review by Michael McCarthy “I’ll still be here when the troubles come / Here I stand / On the rock of your love,” sings the late Kenny Rogers, who passed away Friday night at the age of 81, on “The Rock of Your Love.” The inspired track hails from his now final album,...Read more
Category Archives: Country
interview by Michael McCarthy If you were around in the late ’70s and early ’80s, chances are you watched a popular show called Dukes of Hazzard. It was centered around two brothers, Bo and Luke Duke. Bo was played by John Schneider. Luke was played by Tom Wopat. Bo was the charismatic womanizer...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Roughly a year ago, during November of 2017, I interviewed the soulful sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell, otherwise known as Larkin Poe, about their exquisite sophomore album Peach, which was a potent blend of roots rock, Americana, folk rock and old-school country… with the occasional dash of hip-hop, trap-style...Read more
One insanely talented duo that I can't get enough of is Larkin Poe. It seems like just yesterday that I interviewed Rebecca and Megan Lovell about their third album, Peach. Well, the roots rock/soul/blues sisters will be releasing their third album, Venom & Faith, on November 9, 2018.
interview by Michael McCarthy Hudson Taylor, the duo comprised of Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor, is not easy to pin down. As I said in the first question below, I hear so many genres all at once when I hear their upbeat songs. Folk, Americana, Country, Pop – it’s all in there. The...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy “Black flowers grow in a garden / I put them all in my vase,” sings Rebecca Lovell on “Freedom,” one of the most powerful songs on Peach, the new album by sister duo Larkin Poe. She sounds downright ferocious, like she might bite your head off if you look...Read more
I recently had the pleasure of talking with one of the world’s biggest hit songwriters, a gentlemen named Even Stevens. (Awesome name, right?) When I was growing up, back when I was a kid listening to my parent’s radio station of choice, I heard some of his hits hundreds of times. There was...Read more
This past Sunday, the 21st of February, I was treated to an invitation-only Kacey Musgraves concert at Mohegan Sun Casino in CT. I’m not sure how I got invited, as I’m far from being a high roller, but needless to say that I’m quite happy that I was. Especially since the concert was...Read more
La Sera, a.k.a. Katy Goodman, is back. However, this time she does not come alone. Instead, La Sera is a duo now, the other half being her better half, guitarist/co-writer/new husband Todd Wisenbaker. To that end, let's hope she's not singing to him during the...
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will release their much hyped third album on March 11th and if the lead track, "Something Real," is any indication then it's going to be one hell of a country rock party. Here's hoping it's not so self-serious as Neil...
It’s possible that more than half the people who’ll read this review have never even heard of Butch Walker. But he’s been one of my favorite artists for as far back as I can remember. When I was just a teenager he was the lead guitarist in a hair band I was really...Read more
We really don't know what to make of this... Has he been hanging out with Blake Shelton?...
If you like light-hearted country tunes with lots of banjo, you're in for a real treat here. As always, The Band Perry deliver top notch country music about, what else, love; sure to lift the spirits of anyone who listens. Unless, of course, you happen to...
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