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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REVIEW: Elkhorn’s “The Storm Sessions” is Improvisational Symphonic Movement

Elkhorn, instrumental guitar duo of guitarists Jesse Sheppard (12-string acoustic) and Drew Gardner (6-string electric), releases their 6th full-length record in five years on February 7, 2020. The Storm Sessions is a two-side improvisation record that finds Sheppard and Gardner joined by Turner Williams (electric bouzouki, shahi baaja). The séance like connection and telepathic energy […]

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REVIEW: Marcus King’s “El Dorado” is Neo-Soul Country Blues Fix

With a voice of a soul singer and country instrumentations, 23 year old Marcus King showcases his skills on El Dorado (Fantasy Recordings) with streamlined songwriting and precise performance. Recorded at Nashville’s Easy Eye Studios and produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, El Dorado is available now. Album opener, “Young Man’s Dream” paints a […]

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REVIEW: Black Lips’ “Sing…In a World That’s Falling Apart” Embraces Grime and Joy

The consistently mercurial Black Lips shift again on their first release since 2017’s Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?. The Atlanta-based globe-trotting punks lean hard into jangly country roots on their latest release, Sing…In a World That’s Falling Apart. Recorded and co-produced with Nic Jodoin at Laurel Canyon’s legendary Valentine Recording Studios and out via Fire […]

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REVIEW: Tall Tall Trees’ “A Wave of Golden Things” Pushes Beyond Boundaries

A Wave of Golden Things, Tall Tall Trees’ fourth studio album, finds multi-instrumentalist Mike Savino pushing his pseudonymous songwriting project beyond previous boundaries. Originally moving to NYC in the early 2000s as a bassist with an eye on the city’s vibrant jazz and experimental scene, a switch to banjo and a focus on songwriting produced […]

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REVIEW: Buffalo Jones’ “Standing By” Kindles Fire in the Belly

Produced by David Lowery and engineered/mixed by Drew Vandenberg at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA, Buffalo Jones’ Standing By showcases Spokane, Washington Buffalo Jones’ alt-country indie rock and makes a strong argument for induction into your regular record rotation. Buffalo Jones is Jason Johnson (lead vocals, guitar), Brandon Humphreys (lead guitar), Andy Rumsey (bass), […]

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REVIEW: Hawktail’s “Formations” is Elite Pickers Vocal-Free Adventurism

Hawktail is comprised of a group of American roots music elite pickers: Brittany Haas on violin, Paul Kowert on bass, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, and Jordan Tice on guitar. On Formations, the group’s debut on Padiddle Records, Hawktail immediately set themselves apart from their contemporaries with a mix of vocal-free bluegrass that is not afraid […]

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