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Oakley Hall

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


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.



Son Seals

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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.


Ian Moore

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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.



Blues Now, Blues Later

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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...


Kaz Murphy

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Kaz Murphy must have picked up some of his storytelling ability from his days as accompanist/drummer for legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsburg.



The Hype

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It’s hard to be objective about rap-rock. While it’s more or less an amusingly tasteless footnote to the mid-to-late ’90s, it got a lot of mainstream attention — until everyone realized that turntables were not as cool ...


Blazin’ Grass

With a new album under their belt, 100 Damned Guns artfully assault C&W tradition.
CAROLINE COLLIER
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

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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

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