REVIEW: Wood & Wire’s “No Matter Where It Goes From Here” is Elaborate and Distinguished

Wood & Wire – No Matter Where It Goes From Here If interested in something with a touch of The Band at its most traditional (“Evangeline” or “Ophelia”) in a more rural setting, elaborate & distinguished – Wood & Wire will fit the bill with its chiming banjos & mandolins. “John,” the leadoff has an […]

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REVIEW: “Back To Paradise – A Tulsa Tribute to Okie Music” Smokes Without Being Hillbilly

Back To Paradise – A Tulsa Tribute to Okie Music – Horton Records I’m always interested in compilations/tribute LPs that celebrate an artist, place, or event. It allows artists who aren’t famous to get noticed. However, the lead track J.J. Cale’s “I’ll Make Love To You Anytime,” & later Don White’s “Helluva Deal,” have radiance […]

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REVIEW: Portland Legend Pete Krebs is Back With First New Music in Two Decades on “All My Friends Are Ghosts”

It may be nearly 20 years since Pete Krebs has released new original material, but the wait was well worth it. Rising to notoriety in the mid 1990s as a co-founder, songwriter and vocalist for Portland-based alt-rockers Hazel along with performing in Golden Delicious, The Stolen Sweets, Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys, The Catnip […]

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REVIEW: Ruston Kelly’s “Shape & Destroy” is Vivid Picture of Wrestling One Day at a Time

Perhaps befitting this most chaotic of years, albums about break-ups and sobriety seem to be all over Americana – the combination of missing something while also holding out some degree of hope for a tenuous future seems appropriate right about now. Courtney Marie Andrews’ Old Flowers and Neil Young’s Homegrown represent the former, while American […]

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