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Southern Halo – Rewind

One of the feel-good Country singles of 2016 is going to be “Rewind” by Southern Halo, the trio of teenage sisters whose remarkable harmonies put them in the company of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. Written by Catt Gravitt (Jana Kramer), Gerald O’Brien (Martina McBride), and rising country artist Chancie Neal, “Rewind” is a perfectly-crafted Country-Pop song that rivals anything…
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10 Records That Prove You Weren’t Born in the Wrong Generation

Our generation has been blessed with the ability for any artist now to incorporate everything from the past, fuse it together and produce fresh music that could never have been imagined into existence before. As a generation we have it all; there are musical innovations not to mention the records that lyrically speak so distinctly on our socio-political climate.
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To Hellendale And Back with The New Blues Revolution

Southern California-based group New Blues Revolution is a blues-inspired journey through the form of Robert Johnson meets Quentin Tarantino via Pink Floyd. NBR’s latest CD, To Hellendale And Back, is the result of yet another stop on the road to create the music they want us all to hear. Each song/story tries to inspire a hypnotic state via strong grooves and a variety of emotion, from…
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Interview with Roy Roberts

When Greensboro, North Carolina soul-bluesman Roy Roberts was just a kid he tried piano lessons for a while but just couldn’t suffer the indignity of it all: ‘I’d be sitting playing and it felt sort of ‘……a girls thing’ to me, If you know what I mean. I’d be able to hear my buddies outside in the yard playing and hollering, having a great time. So I gave that up,’ he explains.
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Jonathan Jackson Talks New EP, Grand Ole Opry and Enation

Jonathan Jackson chatted with Digital Journal about his forthcoming EP with his band Enation, as well as his upcoming show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Jackson and his band, Enation, have returned to the studio with Grammy-nominated producer Greg Archilla to record their new EP Blame-shifter, which will be released on May 13, on their own…
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Mt. Mountain – Cosmos Terros

It’s long been lamented that for practical and commercial purposes the album format is dead or at least in irreversible decline. But Cosmos Terros is a reminder of what a great album can be. It’s not just a compartmentalised commercial package, but a single artistic statement and an immersive sonic organism. Like the sprawling expanse of Sleep’s Jerusalem, Mt. Mountain’s debut album…
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Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

It is now hard to believe that as recently as five years ago, guitarist Joe Bonamassa was largely unknown. But with his albums hitting No. 1 with such regularity, the top chart position seems to be an afterthought now. Such is the case with his 17th release, “Blues Of Desperation.” The project is once again helmed by producer Kevin Shirley. While some tracks have a little sheen on them…
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Mark Harrison – On The Chicken Sandwich Train Live

Mark Harrison is an English acoustic guitarist with his heart and soul in the Deep South of Mississippi, The Delta and the blues in general. The title of this, his latest release, comes from the vittles many old black musicians and share-cropping migrants carried on the long rail journey North to the anticipated riches of Chicago and other northern cities where developing industry offered…
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Ten Foolproof Ways to Do Your Own Song Critiques

Early on in my songwriting career, I considered it a minor miracle that I could write a song in the first place. However, once I got a little more used to performing that particular magic trick, it became necessary to start to refine my process a bit further. In other words, it was no longer enough just to have created a song. Now I had to go back and tweak, edit, fix and otherwise polish my…
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Eric Bibb & North Country Far with Danny Thompson – The Happiest Man In The World

Eric Bibb may have good reason to be the Happiest Man in the World, with top quality music seemingly pouring from the guy on a regular basis. This is his second release inside twelve months, following hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed Lead Belly’s Gold which featured French harp-man Jean Jacques Milteau and was released on the same label (Stony Plain in USA).
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Glider Pilots – Some Where Out There

For many of us, the thought of writing music with a sibling, let alone spending copious amounts of time with one is about as unappealing as having no Wi-Fi for a week. But up in Far North Queensland brother / sister duo Ben, and Samantha Hope have been making the seemingly impossible work – writing, producing, and making subtle synthy waves as folky dream pop pair, Glider Pilots.
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Jimmy Pinchak – Blue on Arrival

Good blues albums are more numerous than you might think. The genre is small, admittedly, but there’s lots of talented players across the world still drawn by the music’s allure. Jimmy Jax Pinchak divides his creative life between work as a television and feature film actor while wowing West Coast crowds with The Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band. Songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Pinchak has…
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Sex On Toast – Ready

Sex On Toast seeped into the consciousness of many Australians years ago with their wet dream inducing self-titled debut LP. Busy making their rounds on the tour circuit, the Melbourne 10 person crew have left listeners frothing for more of their infectious, sultry tunes. After spending two years carefully crafting their second coming, their latest treat for us is presented in…
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Four Genre-Breaking Artists Shine on New Sets

Four noteworthy ensembles are breaking new ground across a wide range of genres, while a new documentary celebrates the electric guitar. Artist: GoGo Penguin. Title: Man Made Object (Blue Note Records). You might like if you enjoy: Vince Guaraldi Trio, Robert Glasper Trio, Brian Eno. Tell me more: Manchester, UK-based trio GoGo Penguin crafts soundscapes as lush and exciting as any young …
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George A. Paul’s Best Bets for Stagecoach ‘16

The 10th annual Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival boasts another high octane lineup. All the headliners have served that duty in the past. Eric Church (whose “Mr. Misunderstood” was among the best country albums last year) battled heavy winds onstage in 2014; the same year Luke Bryan closed the proceedings. Carrie Underwood’s last appearance at Empire Polo Field…
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Day Wave – Hard To Read

Day Wave’s latest EP ‘Hard to Read’ is a gentle pulse of a record, one that shimmers slowly into frame, ticks over dreamily for some twenty minutes or so, and waves farewell sleepily as it recedes from view. Its five songs play comfortably within their areas of expertise, each one introducing a new wrinkle while remaining true to the band’s relaxed yet propulsive sound. At times it can be perhaps…
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Brian Pharaoh – Sorry

Half measures don’t work. The men and women who find success in the music industry as artists and entertainers reach that lofty peak through the sheer dint of obsession. Oklahoma native Brian Pharaoh wrote his first song, about fishing, when he was five years old and has maintained a passion for music throughout his life. He released a debut full length album in 2003 entitled Gettin’ My Feet…
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Robert Kinsler’s Stagecoach Preview

With two full weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival having just ended, the Empire Polo Club in Indio is now set to host California’s biggest country music event, Stagecoach. The annual festival runs April 29 – May 1, 2016. The three-day festival always draws a diverse lineup of legendary tastemakers and groundbreaking newcomers, and this year is no exception. There are…
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Brauninger – Seamlessly Blending The Blues and Jazz In Song

For Brauninger, music comes naturally. Even as a child writing and composing her original songs, this “Bronzie Girl”, as some know her as, captures a wonderful country Blues and Jazz style. The Nashville, TN-based Brauninger (last name: McDaniel) and her band currently perform in popular Nashville area nightclubs such as BB Kings and the Hard Rock Cafe, among others, with plans to eventually
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Six Band Reunions That Need to Happen – Pt.1

With so many bands breaking up and making up, it is hard to keep up. Some split up way before their time and others maybe milking it a little too much, it had us thinking. Here are just some of the bands we think should just bloody reunite and stay that way. With Guns n’ Roses back together, we feel like anything can happen in the world of music reunions. Here are 6 we really wish would happen…
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