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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,…
ReviewsJan 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…

ReviewsJan 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…

ReviewsJan 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…

ReviewsJan 18, 2017

To channel the White Stripes is to channel Led Zeppelin is to channel the misty mountain hop of agrarian England and the spooky science of rune stones and rock guitars. The fogs of Kent draw certain parallels to the vapory evenings of Marion County, MS: a dark night in the hollows of Jamestown is not unlike…

ReviewsJan 18, 2017

Inspiration for Whitney Rose’s sophomore set starts with the late, great Patsy Cline, whose spirit sings along on songs like “Little Piece of You,” the heartbreak jukebox ballad “The Last Party,” and swinging, swooning slow dancer “Ain’t It Wise.” The great girl groups of the '50s and '60s make an obvious imprint on the proceedings (especially on…