REVIEW: Hearts of Oak Plays Spaced-Out Country on ‘Moves’

You don’t have to be a lifelong scholar of music to know that Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Brothers continue to influence musicians even more than 40 years after the death of Parsons. That spacey pedal-steel sound is still incorporated by innumerable bands. On the new album Moves (produced by guitarist Ezra Meredith), Hearts of […]

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Show Review: Folksong as Anti-Spectacle: Richard Buckner at Johnny Brenda’s, Nov. 11

While the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry played itself out to exhaustion in an over-lit sportsplex a few miles to the north of Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood, Richard Buckner treated his audience to the polar opposite of that corporate-sponsored mega-spectacle: an intimate, quietly soul-stirring evening of folksong and storytelling. The evening’s warm, congenial tone was set by the John […]

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Video Premiere: Charlie Treat’s “Look Around” is Lilting Dream of a Love Song

Americana Highways introduces this video premiere of Charlie Treat’s “Look Around.”  The song is from his self-titled EP, released in September, which was recorded at 10-4 Studios in Nashville and produced by Jesse Thompson. The video was directed and produced by Joel Thomas Jansen, with Cody Brentlinger.  It was filmed at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, […]

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REVIEW: Los Goutos’ “Mighty” is Big, Energizing Layers of Sound

Los Goutos’ new release Mighty combines layers of musicality in an amalgamation of styles —  you might call it old timey folk-rock with mariachi influences.  The Boston-based Americana band is 7-members strong with a big, energizing sound that lives up to its album name:  Mike Eigen on vocals (drums on “Can’t Hurt”); Chris Gleason on vocals, […]

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