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. [...]
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 [...]
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 […]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 ?
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 ?
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 ?
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 […]
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 [...]
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 [...]