Monthly Archives: March 2014

Jason Daniels – Dashboard Visions & Rearview Reflections

With his background and musical pedigree, the music on Jason Daniels’ self-produced debut album could’ve sounded like a lot of things. Brothers George and Paul Richey were his uncles – both well-known figures in the Nashville music scene. George was, in fact, married to the legendary Tammy Wynette – and there’s nothing like riding on […]

The Upsetters – The Good, The Bad And The Upsetters (Jamaican Edition)

The tag “Jamaican Edition” is the tip-off to the delights on Hot Milk’s reissue of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s 1971 rarity The Good, The Bad, And The Upsetters. The quick telling of the story behind the album finds Perry and The Upsetters (bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett; his brother Carlton on drums; guitarist Alva “Reggie” Lewis; […]

Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars

Whereas most artists’ posthumous albums are often made up of outtakes, alternate mixes and/or demos, the latest release from the Johnny Cash catalog truly is a “lost album.” John Carter Cash – son of The Man In Black and June Carter Cash – discovered these dozen previously-unreleased tracks during the process of cataloguing his parents’ […]

Temples – Sun Structures

Give me a time machine, some vinyl copies of Temples’ Sun Structures, and set the controls for somewhere in the late 1960s. I’ll be back in a flash and we’ll be sitting here talking about those long-haired lads from England’s Midlands who changed the world with their swirling harmonies, shape-shifter guitars, organ passages that disappeared […]

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix – Soul Blues

It took a couple listens to figure out just what made the latest album from Professor Louie & The Crowmatix such a hoot to listen to – but I finally did. The key to the joy of the new Soul Blues can be summed up by the tracks that bookend it: “A Few Hours” (a […]

Robben Ford Spends A Day In Nashville

In a career that’s spanned over 40 years and is still going strong, guitarist Robben Ford has done everything from playing it sweet alongside Joni Mitchell and George Harrison to getting down and getting out there with the likes of Miles Davis and Larry Carlton – hell, he even played a stealth session with Kiss […]

Sticky Fingers – Like A Rolling Stone

It’s a piece of work – it really is: the opening seconds are a bit of sweet and wistful late-night bass work, way up high on the neck, supported by gentle acoustic guitar and shimmering keys. The bass retreats to allow the acoustic guitar to step into the foreground, all snuzzly with the keyboard … […]

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – It’s Her Fault

Honest and true: I think the only folks who wouldn’t like Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs’ new It’s Her Fault are inhabitants of Salt Lake City, Utah. And that’s not a done deal, either. Though it may be true that the opening tune “SLC” warns, Don’t get your hopes up in Salt Lake City Because […]

The Highballers – The Highballers

If you like crunch with your twang; if you think it’s a crying shame that Hank Williams Sr. never lived long enough to own a Nudie suit; if you think the ultimate gig would be Johnny Cash fronting The Bottle Rockets – or Uncle Tupelo at their cowpunkiest – then you, my friend, need to […]

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans

Everything you need is right here. The Drive-By Truckers’ new English Oceans album makes its entrance with the chainsaw Sex Pistols-style guitar roar that ushers in “Shit Shots Count”. An hour later it bids farewell in a state of total marrow-deep zen (drummer Brad Morgan’s subconscious humming during the miles-deep drums that take “Grand Canyon” […]

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