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Have Gun, Will Travel – Science From An Easy Chair – 2015

Have Gun, Will Travel – Science From An Easy Chair – 2015

Have Gun, Will Travel is releasing their 5th album this month and in many ways it marks a new direction for the band. The album tells the story Ernest Shackleton’s ill fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition as detailed in the book Endurance. Trust me, when I hear the term “concept album” I cringe too. Usually they […]

Darrell Scott – 10 Songs Of Ben Bullington – 2015

Darrell Scott – 10 Songs Of Ben Bullington – 2015

Every now and then an album you had little to know expectations about explodes out of your speakers and completly blows your mind. Such was the case with Darrell Scott’s latest album, 10 Songs of Ben Bullington and I. The first song title on the album to catch my attention was “Country Music, I’m Talking […]

Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town – 2015

Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town – 2015

It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since Eilen’s last studio album, Queen Of The Minor Key, but when you hear about all the changes in her personal life you totally understand why. Since Queen of The Minor Key was released Eilen packed up her van and moved back to her hometown of Boise […]

Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – Sonic Ranch – 2015

Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – Sonic Ranch – 2015

I’ve had the pleasure of writing about Whitey Morgan since 2008 when he was just a wet behind the ears unsigned artist out of Flint, Michigan. Since then he has been picked up by Bloodshot Records who rereleased his debut album, Honky Tonks and Cheap Hotels, as well as it’s self-titled follow-up. Well, Bloodshot might […]

Benchmarks – American Night – 2015

Benchmarks – American Night – 2015

It starts out with distortion, guitar, and a voice. The voice is one you’ve heard before, been hearing for years. The always-ethereal vocal tones of Kelly Smith (nee Kneiser) of Glossary. Then a new voice, one you may have heard before but certainly not like this. The Dirty Birds have come home to roost, or maybe […]

The Honeycutters – Me Oh My – 2015

The Honeycutters – Me Oh My – 2015

It’s only a song / so, for heaven’s sake, won’t you sing along Here are some questions to help you figure out whether you’re in a Honeycutters song or not: Are you taking the easy way out? Has it turned out not to be so easy? Can you take care of yourself? Are you one […]

Yazan -Howlin' (EP) – 2015

Yazan -Howlin' (EP) – 2015

Last year I sprinted home (took a few trains and walked a few miles) from a show and straight to the internets to tell y’all about a guitarist I’d just seen named Yazan. His live show was an electric psych-blues thunderstorm, whereas his last album turned out to be an equally restorative, world-resetting series of […]

John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat – 2015

John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat – 2015

Inside John Moreland’s High On Tulsa Heat he writes “This is a record about home. Whatever that is.” and if he had written a similar inscription for 2013’s In The Throes I believe it would have said “This is a record about faith. Whatever that is.” and that is the only comparison I plan to make […]

LILLY HIATT – ROYAL BLUE

LILLY HIATT – ROYAL BLUE

People remember the ’90’s as grungy, and druggy; self-loathing, and insecure. We all wore flannel and did heroin while listening to Soundgarden. It was pretty great, except for the having to listen to Soundgarden part. There was another side to the ’90’s. Unequaled prosperity, homegrown terrorism, and the worst thing our President did was get […]

Robert Chaney – Cracked Picture Frames – 2015

Robert Chaney – Cracked Picture Frames – 2015

Cracked Picture Frames by Robert Chaney is a debut record with the heft of a seasoned volume. There are no singles: these are all deep cuts. It may be easy to miss the trees for the forest, with the “one man and a guitar” composition of the album. The melodies are alternately sweet, bitter, and haunting, […]