Album Reviews

Hybrid Bluegrassers Mountain Heart Defies Convention on ‘Soul Searching’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Mountain Heart bills itself as a hybrid bluegrass group, of which there are several who have released albums in the last few months. What sets Mountain Heart apart is their instrumentation, notably no banjo or ...

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El Ten Eleven Push Rock Band Boundaries With ‘Banker’s Hill’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Back in 2013, Karl Urban and Michael Ealy starred in Almost Human, a science fiction buddy cop/police procedural network series set in the future. The show centered around Urban as a human cop and Ealy ...

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Wannabe Reviews Amanda Shires’ ‘To The Sunset’

In the latest Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle offers his illustrated commentary on To The Sunset, the new album from Americana artist Amanda Shires, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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We Banjo 3 Elevate & Articulate String Mix On Enthralling ‘Haven’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

We Banjo 3 aren’t strictly about banjos, although banjos are a big part of the mix. However, they’re also more than simply a run of the mill bluegrass band. Breaching the boundary between old world ...

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Nashville Songwriter James House Lets Loose On Self-titled ‘James House and the Blues Cowboys’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Like many in Nashville, James House has a built a career of writing hit songs for others. If you’ve not heard of House, you have probably heard these tunes that have reached well int the ...

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Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Bring Harlem to Life with ‘Luke Cage Season Two’ Score (ALBUM REVIEW)

With the first season of Netflix’s Marvel’s Luke Cage, music played an indelible role in setting the tone for the series. As much as any of the Defenders series, the city of New York was ...

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Jim Lauderdale Releases his First Long Lost Album and Most Recent – ‘Time Flies’ and ‘Jim Lauderdale and Roland White’ (ALBUM REVIEWS)

These associations come to mind with the mention of two-time Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale – “That’s Americana,” (for his emcee work with the Americana Music Association as well as hosting TV and radio shows); as ...

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Shemekia Copeland Mixes Roots with Driving Blues on Politically Charged ‘America’s Child’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Nashville, Will Kimbrough, Mary Gauthier, John Prine and Emmylou Harris all suggest that this must be an Americana record, right?  Yes and no. Genre is not important to Shemekia Copeland, today’s foremost contemporary female blues ...

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Lucero Marks Twenty Years with Cinematic, Grooving ‘Among the Ghosts’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Memphis-based Lucero is one of the seminal bands of Americana music and are marking their twentieth anniversary as a band with this slight departure in sound, the highly literate Among the Ghosts. Recorded in Sam ...

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Amanda Shires Takes Rock n’ Roll ‘To the Sunset’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Rather than hailing this as a completely new sound for Amanda Shires, consider her work with her former Texas pop-rock band, Thrift Store Cowboys. Her new sound, which she deems “refreshing,” uses some of that ...

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