REVIEW: Molly Burch’s “First Flower” Showcases Heartstopping Vocals and Rapid Growth as a Songwriter

First Flower, the second album by Texas vocalist and songwriter Molly Burch, highlights the singer’s professional jazz training. Following her 2017 debut, Please Be Mine, Burch and her and her bandmate Dailey Tolliver have produced a record that makes the most of her smoky, effortless vocals. Driven by Tolliver’s lead guitar, complemented by Sam Kossler’s […]

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REVIEW: Reverend Peyton’s “Poor Until Payday” Takes the Listener for a Swim in the Magical Sounds of the Endless, Rolling Waters of the Blues

On Poor Until Payday (Family Owned Records/Thirty Tigers), Reverend Peyton and His Big Damn Band dig into the very best of the country blues tradition while pushing it forward with original material. Playing a variety of older instruments, including a 1949 Harmony Archtop, a 1954 SuproDual Tone and a 1955 Kay Speed Demon through a […]

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Show Review: Joshua Hedley Plays Classic Country with Modern Attitude at DC’s Union Stage

Last Friday night, Joshua Hedley packed an audience into DC’s Union Stage for a no-bullshit, back-to-basics country show. Accompanied by his backing band, the Headliners, playing mostly acoustic guitar and switching occasionally to fiddle, Hedley played a tight one-hour set. Hedley’s consisted of originals from his album, Mr. Jukebox (2018/Third Man Records), and his recent […]

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Show Review: Countrypolitan Chanteuse Whitney Rose Enthralled the Audience At Gypsy Sally’s in DC

“Countrypolitan chanteuse” Whitney Rose enthralled the audience at Gypsy Sally’s last Wednesday evening with a mix of original songs and classic covers. Slinging her guitar, “Aggie,” the highly-regarded singer-songwriter opened with a Don Williams cover, “Tulsa Time.” Other covers included Nick Lowe’s “Couldn’t Love You,” (I think), Delbert McClinton’s “Two More Bottles of Wine,” and […]

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REVIEW: Mandy Barnett Has a “Strange Conversation”

On Strange Conversation (Thirty Tigers), vocalist Mandy Barnett ventures into the undiscovered country. From Tom West’s opening organ notes on “More Lovin,” it’s clear that Strange Conversation is a different kind of Mandy Barnett album. Barnett, with producers Marco Giovino and Doug Lancio, has made an album that’s as much Memphis as Nashville, as much […]

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