Because Songs Matter

Malcolm Holcombe at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – July 12, 2016

Malcolm Holcombe at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – July 12, 2016

For over 2 decades and 10-plus albums, Malcolm Holcombe has treaded right on the cusp of notoriety and infamy. One of my favorite quotes on Holcombe has always come from Steve Earle, who said he was “the best songwriter I ever threw out of my studio.” That follows the intensity and controlled chaos that is a […]

Bill Eberle- Matter & Time

Bill Eberle- Matter & Time

A couple of weeks ago I had never heard of Bill Eberle or his music.  Then I clicked a link on someone’s Facebook post and within 30 seconds I was a complete convert.  Over the past two weeks I spent time in Maine devouring this album at the beach, trips to the packy(That’s Boston speak […]

The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust

The Jayhawks  – Paging Mr. Proust

Being a Jayhawks fan can feel a little bit like being stuck in the movie Groudhog Day. They’ve had more break-ups and make-ups than anything this side of a highschool relationship. I’m really glad they do. In a lot of ways the Jayhawks were the first alt.country band I got into. As a fan of […]

McDougall – Reaching for Some Light

McDougall – Reaching for Some Light

McDougall is one of those guys who I’ve always liked and who’s hung out on the periphery of my regular rotation due to some reason or another. He’s one of those artists that I’ve really and truly enjoyed in smaller doses but never really inspired a binge of listening to an album over and over […]

On Tragedy and Friends through Music

On Tragedy and Friends through Music

This is what I woke up to this morning. This was the first indication to me that something had gone horribly wrong while I slept. I was immediately filled with relief that my friend Larry was safe, about a millisecond later came sinking dread because if Larry was marked as safe that meant someone else […]

Arliss Nancy- Greater Divides

Arliss Nancy- Greater Divides

  Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody’s got a plan ‘til they get punched in the mouth”. That’s how I feel about the new Arliss Nancy album “Greater Divides” which was released this past week. I turned it up and pressed play in my car during the 15 minute commute home from work and by the […]

Left Arm Tan – Lorene – 2016

Left Arm Tan – Lorene – 2016

It was almost three years ago, to the day, that I wrote about Left Arm Tan’s Alticana. That was my first foray in to LAT and I’ve never looked back. I even talked them in to playing the worst show, for the band, that I’ve ever booked. The sound system never showed up and the […]

Support ART – M.Lockwood Porter and Michael Dean Damron need your help!

Support ART – M.Lockwood Porter and Michael Dean Damron need your help!

Hey Cats and Kittens! I am a HUGE fan of crowdfunding. I think eliminating the middle man is the best thing ever. I think it’s rad that I get the opportunity to be a patron of the art that I support. How fantastic is it that bands that are amazing can ask their fans to kick […]

Scott Nolan- Silverhill

Scott Nolan- Silverhill

Texas songwriter Hayes Carll definitely knows how to identify a great song to cover. I listened to “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart” about 50 times before I found out Hayes didn’t originally write the song. I was even more surprised to find out that the original songwriter hailed from Winnipeg ,Canada, which is about […]

Spring Fest 2016 Huntsville, Alabama

Spring Fest 2016 Huntsville, Alabama

First time I heard Lynyrd Skynyrd I was 10 years old, sitting in the passenger’s seat of a 1974 Ford F-150 while my biological father sat in the driver’s, drinking a beer and eating a chili dog. Or maybe it was when my cousin in North Carolina got high as hell after rolling his joints […]

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