The High Life

The Lifters rise up.
Singer-songwriter Peter Black had almost had it with music, especially with flaky backing musicians.

Wave the Flag

I do not harbor a reckless desire to build a wall around Tarrant County to keep out interloping performance artists, and I will not pretend to know the machinations behind an Austin band’s appearance last week at a party ...

Ian Moore

The Show
With his solid leads, overall bluesy feel, and the ability to wring sincerity from every note, guitarist and singer-songwriter Ian Moore ain’t your dad’s Ian Moore.

Oakley Hall

Listen Up
Brooklyn’s Oakley Hall clearly derives its inspiration from the barest of bare bones, campfire-crooning country.

Son Seals

Listen Up
A Journey Through the Blues: The Son Seals Story celebrates the semi-acclaimed, wholly distinctive singer-songwriter and ax-man the way he lived: straight-ahead and raw.

Ramblin’ Men

A local trad-country band is a history lesson told in plinks, plunks, and a whole lotta heart.
Jimmy Fowler
A couple of years ago, Tyler Rougeux had a transformative experience.

Blues Now, Blues Later

OK, I admit. I’m not the biggest blues fan. Not because the sound is offensive – it isn’t, in general, though there are only so many times a body can be force-fed another one of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s hits...

Blazin’ Grass

With a new album under their belt, 100 Damned Guns artfully assault C&W tradition.
Before founding the acoustic-country-revival band 100 Damned Guns about three years ago, none of the six veteran musicians in the band had ever played country.

Musical Theatrics

I can’t remember the last time I had a musical experience. I’ve been to a bunch of shows over the past year, and a couple of ‘em have had their moments. But none, in my admittedly defective memory, incorporate...

Bob Dylan

Listen Up
Bob Dylan’s buzzing drone of a voice is a little deeper today but remains oddly effective.