REVIEW: Tom Sless’ “California Dream” is Tight Musicianship

There’s a challenge to any new collection with both good qualities & borderline material. Tom Sless’ vocals have an attractive quality; the instrumentation is proficient & the music well-written. It’s the lyrics that are a bit pedestrian. The former NJ resident & now LA-based Tom Sless debuts his California Dream (Marina Vista Records-drops March 27) & […]

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REVIEW: Chris Moyse’s “Bitter Ballads & Cynical Prayers” Finds a Way to Crawl to Hope

One of the most reliable musical traditions is the work of the singer-songwriter. They weave stories through their music & distinctive lyrics. David Wilcox, Chris Robison, Marc Cohen, John Wesley Harding, Joe Henry – just to name a few of the lesser-known remarkable names. Now, Nashville-based Chris Moyes fits comfortably with these articulate writers. His […]

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REVIEW: Emily Duff’s “Born on the Ground” is Unique Pedigree of Cosmopolitan Country

Released March 6th this interesting 9-track collection of “love” songs trace 9 different breakups from the artist’s past. Curiously Emily looks back without anger – and with the help of the formidable producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (The Del-Lords), Ms. Duff bravely explores her wounds through this well-articulated NY recording. Having been familiar with Ms. Duff’s […]

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REVIEW: Jeremiah Johnson’s “Heavens to Betsy” Has An Abundance of Style

The St. Louis-based Jeremiah Johnson’s new 12-track kicks off with a good southern-fried track punctuated by some punchy sax (Frank Bauer) & Jeremiah’s roller-coaster lead guitar. “White Lightning,” has that tradition of Ohio’s J.D. Blackfoot (“The Ultimate Prophecy”) but lacks his dynamic commanding voice. But — Jeremiah has character & good tonality in his own […]

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REVIEW: Dom Flemons’ “Prospect Hill – The American Songster Omnibus” is Rich Blend of Americana Old-Time Music

Phoenix, Arizona’s Dom Flemons, a multi-instrumentalist vocalist & writer — is a unique musical personality. Part Leon Redbone, part Keb’ Mo & part Dom Flemons himself. Among his talents is a rich blend of Americana old-time music, Piedmont blues (like Blind Willie McTell), & neotraditional country (C&W – George Jones). Known as the “American Songster,” […]

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