Burn It, Joshua Ray Walker (from the State Fair Records release Wish You Were Here) Texas has a rich tradition of extraordinary storytellers. Writers who weave exceptional stories filled with colorful characters that find themselves in situations both trying and humorous. With Wish You Were Here, his debut release, Joshua Ray Walker firmly establishes himself […]
There’s a fine line between disappointment and disillusionment. I think some of it has to do with permanence, but whatever the definition the boys in The Way Down Wanderers do a good job of staying on the fleeting side of pessimism on their latest album, Illusions. In general, they accomplish that with upbeat instrumental support, […]
New Orleans singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton talks about her storied rehearsal space called “The Watermelon”, sampling local cuisine while touring and making $50 at her first paid gig when she was 13.
Eminent Honky-Tonker Dale Watson talks about rehearsing at shows, working on an assembly line and the best way to learn about music.
There are inevitably a few albums that slip by my radar each year. Carter Sampson’s 2018 release Lucky fits into that category. The album is filled with songs that sit on the cusp of folk and country, often determined solely by the arrangements. She passed through Dallas several weeks ago and treated to two shows, […]
Once in awhile there’s a collaboration that turns the music word on its head. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto was such a pairing when, in 1963, they popularized bossa nova jazz in the United States. Jan and Dean did much the same for surf music, and Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry paired up for a […]
Nashville singer-songwriter Amelia White recalls trying on Rod Stewart’s white silk jacket and the paradox of a bad early gig.
Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey reflects on a series of glorious fleeting moments and the mullet and twelve-string Gibson that powered his first gig.
The Ameripolitan Awards, founded six years ago by musician Dale Watson, celebrate rockabilly, western swing, outlaw and honky-tonk music. You know, authentic music. This year’s event takes place in Memphis, TN with four days of entertainment from February 22nd through the 25th. The event culminates in the annual awards show, this year hosted by Watson […]
Yola Carter is well known in her native U.K., and soon she will be just as well known on this side of the big pond. While she has received some recognition stateside, her new album “Walk Through Fire” will no doubt put her front and center of the Americana scene. The album was produced by […]