REVIEW: Rodney Crowell’s “TEXAS” is Authentic Voice of Texas

If I were to challenge you to name a more authentic, living voice of Texas than Rodney Crowell who would you say? Willie Nelson? Lyle Lovett? Steve Earle? Well, if you named one of those, perhaps you’d have a valid point. My answer leans more towards Rodney Crowell, but it’s a win/win discussion to be […]

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REVIEW: Maybe April Creates Painfully Beautiful Songs on ‘The Other Side’

Country music has always featured testosterone-fueled songs about pickup trucks and drinking. However, sometimes – through all that testosterone, you hear some songs about relationships from the female perspective, and you realize that they are stronger than any pickup. Such is the case with The Other Side by Maybe April. In any creative endeavor, the […]

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REVIEW: Beth Bombara’s “Evergreen” is Diverse and Optimistic

Evergreen releases Aug. 9 — is the 6th for Americana-roots-songwriter Beth Bombara. It has moments of tequila strength (“I Only Cry When I’m Alone”), sweet wine (“Anymore”), & watered-down whiskey (“Criminal Tongue”). Now that sounds like a dig, but I’ll wear kid gloves. Good efficient ideas, performance skills, production & band circuitry are at her […]

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REVIEW: Steve Goodman’s “Unfinished Business” will Thrill Aficionados

  August 9th the late singer-songwriter Steve Goodman’s 2 posthumous LPs (Santa Ana Winds & Unfinished Business) will release in expanded reissues on Omnivore Records. With Unfinished Business, this may be more of a collection suited best for aficionados & loyalists though new fans could find something to like since it’s filled with Goodman personality. […]

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