Thursday, May 9, 2013

Nick Dittmeier's "Extra Better" CD Release Show

Here's the skinny on the CD release show for Nick Dittmeier's "Extra Better" solo EP. It's a great lineup with Johnny Berry and Fifth on the Floor opening the show.  Just $5 gets you in, so be at the Monkey Wrench next Friday night.

You'll likely already know Nick from his time as singer/songwriter/guitarist for Slithering Beast, who put out three great alt-country albums over the past few years.  If you don't, now is a good time to get acquainted because Nick is picking up right where he left off with Slithering  Beast.  Check out the track below off the new album.

Nick on Facebook.
Nick on Reverbnation.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lucero Covers David Bowie's "Modern Love"

Check out this video of Lucero covering "Modern Love" for the A.V. Club's Undercover series. Plenty of other good videos free for the watching on the A.V. Club Youtube.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chris Knight - Little Victories

On the short list of artists whose work I blindly, or deafly, purchase without hearing, trusting that anything the put their name on is quality, Chris Knight is at the top.  He's released album after album of the best gritty country music to be found for over ten years now.  With Little Victories he maintains that streak, and while I'm not ready to name it my absolute favorite album of his, I can tell you that  "Nothing on Me" is a definite favorite song.  It's got all the classic elements of a Chris Knight song: knife fight, snow storm, lay-offs, and loyal dogs.  The other tracks are excellent too.  There's finally a studio track of "Hard Edges" where the banjo adds quite a bit to the acoustic/demo version on one of Chris's Trailer Tapes albums.  Lucky for us, Chris plays Uncle Slayton's on May 31st.

Buy the album here.


Chris Knight - Nothing on Me
Chris Knight - Little Victories

Friday, April 19, 2013

Nick Verzosa

Every now and then I sleep forget about an album that I had every intention of mentioning.  This one came to me from Texas from Nick Verzosa.  The entire album is a country beacon in the stormy rough of crappy music, but the song I keep going back to is "I Wouldn't Answer."  It's one of those career songs.  Check it out below, but don't sleep on the rest of the album.  If country radio had more Texas music like this I'd be listening.

Buy the album She Only Loves Me here.

Nick Verzosa - I Wouldn't Answer


Twitter: @nickytheflip

Quiet Hollers - I Am The Morning

It's shaping up to be a good year for Kentucky music. Houndmouth is opening the Iroquois Amphitheater summer concert season and having a New Albanian beer named after them. Fifth on the Floor has a new album out and is rubbing elbows with some pretty big names. And Shadwick Wilde's new band, Quiet Hollers, is doing its part by putting out a great new album with a release show at Headliners on May 18th. I first heard Shadwick on his solo release from a couple years back.  I liked that album and still catch myself humming a couple of the songs off of it.  That said, I think this album is a big leap for Shadwick.  The production sounds better and the band really fills out the sound on this one.  You can buy it right now on Itunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

Quiet Hollers - Their Dark Robes
Quiet Hollers - Some Day Darlin'

Web: Quiet Hollers
Twitter: @QuietHollers

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street

When the dust settles on this year of music, I think we will find Goodbye Normal Street near the top of the heap.  If you've been wishing for a great country album for a long while, this one will scratch that itch.  Salty lyrics, some downright nasty fiddle licks, and just enough twang.  This album has moved in and taken residence in my CD player since I received it, and it won't be leaving any time soon.

Buy the album here.

Turnpike Troubadours - Empty As a Drum
Turnpike Troubadours - Gin, Smoke, Lies

Web: Turnpike Troubadours
Twitter: @TpTroubadours

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chelle Rose - Ghost of Browder Holler

I could tell you that Ray Wylie Hubbard produced Ghost of Browder Holler and that would be reason enough for you to buy it.  I could tell you Brad Rice plays guitar on it and that would be even more incentive.  But after you hear it you hear it, you'll agree that the best thing going for this album is Chelle Rose's gritty, yet tender, vocals and her flat-out honest Appalachian songwriting. Think Ray Wylie meets Elizabeth Cook and youll have a working description of Ghost of Browder Holler.  This is one of my favorite albums I've heard this year and it spent a few solid months in my CD player.  You can purchase it in your preferred format from Chelle's website below and check out tour information as well.  Check out a couple tunes and video below in the meantime.

Twitter: @ChelleRoseMusic

Chelle Rose - If I Could
Chelle Rose - Wild Violets Pretty
Here's a video of "Sweet Violets Pretty" with Elizabeth Cook joining Chelle onstage at The Station Inn.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - Wasted

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real is a new band on my radar, but Wasted is their second full-length album. Immediately recognizable on the first play of the disc is the nasally vibrato in the lead vocal. Yes, it's excellent.  Yes it's familiar. No, it isn't Willie. But Lukas is Willie's son.
Lukas lays claim to the songwriter's triple crown on this album: he writes the songs, sings them as well, and also plays all the guitars. As you would expect, there is no good genre with which to characterize Lukas' music. A little country, soul, and a lot of rock.  Maybe a sprinkling of jazz, and a dose of the blues. Check out "Heart of the Matter," my favorite after first listen. This is one of the best songs I've heard this year.  Highly recommended.

Lukas Nelson and POTR - Heart of the Matter

And check out a performance of the title track "Wasted."