The Avett Brothers (from the album The Avett Brothers
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The Avett Brothers (from the album The Avett Brothers on Ramsuer Records/American Recordings/Thirty Tigers) (by Lee Zimmerman) The Avett Brothers new self-titled album, their first in four years, offers a change of pace and, to a degree, a change in perspective as well. With producer Rick Rubin once again at the helm, the band veers away slightly from the forlorn feelings and subtle sensitivity that defined them early on, adding some unlikely elements to flush out their more subdued sentiments. While the album begins with muted circumstance ala a vocal prelude and the soothing sounds of “Never ..read more
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Chip Taylor (from the album Behind the Sky
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Chip Taylor (from the album Behind the Sky available on Train Wreck Records) (by Lee Zimmerman) s recent bout with throat cancer, and the continuing treatments that’s part and parcel of his recovery, inspired the songs on his new album, , a series of reflections on his ongoing ordeal. It’s a heartfelt paean to the doctors and nurses who helped him during that painful period while giving him the care and concern that’s been so vital along the way. Taylor, the writer of such timeless standards as “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning”, among the many, takes a decidedly different tone here, cour ..read more
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Chris Milam (from the album Orchid South
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Chris Milam (from the album Orchid South available on M Records) (by Bryant Liggett) Memphis is more than Beale Street and Blues. Many an Indie Rocker have proved so, from Cory Branan to Steve Selvidge, and Chris Milam continues to also prove that Memphis remains one of the great music cities of the Indie Rock world, his latest in , a solid offering of Indie Folk and fringe Punk as well as Rock. It’s hard rocking and thoughtful, fist-pumping and fierce, a record that can be wild and reckless but also quiet and contemplative; simply put its an album loaded with goodness, from Milam’s clean voca ..read more
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Tim Easton (from the album Find Your Way
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Tim Easton (from the album Find Your Way available on Black Mesa Records) (by Lee Zimmerman) Tim Easton is the epitome of the thoughtful and expressive singer/songwriter. His songs resonate with essential emotion, all of which ensures an engaging encounter practically without exception. s especially true of his new album, the aptly named . Coming on the heels of two recent reissues, both long out of print but still in demand by his diehard devotees — its songs are sensitive yet assured, each sung from a deeply personal perspective. The calming title track, the reassuring “Everything You’r ..read more
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Noel McKay (from the album You Only Live Always
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Noel McKay (from the album You Only Live Always available on McKay Records) (by Danny McCloskey) With the count of ‘1,2,3’ Noel McKay launches into “53”, all the numbers adding up to a tune that tracks age through a lifetime. The cut begins the song cycle for , the recent release from Noel McKay. The songwriter is a story teller. Over a melody channeling Old West saloon pianny players, Noel introduces “The Ballad of Tombstone Parker” as he relocates to a salesmen-filled local lounge to introduce “The Motel King”, and heads off-planet in “Interstellar Rescue Service”. Noel McKay sees himself in ..read more
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Singer/Songwriter Ana Egge Speaks
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In the Spirit of Sharing, Singer/Songwriter Ana Egge Speaks of the Muse That Moves Her Ana Egge has always been an incisive — and intriguing — singer/songwriter. Over the course of her career, which includes collaboration with such luminaries as Billy Strings, Phoebe Bridgers, Steve Earle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Iris Dement, and Buck Meek of the band Big Thief, she’s made it a point to relay her own insights, ideas and observations about a world which hasn’t always been tolerant of her particular outlook or lifestyle. Indeed, over the course of her many albums, singles and EPs, she’s not only ga ..read more
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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats  (from the album The Hits Keep Coming
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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats  (from the album The Hits Keep Coming available on Alligator Records) (by Bryant Liggett) Record store clerks will file away under Blues. However, discernible ears will know to add ‘extra’ to the categorization, as the latest from Rick Estrin & The Nightcats finds the band laying down a solid Blues base before moving into Rock’n’Roll, Funk, even venturing into Lounge and Cocktail Jazz realms. It’s a sensible bit of musical travel, as Blues remains a foundation for everything, and the perfect starting point that pushes bands out into the musical world. T ..read more
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John McEuen (from the album The Newsman: A Man of Record
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John McEuen (from the album The Newsman: A Man of Record available on Compass Records) (by Lee Zimmerman) There are some who still think of multi-instrumentalist John McEuen as the lively player who helped found the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the mid-1960s, and then remained at the band’s helm for some 50 years. Nevertheless, after parting ways with the group in 2017 due to various personal and professional disagreements, he’s managed to carve out a vigorous and varied solo career — one which includes an autobiography, a role as host of the Acoustic Traveller radio program on Sirius/XM, a notab ..read more
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The Secret Sisters (from the album Mind, Man, Medicine
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The Secret Sisters (from the album Mind, Man, Medicine available on New West Records) (by Danny McCloskey) A human wearing a space suit, tethered to a spaceship by thick cords while still rolling and tumbling through the universe. That is the sound of “Space”, the opening cut on , the recent release from The Secret Sisters. The melody drifts, floating free as the words speak directly to love, be it a spouse or a partner, mother, father, siblings, or children as The Secret Sisters assure ‘I am holding space for you, and whatever you’re going through’ as the storyline moves between earth’s ocean ..read more
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Jesse Dayton (from the album The Hard Way Blues
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Jesse Dayton (from the album The Hard Way BluesThe Secret Sisters (from the album Mind, Man, MedicineJohn McEuen (from the album The Newsman: A Man of RecordRick Estrin & The Nightcats  (from the album The Hits Keep ComingSinger/Songwriter Ana Egge SpeaksTim Easton (from the album Find Your WayNoel McKay (from the album You Only Live AlwaysChip Taylor (from the album Behind the SkyChris Milam (from the album Orchid SouthThe Avett Brothers (from the album The Avett Brothers The Hard Way Blues available on Blue Elan Records) Legendary sideman Jesse Dayton takes the spotlight on his late ..read more
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