REVIEW: Whitten’s “How to Speak to Giants” Sets a Standard in Instrumental Country Grooves

A retired road warrior’s solo debut sets a new standard in instrumental country grooves. Whit Wright’s Whitten project showcases the former American Aquarium and current Nashville hired gun’s pedal steel work over a bevy of keys, bass, and drums. How to Speak to Giants (out now) finds Whit exploring musical genres and pushing pedal steel […]

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REVIEW: Joe Nolan’s “Drifters” is Wordplay Prowess and Sincere Sentimentality

This predominately acoustic collection highlights Joe Nolan’s word play prowess and sincere sentimentality. His first out on Fallen Tree Records, Drifters, finds Nolan teaming with engineer Scott Franchuk (Riverdale Recorders, Edmonton, Canada). In the midst of the cacophony of noise that constantly fills modern life Nolan’s turn toward simple arrangement and minimal accompaniment offers welcomed […]

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REVIEW: Waxahatchee’s “Saint Cloud” is Self-Assured Reflection of Inner Compass

Saint Cloud out on March 27th via Merge Records finds Waxahatchee, the recording plume de nom for Katie Crutchfield, building on past efforts while simultaneously diving deep into unflinching self-examination in the wake of new found sobriety. Big guitars, controlled noise, and borderline disorienting soundscapes are replaced with more traditionally Americana sound centered on Crutchfield’s […]

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REVIEW: “Bear and a Banjo” – Soundtrack and Podcast – is Dark, Backwoods World

Produced by T. Bone Burnett and featuring Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd (vocals) and Jared Gutstadt (guitar), the Bear and a Banjo soundtrack accompanies the podcast by the same name which features Americana music prominently. The Bear and a Banjo podcast was originally released in October 2019 and features Dennis Quaid along with acclaimed record/vocal producer […]

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REVIEW: The Masterson’s “No Time For Love Songs” Will Ease Your Pains

Singer-songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, long-time touring members of Steve Earle’s The Dukes, and marital musical duo are The Mastersons. Their latest record, No Time for Love Songs, is out March 6th via Red House Records. Recorded with Shooter Jennings at LA’s Sunset Sound and engineered and mixed by Ryan Freeland, No Time for […]

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REVIEW: Bonny Light Horseman’s Self-Titled Album from Trio of Americana Powerhouses is Delicate and Powerful

Bonny Light Horseman: a lost love, Napoleon’s finest horseman, band name, album title, title track, trio of Americana powerhouses. Comprised of Anaïs Mitchell, Josh Kaufman, and Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats, Bonny Light Horseman pulls melodies nearly lost to the past into the present on the wings of soaring harmonies and paradoxically delicate and powerful […]

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