I never much liked going to CBGB. It was fitting that this dump was in the Bowery which back in the late 70s was far from what it looks like today. But, not only was CBs dirty and overcrowded, it wasn’t a friendly vibe. Patrons were more intent on looking and acting cool and being […]

Here’s a first for 11 Questions: two musicians for the price of one! It comes in the form of Elijah Jones (lead singer and guitar) and Erik Matthijs (lead guitar and backing vocals) of the hot new Nashville band Elijah Jones & the Tenderness. Four years ago, Elijah Jones of The Constellations moved to Nashville […]

This excellent recap of this show by Rolling Stone saves me from the need to describe the blow-by-blow. However, that won’t stop me from wanting to chime in on this unexpectedly amazing show that made me so proud to live in Music City. It also is a great testament to how The Basement East has […]

Welcome to the Nashville scene, indie/Americana artist Daniel Daniel who In May, released a debut record, “The Lonesome Hollow,” that “No Depression” called “raw cut close to the bone roots music.” Daniel has also released a self-directed video for the title track. As a follow-up on June 29, he released the song “Black and Blue” as a tribute he penned to celebrate […]

On January 22,1969, the Montreal Expos traded Donn Clendenon and Jesus Alou to the Houston Astros for Rusty Staub. It was just a rather routine swap of Major League Baseball stars. Back then, before the freedoms offered by free agency and the chains of long-term big-dollar contracts, deals like this were quite common and were […]

On occasion, I will go on a deep-dive listening spree dedicated to the entire recorded work of a band or artist. I do so on CDs in chronological order. As a proud card-carrying music geek, this is an enjoyable effort that most often leaves me with many fruitful rewards. In addition to enhancing my understanding […]

There are a few record labels whose releases never seem to let me down. Case in point is Yep Roc. Already having one of the best rosters around, they have recently added songstress Dawn Landes. As an artist, Dawn has previously released four LPs and five EPs collaborating with some familiar names (Justin Towns Earle, […]