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Samuel James

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Samuel James’ version of the blues mixes tradition, sly humor, and a knowing wink with a steady, almost hypnotic acoustic beat.


Backside Pick

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On its new seven-song album, Like I Do, Backside Pick delivers a tight, scholarly mix of sounds, including something reminiscent of a high school marching band, with trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.



Jefferson Pepper

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Influenced by Patti Smith, Nirvana, The Clash, Neil Young, John Prine, Johnny Cash, his factory-worker father, and coal-miner and farmer grandparents, Jefferson Pepper spent two years in his home in the Conewago Mountains (Sout...


Tim Hensley

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Tim Hensley’s debut CD, Long Monday, has been a long time coming and is sure to stand as one of the best country-bluegrass releases of 2008.



John-Alex Mason

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For more than one generation of fans, the blues “belonged” to old black men with slurred voices.


Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights

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When this CD arrived on my desk, I have to admit I wanted to like the music.



Haale

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Influenced almost equally by mystic poets and American rock and psychedelic music, Haale’s full-length debut, No Ceiling, isn’t quite inner-directed “trance” music, but it is akin to that soporific (or, ...


Meg & Dia

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In today’s saturated music market, formula means everything. A flim-flam here or a stop-time there might be the difference between fame and obscurity. Most listeners, whether they’re aware of it or not, judge pop mu...



James McMurtry

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Fort Worth-born James McMurtry continues to display a wickedly sharp sense of right and wrong on his new Just Us Kids.


Egypt Central

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When you name your band after one of Iron Maiden’s favorite themes but sound like Limp Bizquick, you’re just asking to get your ass kicked.