Posts Tagged ‘Alt-Country’

This former Drive-By Trucker has been steadily and quietly improving since he first went solo in 2007, and we’re now to the point where he completely overshadows his old band. This album does a great job showing why. Isbell’s lyrics are warm and incisive and empathetic — quick, economical sketches of people in go-nowhere towns who rarely get to hear themselves depicted with this level of real-talk dignity. And his music is intuitive and lived-in. Isbell’s miles-deep baritone can be conversationally pleasant on the verses, but when he hits the chorus, it always wells up into something huge.

Jason Isbell — Something More Than Free (July 10th, Southeastern Records)

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell is one of alt-country’s most reliable voices, particularly in light of his modern classic SoutheasternTo follow-up that 2013 LP, Isbell reunited with its producer, Dave Cobb, for a collection of songs that examine life’s small details and big questions with the same level of astounding sincerity and humble wisdom. Isbell oftentimes sounds like frequent tourmate Ryan Adams during his Cardinals era, particularly when Isbell strips down his sound and lets himself get real blue in the spirit of the Southern literary tradition (see “Speed Trap Town,” then have a good cry). But he also sounds quite different (and traditional, in a classic country sense) when backed by a full band, oftentimes topped off by a piano, a fiddle, and strings.

Southern roots rocker Steve Earle debuted a brand-new song from his forthcoming album, take a listen to the bluesy ‘You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had’ .Steve Earle has been recording his upcoming album, ‘Terraplane’ — which was released February 17th supported by his backing band, the Dukes, at the House of Blues in Nashville.

“Most of this was written on the road,” Earle said . “I went through a divorce and I needed the money, so I’ve been touring a lot, just working constantly and writing whenever I can.”
“Everything that happens to me will find its way into my lyrics, which can be an advantage as a writer and a disadvantage as a person,” he said of his songwriting process. “I don’t wanna hurt anybody’s feelings. I’m not trying to be mean. But I’m not gonna not write about what’s happening, so there’s a lot of sad stuff here. It was a good time to make a blues record.”

Earle and the Dukes have taken to recording the songs live after an hour or two of practicing, giving Earle a kind of laissez-faire attitude toward recording.

“Let’s just find a performance where all the weird s–t happens at the right place, and that’s our take,” he said.

Steve Earle and company seem to effortlessly find that sweet spot, which can be heard on the new track


“Terraplane” takes its title from the 1930s Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit model, which also inspired the Robert Johnson song, “Terraplane Blues.” It is Steve Earle’s 16th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut Guitar Town. As its title suggests, the album is very much a blues record, some of which was written while Earle toured Europe alone for five weeks with just a guitar, a mandolin and a backpack. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a DVD that features a behind-the-scenes mini documentary, an interview, three live acoustic performances and more.

Terraplane CD/CD+DVD/LP+MP3 (New West Records)

Hiss Golden Messenger is an American folk music duo, originating from North Carolina. The duo consists of MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch, the ex-members of the bands Ex-Ignota and The Court & Spark, Hiss Golden Messenger was signed to Merge Records in April 2014 and released their fifth album and Merge Records label debut, Lateness of Dancers on September 9th 2014.
The band’s music contains elements from various musical genres, such as folk, country, dub, country soul, rhythm and blues, bluegrass, jazz, funk, swamp pop, gospel, blues, and rock.The band’s style was also described as “alternative country” and “country rock.” but The band’s main influences include the Beatles, The Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield.The band has been compared to songwriters Will Oldham and Bill Callahan in style.


Harold Eugene “Gene” Clark was an American singer-songwriter and founding member of the folk rock band The Byrds. Clark was The Byrds’ dominant songwriter between 1964 and early 1966, penning most of the band’s best-known originals from this period, including “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”, “She Don’t Care About Time”, “Set You Free This Time”, and “Eight Miles High”.He created a large catalogue of music in several genres, but failed to achieve solo commercial success. Clark assembled a backing group consisting of highly accomplished country rock musicians to accompany him on an album with A&M. Progress was slow and expensive and A&M terminated the project before completion.The resulting eight tracks, including “Full Circle Song” and “In a Misty Morning” were added to those recorded with The Byrds in 1970/71 (“She’s the Kind of Girl” and “One in a Hundred”) and with The Flying Burrito Brothers (“Here Tonight”), and released in 1973 as Roadmaster in the Netherlands only.early exponents of psychedelic rock, baroque pop, newgrass, country rock and alternative country

Jessica Lea Mayfield the country-rock turned grunge-rocker shows off her matured chops on “Standing In The Sun”—one of the singles from her latest record, Make My Head Sing. The song itself isn’t creepy, scary or spooky, but a melancholy, 90s-tinged, lo-fi rock track; it’s that dichotomy that makes the video that much more intriguing.

Let’s break down the Halloween spirit found in this video: first of all, Mayfield shot this video in a Nashville graveyard, and nothing screams Halloween like a walk among the tombstones. Second of all, that lighting is just haunting. Maybe it’s the violet lights or creepy nighttime shots, but we commend her for being in the graveyard playing tunes so late at night. And finally, with the new pink hair and sultry outfit she’s rocking, it kind of looks like she’s dressed up in costume.


Wooden Wand is the stage name of singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth, who has recorded under his given name as well as the name WAND. The style of music recorded by Toth and his many incarnations has drawn on a variety of experimental folk and rock influences, Though he was significant player in the New Weird America trend  along with Devendra Banhart, Akron/Family, Joanna Newsom, and collaborators The Vanishing Voice, Toth has been difficult to pigeonhole in one genre;

Wooden Wand’s collaborations have been nearly as wandering and nomadic as Toth himself, a New York native who attended Purchase College before relocating to Knoxville, Tennessee, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and most recently Lexington, Kentucky.



Caitlin Rose was previously the lead singer of Nashville indie band “Save Macaulay”, Then In 2007 she began as a solo artist and signed to BMI in 2008.The title track of her seven-track 2008 EP, Dead Flowers, is a cover of a Rolling Stones song.
Her first album, “Own Side Now”, was released by Names Records in August 2010Her vocal performance and lyrics have led to comparisons to Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Iris DeMent. Caitlin followed this up with “The Stand-In”



Dawes the North California band with a definate Laurel canyon Sound have toured pretty much for half of each year over the last five to six years either on their own or as a support band for Jackson Browne and Conor Oberst, there have been three superbly crafted albums with the latest “Stories Don’t End”

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Caitlin Rose and a song written for her by Justin Hayward Young from the band The Vaselines