R. B. Morris- Going Back to the Sky review

R. B. Morris Going Back to the Sky RBMorris.com Almost half a lifetime ago, back in the early days of No Depression and clandestine, after-work CD crate searching, I tripped across R. B. Morris’ debut album. I imagine the (if the stories told years later were true) creepy owner of the store suggested the album… Continue reading R. B. Morris- Going Back to the Sky review

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Gasoline Lollipops- All the Misery Money Can Buy review

Gasoline Lollipops All the Misery Money Can Buy GasolineLollipops.Com A little swamp rock, a bit retro, alt.country-infused rock ‘n’ roll, Colorado’s Gasoline Lollipops have delivered the Americana album of early Autumn, 2020. From the first lyrics sung by Clay Rose, on the album title track, one’s attention drawn as if magnetized. A bit Roy Orbison,… Continue reading Gasoline Lollipops- All the Misery Money Can Buy review

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Lynn Jackson- Lionheart review

Lynn Jackson Lionheart Busted Flat Records First off, an apology to Lynn Jackson and her team. I mistakenly thought this album was being released in September, and therefore set aside writing about Lionheart for months. Imagine my surprise and embarrassment to notice this morning a May 22 release date on the accompanying one-sheet. Although already… Continue reading Lynn Jackson- Lionheart review

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Johnny & the Mongrels- Creole Skies review

Johnny & the Mongrels Creole Skies JohnnyAndTheMongrels.com I’ve been suffering from writer’s block this summer. No matter how good the music I am hearing, I have not been terribly interested in writing about it. I’m sure that is bound to happen after twenty-some years of pushing uphill on the outskirts of the roots world, but… Continue reading Johnny & the Mongrels- Creole Skies review

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The Harmed Brothers- Across the Waves review

The Harmed Brothers- Across the Waves Fluff & Gravy Records TheHarmedBrothers.com Americana’s emerging Steely Dan, The Harmed Brothers create complex roots music, accessible and challenging. Built around songwriting duo Ray Vietti (vox and acoustic guitar) and Alex Salcido (vox, keyboards, banjo, and guitar), The Harmed Brothers’ Across the Waves reflects unbridled delight. Recorded in Cincinnati,… Continue reading The Harmed Brothers- Across the Waves review

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Victor Wainwright and The Train- Memphis Loud review

Victor Wainwright and The Train Memphis Loud Ruf Records VictorWainwright.com A stunning stew of blues- and roots-drenched, piano- and B3-based rock ‘n’ roll, the type of music not frequently encountered. Memphis’ oft-awarded Victor Wainright brings The Train to the crossroads of Power and Soul, allowing original songs time to ferment in the all-encompassing brew of… Continue reading Victor Wainwright and The Train- Memphis Loud review

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Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton review

Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton Smithsonian Folkways “That’s the old music,” is how Gaither Carlton, Doc Watson’s father-in-law once reportedly described that contained within the iconic Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. It is a subject Carlton knew well, as did Watson. These recordings, contemporaneous to music released on… Continue reading Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton review

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Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair and Jesse McReynolds reviews

Two reviews have been published at Country Standard Time. Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair have worked together previously, but this is their first album of duets. We don’t hear from Grand Ole Opry and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds as frequently as once we did, but when the 90-year old legend decides… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair and Jesse McReynolds reviews

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Maya Rae- Can You See Me? review

Maya Rae Can You See Me? Black Hen Music Before getting to the music, one benefits understanding the genesis of this unusual rhythm & blues-roots album. After writing with her brother Gabriel Evan, Maya Rae felt prepared to record their songs. A demo made its way to celebrated British Columbia-Nashville producer and all around roots… Continue reading Maya Rae- Can You See Me? review

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Adam Karch- Everything Can Change review

Adam Karch Everything Can Change AdamKarchMusic.com Bros.ca Montreal’s Adam Karch returns with an album that matches and advances his previous Moving Forward. “Everything Can Change” provides the self-same titled album with a timely theme and foundational anchor: “We’re all in this together, we make our own skies blue,” he sings. As we enter our second-month… Continue reading Adam Karch- Everything Can Change review

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