by Sean Jewell :: The history of mountain punk is simple. Lonesome tales of bygone times and persistent hurt accompanied by banjo, dulcimer, and other stringed demons was played by women in the Appalachian back country, colloquially known as Freakwater. Eventually the haunting sound slithered from the holler into a Pentecostal church two young Kentucky women attended. Janet […]

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 […]

By Sean Jewell :: The song “Letter From Jesus” by veritable unkowns Little Willie Patterson w/The Famous South Land Singers opens with heart-rending guitar arpeggio and the throaty effeminate vocals of a young Little Willie. His first lyrics are “I got a letter from Jesus…” and at that point you are only twenty seconds into […]