“Baby Be My Love Song” Easton Corbin Written by Jim Collins and Brett James Easton Corbin was a refreshing arrival at country radio when he first hit airwaves a half-decade ago, toeing the line between what was commercially viable and what … Continue reading ?
This is my Christmas compilation from 2011, I’m not sure I was in a great place mentally when I made this. It’s a downer for sure but it’s all holiday music! I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be posting another old one and then, soon, a brand new one for your listening pleasure. There are [...]
1. Parker Millsap – Parker Millsap This album wasn’t Millsap’s first, but nonetheless it was twenty-some years in the making. Full of stories tied to his roots in Oklahoma, his self-titled second album is a microcosm of Americana. 2. Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy Although it’s hard for me to put my finger on […]
Remember alt.country? That mongrel cultural mash-up, fueled on a hefty helpings of George Jones and The Clash, that burst into cultural consciousness with Uncle Tupelo’s 1990 debut ‘No Depression?” Though the style is still heard in many performers in the greater Americana genre the movement proper has the boozy haze of days gone by. Don’t [...]
It’s good to be David Letterman. Though his last show is set for May 20, 2015 he continues to showcase great music for quality and less commercial reasons. And why not? He’s the reigning late night king. And while it lasts it’s good to be the king. Texas music legends Willie Nelson and Billy Joe [...]
This has been a great year for music in and around Boston. I hesitate to break these out into a separate regional list as they would all feature prominently on my overall Best of 2014. That said, taken together they make a great statement on the vibrancy of the Boston music scene. GIRLS GUNS AND […]
Joe Ely has alway been a step ahead of the music industry. He’s toured as an opener for the Clash and shared the stage with Elvis Costello. He;s kept Lubbock on the map by teaming up with local musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock in the country/folk trio The Flatlanders. He’s written books, ‘Bonfire [...]
The countdown concludes with a wide range of classics, including breakthrough hits, signature songs, and exciting later career gems from long-established icons of the genre. #10 “(Who Says) You Can’t Have it All” Alan Jackson Written by Alan Jackson and … Continue reading ?
Dear sweet readers: Thank you for all of your awesomeness this year. And thank you for sticking with us through this doldrum. We’ll be back in fighting shape soon. Dear sketchy colleagues: Thanks for writing so well and making me double-down on writing well. Thanks for the Ninebullets party. Let’s all secure the employment and living [...]
Album of the Year: Noah Gundersen, Ledges My pick for album of the year is Noah Gundersen’s Ledges. The up and coming singer-songwriter from Seattle, nails it with Ledges. It’s a family affair as his sister, Abby, joins in on vocals including album opener “Poor Man’s Son” which simply stops time as it blends effortlessly into […]
This year’s celebration of Last Chance Records head honcho Travis Hill’s birthday, like every year, was also a celebration of life in general. The pins given out in the VIP package summed up the 2014 that so many of us had: ‘Hard Work And Plenty Of It’. I’m sure by now most of you who [...]
Our Best of 1994 Singles List continues with Part Three, which includes the ten songs that just missed the top ten! This section includes several #1 singles and signature hits, but kicks off with one of those should’ve been hits … Continue reading ?
You know those idiots who scream “Free Bird” at every show that they attend? Sometimes dreams really do come true.
We at Country Universe are very saddened to hear that Dawn Sears has passed away today at age 53 after a battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her husband Kenny Sears and their daughter Tess. Born in East Grand … Continue reading ?
I’m fortunate enough to live in an area with a tradition of supporting live music. It’s not Austin or Nashville, but Santa Cruz holds its own when it comes to getting some great Americana tour stops. I’m also lucky enough to be able to travel to some music festivals every year. So while I don’t […]
It defies all marketing logic. Take thoughtful, and oftentimes uncomfortable, music built unapologetically (and more importantly, without irony) from instrumentation and melodies that reflect the past and drag it into the present. Brazen sentimentality in the face of a blase world and lack of absolute style and ideological boundaries allows Americana to attract strange cultural [...]
Here, in no particular order, are a few more favorites from 2014. And the War CameShakey Graves The Shipwreck From the ShoreAnthony D’Amato HealStrand of Oaks Parker MillsapParker Millsap All or Nothin’Nikki Lane Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill BroonzyDave Alvin and Phil Alvin Eli Paperboy […]
This has been a great year in music, a feast for the ears but a challenge when it comes to picking my favorite albums for the year. A good problem to have, I suppose. Without further ado…. #1. MATTHEW RYAN, Boxers Ryan has never been one to pull his punches so why should we expect […]
There will be no spoilers here just a fond farewell to one of my favorite shows. Not only was ‘Sons Of Anarchy” a complex character study, it was a great source for great music as the shoe’s creator Kurt Sutter and music director Bob Thiele hand-picked the songs that played such a large part of [...]
“I think the…Western swing, or whatever you want to call it, will slack off for a little while and then I think some of these younger boys will come out here one of these days with a golden voice and it’ll build again.”—Bob Wills After attending the Bob Wills Festival and Fiddle contest in Greenville, [...]