Who is Levi Cuss? If you listen to this record you might just find out, delving into a dark past and redemption through the salvation of music and poetry. Joining the thriving ”Canamericana’’ group of artists driving Americana music forward and out of a predominantly southern heritage, Levi has created an honest and raw record … Continue reading “Levi Cuss ‘’Night Thief’’ (Independent, 2017)”
Heath Green and The Makeshifters’ self-titled debut album will be released on limited vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats March 3rd via Alive Naturalsound Records. The Birmingham, AL-based band’s heavy sound has been compared to Leon Russell & The Shelter People, Joe Cocker and Humble Pie.
Following the release of their first two acclaimed albums, Please Make Welcome (2011) and Holly Grove (2013), the Atlanta-based band The Whiskey Gentry are set to release their third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer on April 7th. On it, the husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow and bandmates have created … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Whiskey Gentry”
Drawing influence from the surreal atmospherics of Grouper, the stark and poignant balladry of Diane Cluck and the deft compositions of Colleen, The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes for their dream-like, ethereal songs of hope, loss and disaster.
Really good piece in Rolling Stone today in the spirit of their best activism. As they point out in an era of “alternative facts” and alarming rhetoric, three chords and the truth is more important than ever. They report:””Won’t you stand up and use your voice?” implored Sugarland in “Stand Up,” a 2010 anthem about … Continue reading “RS: Why it’s time for country stars to speak up about Trump”
James Parry lives at the other end of the Earth in Hobart, Tasmania and writes independent folk-pop songs. Soft echoes of his island home can be heard in his stories of lives intertwining and colliding. His songs feature sparkling guitars, cool organ and deft drums, over which his searing vocals deliver colourful lyrics packed with … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: James Parry”
Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt. country movement of the 1990s that ultimately became Americana. “Notes of Blue” is the twentieth album to which Jay Farrar, the creative force behind Son Volt, has lent his voice and songwriting. Perhaps it is not surprising that someone who … Continue reading “Son Volt “Notes of Blue” (Transmit Sound, 2017)”
I was drawn to Acetone because they were on Vernon Yard Recordings alongside Low, on whom I had a major musical crush. It’s always a risky business but in pre-internet days you had to take a punt, and I did. It turned out that they were a kind of all male Mazzy Star or a … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Acetone”
The welcome return of Tift Merritt, with a single taken from her new album Stitch Of The World out on January 27th
When you reach a certain age one tends to get sceptical of 20 somethings sharing their (limited) life experiences in a song. So, when the experienced Liverpool based 4 piece that makes up Mudcat Landing give us their insights wrapped up in a great musical package then it is time to celebrate the wit and … Continue reading “Mudcat Landing “Five Songs” (Pink Moon Records, 2016)”