Tag Archive | country

Review: Chris Smither, Hundred Dollar Valentine

Chris Smither Hundred Dollar Valentine [Signature Sounds (2012)] Before rock music found a way to make listeners sad in novel ways, there was country and the blues. Chris Smither has been making quietly successful, powerful songs to make you wistful since 1970. Morrissey and countless Emo bands could learn a thing or two by listening to Smither’s entire […]

Review: Cajun Roosters & Friends, Transatlantic Sessions

Cajun Roosters & Friends Transatlantic Sessions [www.cajunweb.de] Transatlantic Sessions is probably one of the most unusual recordings in Cajun music; but then again, the Cajun Roosters aren’t your ordinary chank-a-chankers either. The award-winning Roosters aren’t from the heart of Cajun country but are actually a pan-European band consisting of Britain’s Chris Hall (accordion/rubboard) and Sam Murray (percussion/lapsteel); Scotland’s […]

Review: Jon Chandler, The Gang

Jon Chandler The Gang Arroyo Records You can’t sing about the land if you don’t ride the land. When it comes to the rugged Wyoming terrain, Jon Chandler certainly knows a thing or two since he’s been riding the Outlaw Trail (near Kaycee, WY) with a crew of cowboys since 1978. Hence, the inspiration for The Gang, songs […]

Review: Karen Collins & the Backwoods Band, No Yodeling on the Radio

Karen Collins & the Backwoods Band No Yodeling on the Radio [CDBY (2012)] “Country music is as good as it’s ever been,” Ray Price once remarked in an interview backstage at the 2008 Country USA music festival in Oshkosh, WI. “The problem is that they don’t always play country.” If Price should ever see Karen […]

Feature Review: Willie Nelson, Heroes

Willie Nelson Heroes [Legacy Recordings (2012)] Unless you’re among the legion of hardcore devotees who worship everything Willie Nelson has released in recent years, ya gotta admit that the Red Headed Stranger can be uneven at times. Luckily, Heroes doesn’t follow that suit. It’s a tight and focused record recalling disparate elements of Nelson’s 1966’s […]

Review: Orpheum Bell, The Old Sisters’ Home

Orpheum Bell The Old Sisters’ Home [Self-released (2011/2012)] These days, it’s no surprise to find a musician influenced heavily by Tom Waits. It’s not particularly unusual to find a musician who imitates Waits’s voice, either, though it’s usually done tongue in cheek, because, seriously, we all know that Waits is not exactly a “good” singer, […]

Feature Review: Katie Glassman, Snapshot

Katie Glassman Snapshot [Self-released (2012)] Though Snapshot is not Katie Glassman’s debut CD—her first was a collection of Texas fiddle tunes—her stunning sophomore effort introduces a major talent to the rest of the world. She’s a contest championship fiddler well versed in western swing, jazz and gypsy styles but her sophomore effort extends her artistry beyond just […]