Hymn 4 Her – Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin’ Flames

Three words: Cigar.  Box.  Guitar. I liked Hymn 4 Her in the first twenty seconds of the opening track, “Mojave,” from their excellent second album, Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin’ Flames.  It’s a solid rocker with slippery guitar, great co-vocals, and devilish swagger (as is the rest of the record). The husband-wife duo of Lucy Tight…

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Walking In Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee. A mention of the town’s name alone conjures images of everything from Elvis to the Mississippi River. From the luxurious Peabody Hotel and its March of the Ducks to the lowly Lorraine Motel and its wreath on the second floor balcony in front of room 306. Memphis means high crime rate, dirty streets,…

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Gangstagrass Interview At NYC Rodeo Bar

Hey folks.  It’s Shannon Brown from NYC country band, Trailer Radio, keeping you posted on the country music scene in New York City! I recently caught up with Rench, the mastermind behind the highly successful rap’n’grass band, Gangstagrass, at Rodeo Bar  in NYC. We talk about Rench’s musical influences growing up as a kid in California, his Emmy nomination for…

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Album Review: Iron Tongue

Iron Tongue: The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown. Metal bands aren’t particularly noted for their sensitivity or heart-wrenching sentiment.  Arkansas’ Iron Tongue, however, is that rare exception.  They may be harder than Chinese arithmetic (hence the Iron in their moniker), but they’re an overflowing pressure cooker of emotion.  Because in the South, that’s how we…

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Sin City Scoundrels: House of the Rising Scum

Sin City Scoundrels tear it all up for us!  I’ve seen this band fire up and cause mosh pits and bodies flying. I’ve also seen them cause some sexy bump-n-grind on the dance floor.  I’m just going to call it.  Sin City Scoundrels are a Funk Punk & Roll band out of Memphis, TN. Why…

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Robin & Linda Williams New Release Oct 2

With a rich career spanning four decades, Virginia-based duo Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism. Today some might call it “Americana,” but these two revered music masters were living and…

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The Black Angels Album Review: Indigo Meadow

You might think that going from a five-piece to a four-piece and decreasing some of the reverb would make a mellower album for the Black Angels, but you’d be wrong.  Dear God in heaven, you would be wrong. Stephanie “The Secret Weapon” Bailey’s opening drums on the title track signal that this will not be…

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A Conversation With David Lynn Jones

If there were any justice in the universe, David Lynn Jones would be a household name.  He would sell records like Neopolitan ice cream and be considered the natural heir to Bruce Springsteen, Arkansas-division.  Because he’s that good.  Instead, he’s among the countless Jonahs (John Brannen, Marty Brown, George Ducas, ad infinitum) that Nashville swallowed…

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