Poor Man Blues

“…Way down in the country off of 109, way back in hills ‘neath the southern pines, sits a little Honky Tonk, its one of a kind…” sings Jesse Bryant. He’s in a little beer joint in East Tennessee, pounding out his outlaw rhythm with a vengeance. He looks tall and mean. Dangerous. His eyes are…

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Dale Watson: The Sun Sessions

  Dale Watson has always made it clear where he stands when it comes to Country Music. Had he been born a couple of decades earlier, he would have most likely held court with Waylon, Johnny, and the like. But through dedication and consistency, he’s carved out a path all his own, independently igniting a…

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Ray Scott: Rayality

Country artist Ray Scott (My Kind of Music) comes back full force with his new Independent release, Rayality. All original, edgy honky tonk. The album covers humor, faith, love, a touch of politics, and dark nights of the soul – all woven together with his distinct style.  That slow rolling low baritone draws you into…

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Pistol Annies Review: Hell On Heels

The last time I heard this much twang in Miranda Lambert’s voice was nine (maybe ten-I’m getting old) years ago. She was beltin’ out tunes in a club in San Antonio, just a teenager. Thick East Texas accent, dirty blond hair, looking even younger than she sounded. Her mother had been parading her around Honky…

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Merle Haggard: Working In Tennessee

Merle Haggard returns with a new album,”Working In Tennessee ” on Vanguard Records.  After battling lung cancer and heart problems, The Hag has written on his web site that he is now “a healthy miracle.”   And he’s got a great new album to boot. Things are looking good for the Country Music Icon. The…

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Jubal Lee Young: Take It Home

 Jubal Lee Young grew up in the throes of the Outlaw Country era.  His mother was an accomplished songwriter (My Oklahoma-Terrye Newkirk)  and his father, recording artist Steve Young, (Seven Bridges Road & Lonesome On’ry and Mean) was a pioneer in the stylistic sound that combined rock, folk, and country that would shape the whole…

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Rachel Brooke In Five

In Five is a series in which Outlaw asks an Artist five questions about themselves and their music. Here we talk to Michigan singer/songwriter Rachel Brooke.   There has been a lot of buzz lately surrounding the music of Rachel Brooke -especially amongst hard core country traditionalists – and punk rockers. Her haunting and timeless…

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Tonya Watts: Upsy Dazey

No, Dazey ain’t lazy. Tonya Watts is one hard workin’ woman.  She’s formed a new label, Dazey Rock Records, launched a new skin care line, Dazey Hemp, has a new single hitting airwaves,  “I Thought You Should Know.” Yet, somehow in the middle of all of all this, she has been fixin’ up and flippin’…

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Sarah Pierce

Sarah Pierce –Cowboy’s Daughter and Bring It On, Little Bear Records Over the last couple of years, Austin’s Sarah Pierce turned her sixth and seventh studio releases loose on the world.  Individually, they are disparate and at times mesmerizing in tremendously unique fashion.  Taken together, as with the repeated listens which led to this review, Cowboy’s…

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Life On The Edge Part III

A fascinating series exploring the Grand Canyon by veteran Southwest tour guide and historian, Les Graff. The cool windy days of spring, with it’s cloudless skies, and freezing night time temperatures, slowly give way to the warmer days and nights of summer and it’s rainy season called “The Monsoons”.  Beginning in early July a huge High…

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