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Bones of JR Jones #1510

Bones of JR Jones #1510

The Bones of JR Jones is mostly a one-man band, although JR sometimes plays with a variety of setups. His recent album, Dark Was The Yearling, was made possible by a happen-chance meeting at an empty gig. The Bones of JR Jones is getting ready to tour the South and MidWest through the spring, so […]

By April 6, 2015 Read More →
M. Lockwood Porter #1509

M. Lockwood Porter #1509

Max Porter performs as M. Lockwood Porter, in homage to his grandfather and to make it easier to find him on the Internet. Partly based on a childhood dream to leave Oklahoma and live in California, and partly pulled by his network of friends and musical colleagues, Porter claims both areas as home. His recent […]

By March 23, 2015 Read More →
Andy Gabbard (Buffalo Killers) #1508

Andy Gabbard (Buffalo Killers) #1508

Andy Gabbard‘s debut solo album, Fluff, definitely is not. This trippy-tinged collection of tunes brings fuzzy pop sense to Gabbard’s writings that do not fit the Buffalo Killers’ vibe. Fluff is not “trouble in paradise,” rather, it is an expansion of his creativity, like a second leg of vacation. Buy Andy Gabbard’s music here. Buy […]

By March 16, 2015 Read More →
Lee Gallagher #1507

Lee Gallagher #1507

Lee Gallagher inhales the Bay area of California, making it part of who he is musically. After a few years in the area, Gallagher appreciates its history and vibe even more than when he was a Midwestern kid seeking something other than cornfields. He is not jaded about his roots, though, rather, he takes the […]

By March 9, 2015 Read More →
Cale Tyson #1506

Cale Tyson #1506

Cale Tyson surprised us with news of his upcoming country soul debut album, recording this spring at FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. His two recent EPs took him to traditional country music, cementing his transition from Texas indie folk to Nashville. After straddling the bubble of Belmont and real-life working musicians, Tyson is ready […]

By March 2, 2015 Read More →
Ben Miller Band #1505

Ben Miller Band #1505

Ben Miller Band first caught my attention at a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Oktoberfest event, where I had gone to see Bloodkin (previously featured here) perform and catch (the late) Bobby Keys play with them on a few songs. I was not previously familiar with the band, but their homemade washtub bass, stomp boxes, electric […]

By February 23, 2015 Read More →
Steve Earle #1504

Steve Earle #1504

Steve Earle channels his Texas Blues roots with his latest album, Terraplane — named for the noted song by Robert Johnson, but known to me in the well-circulated Canned Heat live tapes. Referencing everyone from Lightning Hopkins to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Earle interviews himself, but does not get caught up in his script. […]

By February 16, 2015 Read More →
6 String Drag #1503

6 String Drag #1503

Kenny Roby (previously featured here) and Rob Keller disbanded 6 String Drag at the top of their game, nearly 15 years ago. The first new album from 6 String Drag, Roots Rock N Roll, brings the group together again, ranging the gamut of roots rock with their brother-from-another-mother harmonies. Why would a regionally beloved band, […]

By February 9, 2015 Read More →
Mike Zito #1502

Mike Zito #1502

Mike Zito talked with Country Fried Rock just before the announcement that he was leaving Royal Southern Brotherhood — a departure with no drama or backstory, other than a guy who finally found what he wanted to do musically and the craziest opportunity blossomed right in the middle of it. Zito’s growth as a musician […]

By February 2, 2015 Read More →
Jim White #1501

Jim White #1501

Jim White’s songwriting and visual art are some of the tangible fruits of his sometimes dark thoughts, but he is not the tortured Southern Gothic poet of his past. When Packway Handle Band (previously featured on Country Fried Rock HERE), sought White’s assistance in producing their new record, they ended up collaborating in a back […]

By January 26, 2015 Read More →
The Mastersons #1427

The Mastersons #1427

The Mastersons’ second album, Good Luck Charm, shares Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson’s depth of connection both personally and after hundreds of shows together. Whether playing as a duo or band, they communicate musically in a way that brings the audience in, never crossing over into uncomfortable intimacy or leaving out the listener. Whitmore and […]

By November 13, 2014 Read More →
Ben Glover #1426

Ben Glover #1426

I first discovered Ben Glover’s music when I interviewed Mary Gauthier. They had just returned from touring overseas together and she mentioned some songs they were writing; turns out, one of these is mentioned in this conversation. Even more “the internet makes for a small world” freaky, Glover has also been part of fellow featured […]

By October 22, 2014 Read More →