The Lonetones “Dumbing It All Down” (The Lonetones, 2017)

This is quite a hard album to review because it’s really an album of two halves. The Lonetones, hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, are essentially the band of husband and wife duo Sean McCollough and Steph Gunnoe. They front the band and all the tracks on the album are written by them – but not together. So you get 6 tracks from husband Sean and seven from wife Steph – and they sound like they should be on two separate albums.  Continue reading “The Lonetones “Dumbing It All Down” (The Lonetones, 2017)”

Buddy Miller, Drew Holcomb appear on new Mark Heard tribute album

And if you’ve never heard of him, then, well, now’s your chance. Rolling Stone Country report: “In 2005, the Americana Music Association awarded Song of the Year to “Worry Too Much,” a grinding rock & roll gospel number that opens Buddy Miller’s Universal United House of Prayer LP. While the song contains all the earmarks of a classic Miller tune, its author was Mark Heard, whose intensely poetic lyrics radiated with Dylanesque flourishes and whose influence can be heard throughout Miller’s most raw, confessional work.  Continue reading “Buddy Miller, Drew Holcomb appear on new Mark Heard tribute album”

David Olney “Don’t Try To Fight It” (Red Parlor Records 2017)

The rules are there are no rules. These seem to be the only guidelines followed by David Olney in the creation of ‘Don’t Try To Fight It’, the latest addition to his considerable catalogue that covers over 40 years recording. Olney is described as something of a ‘Renaissance man’ being not just a recording artist, but Shakespearean actor, writer of sonnets, radio show host in Nashville and online blogger. Clearly a man of considerable talent and interests then and that shines through in ‘Don’t Try To Fight It’, an album that defies easy categorisation. Continue reading “David Olney “Don’t Try To Fight It” (Red Parlor Records 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: Western Centuries

Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces the band.  Comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller (co-founder of Donna the Buffalo), R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of-punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake, and bassist Dan Lowinger, Western Centuries are clearly a diverse bunch. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Western Centuries”

Ryan Adams plays “Come Pick Me Up” with John Mayer – Watch

A better surprise than say Steps crashing your wedding do (as zeitgeist as they are these days, it could be Ryan’s next big covers project). NME reported over the weekend: “Ryan Adams joined John Mayer on stage in Los Angeles this Friday (21 April) to perform his track ‘Come Pick Me Up.’ Adams, who released his 16th studio album Prisoner in February, joined Mayer on stage at the Forum in Los Angeles to play the track from his debut solo album, ‘Heartbreaker.’ Continue reading “Ryan Adams plays “Come Pick Me Up” with John Mayer – Watch”