Interview: Bumper Jacksons’ Jess Eliot Myhre on New Venues, New Album, and Categorizing Music

The Bumper Jacksons are a six-piece Washington DC-based roots music band that mixes jazz, blues, and country. They’ve been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” & “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards. They’ve released three studio albums: Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In (2014), Too Big World (2015), […]

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REVIEW: The Way Down Wanderers’ “Illusions” is a Worthy Experiment in Bluegrass Genre

The Way Down Wanderers’ new album, Illusions, reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass to span across multiple genres, from pop, blues, and roots rock, even to reggae and rap. This becomes evidently clear by the fifth track, “All My Words,” which combines reggae rhythms and a mid-song rap with a closing Foggy Mountain Breakdown-style banjo. […]

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REVIEW: ‘When the Stars Come Hurtling Down’ by Pope Paul and The Illegals: the Soundtrack for a Good Time

Pope Paul and The Illegals is a trio from Santa Ana, California, that prides itself on playing all kinds of Americana styles. With sounds ranging from rockabilly to honky-tonk to jazz, When the Stars Come Hurtling Down (Dial Back Sound) is proof that this band has mastered multiple Americana styles. A song about some vice […]

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