Phenomenal Swedish soul man Daniel Norgren recently kicked off his very first North American Tour in Seattle at Tractor Tavern, and ace photographer Rich Zollner was there to document this momentous occasion. The virtually mythical figure has had American fans on hold for two years since his one and only appearance at Pickathon in Happy […]

by Sean Jewell: AST is proud to premier the track “Lonesome” from Vancouver B.C. band Petunia & The Vipers forthcoming Lonesome, Heavy and Lonesome. Prominent Northwestern players, The Vipers are a hobo-jungle orchestra making a ragtime-psych sound. Petunia’s voice is somehow deep and nasally, his snarl is sardonic, dark and beautiful. On “Lonesome” Petunia & […]

Even if you don’t know Kalenda you’ve heard some version of “Allons Danser, Colinda” in modern music — she’s the girl every boy wants to dance with, that angers other women. It’s a tale as old as people, and has as many versions. Even if you don’t know Lost Bayou Ramblers, you’ve felt the push of […]

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 :: [soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] 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 […]