Old nuggets and the new breed this week. Brand new single from Jeremy Pinnell “The Ballad Of 1892” and some hidden Link Wray Gems from the Beans And Fatback Record Store Day Release earlier this year. New Justin Townes Earl, King James And the Special Men, Brent Cobb, The Deslondes, Dead Man Winter, Sarah Shook […]

by Sean Jewell:: I remain deliberately willfully ignorant about all things SCAC. Aside from looking up a few photos, and listening to CIPHER as a result of a dead drop by a trusted publicist. I quickly realized after listening that certain obfuscation –an intentional chiaroscuro is a big part of SCAC’s composition. That and some […]

On June 30th, Tompkins Square will reissue two albums by Texas singer/songwriter Will Beeley – the self-released mega-rare (only 200 copies) private press LP Gallivantin’ from 1971, and Passing Dream, originally released by Malaco Records in 1979. Recorded in San Antonio, Gallivantin’ shows Beeley’s heartfelt, folky side – a wistful set of original tunes, plus a […]

by Sean Jewell:: This grammy nominated, Carlo Ditta recorded Big Easy Studios album captures a seasoned professional at his guitar best. What’s absent in this album is perhaps what’s best about it. Because it was made in New Orleans, it’s absent the flash, sheen, and pastiche blues albums of it’s time were trying to achieve. […]

By Sean Jewell :: Turn on your ears and shut your mouth for a second, goddamnit. American Standard Time is so proud to present to you the opening track from King James & The Special Men‘s forthcoming album Act Like You Know. “Special Man Boogie” opens way down at the deep end of the piano, […]

Here. We made a spotify playlist for you. With the exception of a few as-yet-unreleased songs (which you’ll have to tune in next week for) you too, can go inside The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy and experience the best in American roots music past and present. This week Vandy put together a nice little vignette […]

by Sean Jewell :: Lauren Ruth Ward belts with snarling, distorted, electric guitar “It was awkward as f-minor the first time I saw you naked” in the opening line of “Blue Collar Sex Kitten”, her heavy new track. It has all the elements of powerful rock ‘n’ roll. Rolling toms, driving electric, vicious back beat. The […]