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 […]

[checklist][/checklist] by Sean Jewell:: The first great record of 2016 is here. Recorded in the summer of last year, East Nashville songsmith Brian Wright put together what appears to be the first in a series of home recordings. Production and instrumentation are sparse as a southwestern vista. Austere, colorful backing (harmonica here, banjo and/or backing vocals there) occasionally accompany his bright […]

by Sean Jewell :: Check out the “expertly trained Americana vocal stylist” Holland Belle in this video for her song “Lovely Ghost,” fittingly shot in the all but abandoned Bombay Beach. Belle’s voice soars like a lovely ghost among scenery of America’s lowest place, on the north end of The Salton Sea, while nature takes […]

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 David Kelly – On a recent trip to Los Angeles, my Sign Geek friends and I spent a lot of time hunting signs. We are like big game hunters, but we shoot signs. With cameras. In five days, I shot over 2000 frames. Southern California has the highest concentration of amazing vintage neon signs […]