Mike Aiken: Captains & Cowboys

Come on, Virginia, I hear you calling me.” The plea of singer/songerwriter Mike Aiken,  and ‘Virginia’ in the romantic song could be either a favorite woman or his favorite state. It’s that emotional. Turns out, Aiken wrote it for his home state. The 12 songs on Aiken’s new CD, “Captains and Cowboys,” are all reflections…

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Heaven’s Gateway Drugs: You Are Heaven’s Gateway Drugs

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Fort Wayne, Indiana, but one of its nicknames is “The City of Churches.”  They’re everywhere you look.  Now, thanks to five musicians, there is a new house of worship there.  It is the debut album from Heaven’s Gateway Drugs – You Are Heaven’s Gateway Drugs. The album’s…

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Folk Art, Free Music, and the Fabulous Lara Ewen

Hey folks.  It’s Shannon Brown from NYC country band, Trailer Radio, keeping you posted on the country music scene in New York City! When it comes to museums, New York’s got something for everyone. There’s The Met, the Museum of Natural History, The MOMA, The Guggenheim, The Cloisters, The Transit Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Museum…

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Kevin Welch: 3 Moons House Concert

Kevin Welch – 3 Moons House Concert Series Some months ago a friend of mine suggested to me that we should hitch our wagon to a pursuit that he termed “house concerts.” Being intrigued by any possibility for a gig I inquired, “What the hell is a house concert?” Logic led me to assume that…

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Hank III and DAC Release Single: The Outlaw Ways

Earlier today, Hank III and David Allan Coe released their collaboration “The Outlaw Ways” for digital download on Itunes. Although it is over seven minutes long, the song flows effortlessly in a conversational tone between the two artists in the vein of “The Conversation” that was recorded between Hank Jr and Waylon Jennings.  We could…

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Buckaroos & Don Rich – New Collections in July

  In its continuing mission to promote the Bakersfield country legacy of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos featuring Don Rich, Omnivore Recordings will issue two collections that spotlight the town’s most storied musicians: Don Rich’s That Fiddlin’ Man from 1971, and the all-instrumental The Buckaroos Play Buck and Merle, which marries the 1965 LP The…

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Hanni El Khatib Album Review: Head in the Dirt

I’m sure if you asked Hanni El Khatib what he did for a living, he would tell you that he was a musician or a guitar player.  I think what he’d want to say, and have every right to say, is, “I’m HMFIC of showing people how it’s done.” HEK’s new album, Head in the…

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Goat: World Music

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, all the way from Sweden, Goat and their amazing album World Music.  Trust me, you will thank me for this. I know it’s a bold claim, but Goat makes bold music.  They are clothed in mystery (and exotic costumes) and reach from their Nordic homeland with spectral sounds…

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