There’s something about city life that shapes and reshapes a person’s perspective. Sights, sounds, smells – really the totality of a city environment – have an influence, whether instilling a sense of excitement and wonder or causing anxiety and unhappiness. Few cities have a more dramatic effect than New York City. Just ask singer-songwriter Kevin […]
Eleven Hundred Springs are something of a Dallas institution. Heck, they’re country music stalwarts, mining the depths of the genre’s traditions and legacy. The group is gearing up to release a fine new album, entitled Here ‘Tis., this Friday . For those in Dallas, come join me for the album release party at the Granada […]
I posted my list of favorite from the first half of 2019 back in July (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. Have You Seen My Girl, Todd May (from the self-released Let’s Go Get Lost) […]
Want to start the new year off right? How ’bout some of Louisiana’s finest – The Lost Bayou Ramblers – taking over the legendary Preservation Hall in New Orleans to perform the song “Granny Smith”. And in case you missed it, group founders Louis and Andre Michot recently talked with us about Ramblers life past, […]
One of my fondest musical memories was the time that Sleepy LaBeef got under-aged me and my younger brother into a club to see his show. I had been recently introduced to Sleepy’s music by a cousin, who himself was introduced to Sleepy’s music by music historian Peter Guralnick. I thought it would be fun […]
There are a few occasions where I allow myself to re-post songs and New Years is one of them. I’ve always enjoyed Slaid Cleaves’ “One Good Year,” a magical blend of melancholy and hopefulness. Happy New Year everyone!
This was a tough year to rank best albums. The sheer volume of good releases made it difficult. This is especially true in the Americana genre with it’s ever expanding boundaries. All the same, I gave it my best shot. 1)Yola- “Walk Through Fire” Released early in the year, from my first listen I knew […]
I’ve posted this song before but, hey, it’s a classic. How do you not appreciate a holiday song without a chorus that tells the tale of a man spending the holidays in jail and includes a gravy recipe. The song “How to Make Gravy” appears alongside many other Paul Kelly gems on the upcoming Songs […]
We need more songs like this… and more artists like Steve Poltz. And what the heck, here’s a Poltz bonus track. Let’s get southern comfortable.
I love seeing live music. If you’re reading this, chances are that you do, too. Fruition and Goodnight, Texas both got their starts are acoustic outfits but, based on the recent performances that I saw, have gone decidedly electric. These two videos, Fruition’s “Lonesome Prayer” and Goodnight, Texas’ “Button Your Collar” don’t fully capture the […]