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  • Swingin Utters Fistful of Hollow
    Swingin’ Utters quirks make Fistful of Hollow unique
    After more than a quarter century as a band, there’s really only one thing you can count on being the same with each new record from the Swingin’ Utters, and that is that they’re going to make it a little different. “From...
  • Jason Isbell
    'The Voice' looks clueless with invite to Americana great Jason Isbell
    Have you ever wondered sometimes if the people in charge of running reality television shows are just as clueless as some of those people who compete on those very programs?Well, an unnamed producer for NBC’s massively popular reality...
  • Corduroy Jim
    Corduroy Jim runs the gambit of groove on 'Cinco'
    Sure, there are a ton of bands that San Jose 6-piece Corduroy Jim can be likened to, and that’s arguably a significant part of their appeal. But when it comes to jam bands, unless they’re something else besides a cheeky rhythm that...
  • Peaches and Crime "Do Bad Things"
    Peaches and Crime "Do Bad Things" has steampunk appeal
    Peaches and Crime are tapping into a new genre that might be called "dark Americana." On their new CD, "Do Bad Things," they take us back to Victorian and Edwardian Vaudeville to celebrate some dark and funny territory....
  • Mike Herz
    New Jersey singer/songwriter Mike Herz has new single
    Northern New Jersey native Mike Herz has been writing recording and performing his original music for a number of years. In 2013 hereleased the independent full length folk album: Overgrown.The new single 'Smoke Your Smoke (Drink Your Drink)&...
  • Cory Branan
    Cory Branan: Still scrapping
    There’s probably no one better to talk to regarding the injustice of Cory Branan not being an international superstar who has sold trillions of records than Cory Branan, but he’s not one to cry woe is me. As he writes on the title...
  • Prophet on the Barstool
    Michael C Smith brings boozy soul to Americana with LP "Prophet on the Barstool"
    Michael C Smith is no doubt one of the hardest working songwriters in Atlanta. The songs just come streaming out, whether through EPs or weekly through Project 52. But his newest work, the LP Prophet on the Barstool, spans widest and deepest yet,...
  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle finds his balance
    When it comes to the dark stuff that separates good Americana, blues, and country from its musical peers, Justin Townes Earle’s contributions were often darker than most, and that’s not only what gave the Nashville native his edge, but...
  • Paul Thorn
    Paul Thorn: Preaching to a different choir
    Enough with the navel gazing and “woe is me” sonnets that are all too prevalent these days. Singer-songwriter Paul Thorn is back with a new record, Too Blessed to Be Stressed, that he likes to describe as “the Americana Kool and...
  • Shotgun Kitchen White Trash Soul
    Shotgun Kitchen's White Trash Soul
    A rebel wind blows through town as the outlaw kind come and go. When the dust settles, all that's left is the white trash.Enter Shotgun Kitchen.With the release of their new album White Trash Soul, they have earned a place behind the outlaw...
  • It's prime time at The San Franciscan in Torrance, California
    The San Franciscan: Prime time for prime rib and steaks
    Time is a funny thing. It allows you to appreciate what was and what could've been. The San Franciscan is no different. The aged wallpaper, tiny lamps, and crimson colored leather booths would fit perfect in the 1960s and probably did. There...
  • Shovels & Rope
    Review: 'Swimmin' Time' by Shovels & Rope
    Humans have always had a complicated relationship with water. It is the most basic element needed to survive. It has represented adventure and travel into the unknown for millenia to those brave enough to sail across it. But thousands of people...
  • Carhenge: A monument to Detroit Iron
    Carhenge: A monument to Detroit Iron
    Carhenge, located north of Alliance, Nebraska, is a monument to American cars. It is made up of thirty-eight vehicles, anchored in the ground in a circle about 100 feet in diameter. Originally three import cars were part of Carhenge, but the...
  • Bonanza Town in Concerts at Sundance
    Concerts at Sundance 2014 continued
    The Concerts at Sundance 2014 concert series continued into the end of the week and the local and national talent continued to display wicked talent. From Rock to Reggae to Blues and more, CAS picked a wonderfully diverse group of artists. Hotel...
  • Buzz Cason
    Buzz Cason: The heart of a troubadour
    If you only have one scene from a life to know who Buzz Cason is, travel back to 2004, when the legendary singer and songwriter was given some bad news from his doctor. Told that he had a blockage in his chest that would require open heart surgery...