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Triumph of the Wild Trek From “California to the Crossroads”

Based out of San Diego, Triumph of the Wild recently took a seat-of-the-pants five-month tour of the Southern U.S. Along the way, the folkie duo (who describe themselves as a …

Single Review: Jana Kramer, “I Got the Boy”

“I Got the Boy” Jana Kramer Written by Connie Harrington, Tim Nichols, and Jamie Lynn Spears The sentiment is quite poignant.   “I got the boy. She got the man.”   A high school sweetheart reminisces as she sees her boyfriend from … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Trisha Yearwood, “I Remember You”

“I Remember You” Trisha Yearwood Written by Kelly Archer, Ben Carver, and Brad Rempel After the anthemic “Prize Fighter”, Trisha Yearwood softens things with the emotional “I Remember You.” With just an acoustic guitar and simple strings, “I Remember You” … Continue reading ?

Mayer’s Playlist for February 2015

17 hours agoMusic / Country : Twangville

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH Complicated Game, by James McMurtry Six years. That’s how long it has been since we last heard new music from McMurtry. While he hasn’t been missing during this time – he could always be found on the touring circuit – many of us were anxiously awaiting some new music. Well, that […]

The Inner Party – Makes A Mess

19 hours agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

I was going to start this off with a disclaimer about how The Inner Party isn’t the usual 9B fare but then I realized that I don’t give a damn what the usual 9B fare may or may not be these days and that I have always written about what I love so, fuck a [...]

Single Review: Thomas Rhett, “Make Me Wanna”

“Make Me Wanna” Thomas Rhett Written by Bart Butler, Larry McCoy, and Thomas Rhett “Make Me Wanna” is what country music might have sounded like in the nineties if the new traditionalist movement never happened. The twang is there. How … Continue reading ?

Rev. Peyton Offers a Delicious Stew of Country Blues

Two-thirds of Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band live in a log cabin off a winding road just a few miles north of Nashville, Indiana. Further up the road is Bean …

The Mavericks – Mono

yesterdayMusic / Country : Twangville

As I noted before, The Mavericks have a kind of timeless sound to them.  Their previous album, In Time, evoked a particular moment in history when you listened to the whole thing.  Their latest release, Mono, doesn’t seem to have  quite the same thematic focus, but all the elements that make the band so ageless are […]

Listen Up! Dorthia Cottrell – “Song For You” (Gram Parsons)

Dorthia Cottrell steps out of the din of her doom metal band, Richmond Virginia’s Windhand, to stroll the subtle climes of folk and Americana for her self-titled debut solo album (March 3) Her take on Gram Parson’s “Song For You” (hear below) is a daring choice, and she pulls it off beautifully. A single, simple [...]

Mighty Souls Brass Band – A Mighty Big Sound

The Mighty Souls Brass Band’s debut album Lift Up is exactly what you need to listen to when you’re having withdrawals from all the Mardi Gras fun. If you missed out on finding that little baby in your king cake this year, mix up a drink, put Lift Up on, sit back and crown yourself [...]

Single Review: Ashley Monroe, “On to Something Good”

“On to Something Good” Ashley Monroe Written by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Ashley Monroe Happily, Ashley Monroe has announced a new album that will, once again, be produced by Vince Gill with the help of Justin Niebank. The lead … Continue reading ?

Nora Jane Struthers Leaves Old Time in Her Wake

The path from cozy folk venues and Appalachian string band gatherings to rock clubs isn’t necessarily a smooth or direct one, as Nora Jane Struthers can attest. Her reputation as …

Single Review: A Thousand Horses, “Smoke”

“Smoke” A Thousand Horses Written by Ross Copperman, Michael Hobby, and Jon Nite Your tolerance for this song will be completely dependent on your tolerance for a woman being compared to nicotine addiction. If you’re on board with that, perhaps … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Brantley Gilbert, “One Hell of an Amen”

“One Hell of an Amen” Brantley Gilbert Written by Brian Davis, Mike Dekle, and Brantley Gilbert I actually feel kind of bad for Brantley Gilbert.  His heart is totally in the right place.   But the execution is absolutely horrendous. Attempting … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Chase Rice, “Gonna Wanna Tonight”

“Gonna Wanna Tonight” Chase Rice Written by Shane McAnally, Jon Nite, and Jimmy Robbins Here’s what I don’t understand. Let’s put all of the clichés to the side for a minute.   Going out, drinking, fishing dock, pretty red lips, yada … Continue reading ?

Ajax Diner Book Club – 2/23/15 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

2 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Charles Mingus “Boogie Stop Shuffle” from Mingus Ah Um Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight” from Sound & Color Robert Chaney “Black Eyed Susan” from Cracked Picture Frames Lone Bellow “Take My Love” from Then Came the Morning James McMurtry “Deaver’s...Show More Summary

Steve Earle Sings the Blues, Not Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

Steve Earle‘s Terraplane backs typically vibrant vignettes (“You’re the Best Lover I Ever Had”) with deep blues (“Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now”). The New York City resident spoke with CMT Edge …

Mighty Oaks Sway in the Breeze of “Just One Day”

Hailing from three countries and making their home in Berlin, Mighty Oaks are proof that a rootsy Americana sound is not exclusive to the North American continent. The band’s three …

Indiegogo – Caleb Caudle

3 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Mr. Caleb Caudle is proving a prolific songwriter these days and nothing could make me more excited this morning than thinking about getting some new music. I’m certain this will be an amazing album and aside from that there’s only a few things that make you feel better than actually supporting artists you care about [...]

Mindy Smith Marks 10 Years of “One Moment More”

Mindy Smith made a name for herself with One Moment More, her beautiful debut album from 2004. To mark its 10th anniversary, she headlined a hometown show at Nashville’s City …

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