J.J. Cale: (1938 – )

  In the next few days, you’re going to see a deluge of obituaries for J.J. Cale.  They will say the following:  John Weldon Cale was from Oklahoma City (he changed his first name to avoid confusion with the guy in The Velvet Underground), his songs were recorded by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Tom…

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Thirteen Shots: Tales That Start with a Whisper

Swagger, sweat, and sweet licks all blend into a cock rock winner on Thirteen Shots’ new album Tales That Start with a Whisper.  The band (John on vocals, Izzy on guitar, GMT on bass, and Chelsea on drums) starts off strong with “Death Jam 2000,” which opens with a carnival sideshow-like barker introducing them.  It’s…

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New Tommy Keene Album Coming Sept 17

Tommy Keene delved deep into his record collection in planning Excitement at Your Feet ( Second Motion Records), his 10th studio effort and first LP of cover songs, due for release Sept. 17. Those who have followed Tommy’s career know his definitive versions of Alex Chilton’s “Hey Little Child” and Lou Reed’s “Kill Your Sons.”…

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Murder Junkies: A Killing Tradition

Strap in and hunker down, friends and neighbors. Murder Junkies are no frills punk rock:  vocal, guitar, bass, drums.  No bells, no whistles, no tits on a boar.  All id and no (super) ego, amped up to 11 with the knobs twisted off.  They are shocking, offensive, and undeniably catchy.  Listening to them is akin…

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Danni Leigh: Divide and Conquer

The Vault is a new series on Outlaw where past releases that we feel deserve exposure are revisited. This piece was originally published by Dave Pilot in Rockzilla Magazine. Where to start with Danni Leigh? Every man I know points out the obvious attributes; the woman is drop-dead, drool-on-the-table, slap-your-mama gorgeous. And looks like she’ll…

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Roger Alan Wade & Jesco White

Jason Robinson talks with legendary songwriter Roger Alan Wade and The Dancing Outlaw himself, Jesco White, in a hotel before the show at Ground Zero in historic Spartanburg, SC.      A Conversation With Roger Alan Wade: Jason Robinson & Roger Alan Wade at Ground Zero. Photo by by Chris Cook.   A Conversation With…

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Rounder Reissues George Thorogood’s First Two Albums

When George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers burst onto the national scene in 1977, roots rock music was all but absent from contemporary radio. Yet, the focus and excitement that George brought to the classic songs of his idols such as Chuck Berry, Elmore James, and Jimmy Reed was undeniable. Rounder Records had its first…

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Johnny Paycheck Ruined My Life

I fell in love with Johnny Paycheck before I’d ever even heard of him. No, really. Growing up, I didn’t listen to country music. I was only familiar with what I heard on the radio, and I knew it wasn’t good. I despised it. Shortly after I graduated high school, my dad got fed up….

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Cowtown Cancer Ball: Ft Worth, TX

Something very cool that will endure for years began quietly yet effectively in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, the 30th of June, 2013. At the Longhorn Saloon, a venerable and well-run establishment up on the hill of Exchange Street, an outpouring of love and sacrifice from the music community raised awareness of the sort of local charity…

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