Dream On — a Special Boston Playlist

Here is the latest installment in our periodic series highlighting Boston and New England artists. (View the complete series here.) 1-2-3, Amy Fairchild (from the self-released Amy Fairchild) There’s something to be said for only speaking when you have something to say. Just ask Amy Fairchild who has just released her first album since 2002. […]

Readers’ Pick: Storytone by Neil Young

You picked Storytone by Neil Young as your favorite for the week of November 4, 2014. Readers’ Top Picks (last 4 weeks) Boxers by Matthew Ryan (20) Storytone by Neil Young (11) Aviator by Stoney LaRue (7) Rock & Roll Time by Jerry Lee Lewis (6) Indian Ocean by Frazey Ford (5) Welcome to the […]

Monday Morning Video: Drivin’ N Cryin’

I just got finished watching “Scarred But Smarter,” a cool documentary about Atlanta rockers Drivin’ N Cryin’. The film delves into the band’s rich history, thoughtfully considering why the band did and didn’t find success. From the ups and downs of label deals to a revolving cast of band members, the tale is an all […]

Billy Strings & Don Julin – Fiddle Tune X

Fiddle Tune X is for bluegrass fans with attention deficit problems.  The new album from Billy Strings and Don Julin nearly captures an entire bluegrass festival in 59 minutes.  The Michigan based duo, with just a guitar, a mandolin, and their vocals, cover ground from speed-picking, self-written tunes all the way to slow gospel harmonies. […]

Markus James – Head For The Hills

Markus James has travelled to Timbuktu to unlock the secrets of the blues and found a connection between what he heard in the deserts of Mali to the fife and drum music of northern Mississippi. Like Corey Harris and the Dickinson brothers, James’ preoccupation with exploring the drum-based blues of North Mississippi has led to […]

Lac La Belle – A Friend Too Long

As I sit here starting to write this review, I  realize it’s somewhat appropriate that tonight is Halloween, when costumed children pretend to be someone they wish they could be and costumed adults pretend to be someone (or something) they don’t want to be.  The latest record from Detroit-based Lac La Belle, A Friend Too […]

Mayer’s Playlist for October 2014, Part 2

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH And the War Came, by Shakey Graves Austin-based Alejandro Rose-Garcia — Shakey Graves — makes a mighty fine racket. His live performances, generally just him on the stage playing guitar and percussion, are captivating. And the War Came is the rare studio album that captures this energy while simultaneously showcasing the […]