Taarka – Making Tracks Home

Taarka cover

You could probably argue that all music, regardless of genre, falls into two categories.  There’s music celebrating (or bemoaning) the here and now, and there are songs that take you back to a time or place.  The latest release from Colorado-based Taarka, Making Tracks Home, does a superb job of exploring both of those buckets in […]

Kiss Off — A Special Twangville Playlist, Part 6

A few years back I put together a series of special playlists featuring my favorite kiss off songs. Despite what some may think, I’m really not that cynical. Rather, I just appreciate how some songwriters can tackle the topic with humor and bite. It’s kind of like a genre unto itself. Over the past year […]

Bernard Allison – In The Mix

Bernard Allison has a tough act to follow. The son of legendary bluesman Luther Allison, Bernard Allison has inherited his father’s energy and skill, but he has forged a sound of his own. When I saw the elder Allison perform live in the early 80s, it was like watching pure energy.  Luther Allison’s guitar work was […]

Readers’ Pick: JOE PUG, Windfall

Cover of Joe Pug's Windfall

JOE PUG, Windfall beats out TOM PAXTON, Redemption Road by 8 votes as your favorite for the week of March 10, 2015. Poll Results     Readers’ Top 25 – Winter 2015 JAMES MCMURTRY, Complicated Game (26) STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, Terraplane (18) JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers (17) JOE PUG, Windfall (14) THE […]

Hearing Things

So I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, new and old. Here’s a rundown: The Vagaband/Medicine for the Soul – If you’ve been craving some vintage Wilco with a touch of The Felice Brothers thrown in, have I got the band for you. “Black Sheep” will have your toes tapping and singing along […]

Readers’ Pick: The Firewatcher’s Daughter by Brandi Carlile

The Firewatcher's Daughter by Brandi Carlile cover art

BRANDI CARLILE, The Firewatcher’s Daughter beats out ANDREW COMBS, All These Dreams and ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys by 4 votes as your favorite for the week of March 3, 2015. Poll Results   Readers’ Top 25 – Winter 2015 JAMES MCMURTRY, Complicated […]

Monday Morning Video – The 1967 Stax Volt Soul Revue!

Need a powerful pick-me-up for a Monday morning? It won’t get much better than this classic set of performances from 1967. Booker T. & the MGs, Sam and Dave and a host of stars from the legendary Stax label. And did I mention Otis Redding? It doesn’t get much better than this. Performances include: Booker […]