Grover Anderson Is The Frontman- review

Grover AndersonThe FrontmanGroverAnderson.com As I write, The Frontman is playing in my office, rain cascading down the window panes as a gray, spring storm holds steady. I am surrounded by the sounds of a school building slowly coming back to life, but the intensity of the recording holds me from tasks this early morning. I… Continue reading Grover Anderson Is The Frontman- review

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Meghan Hayes- Seen Enough Leavers review

Meghan Hayes Seen Enough Leavers Cranky Heartburn Music Noir as song is sometimes difficult to identify, but always seems slightly pretentious when done in reviews: what does it even mean? Well, give a listen to “Georgette,” lead track from Meghan Hayes’ Seen Enough Leavers. “Tomorrow afternoon we’ll go into town. Tomorrow afternoon we’ll go into… Continue reading Meghan Hayes- Seen Enough Leavers review

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Adam Carroll- I Walked in Them Shoes review

Adam Carroll I Walked in Them Shoes http://www.AdamCarroll.com We haven’t heard a new Townes Van Zandt album in too many years; we won’t again, of course. But there is no shortage of troubadours—Texans and otherwise—who learned the art listening to and emulating him, and Guy Clark, Eric Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen, Tom Russell,… Continue reading Adam Carroll- I Walked in Them Shoes review

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Amy McCarley- MECO review

Amy McCarley MECO MECO Records AmyMcCarley.com Amy McCarley, new to me outside a solid rendition of “Cellophane City” on an uneven Steve Forbert tribute, covers a tremendous patch of Americana roots on MECO, her third independently released album. Marshall Chapman, Lucinda Williams, and (delightfully) Linda McRae come to mind as McCarley utilizes various aspects of… Continue reading Amy McCarley- MECO review

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Reed Foehl- Lucky Enough review

Reed Foehl Lucky EnoughGreen Mountain Records http://www.reedfoehlmusic.com Reed Foehl has some kinda fans. A band of them. A Band of Heathens. I am not privy to the particulars of the genesis of this project, but I’m imagining that somewhere along the way—four previous albums, countless gigs, dozens of songs—Reed Foehl greatly impressed The Band of… Continue reading Reed Foehl- Lucky Enough review

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Suzanne Jarvie- In The Clear review

Suzanne Jarvie In The Clear Wolf Island Records SuzanneJarvie.com A very impressive recording, In The Clear is the second album from Toronto’s Suzanne Jarvie. Mining personal traumas and challenges for inspiration (and, perhaps, restorative healing), and filtering these through interests in literature, parables, and creative wonderings, Jarvie has created a lyrically dense collection of songs… Continue reading Suzanne Jarvie- In The Clear review

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Three terrific roots albums that got away in 2018

Ray Bonneville At King Electric Stonefly Records Ray Bonneville can be counted upon to deliver albums of uncluttered, lyric-driven blues. He has been doing it since long before I started paying attention, and one hopes he will continue for years still to come. His latest, a set of eleven original, southern-influenced compositions, is every bit… Continue reading Three terrific roots albums that got away in 2018

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