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Ryan Davis (State Champion, Sophomore Lounge Records) Interview – 5/15/15

Ryan Davis (State Champion, Sophomore Lounge Records) Interview – 5/15/15

State Champion don’t just take up space, they fill it. I listen to State Champion and think Oh, right, music is supposed to sound this good. What fuckery are other bands wasting time with? A lot of that fullness is due to songwriter Ryan Davis’ eye/ear/nose/fingers/toes for story. Davis’ lyrics lead double-lives as coffee-soaked short stories and […]

INTERVIEW – DOC FELDMAN

INTERVIEW – DOC FELDMAN

Lexington, KY’s Doc Feldman is a busy man these days. He has his solo work with LD 50 and recently played one of Lexington’s most popular venues, Willie’s Locally Known, along with Matt Woods and Egon Danielson. Feldman has his own video company, too, called Shaker Steps, and another band called The Infernal Method, who just played at Natasha’s Bisto […]

INTERVIEW – BRYAN MINKS OF THOSE CROSSTOWN RIVALS

INTERVIEW – BRYAN MINKS OF THOSE CROSSTOWN RIVALS

Both Bryan Minks and the band he fronts, Those Crosstown Rivals, are very active in the Lexington, KY music scene and super-busy in general. They tour regularly, put together a local singer-songwriter night every month at Buster’s, and organize an annual festival called Squallfest. (Part of this year’s proceeds go to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.) They […]

INTERVIEW – CALEB CAUDLE

INTERVIEW – CALEB CAUDLE

  Caleb Caudle just released his new album, Paint Another Layer On My Heart, this Tuesday, and I caught up with him briefly over email – we’re both busy folks, so I’ll take it! – to chat about that, the influence Nola has on his music, and the all-around fantastic crew of musicians in which he […]

INTERVIEW – RACHEL RIES

INTERVIEW – RACHEL RIES

Everything is connected and improbable, right? If I didn’t live in a small apartment and run out of room to keep LPs, I wouldn’t have become a seeker of interesting 7″s, I wouldn’t have bothered asking record store clerks to drag out long unwieldy boxes of singles, I wouldn’t have found the stunningly packaged Country […]

Michelle Evans Interviews Lance Howell of Big Shoals

Michelle Evans Interviews Lance Howell of Big Shoals

Big Shoals is an Americana band based out of Gainesville, FL, combining elements of straight up rock ‘n’ roll, 60s/70s folk, and country – a little bit of everything, really. Personally, I hear a lot of Tom Petty in them, though lead singer and songwriter, Lance Howell, doesn’t cite him as one of his major […]

INTERVIEW – JOHN MORELAND

INTERVIEW – JOHN MORELAND

If you don’t know who John Moreland is, it’s safe to stay you stumbled onto this site trying to find small amounts of ammunition for sale. Hello, friend! Put aside your worldly troubles and let’s talk about songs. I saw John Moreland for the first time this past weekend, and matched my expectations. There was […]

OVERVIEW – CHAD REX & THE VICTORSTANDS

OVERVIEW – CHAD REX & THE VICTORSTANDS

  Overview is a series of reviews of short, done bodies of work that are probably out of print–complete discographies that are over. Some people say I should call this an oeuvre-view, some people don’t care about french puns, but everybody should spend an hour trying to track down these albums because they’re worth it. I mean, […]

MICHELLE EVANS INTERVIEWS MATT BURKE OF HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL

MICHELLE EVANS INTERVIEWS MATT BURKE OF HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL

  Have Gun, Will Travel is an Americana band based out of Bradenton, FL that combines folk, pop, rock, and classic country influences. They’re new album, Fiction, Fact or Folktale?, is out now, and they’re performing at Crowbar in Tampa TONIGHT, Thursday, February 27th. I talked to Matt Burke about their current tour, their Daytrotter […]

MICHELLE INTERVIEWS BRYAN MINKS OF THOSE CROSSTOWN RIVALS

MICHELLE INTERVIEWS BRYAN MINKS OF THOSE CROSSTOWN RIVALS

  Those Crosstown Rivals are a high-energy, high-emotion, straight-up ballsy band out of one of my favorite towns, Lexington, KY. I was stoked for a chance to talk to Bryan Minks about the making of their new album, Hell and Back (on pre-order now), and what it means to them to share their music with fans and […]