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Listen Up! Chris Smither – ‘Drive You Home Again’ From ‘Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Favorite and Rarities from the Second Decade’

15 hours agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

Signature Sounds Recordings is an well-repected independent label specializing in singer-songwriter, Americana, and modern folk music. Jim Olsen and Mark Thayer founded the label in 1995 to promote the acoustic artists playing in the Northampton, Massachusetts music scene. The label has grown slowly to signing just 1-2 artists a year and developing them over years. [...]


17 hours agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Chris Porter brings his deep strong voice with emotional stories in his upcoming (due out early March) debut solo album This Red Mountain. Porter has been working relentlessly on the content of this album for some time. The songs tell the stories of his real life and have meaning and conviction that the listener can truly [...]

Wood & Wire – The Coast

18 hours agoMusic / Country : Twangville

A few years ago some members of a couple of different Austin-based bluegrass bands got together for some late night jamming and out of it came one of my favorite bluegrass albums of 2013, the self-titled Wood & Wire.  The boys are now releasing their follow-up album, The Coast. There’s an occasionally recurring theme that […]


21 hours agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Maybe you want to like Charlie Parr’s music but it’s often too frantic or the lyrics are sometimes too difficult to understand, maybe you were excited to hear Willie Watson’s solo record put left underwhelmed. Allow me to introduce Georgia native and North Carolina resident Jake Xerxes Fussell and his self-titled debut album. Let’s get [...]

Austin City Limits Announces New Class of Hall of Fame Inductees: Asleep at the Wheel, Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark, Flaco Jiménez and Townes Van Zandt

22 hours agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

Austin City Limits has announced thier newest class of ACL Hall of Fame inductees. The five legendary artists being honored are Western swing institution Asleep at the Wheel, country trailblazer Loretta Lynn, songwriting legend Guy Clark, master accordionist Flaco Jiménez and the legendary Townes Van Zandt. The announcement was made yesterday evening by ACL Executive [...]

Cool Cruise – Cayamo Roots Music Cruise – January 17-24, 2015

Since the early 20th century roots music performers have been bridging the divide between the home-made craft of rural music and delivering that music to a larger audience. All without losing it’s rustic appeal and in numbers that allow them to pursue music as a viable vocation. This path has been paved by audience awareness, [...]


Ninebullets’ own rock darlings, Two Cow Garage, have let folks in on their path forward: “Today we release the first in a series of singles that will, ultimately, lead to our next record. The plan is to release two (or so) singles, then an EP, rinse, repeat, until we release a collective record (also with new [...]

Mayer’s Playlist for January 2015

yesterdayMusic / Country : Twangville

ALBUM OF THE MONTH Fear and Saturday Night, by Ryan Bingham Bingham sets the tone for his latest album right out of the gate. “I’ve been carrying my troubles in this pack strapped to my shoulder,” he confesses in the opening “Nobody Knows My Trouble.” What follows are twelve songs that are filled with life […]


This album gets me thinking about parallel universes. Stacked like poplar planks upon each other, being moved in bundles by a phantom forklift. One plank is Mike born in 1989, as I was, the one below it is if Mike was born in 1988, the one above, 1990, and so on. A plank for Mike freezing [...]

PODCAST – Ajax Diner Book Club, 1/26/15 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

2 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Brown Bird “Shiloh” from Salt For Salt The Fox Hunt “Lord We Get High” from Nowhere Bound Kierston White “Soft Shoulders” from Don’t Write Love Songs Murder By Death “Solitary One” from Big Dark Love Big Shoals “Jezebel” from Still Go...Show More Summary

Album Review: Carrie Underwood, Greatest Hits: Decade #1

Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Hits compilations have become an odd thing in the digital age, as they give both hardcore and casual fans little reason to purchase. The new tracks can be downloaded if you’re interested. The hits … Continue reading ?


3 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

On Friday January 23rd a few of us staff members met up at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston to see American Aquarium with Mike And The Moonpies. Disclaimer: No boots were harmed in any attempt at the Texas Two Step.

Watch Out! Mickey Guyton – “Better Than You Left Me” [VIDEO]

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

I don’t cover a lot of the stuff coming out of Music Row. The vast majority of what they call music is pre-fabricated radio fodder engineered for topping charts not touching hearts. And then sometimes someone like Mickey Guyton squeezes through the machine. Guyton’s debut single ‘Better Than You Left Me’ made history when it [...]

SLEATER-KINNEY and the impossibility of overstatement

3 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

I’m a cis-white-male-middle-class person, so in a lot of very real and important senses, I’ve never needed “saving”–nor have I found myself in the grip of much visceral high-stakes shit to “save myself” from. But I wasn’t born with dead-smelling rubber guts, so when I first heard the music of Sleater-Kinney as a 19-year-old it charged [...]

Listen Up! Punch Brothers – “My Oh My”

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

Punch Brothers, the thinking person’s bluegrass band, has released their 4th studio album (and one EP). If you’re a fan of their roots-chamber music sound you won’t be disappointed. The themes for the new album was how to address increasing distraction, isolation and the need to connect on a human level in the digital age. [...]

Album Review: Jon Pardi, Write You a Song

Jon Pardi Write You a Song A surprisingly entertaining debut effort, Jon Pardi’s relentless enthusiasm infuses even mediocre material with enough energy to make it listenable. Of course, that’s the advantage of a debut album. Even if the material isn’t … Continue reading ?

Album Review: David Nail, I’m a Fire

David Nail I’m a Fire If he’s a fire, it’s one that doesn’t burn nearly enough. Three albums in, Nail continues to pair great potential with middling results. Despite having better pipes than most of his contemporaries and a knack … Continue reading ?

Readers’ Pick: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

THE DECEMBERISTS, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World edges out RYAN BINGHAM, Fear and Saturday Night as your favorite for the week of January 20, 2015. Poll Results   Readers’ Top Picks – Winter 2015 JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers (17) THE DECEMBERISTS, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (13) RYAN […]

Ralph Stanley – ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ Out Now via Cracker Barrel

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

While on the Cayamo roots-music cruise Buddy Miller mentioned several times a collaboration with Dr. Ralph Stanley that had been produced in his home studio in Nashville was being released the Tuesday while we were at sea. Here’s the details on that release: The three-time GRAMMY Award winner’s new CD features Stanley performing duets with [...]

Laura Allmon Joins The Nine Bullets Gang

4 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Hey y’all, I’m Laura (pictured above with the famous Mr. Gray); I come from a small town in East Texas where the cows outnumber the people. I’m a wife, mother of one, and a desk slave at a financial firm in the Houston area ‘burbs and I cuss a lot. A lot! My guilty pleasures [...]

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