Some songwriters craft tunes with the intent of making social commentary, but rarely do those same songs last through two Presidencies and manage to incite emotion from both sides of the political aisle. Such is the case for James McMurtry, who observes what he sees, but does not claim control of where his songs may […]
I did not grow up with country music. The first time I heard “Ring Of Fire,” was on a Social Distortion album. So for me, twang comes from a punk source as logically as it does anywhere else, and Southern California has a distinct take on the music that I love. One of the first […]
AmericanaFest always amazes me: such an incredible collection of roots music showcases, where it is impossible to catch every “must see” show.
I jokingly said to Aaron Lee Tasjan that it might be a shorter list of who he has NOT played music with. Even though his name may not be familiar offhand, Tasjan was actually mentioned in some outtakes of our show several years ago, when I was talking with Kevn Kinney about emerging bands that […]
Our alumni, Belle Adair, and our friends at the Audiovore, recently filmed a great session! Buy Belle Adair’s music h or here on iTunes.
Country Fried Rock alumni, New Country Rehab, are offering their latest EP for free download! Buy their music here on Amazon or here on iTunes.
Country Fried Rock alum, Danny Barnes, is a smart, interesting, experienced guy, who happens to be an incredible musician pushing the edges of what a banjo can do and challenging how listeners may think it should sound. His lyrics are usually hilarious, but often sweet and thoughtful, too. I have seen him play with Yonder […]
Dex Romweber Duo‘s brand new album, Images 13, derives its name from the cover art, an existing piece from Romweber’s own portfolio, although not enumerating the tracks (of which there are 12). Romweber was particularly forthcoming in our conversation, reflecting on his affinity for film noir, working with his friends in music, and how he […]
The Professor Mighty Manfred of The Woggles flips between his radio persona and reflective musician, as if he momentarily forgets that he is being recorded and just…talks. As a daily host on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM, his garage rock expertise and larger-than-life character make listeners smile. As the frontman for The Woggles for […]
Best of 2012 musician, Jimbo Mathus, has a new album out called Dark Night Of The Soul. Please enjoy this archived program following his EP, Blue Light, in anticipation of White Buffalo. The podcast at the bottom of this page is still one of our most popular. –SS Jimbo Mathus describes himself as “original,” a […]
You might not realize that you already know Aaron Lee Tasjan‘s music or playing, but not in this way. His forthcoming solo EP, Crooked River Burning, differs from his work with Semi Precious Weapons or shredding as lead guitar for Drivin N Cryin recently. Letting his songwriting overtake his ironic glasses is a good move […]
Enjoy this song from the Wilhelms — click the downward-pointing arrow to download the song, if you would like. Buy music from The Wilhelms on BandCamp.
Download this new track, “Love Is Wicked,” from Ray Bonneville’s new album, Easy Gone.
Ooh! We just got this free album outtake from Blitzen Trapper‘s 2013 album, VII. I’m looking forward to catching them this spring as they head my way twice. It’s been about 4 years since I saw a Trapper show, and I cannot wait. Buy Blitzen Trapper’s music here on Amazon.
Download this free tune from Robert J. Hunter! I also like the traack, “Turning,” on the EP. Buy Robert J. Hunter’s music here on Amazon. From his bio: Thriving on the cold winters and the melancholy breeze. Gruff but dulcet tones. Moving from island life in Guernsey to the big smoke of London, writing, performing […]
Nick Dittmeier is a singer-songwriter from southern Indiana. He fronted the alt-country band Slithering Beast for five years. In early 2013, he branched out and started performing under his own name and established a new band. His first release was an EP called “Extra Better.” It garnered local and regional attention and radio play, while […]
Aaron Burdett is a well-known songwriter from Western North Carolina, but lesser-known outside of the region. His most recent album, Fruits Of My Labor, continues his path in the Americana style, fusing blues and bluegrass with with his acoustic folk songs. The result translates well to both full-band and solo performances, such as his recent […]
Country Fried Rock alumni, Belle Adair, of Alabama have made their mark at SXSW, stopped in for another CXCW (Couch By CouchWest), and filmed a couple videos recently. Check out our conversation with them here. Buy Belle Adair’s music here on Amazon or here on iTunes.
Grab your seat now for Lingua Musica Live near Asheville, North Carolina Friday, 4/4 at 7:30 PM: Western NC’s Red June, who will perform music from their forthcoming record Ancient Dreams Buy Red June’s music here on Amazon or Red June on iTunes. Saturday, 4/19: Asheville’s Emily Easterly with an interview followed by her performance […]
Knights Of Mentis from the UK have a new record out, New Pound Coin. Enjoy! Buy Knights of Mentis’ music here on Amazon or here on iTunes. New Pound Coin by The Knights of Mentis
Couch By Couch West gets better every year, and has hit the point where there’s no way I can post every fabulous moment. Here’s a band we discovered this year that you may enjoy, Dos Ringos. Buy Dos Ringos’ music here on Amazon or here on iTunes.
I have loved “96 Tears” by ? & The Mysterions my whole life. I’ve never known anything about the band until this recent post in Vice. Not really sure I get the whole “punk or not” discussion, but this song is critical in the garage rock influences in my personal playlist of life. Buy ? […]