by Sean Jewell:: We do so much talking about Nashville and Austin, sometimes it’s easy to forget to scour other cities for their great country scene (did you know Portland has a great one?). There most be tons of unheralded honky-tonkers who find themselves in metropolitan areas far from their country raising, or city […]

by Sean Jewell:: Let me tell you something now. Come closer. Read harder. I do not suggest you go to this show, I insist. When The Moondoggies released Don’t Be A Stranger in 2008, music was a confusing place. It was a heady time, one that birthed the soporific harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and Band of Horses. Seattle’s […]

Click the link (below) NOW and listen to this show via KEXP‘s streaming archive. It’s hip! This week on the show: A whole hour of grooving and grinding to rare soul records from obscure and overlooked artists of the past, ya know when songs about city rats (“ratty ratty”) big bell-bottoms (“original funky bell-bottom”) and […]

by Mindie Lind :: Not since the days of Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, Elvis, and George Jones at Sun Records has country music had a good-ol-boy crew quite like New West Records newbies The Deslondes. These New Orleans residents are students of the street-music scene and their new self-titled album is deeply rooted in the city’s American-born […]