JUD BLOCK: Barroom Gravity

Over a period of a decade or so between 2002 and, well, just a few months ago, a band out of Charlotte, North Carolina cut loose some of the most incisive and powerful music nobody and their brother ever heard.  The band was called Cattletruck, and it billed itself as Southern Gothic rock and roll. …

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Chris Reeves: A Good Year for Beer

Professional sidemen who make the ten-foot jump to the spotlight shining down on the mic have made for some, uh, interesting musical forays over the years.  Think Sambora with Stranger In This Town.  Then, yeah, quickly try to stop thinking about it.  Replace it with, say, Jason Roberts stepping out of Ray Benson’s shadow a…

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Spindrift Classic Soundtracks VOL 1

Remember that 1968 movie in which Bruce Dern plays the leader of a biker gang that accidentally gets sent back in time to 1868 and they have to help a Texas border town fight off a band of Mexican marauders led by two werewolf brothers (played by Gian Maria Volonte and Mario Brega), but also…

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Angie and the Car Wrecks

Angie and the Car Wrecks hail from the great northwestern town of Onalaska, WA. Their music sounds a bit like a Rockabilly Reverand Horton Heat with Loretta Lynn on vocals. Envision pin up girls, hot rods, tattoos, zombies and beer in a raging tornado and you get the picture. Armed with washboards, harmonicas, guitars, upright…

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Witch Mountain

Formed under the gray skies and misty mountains of Portland, Oregon in 1997, Witch Mountain consisted of Rob Wrong (guitar and vocals), Dave Hoopaugh (bass), and Nate Carson (drums) until July 2009 when planets aligned, the veil between our world and the kingdom of the Old Ones was lifted, and through a humming transdimensional portal…

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Mike Blakely: Homemade Serenade

Texas Author/Singer/Songwriter Mike Blakely has led an interesting career built on storytelling. Whether on paper or in song, he uses his gift to create and captivate his audience with stories of the western way of life.  Blakely has over 17 books to his credit, his most recent release was co-written with Country Music Icon Willie…

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Mark Twain: Words and Music

Less than two years ago, I retired from my day job in Texas, packed my guitars and coffee-stained song lyrics sheets, and headed home–back to the muddy, swampy roots of my music and writings–back to the Mississippi River–back to Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s “white town drowsing in the sunshine of a summer morning.” One of…

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D.A. Cole

In the 7o’s,  Commercial Radio had much more freedom and was a lot like Satellite radio is today. Back then, you could tune in to a FM dial and hear Dobie Grey singing “Drift Away” followed by The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil”. It had a much more versatile format. The young man named…

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Rowdy Johnson Band

I’ve seen the Rowdy Johnson band twice in Arizona, and I found young Rowdy to be an engaging and passionate performer. Great stage presence, humor, and fiery energy with a growl a mile long. The Rowdy Johnson band hails from Tombstone, AZ, and frontman/songwriter Rowdy Johnson puts on a great show.  Perhaps geographically inspired, their…

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Rachel Brooke: 7″ Vinyl Late Night Lover

I get flooded with so many submissions for reviews each month, one rule I must keep is to never review anything shorter than an LP. However when vinyl is involved, and when it’s from the best vintage voice in all of country music, exceptions are made. Jack White once said don’t trust a music critic…

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