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October Album Reviews: Son Little, the Wood Brothers, Bottle Rockets, & MoreWhat were the best records to come out this past month? Look no further than our new Record Roundup, a monthly compilation of our five favorite slabs of wax from the past 30 days (complete with a nice little playlist sampler). Behold new albums from the Wood Brothers, Son Little,…
Album ReviewJan 18, 2017

Death, taxes, and good songs from Joe Ely: Those are the three things you can count on in life and, with the release of this new set of a dozen tunes, the latter becomes more and more apparent. The central theme here is movement ... of time, of people, of the restless heart. The songs are filled…

Album ReviewJan 18, 2017

If you like a snappy turn of a phrase, a slightly snarky point of view, and a good old-fashioned American rock 'n' roll groove, chances are you already have some Webb Wilder in your musical arsenal. If not, this record is a good one to get you started.Skip the faux field holler of “Stones in My…

Album ReviewJan 18, 2017

Of his last album, 2012’s Gloryland, singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon said he likes “the unfinished ending -- the story that just continues when the song’s over.” With his newest piece, a 12-song set called Long Gone Time, Gordon continues to construct his characters with an air of mystery, leaving the listener to imagine how, exactly, one came…

Album ReviewJan 18, 2017

Belying their party band biography and dipping their toes into some heavy jazz vibes, the Honeydrops open A River’s Invitation with a cut that sounds more like Miles’ man On the Corner than a romp down the Rue Dauphine. The groove is Muscle Shoals deep, singer Lech Wierzynski’s voice is Sam Cooke wide, and saxophonist…

Album ReviewJan 18, 2017

This year has brought us some intriguing records that fuse the worlds of pop and Americana. Created largely by women -- Hannah Miller, Jesse Baylin, and Kasey Chambers, to name three -- their soldering of styles both modernist and traditional have had a thought-provoking effect our ears and redefined what we mean when we discuss…