Category Archives: Album Reviews

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Phosphorescent Harvest

For their third studio outing the Chris Robinson Brotherhood shrugs off their tie-dyed spacewalker suits (as worn for their 2012 debut Big Moon Ritual) and the Vee-Eff-Dubya-Hall-on-acid vibe of their follow-up, The Magic Door. Phosphorescent Harvest finds CRB clad in comfy flannel shirts, ripped-kneed jeans and scuffed-up cowboy boots, cruising with the top down ‘neath […]

All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman

“Give ‘em flowers while they can still smell ‘em.” True and wise words for us all to remember: if you can say “Thank you” or “We love you” while the person you’re saying it to can still hear you, do it. In Gregg Allman’s case, one hopes there are many years’ worth of songs filling […]

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Fillmore Auditorium 11/5/66

Cleopatra Records’ latest archival release from the Quicksilver Messenger Service’s live vaults takes us back – waaaaaaaay back – to the band’s early days. QMS would’ve been just over a year old when they hit the stage of San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium on November 5, 1966 – and they sound as if they’re still discovering […]

Marc Ford: Fathers, Sons, Guitars, and Holy Ghost

Marc Ford doesn’t lug his resume around with him – he’d rather keep both hands free to carry guitars. Yeah, the list of folks he’s played with in the past is an impressive one (we’ll get into some of them as we go; you can always look them up), but that’s not what Marc Ford’s […]

Jonny Two Bags – Salvation Town

You’d expect a solo album from Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham to have an edge – which Salvation Town does. But rather than being pumped full of Social Distortion’s raging punkbilly blues roar, Salvation Town is more like a collaboration between Nick Lowe and Keith Richards: think vintage Rockpile with a carton of […]

Dirtfoot – Coming Up For Air

There’s no way Dirtfoot’s fourth album – Coming Up For Air – could have been recorded in the daylight. Oh, don’t get me wrong: the Shreveport, LA-based band will make you grin and dance and hoot and holler throughout the album’s 13 tracks – but there’s always a wee bit of darkness handy. Or weirdness. […]

Wilko Johnson: Going Back Home with Roger Daltrey

The simple fact of the matter is Wilko Johnson isn’t supposed to be with us at this point – let alone playing slam-banging, foot-stomping rock ‘n’ roll with a new album that debuted at the number three spot on the U.K. album charts. But the 66-year-old Johnson has never done things quite like anyone else. […]

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’ […]

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