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Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free – 2015

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free – 2015

With the critical success of Southeastern, Jason Isbell’s freshly sober 2013 album, it was inevitable that close attention would be paid to Something More Than Free. With this release, it’s safe to say that Jason Isbell has ‘made it’. The long-time cult darling became a critical darling, and with appearances on CBS Sunday Morning and […]

July Talk – July Talk – 2015

July Talk – July Talk – 2015

  Never stop asking friends about bands. When researching my piece on the talented Vanessa Jean Speckman I asked about the inspiration behind one of her pieces, the girl with the popsicle/knife held at her crotch says ‘Don’t lie, you know you wanna lick it’. She told me, “I’m endlessly inspired and sparked and in awe […]

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 […]