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Yearly archives for 2009

KASEY ANDERSON'S 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2009:

KASEY ANDERSON'S 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2009:

Here it is, the only Best Of 2009 list you’ll ever need. Except for AIV’s list. And romeosidvicious’. And the Bird List. Other than that, though, this is the only one worth reading. 01. Visqueen – Message to Garcia The best rock ‘n’ roll record I’ve heard in years is a love letter to lead […]

KASEY ANDERSON'S OPINION: THE 10 BEST SONGS OF 2009 (AND FIVE BEST OF 2010)

KASEY ANDERSON'S OPINION: THE 10 BEST SONGS OF 2009 (AND FIVE BEST OF 2010)

As Charles Durning’s character Henry Larson says in Home for the Holidays (perhaps the greatest holiday film of all time), “Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one and everyone thinks everyone else’s stinks.” After sifting through a shitload of opinions (pun totally intended!) and lists over the last month or so, I’ve come to believe […]

THE BIRD LIST:

THE BIRD LIST:

The idea was to collect a sampling of the “Americana music blogging community’s” top 20 of 2009 lists and apply a point system to each slot. Then, let the numbers tell the story of what the Americana music collective as a whole thought were the best albums of the year (the BCS of Americana music?). […]

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR?

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR?

I figured I’d chime in and tell y’all what’s on tap for the remainder of the 2009. While there might be a single album post here or there in the closing weeks of the year, the bulk of it will be about our favorite albums, songs and shows (possibly movies and books?) of the year. […]

WILL HOGE – THE WRECKAGE

WILL HOGE – THE WRECKAGE

Do you ever hear an album and wonder why you have never heard of the artist before? I do and this album is one of those. Now I may have heard the name before but I had never heard Will Hoge’s music until someone handed me a copy of “The Wreckage”. I screwed around for […]

PRISON BOOK CLUB – REQUIRED READING

PRISON BOOK CLUB – REQUIRED READING

The perfect soundtrack for my failure of a Tuesday is this little number from Tucker Riggleman and Adam Meisterhans of The Demon Beat, John Miller from The Fox Hunt and drummer Jeff Birdsall. The thing is, you see, today has sucked a whole bunch and this whiskey drenched bunch of twangy tunes has been playing […]

TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: TONIGHT! HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, NESSIE & THE SEMIS @ THE EMERALD

TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: TONIGHT! HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, NESSIE & THE SEMIS @ THE EMERALD

One of the best things about the holidays is holiday parties and college bowl games. Fortunately there will be no football to distract you from the awesomeness coming to The Emerald tonight. The Semis seem sort of like the odd band out on this bill, soundwise. I’ve made a pass through their new CD and […]

CLEARING OUT THE 2009 CLOSET: SOME QUICK HITS: PETE BERNHARD, BETTY SOO, DIANE BIRCH, CAM PENNER, SEVEN MARY THREE & CAROLYN MARK W/NQ ARBUCKLE

CLEARING OUT THE 2009 CLOSET: SOME QUICK HITS: PETE BERNHARD, BETTY SOO, DIANE BIRCH, CAM PENNER, SEVEN MARY THREE & CAROLYN MARK W/NQ ARBUCKLE

Much like Kasey’s two sentence reviews, I thought I’d bang out a couple of pieces that have been floating around in my Google Docs account in various forms of incompletion and combine them into one post instead of just deleting them. Sometimes it’s hard to find something to say about every. single. cd you like, […]

JOSH GRIDER TRIO – SWEET ROAD TO RIDE

JOSH GRIDER TRIO – SWEET ROAD TO RIDE

The Josh Grider Trio has departed from the traditional country album with Sweet Road to Ride. While there are some songs that would be immediately identified as country the band has added a groove to their sound that defies the purist sound that runs through the Red Dirt Music scene and it works. In Josh’s […]

BAD GUYS WEAR BLACK: RIP DIMEBAG DARRELL

BAD GUYS WEAR BLACK: RIP DIMEBAG DARRELL

As I am sure you’ve read 100 times today, this is the day John Lennon was murdered but what you won’t read very much is that it’s also the day Dimebag Darrell was murdered. As is habit, there will be no lengthy missives and no eulogizing from me. Just an acknowledgment of the day and […]