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
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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 Several years ago, Megan Davies opened a Youtube account and posted a video of herself doing an experimental, classical guitar piece. It didn’t get many streams, but she kept the account open and eventually started posting other things. Those things being actual songs. Most of them were covers. Some...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
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...
Natalie Prass is a singer/songwriter based out of Nashville who used to sing backing vocals for Jenny Lewis. Her album has already received heaps of praise from TIME, Pitchfork, Q and The Guardian, and that’s actually how I came to discover it. I read a few positive reviews and then I had to...Read more
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
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...
Following two much beloved records on the indie label Wichita, Stay Gold is Klara and Johanna Söderberg’s first major label release. The album was recorded at Conor Oberst’s ARC Studios out in Omaha with Oberst’s Bright Eyes buddy Mike Mogis in the producer’s chair. He produced the band’s previously album, 2012’s The Lion’s...Read more
First Aid Kit are gearing up to release their third album, Stay Gold, on June 10th via Columbia Records. "Cedar Lane" is the first single and it's one of their most gorgeous, glorious tunes to date. "This heavy heart of mine / It never fails /...
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