by Sean Jewell :: Charlottesville‘s Sons of Bill return to Seattle still flying high on their 2014 release Love and Logic, a record with Virginia roots, fleshed out by champion of Americana producer Ken Coomer (Wilco). Love and Logic somehow managed to blend roots music’s multi stringed attack with the upward inflection of psychedelic rock. Immediately into their record […]

by Sean Jewell :: Fraser Gorman‘s eccentric country soul record Slow Gum is out in the US today. The Australian Americana musician has found a home on Courtney Barnett‘s Milk! Records label, and it couldn’t be a better fit. Barnett is a Cobain for the new generation and her taste has as much value as […]

by Sean Jewell ::  Atlanta troubadour Ben Trickey has been recording 7″ singles for the last four years. The fourth, and final, was released this month and the entire box set is now available physically and on iTunes. The set contains Trickey’s original material –streetwise, world-weary, folk, Ben’s vulnerable warble and folk guitar accompanied by the […]

by Sean Jewell :: Let’s get this out of the way: when I first heard Left Lane Cruiser, ZZ Top came to mind immediately (stay with me here). Not, like, Eliminator, synthesizer period ZZ Top, but Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons ZZ Top’s 1st Album ZZ Top. Like, sandstorm of guitars, speed and weed, rhinestone […]

by Sean Jewell :: Jesus, take the wheel, and drive me to The Tractor Tavern on Sunday night. Local country acts Ole Tinder and Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer are supporting LA cowboy Sam Outlaw, and it’s gonna be one hell of a show. Sam seemed to come out of nowhere earlier this year. He recorded […]

by Sean Jewell :: It’s not like Nick Jaina has been idle since his 2013 album Primary Perception. He’s composed music for ballets in New York City, contributed to literary journals, written about The Birth of The Drumset for Smithsonian Folkways, and his first book Get It While You Can was released earlier this year. He’s back with […]

by Sean Jewell:: One look at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival‘s “activities” page will tell you this is no ordinary music festival. Held at Tolt McDonald Park, just a short drive from Seattle, Timber! happens right along the Snoqualmie River and hosts great events like paddle boarding groups, marshmallow roasts, geocaching, stargazing, mountainbiking, swimming, kayaking, hiking, a […]

by Sean Jewell :: Some bands got it all. The best ones make carrying that load look effortless. Portland’s The Earnest Lovers seem to be that kind of outfit. The classic country duo, billed as “vintage honky tonk heartbreak serenaders,” will be releasing their debut EP Sing Sad Songs on June 11th, and if you like country, well, […]

by Sean Jewell :: The opening notes to “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love” are so deep, so resonant, so devastating, that you’ll need to own the retrospective of Carl Hall‘s work just for the first song. As if the sound from the Wurlitzer electric weren’t enough, Carl Hall’s voice enters and asks “Did you […]