The Drunken Hearts Wheels of the City LoHi Records TheDrunkenHearts.com Having listened to music, specifically roots music, for as long as I have it is seldom that an approach to music surprises me. The Drunken Hearts’ Wheels of the City caught me off-guard. I wasn’t expecting to listen to an album fairly regularly over the… Continue reading The Drunken Hearts- Wheels of the City review
Helene Cronin Old Ghosts & Lost Causes HeleneCronin.com Looking for someone who straddles the folk, country, and Americana worlds as comfortably as Mary Gauthier, Kate Campbell, and Mary Chapin Carpenter? Look no further. Depending on the song, Cronin sounds a little like each of the named singers, and her approach to songwriting is similar—personal narratives… Continue reading Helene Cronin- Old Ghosts & Lost Causes review
Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses Black Hen Music Succinct review: If your musical heroes are passing on, it is past time to find replacements to keep you vital, hip, and groovy. Start with Matt Patershuk and If Wishes Were Horses. Long-winded essay that really would have benefited from an editor: I attended last month’s… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses review
HeavyDrunk HolyWater HeavyDrunk.com Southern soul. Country soul. Swamp rock. Muscle Shoals. Collectively, these terms evoke a vibrant presentation of music. No one is suggesting Tony Joe White, the Allmans, and Bobbie Gentry’s music sound alike, and no one is going to extend the representation to include every recording session (whether made in Alabama, Memphis, or… Continue reading HeavyDrunk- HolyWater review
Bill Scorzari Now I’m Free BillScorzari.com Bill Scorzari is entirely himself. Confident and heartfelt, Bill Scorzari is one of the most impressive troubadour discoveries of the last ‘however many years it has been since I first heard Sam Baker.’ And like Baker, Scorzari simply improves with each release, finding new ways to explore and depict… Continue reading Bill Scorzari- Now I’m Free review
I was a fan of Chris Knight before I ever heard him sing. An article in No Depression made me aware of him more than twenty years ago, and due to the eloquence of the writer’s description of Knight and his music, I searched out his debut right away. Now comes Almost Daylight. My review… Continue reading Chris Knight- Almost Daylight review
I’ve been away the last several days, and while I was gone Exclaim! published my review of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley’s latest, World Full of Blues. Link is here: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/rob_ickes_and_trey_hensley-world_full_of_blues It is a stout recording I highly recommend.