by Sean Jewell :: Describing his song “Acting School” at a recent live performance, Seattle artist Dean Johnson said “The first verse is about hiding your emotions and looking cool, the second is about letting them out. The chorus is about deciding to keep them in.” Dean’s dreamy, cosmic cowboy vibe, complete with a few chords, […]

by Sean Jewell :: AST is proud to premier the video for the first single from Mike Giacolino‘s (Ole Tinder) upcoming solo effort Broken Roads. The video for “Northern Bound” is a gorgeous mash-up of Giacolino playing solo and found footage of a steel mill in 1939. The song cobbles together some acoustic country blues and […]

by Sean Jewell :: As faithful and unheralded blues man Emmett “Maestro” Sanders cries in the beginning of this video: “call my job, tell ’em anything you want, take the phone off the hook, lock all the doors too,” you ain’t about to do a damn thing but lay around and watch this video. Emmett […]

In this animated documentary, Peter Stampfel tells the story of how the freak folk band Holy Modal Rounders first got together. DIRECTOR/ANIMATOR: DREW CHRISTIE ANIMATOR: DANE HERFORTH ANIMATOR: GABE ADAMS NARRATOR: PETER STAMPFEL PRODUCED BY: AMERICAN STANDARD TIME & DREW CHRISTIE MUSIC BY: DREW CHRISTIE, DAVID PUTNAM & THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS

by Sean Jewell :: He’s as good lookin’ as Gram Parsons and as morose as George Jones. The guitars on his albums jangle and whine like country strings should, but there’s classic Nashville string sections, too. Mix that up with Southern California country, add some piano ballads and songs about drug benders for which a return […]

Paste magazine recently premiered this video of Anderson East at SXSW’s Riverview Bungalow and it’s perfect. Anderson East’s EP The Muscle Shoals Sessions – Live From Fame is out now and it’s a must have for fans of Alabama Soul. Catch him on tour down south opening for JJ Grey and Mofro this month and […]

by Sean Jewell :: Ben Von Wildenhaus has worked with avant-bizarre New York Based production committee House Plants before. When Wildenhaus ultra-lounge crosses swords with their public access channel style the effect is a killer throwback to some pre-high definition era. “Tu” is one of two tracks featuring singers on Ben Von Wildenhaus II, and here Clara […]

by Sean Jewell :: Check out this sweet one-shot video from Seattle honky tonk outlaws Country Lips. The track “Pretty Pictures” is from their 2014 album Nothing To My Name. Shot by photographer Connie Aramaki, the crew starts out at the legendary Cafe Racer and walks the backstreets to the notorious Twelve Oh Neuvo, Country Lips’ hideout in […]

by Sean Jewell :: Author Joe Nick Patoski has directed a Doug Sahm documentary which will premier at SXSW. The preview premiered this week over at resource of infinite cool Texas Monthly. From the Director : Doug was the organizer of what blew up into the Austin music scene. Most people know the Willie story. And that […]