REVIEW: Katie Pruitt’s “Expectations” Is Unguarded and Deeply Intelligent

Music isn’t always love at first listen. A few days after singer-songwriter-guitar player Katie Pruitt’s full-length debut, Expectations (Rounder Records), dropped into my inbox, and before I’d had a chance to give it a proper spin, I came across the video for the title track. Probably because I was doing other things at the time, I […]

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REVIEW: Christopher Paul Stelling’s “Best of Luck” Produced by Ben Harper is Defiance and Resilience

A lot of our favorite musicians are pretty solitary individuals. It’s evident in the term “singer-songwriter” – many tour solo, but even those with a backing band are calling most of the creative shots. So when the chance arrives to work with an ace producer, there may be some unexpected hesitation at the thought of […]

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REVIEW: Lisa Mills’ “The Triangle” is Three Influences and Discoveries: Soul, Blues, and Southern Rock

I trust an artist who won’t acknowledge their influences about as much as I trust a sports commentator who won’t admit to having a favorite team. Someone inspired you so much that you chose to make your passion into your living, so let’s talk about it. Mississippi-born singer/guitar player Lisa Mills is more than happy […]

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REVIEW: Rosu Lup’s “The Ranger” is Layered Sound and Storytelling

When you think “folk,” artists like Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul & Mary probably come to mind – unadorned vocals, spare arrangements and a sort of “hippie” vibe all around. But, like country and Americana, folk music has expanded its definition to accommodate different forms of storytelling. Philadelphia-based duo Rosu Lup describes itself as “dream […]

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