Kimmie Rhodes Walls Fall Down Sunbird Kimmie Rhodes, the perpetually pleasant Texas songwriter, returns with another finely crafted collection of understated songs and vocal treats that will find favour with the folk festival crowd. One of the most interesting vocalists within the Americana genre, Rhodes’s latest release is comprised of twelve songs, the… Continue reading Kimmie Rhodes- Walls Fall Down
Justin Townes Earle The Good Life Bloodshot Burdened (or blessed) with heavy monikers from two legendary hardcore troubadours, on The Good Life Steve’s son and Van Zandt’s namesake demonstrates that if he isn’t quite ready to be seriously discussed in the same conversations as those who so obviously influenced him, he is more than… Continue reading Justin Townes Earle- The Good Life
Various Artists Best Loved Bluegrass Rebel Records For almost fifty years, Rebel Records has captured some of the finest bluegrass music recorded. With few exceptions, most of the legends of the music- from Ralph Stanley to Ricky Skaggs- have passed through the Rebel roster. Collecting twenty all-time favourites of bluegrass music in this… Continue reading Various Artists- Best Loved Bluegrass
The Earl Brothers Moonshine http://www.EarlBrothers.com and http://www.CDBaby.com While overhauled in personnel, Robert Earl Davis’s band retains its unique sound. Deliberately under-annunciated, hard scrabble vocals complement tight instrumentation that is dark, rough, and never fancy- the complete antithesis of the prevalent slick, high-browed bluegrass that is mostly ignored in this space. Original in sound,… Continue reading The Earl Brothers- Moonshine
Mattea’s performance is stellar, and the instrumentation- just on the relaxed side of bluegrass- from a group of acoustic whizzes can’t be touched. Their notes frame not only the words sung, but extend the images immortalized.
Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein 2:10 Train Rebel Seldom does it get better than this, the debut album from long-time bluegrass buddies Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein. 2:10 Train is a near perfect offering of acoustiblue music: two instruments and two voices- Klein’s lead and guitar and Gaudreau’s harmony and mandolin. The album… Continue reading Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein- 2:10 Train
Larry Sparks isn’t flashy. He doesn’t brag on himself, and he is a man of few words. He’s unassuming and matter of fact. And he can sing a bluegrass song like no one.