REVIEW: The Mavericks “Hey! Merry Christmas!” Delivers New Christmas Songs with a Timeless Feel

Look, I get it—there’s still about three weeks until Thanksgiving, so you might be wondering why Christmas albums are already popping up, often full of covers of traditional Christmas songs that you’ve heard one way or another year after year. Thankfully, The Mavericks’ Hey! Merry Christmas! (Mono Mundo Recordings) delivers eight Christmas originals, with two […]

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REVIEW: Roland White and Friends’ “A Tribute to the Kentucky Colonels” Revisits Cornerstone of Bluegrass Classics

For most bluegrass enthusiasts, Roland White is considered a living legend and a virtuoso on the mandolin. His work with the Kentucky Colonels, featuring his brothers Clarence and Eric Jr., brought bluegrass to the forefront of the American folk revival of the 1960s. If you’re a novice and newcomer to bluegrass like me, Roland White […]

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Show Review: The Wild Feathers Displayed Powerful Three-Part Harmonies at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom Show

photos by Kevin Gillingham It was a typical, busy Friday night outside west 34th street—full of commuters, tourists, weekend warriors, and the occasional homeless men on the corner. Yet, inside the luxe Hammerstein Ballroom, you may have wondered if you were still in New York. Most of the crowd was completely countrified, dressed in cowboy […]

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REVIEW: The Band of Heathens’ New “A Message From the People Revisited” Confronts Injustice

In 1972, Ray Charles released A Message From The People, a collection of ten songs chosen by Charles to express his sentiment on the social issues surrounding him. They range from traditional songs (“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “America the Beautiful”) to the contemporary songs of the time (“Heaven Help Us All,” and “Take Me […]

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REVIEW: Amanda Shires’ “To the Sunset”: Mama’s Changed That Nashville Sound

If you’ve read any of the album previews or even seen the trippy, slightly 80’s influenced album cover for Amanda Shires’ latest, To the Sunset (Silver Knife Records), it’s apparent that this album takes a very different direction than her previous works. Accompanied by Jerry Pentecost (drums), Peter Levin (piano, keys, synthesizers), her husband Jason […]

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REVIEW: Romantica’s New Release, “Outlaws,” Shows Continued Perseverance

Unless you’re a Britpop icon (see Oasis’ The Masterplan) or a prolific singer/songwriter (see Ryan Adam’s Prisoner B-Sides, or any of the singles he releases between albums—more on him later), most B-side/outtake albums are viewed as filler, littered with throwaways amongst a gem or two. Fortunately, Romantica’s Outlaws gives a completely different perspective on an […]

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