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Fontaine Brown

Tom Geddie
Tales from the Fence Line (Manatee Records) By Tom Geddie Listening to Fontaine Brown’s Tales from the Fence Line is almost like plugging in an old AM radio and picking up some ghost station playing early 1960s roadhouse ...


Raul Malo

Tom Geddie
Raul Malo, mostly known as lead singer of the Grammy-winning country band The Mavericks, has a pleading, dramatic vibrato that sounds somewhat like Roy Orbison’s without wandering into mimicry. The man can sing.



The Fireman

Justin Press
It’s taken 46 years for Paul McCartney to finally enter a blue(s) period. His new side project, The Fireman, starring über-producer and ex-Killing Joke bassist Youth (just one name, kids), has been in operation since the...


Raul Malo

Tom Geddie
Lucky One (Concord Music Group) By Tom Geddie Raul Malo, mostly known as lead singer of the Grammy-winning country band The Mavericks, has a pleading, dramatic vibrato that sounds somewhat like Roy Orbison’s without wande...



The Fireman

Justin Press
Electric Arguments (Capitol/EMI Records) By Justin Press It’s taken 46 years for Paul McCartney to finally enter a blue(s) period. His new side project, The Fireman, starring über-producer and ex-Killing Joke bassist You...


Pat Green

Jeff Prince
The 2003 release of Wave on Wave marked a turning point and dividing line in Pat Green’s career. Some of his early fans considered the album a sell-out and criticized the Lone Star native and independent artist for signin...



Pat Green

Jeff Prince
The 2003 release of Wave on Wave marked a turning point and dividing line in Pat Green’s career. Some of his early fans considered the album a sell-out and criticized the Lone Star native and independent artist for signin...


Gunslingers

Ken Shimamoto
When this debut disc by a trio from the unlikely birthplace of San Pedro, France, arrived in a blaze of hype from muso-rockcrit-historian Julian Cope’s influential Head Heritage web site, I was a mite skeptical. The searc...



Thom Schuyler

Tom Geddie
Prayer of a Desperate Man’s title track could be the best spiritual song of recent years. But singer-songwriter Thom Schuyler isn’t content with that. He also tells us he loves Kit-Kats, hates the SOBs who drive Hum...


Gunslingers

Ken Shimamoto
No More Invention(World In Sound) By Ken Shimamoto When this debut disc by a trio from the unlikely birthplace of San Pedro, France, arrived in a blaze of hype from muso-rockcrit-historian Julian Cope’s influential Head H...