Pierce Edens’ Gritty Appalachian Roots

Pierce Edens’ new release, Stripped Down Gussied Up, is both haunting and fiery; a concoction of psychedelic-grunge-roots, with Eden’s raw, tortured country bray at the helm. Pierce EdensStripped Down Gussied UpJune 2, 2017 Life is the intersection of empty and full, dark and light. This relationship, inherent in all things, is … Continue reading

Pierce Edens’ Gritty Appalachian Roots

Pierce Edens’ new release, Stripped Down Gussied Up, is both haunting and fiery; a concoction of psychedelic-grunge-roots, with Eden’s raw, tortured country bray at the hel Pierce Edens Stripped Down Gussied Up June 2, 2017 Life is the intersection of empty and full, dark and light. This relationship, inherent in all … Continue reading

Cary Morin – Cradle to the Grave

Acoustic, country blues is one of the purest forms of Americana music.  It also may be the most difficult to master.  To capture the sound and spirit of a Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt or Lightnin’ Hopkins takes tremendous musicianship and a feel for the music that few artists possess. But … Continue reading

Michigan Gothic Americana Duo Modern Mal

Modern Mal The Misanthrope Family Album Like an oasis appearing to the lone, wearied cowboy, rebel-psych Americana group Modern Mal’s The Misanthrope Family Album dropped May 12th 2017, is the meeting of traditional country with a mirage of tropical beach-psych. MORE INFO: In the writing process, it seems the band’s northern Michigan songwriting … Continue reading

Stuart Wyrick – East Tennessee Sunrise

Wyrick has played banjo with a number of bluegrass groups including the Dale Ann Bradley Band and Brand New Strings and is now a member of Flashback. His new solo release features top–name bluegrass musicians and a host of excellent singers. … No one sings “Walking the Floor Over You” … Continue reading

Gillian Welch – Boots No. 1

“If any of y’all wanna give me shit about my twang, you can just do it,” Gillian Welch once told a chatty San Francisco crowd in 1994. It was two years before Welch would release her debut Revival, but the California-bred daughter of two entertainers was already anticipating the skepticism … Continue reading

Michael Chapman – 50

In the press release that accompanies Michael Chapman‘s 2017 album 50, the iconic British guitarist refers to it as his “American album.” While the material does sound less idiosyncratically British than much of Chapman‘s body of work, 50 could be more accurately described as his indie rock album. He’s best … Continue reading

The Revelers – Play the Swamp Pop Classics Vol. 2

Louisiana has many rich musical traditions, including Cajun and Zydeco. Another variation, swamp pop, is popular among locals but hasn’t reached the same level of mainstream success as its more popular musical cousins. Southwest Louisiana outfit the Revelers is hoping to spread the swamp pop gospel with a series of … Continue reading

Howdy Forrester and John Hartford – Home Made Sugar and a Punched Floor

In Their Words: “Brand new release of a set of home recordings made by John Hartford and fiddling legend Howdy Forrester. This recording preserves a repertoire of many rare, old Hickman County, Tennessee, tunes that Howdy had learned as a boy from his Great Uncle, Bob Cates. Hartford plays banjo, Forrester fiddles, and … Continue reading

Chuck Johnson – Blood Moon Boulder

Chuck Johnson’s impact on the contemporary guitar world continues to be felt. His first two solo records signaled the arrival of a unique player, steeped in various forms of playing and influence, yet distinctly modern. Johnson eschews a weathered traditionalism for the wide-scope expanse of 21st Century Americana. On his … Continue reading