REVIEW: Other Music – Documentary – An Iconic Musical Oasis in NYC Closes

Review by John Apice Other Music – Documentary – An Iconic Musical Oasis in NYC Closes Much of the music sold at this beloved NYC store is what Americana Highways readers may not find to their taste. But if you visited, you’d find rare, out-of-print CDs & vintage vinyl folk/blues/jazz/reggae, rock, & many, many independent […]

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REVIEW: “The Center of Nowhere” Documentary is Feeling and Vibe of Springfield Missouri Music

  The Center of Nowhere – Documentary – Songs of an Unsung America – Springfield, MO This is an engaging documentary. A laid-back intro to what is obviously a well-kept secret. A Muscle Shoals, AL that’s hush-hush. A more down-home Austin & Nashville without the glitz & traffic. There’s stunning photography, colorful likable personalities, exceptional […]

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REVIEW: Shannon LaBrie “Building” Has Exceptional Sound and Focused Performances

Shannon LaBrie – Building It’s obvious Nebraska’s Shannon LaBrie has an effective vocal tone & easily straddles the fence ‘twixt pop & commercial country sensibilities. But she doesn’t possess a traditional country voice. Some critics rave particularly about her lyrics as “emotionally-charged.” But they fail to mention they’re loaded with clichés. Shannon is a good […]

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REVIEW: Jordan Tice’s “Motivational Speakeasy” Explores Spontaneity in Music

Jordan Tice – Motivational Speakeasy An LP that is a solo simply sustained by vocals & a well-worn Collings acoustic guitar (a guitar also played by Emmylou Harris, Pete Townsend, John Fogerty, Joni Mitchell & Keith Richards). Jordan Tice explores the spontaneity in music, the process of invention & creativity. Tice’s touchstones are all inventive […]

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REVIEW: Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts “Nowhere To Go But Everywhere” is Instantly Likable

Fort Worth’s melodically full-bodied Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts – Nowhere To Go But Everywhere (drops Sept 18 – Wicked Cool Records) opens their sophomore LP with the integrated pop gasoline of “Only a Dream,” that tilts back its head to a new wave era when singles were filled with catchy hooks & melodies […]

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REVIEW: Trae Sheehan’s “Postcards From the Country” is Fine Craftmanship with No Showboating

Trae Sheehan – Postcards From the Country This EP is a fine example of straight-forward unassuming songs. Fine craftsmanship with no showboating. There’s nothing cutting here like Neil Young, but West Virginia’s Trae Sheehan also doesn’t have a whiney voice like Neil. There are no political overtones like the late Phil Ochs — Trae has […]

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