by Sean Jewell:: Respect! Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul has opened at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The collection of rare artifacts includes stage outfits, photographs, performance footage, his posthumous Grammy for “(Sittin ‘On) The Dock of the Bay,” and more. It’s been nearly 50 years since Otis’s tragic and untimely death, and […]

by Sean Jewell:: As a newly minted member of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, part of Jason Isbell‘s trusted horn section, and sideman to The Swampers, The O’Jays, Temptations, and Four Tops, it’s a miracle that Chad Fisher has time to front his own band. Spectra Sonic Sound Sessions caught some video of him recently in Birmingham, […]

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 […]


@ Seattle‘s Tractor on Tuesday June 17th. You like Southern Rock? Then Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires will make your grits melt and your hair curl as these guys bring guitars locked & loaded for bear (a “southern” phrase, right?). They’re loud too. Please leave a COMMENT below and maybe we’ll pick YOU to go to this show […]


This how they do it in Birmingham. Banditos (who now reside in Nashville) made this amazing vid with Joshua Shoemaker of their song “Long Gone, Anyway” in their backyard. It makes ya wanna move to Alabama. Or play kazoo. Maybe both. This tune caught my attention late last year (tho recorded in 2012) and not […]