The centerpiece of Brent Best”s most recent solo album (Your Dog, Champ) is a haunting tale of family tragedy, written from the perspective of an eight year old boy. The song had been kicking around for awhile – here”s Best performing it back in 2006.
Fans came out in full force to support Mono by The Mavericks as your favorite new album of 2015. Many thanks to the Pugwash and The Black Lillies fans who helped duke it out for spots #2 and #3 and thanks to all who participated. We’ll include your picks into our fancy algorithm for the soon […]
As we get ready to ring in the new year, I’m going to make a confession: I haven’t listened to much new music this year. With a son who just turned one, a broken leg, and the usual stacks of correcting (I’m an English teacher), I haven’t listened to much new stuff. The Mrs. and […]
Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, Surf Fronted by Chance the Rapper, this Chicago ensemble reminds of how joyful and organic hip hop can be. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit Dense with words and guitars, Courtney Barnetts’s official debut is a statement record that captures the zeitgeist of 2015. […]
There’s no way we can claim to track all the new music that comes out in a year. But we’re wired to find what we like. While I certainly enjoy the alt. country artists so popular on Twangville (caught Jason Isbell’s show at the Electric Factory last summer – fantastic!) I tend to write more […]
There are certain statements that are indisputable. One of those is the profound impact that Hank Williams has had on American music. There’s really no escaping it. From the tortured heartache of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” to the gospel jubilee of “I Saw the Light” to the unbridled joy of “Jambalaya” he has […]
BRANDI CARLILE, The Firewatcher’s Daughter Every year there’s always one album that blows your mind no matter how many times you hear it. From the time The Firewatcher’s Daughter was released in March to now in December, every song on the album still stuns. At first listen you marvel at the mastery of Carlile herself. […]
The Mavericks – Mono More than their previous albums I felt like Mono showcased the band more than the individuals in it. They”re not breaking any new ground here, but that”s like dinging someone for being the best in the world at something. This stayed in the disc changer in my car for about 6 […]
I posted my list of favorite from the first half of 2015 back in July (here and here). Rather than replicate that list for my full year review, consider this a continuation — the best songs from the second half of the year. Get Better, Frank Turner (from the Xtra Mile Records release Positive Songs […]
Stumbled across this great acoustic performance by Chris Stapleton, playing one of the stand-out tracks from his long overdue debut release. The show took place at Musician’s Corner in Nashville, a special venue in a public park that offers free shows by an impressive roster of artists each year.