CD Reviews


Grand Pavilion - Foreign Escapes

Everyone says they hate Mondays. It’s become such an arbitrary statement it’s as relevant as exclaiming that it’s cold in winter or that cat memes are hilarious. But there is some truth in it, after a well earned weekend, dragging your ass out of bed on a Monday morning is just a little more difficult than we wish it would be. What we need...

Erica Nicole – I’m Making Mine

On her new single “I’m Making Mine,” Erica Nicole sings about the relationship choices we all invariably have to confront, and there’s no ambivalence here. She makes it clear to her cheating lover which side of the fence she’s on before she drives away with her stuff in the back seat. While he’s begging her to stay, her delivery is...

Music Films Celebrate Living Legends

Affecting tributes to the artistry of Glen Campbell, George Strait and Simon and Garfunkel, as well as a recent concert film from Aerosmith celebrate seminal artists. Artist: Glen Campbell. Title: Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me (Virgil Films). You might like if you enjoy: Glen Campbell, Dawes. Tell me more: When "Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me" was aired on...

Daryle Singletary - There's Still A Little Country Left

It’s been more than two decades since I first saw Daryle Singletary, singing for tips at The Broken Spoke Saloon in Nashville. In fact, I became aware of this aspiring country star by way of other country stars. We had just gotten back to the Longhorn restaurant from Doug Supernaw's GOLD record party. Toby Keith and Mark...

Leslie Cours Mather – Hell Hath No Fury

Leslie Cours Mather is a schooled, classically-trained vocalist. But when she opens her mouth to sing it’s obvious that country music is where her heart is, and she proves it on her new single “Hell Hath No Fury,” a song about the consequences of rejecting a woman. When Mather sings There will be fire that comes from her eyes/her tongue will cut...

Little Horn - Stranger Eons

He might be twenty years dead, but Kurt Cobain is still working his very fertile loins. Sydney-siders Little Horn are the next band to emerge from the steamy Amazonian marshes somewhat southwest from Seattle. Little Horn come to us bearing a gift: their new EP, Stranger Eons. Swirling in a mystical mist Little Horn envelops with a landslide of...

Anna Cordell - These Walls

Trust me when I tell you that Melbourne songstress Anna Cordell will melt your heart. Maker of endearingly honest melancholic folk-pop, her debut EP These Wallsis an endless well of introspection that you will fall deeper and deeper into listen after listen. Singer-songwriter, storyteller and mother of four, Anna...

Rick Monroe – Great Minds Drink Alike

Rick Monroe has played all over the world and has opened for some of the male heavyweights of the country industry, and it’s easy to see why with one listen to his new single “Great Minds Drink Alike.” He’s got as much in common on this track with Joe Diffie (because he can really sing) or Lynyrd Skynyrd as he does with Luke Bryan or Eric Church, and...

New Releases and Re-Issues Rock Out the Record Store Racks

Terrific reissues of the Textones' first two albums, the first-ever DVD release from Black Veil Brides, an early 1978 concert featuring Boomtown Rats, the latest EP from von Grey, as well as a 40th anniversary collection celebrating Robert Cray are all worth exploring. Artist: The Textones. Titles: Midnight Mission, Cedar Creek (Omnivore Recordings). You might like...

Denny Strickland – How Far You Wanna Go

He’s one of the few modern country acts to wear a cowboy hat, but Denny Strickland rides the same train as Randy Houser and Eric Church, and he’s got a hot new single with “How Far You Wanna Go.” Written by hit Nashville songwriters Brian White, Steve Pasch and Joel Shewmake, this song shows that Strickland can give...

Wide Range of Artists Shine on New Releases

New releases enhance the legacy of The Stray Cats and the Vince Guaraldi Trio, while Irish troupe Pugwash will surely win a growing American following thanks to a new masterwork. Artist: Pugwash. Title: Play This Intimately (as if among friends) (Omnivore Recordings). You might like if you enjoy: ELO, XTC, The Beatles

Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s first attempt at tragically bloody and violent revenge plays. Often labeled as Shakespeare’s most gruesome play, featuring rampant violence and gore; today it still holds its place in history as a true classic. On the other hand Punk/Indie rock group Titus Andronicus out of Glen...

Mitch Mann - Blackwater Creek

This is simply an excellent album. Fourteen tracks of perfectly pitched, Muscle Shoals produced blues and Americana mixed to near perfection. From the opening 'Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad', an old standard on any Americana musician's set-list with strong blues credentials, through solid, distinct takes on classic blues numbers like "St Louis Blues' to...

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans - True & Blue

Another wonderful release from Europe's finest acoustic blues-roots picker Hans Theessink here partnered by his long-time buddy from Mississippi, Terry Evans. The pair have now released three joint efforts following their chance meeting at Winnipeg Folk Festival a few years ago. Evans, of course, is probably best-known for his sideman vocal work with one of the ...

Chief Greenbud - Volume 4

When Chief Greenbud first hit the scene several years ago, I found myself wondering whether the world was ready for a resurgence of Cheech & Chong-style marijuana humor performed to music. Six years and four albums later, Greenbud releases his latest, Chief Greenbud Volume 4, and there's no doubt that the Chief is here to stay. Chief Greenbud's talents as both...
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