Album Review: Big Joe Walker

Big Joe Walker I Am Big Joe Walker   Sometimes a debut drops and just catches you flat-footed, somewhere between surprised by what you just heard and pissed that you didn’t know about it sooner.  Big Joe Walker’s been making the rounds in north Texas for a while now, but he just hadn’t been on…

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Album Review: Old Time Family Jam

Dallas Moore with Mama Madgelee Hanes Moore Old Time Family Jam   This whole concept of what makes an artist (as opposed to an entertainer – and the difference there is beyond profound) relevant always makes for lively, uh, discussions, when there’s a properly libated assortment of friends and acquaintances gathered ‘round.  And while the…

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Album Review: Seth Turner

Seth Turner and the High Desert Drifters Nine Years And Several Miles Later   Apparently Nevada’s Seth Turner is on the Chris Wall plan when it comes to releasing records:  Pump one out, go play live and do other stuff for a decade or so, then hit the studio again. Well, ok.  That’s one way…

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Album Review: Wicked Spell

Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition Wicked Spell   In 2012 we reviewed Incommunicado, the sophomore full-length album from Chad Sullins and his flat out impressive band, The Last Call Coalition.  We found a lot to love about that record, along with a few head scratchers.  Rekindled an old love affair with intelligent rock…

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The 4th of July

On July the 4th, 1776, a congress of citizens in what would become the United States of America declared – on behalf of a small cluster of colonies clinging to North America’s eastern seaboard – that a people could and would be united against and independent of the rule of a king.  It was just…

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