of his first album in six years, there’s a part of me that wishes that McMurtry was more prolific. Then I remember that it takes time to craft […]

Readers’ Pick: Best of Spring 2015

Neil Young and Promise of the Real, The Monsanto Years (cover art)

THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY, Capital beats out RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, Ruffian’s Misfortune by 28 votes as your favorite for the Spring of 2015. Readers’ Official Top 25 – Spring 2015 THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY, Capital (50) RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, Ruffian’s Misfortune (22) DWIGHT YOAKAM, Second Hand Heart (21) EILEN JEWELL, Sundown Over Ghost Town (20) THE GRAHAMS, […]

Monday Morning Video – Greg Trooper’s Tribute to the Weekend

Sure, it’s Monday but let’s have Greg Trooper bring us back to the weekend with this pair of classics, “Another Shitty Saturday Night” and “These Sunday Nights.” Hopefully your weekend was better than those of the characters that inhabit these songs. Trooper has just released a new album, Live at the Rock Room. Captured at […]