REVIEW: The Minks’ “Light and Sweet” is Anything But

The Minks’ Light and Sweet exists due to founder and front woman Nikki Barber’s “create or combust” attitude upon her arrival in Nashville. Her desire to form a psychedelic blues rock band materialized as The Minks. Light and Sweet, The Minks first full length release, due on September 20,  contains the scruffy energy that only […]

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REVIEW: Ana Egge’s “Is It the Kiss” Is Backroad Lilting Country

Ana Egge’s Is It the Kiss (StorySound Records) lets subtle references to country hits of yesteryear set the stage for record ahead: “turning rhinestones into diamonds…dim lights and a bunch of friends, thick smoke on the stage again;” minimal instrumentation and a backroad lilt place Egge solidly within this tradition. The instrumentation through the record is […]

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REVIEW: Seth James’ “Good Life” is Funky Flourishes

Seth James, a Texas guitarist born and bred, releases Good Life produced by Kevin McKendree and recorded at the Rock House in Franklin, TN on Cherry Bomb Records in August. “Brother” sets the stage for the record with a slow piano boogie woogie reminiscent of a party night in New Orleans complete with horn flourishes and enthusiastic backup signer call-outs. “You can’t count the stars in […]

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REVIEW: Fionn Regan’s “Cala” is Pristinely Finger-Plucked Majesty

Fionn Regan’s Cala (Abbey Records), the Spanish word for creek, continues to build on Regan’s fascination with waterways and water imagery. His 2017 release, The Meetings of the Waters was released to critical acclaim. Cala finds Regan performing all the recording and performance duites himself and dives in deep to pristinely finger-plucked acoustic guitar majesty within just a few bars of the album […]

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