Interview: Sonny Landreth — Slydeco Master — Talks Production, Bill Withers, and a Lifetime of Blues

photo by Melissa Clarke Sonny Landreth put a rock band together for the first time at age 13. It was a 3-piece outfit with two guitarists and a drummer, and they brought the hits of the British Invasion to weekend parties thrown by his parents and their friends, who were in a tight-knit community of […]

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Interview: Todd Snider on Returning to the Devil’s Backbone Tavern, Cash Cabin Vol. III, and Life Imitating Jerry Jeff Walker

  Todd Snider on Returning to the Devil’s Backbone Tavern, Cash Cabin Vol. III, and Life Imitating Jerry Jeff Walker The singer will return to his old Hill Country haunt for shows on February 13th, 14th, and 15th; Photo by Dave Nowels   Like a Todd Snider song, Todd Snider in conversation can slip effortlessly […]

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REVIEW: H.R. Gertner’s “Sink or Swim” is Vivid Imagery and Countrified Philosophy

Last year, in a review of H.R. Gertner’s Two Dimes for a Nickel, I called the Florida singer-songwriter’s dirtbag brand of folk poetry “Trailer Park Shakespeare.” In his newest release Sink or Swim, we see a gentler and more refined Gertner – one who isn’t singing about meth head ex-girlfriends or apologizing for waking up […]

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