OLD 97S - GRAVEYARD WHIST...

OLD 97S - GRAVEYARD WHISTLING

Old 97’s (from the album Graveyard Whistling on ATO Records)

Cemetery walls are lined with the tombstones of band bones that have come and gone in the two decades that Old 97’s have stayed the course for Alt Country that the Dallas, Texas-based group helped orchestrate. Survival keeps a bounce in their step as Old 97’s pass through the rock’n’roll boot hill with a ...

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REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAM...

REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND - THE FRONT PORCH SESSIONS

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (from the album Front Porch Sessions)

Reverend Peyton preaches his Country Blues from a acoustic pulpit as he bare bones the Blues for The Front Porch Sessions with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The album continues the Reverend’s love for hand-made American music. The rustic Blues of Front Porch Sessions mirrors the rural upbringing of Revere...

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BLACK ROBIN HERO - LONELY...

BLACK ROBIN HERO - LONELY HIGH

Black Robin Hero (from the album Lonely High)

Historically, a double-edged sword cuts two ways though the twin guitars of Black Robin Hero carve rather than cut as the dual use of six strings times two frame the songs on Lonely High. The guitars on the recent release from the Asheville, North Carolina based band, subtly accenting the tracks without demanding attention. There is an urgency to th...

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ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE F...

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND - GOT SOUL

Robert Randolph and the Family Band (from the album Got Soul available on Sony Masterworks)

On his recent release, and Sony Records debut, Robert Randolph Got Soul. Soul music as a style, and all secular music, came to Robert later in life. Though many musicians mixed church choirs with outside music on the radio, Robert Randolph’s sole influence as a child was the music in church. He lea...

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SUNNY SWEENEY - TROPHY

SUNNY SWEENEY - TROPHY

Sunny Sweeney (from the album Trophy)

The Trophy that Sunny Sweeney puts on her shelf with her recent album release comes from the hard-won results of her own life. Sunny has never sugarcoated her songs and Trophy continues to show the progress she makes on roads of personal experience. The bridge between a whiskey-straight drinker and a beer in the bottle gal is crossed in just a few steps as ...

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SON VOLT - NOTES OF BLUE

SON VOLT - NOTES OF BLUE

Son Volt (from the album Notes of Blue)

The latest Son Volt release, Notes of Blue, is forceful, an electric prod that brands the band’s version of Alt Country with a power that pounds the tracks into form. The album drifts in being with light chord strums as pedal steel and fiddle strings roll over an easy melody on “Promise the World”, the storyline urging humanity walk upri...

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MARTY STUART AND HIS FABU...

MARTY STUART AND HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES - WAY OUT WEST

Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives (from the album Way Out West)

Albums are reflections in the life of their artist. Following that theme, Marty Stuart found his thoughts immersed in points on the map that drew a line to the Southwest parts of the United States on his latest release, Way Out West. Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives bring the hidden beauty of the desert to life. ...

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VIN MOTT - QUIT WOMEN FOR...

VIN MOTT - QUIT WOMEN FOR THE BLUES

Vin Mott (from the album Quit the Women for the Blues)

Vin Mott has made his social life a little smaller yet expanded personal possibilities with his recent album release, Quit the Women for the Blues. It may seem extreme but the New Jersey Bluesman is comfortable in his choices. Vin Mott opens the album with the title track as he claims that he has “Quit the Women (for the Blues)”...

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JON BYRD - ROUTE 41

JON BYRD - ROUTE 41

Jon Byrd (from the album Route 41)

Jon Byrd made the trip from Atlanta, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee well over a decade ago. Jon links the two cities using the path he took north to Nashville with Route 41, his recent release of songs collected on the journeys and in the bars frequented by traveling musicians. His original idea for a tribute was albums that other players dedicated to friends...

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SHINYRIBS - I GOT YOUR ME...

SHINYRIBS - I GOT YOUR MEDICINE

Shinyribs (from the album I Got Your Medicine)

Who’s ready to feel better? Can I get a show of hands for anyone ‘tired of watching happy walking in and out the door’? A cure is available, and closer than the corner drug store, as Shinyribs steps up to the microphone to front the band that bears his name, offering to fill your prescription for support and salvation with I Got Y...

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GREAT AMERICAN TAXI - DR....

GREAT AMERICAN TAXI - DR. FEELGOOD'S TRAVELING MEDICINE SHOW

Great American Taxi (from the album Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show)

The rhythms shift in dream-like patterns as Great American Taxi cruise down the midway in the title track from their recent release, Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show. Much like the audio family on the album, “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” pledges to readjust moods, turn thos...

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SOUTHERN AVENUE - SOUTHER...

SOUTHERN AVENUE - SOUTHERN AVENUE

Southern Avenue (from the album Southern Avenue)

Following Southern Avenue as it winds through Memphis, Tennessee taking local travelers from the easternmost part of the city directly to the door of Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. The five-piece band from the same city, Southern Avenue, follow a similar path in song on their self-titled debut, recently released through hometown l...

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BAKELITE 78 - FIVE HITS F...

BAKELITE 78 - FIVE HITS FROM HECK

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Bakelite 78 (from the E.P. 5 Hits from Heck)

Torch lit stages, thick red curtains, and hand-painted scenery are the backdrop for the theatrical music of Bakelite 78 on their recent E.P. release, 5 Hits from Heck. The Seattle, Washington-based group follows marching drumbeats and salvation army horns to deliver “Nine for Nine”, melts the skid row cabaret of “Liquor and Lotto&r...

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REBECCA LOEBE - BLINK

REBECCA LOEBE - BLINK

Rebecca Loebe (from the album Blink)

The message of a mixtape is a memory and a muse for Rebecca Loebe in Blink, her recent album release. She turns pages back in “Forever Young Forever” as she throws a blanket out on a first date, recalls college years, and shops at a big box store for ‘records they don’t make no more’ while her recollections blend like a perfect ...

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ALISON KRAUSS - WINDY CIT...

ALISON KRAUSS - WINDY CITY

Alison Krauss (from the album Windy City)

When one of the most awarded vocal performers on the planet decides to release an album, you can’t help but look forward to getting your paws on it. Such was the case with me. Alison Krauss’ several decades of work is a tribute to her extreme talent and striving always to bring forth the best there is. Windy City, Alison’s most recent ...

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JAIME WYATT - FELONY BLUE...

JAIME WYATT - FELONY BLUES

Jaime Wyatt (from the album Felony Blues on Forty Below Records)

Jaime Wyatt tosses hopes and dreams into “Wishing Well”, using the tune to open her recent album release, Felony Blues. The audio roads that travel across the album map out the route on California Country as Los Angeles-based Jaime Wyatt lets the Soul rise up and out in her voice. The band backing for Felony Blues brea...

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MARK RIPP AND THE CONFESS...

MARK RIPP AND THE CONFESSORS - UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES

Mark Ripp and the Confessors (from the album Under the Circumstances)

Mark Ripp and the Confessors look out the window at the lives passing by in their recent release, Under the Circumstances. They question how to get through a day with a little dignity in “Gracefully”, cruise on a ragged rhythm with “Wishin’”, sneer at gentrification as the pass a “Shitty Li...

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SALLIE FORD - SOUL SICK

SALLIE FORD - SOUL SICK

Sallie Ford (from the album Soul Sick on Vanguard Records)

A healing occurred as Sallie Ford created the songs found on her recent release, Soul Sick. Sallie peels back layers of herself, fully baring emotions as she cries out ‘just hold me” (“Unraveling”), takes her own advice to break through over a raging rock’n’roll rhythm (“Loneliness is Power&rdqu...

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KELLY'S LOT - BITTER SWEE...

KELLY'S LOT - BITTER SWEET

Kelly’s Lot (from the album Bitter Sweet)

Kelly Z caught the rock’n’roll bug in 1995 when she and her songs were backed by a band. Kelly realized ‘with age comes fearless confidence or maybe it was a little bit of life is too short’, singing of the promises she has made to herself and the advice she deliver with Kelly’s Lot on “Without a Song” fro...

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BUZZ CASON - PASSION

BUZZ CASON - PASSION

Buzz Cason (from the album Passion)

Sixty years into a recording career, Buzz Cason still shows his Passion on his recent release. The album pieces together stepping stones from his musical path in solo work as well as a songwriter with tunes covered by artists spanning decades (Carl Carlton, Arthur Alexander, The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, U2, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pearl Jam). Buzz Cas...

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