Monthly Archives: February 2020

Ranking Records: The Band

It’s time to take a looking at the catalog of The Band. Led by the songwriting genius of Robbie Robertson, this quintet features three of rock’s greatest vocalists, the late Band members, Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Richard Manual. And least we not forget the keyboard wizardry of Garth Hudson to round out the group. […]

Ranking Records: The Beatles’ “Core 13” Studio LPs

In this lucky #7 installment of Ranking Records, I take on the ridiculous task of lining up in the order of my liking, the fabulous studio records of the greatest musical group of all time. Released over a six-year period, these are the thirteen UK studio LPs from the Fab Four that Beatles’ scientists have […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Jeff Crosby

Photo by Scott Simontacchi Singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby will soon release his fifth LP and has previewed its title track, “Northstar” and another song from the record, “Laramie.” Set to a solid Americana backbeat, the songs address seeking and recovering relationships with Crosby opening up his heart to let you walk a mile in his shoes. […]

Ranking Records: Poco

For this sixth installment of Ranking Records, we turn to the Country Rock genre and visit the catalog of the band Poco when Richie Furay was a member. One of my all-time favorite bands both live and on record, it was tough to rank these six LPs, but I gave it a shot anyway. Hope […]

Tyler Childers @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / February 6, 2020

Young Kentuckian Tyler Childers became the newest Americana wunderkind to have a sold-out multi-night run at the Ryman. The magic number for Childers was four with a week space between each pair of shows. Yours truly felt quite lucky to have grabbed a great single seat for his headlining Ryman debut. Keeping with the trend, […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: The Thing With Feathers (Dave Welcsh)

Oh, to be young again! And have musical talent and a creative vision. Well that seems to be the case for the four young Nashvillians who make up the band The Thing With Feathers: Dave Welcsh (vocals and guitar), Sean Carroll (bass), Alex Hendricks (lead guitar) and Chris Roussell (drums). Together since 2017, the band […]

Ranking Records—The Replacements

Welcome to the fifth installment of this series. Today, I look at the seven studio albums by Minneapolis band, The Replacements. Nicknamed “The Mats” and known for some notorious live shows early in their career, I will also go through the other recordings by the band that need to be in your collection as well. […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Jordan Tice (Hawktail)

For many of us, myself included, it’s not an easy thing to keep the brain focused when listening to instrumental music. But the musical notes picked and bowed by Nashville’s Hawktail have an engaging lyrical quality that glides you through each song. This acoustic string quartet is comprised of Brittany Haas on the fiddle, Paul […]

Ranking Records: Rockpile

With only four records to rank, our fourth installment also spends some time looking at the history of this great band which featured Dave Edmund, Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams. One of the best live bands ever to hit the stage, you will also hear about some famous live shows and some other […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Sarah Peacock

Photo by Anna Haas The beautiful and gentle voice of Americana artist Sarah Peacock seems to serve as a subtle and stark contrast to the message in her music. But as you listen deeper to the songs on her upcoming record, you will hear that she is simply singing with compassion on what she describes […]