Julie Rhodes

by Sean Jewell :: One of the best album openers I’ve heard recently is “In Your Garden” on Julie Rhodes‘s Bound to Meet the Devil . Rhodes’s raspy voice intones along with a soul clap: “Go on and leave me like another weed in your garden. Nothing I can say is gonna make you stay. Don’t call me […]

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 :: That’s right. Seattle “Haunted Boogie” darlings Lonesome Shack are releasing a double LP soon. These dudes sound like a Mississippi Hill Country band on a ketamine bender. It’s a dirtfloor, juke joint blues, cold beer and hot nights languid, so distinct they had to come up with their own genre. It does sound haunted, […]

by Sean Jewell :: Marlon Williams‘s self-titled album is the best Americana album around right now. He’s from New Zealand. This is not really that surprising. We love our Southern Hemisphere counterparts. The garage rock of Milk Records and Courtney Barnett, to the blue-grass of Mustered Courage, and Fraser Gorman‘s excellent “Slow Gum” Americana record have […]

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 Sean Jewell:: Austin Psych Rock outfit The Bright Light Social Hour imagines a future South inspired by Sun Ra, space travel, and the struggle of the creative youth of today. Their imagination is so good it landed them on NPR’s World Cafe, and in the Heavy Rotation crate. Their latest album, Space Is Still the […]

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:: 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 […]

by Sean Jewell :: The title of Lloyd Price‘s new book is sumdumhonky. Yes, that’s a pejorative. It’s a deliberate affront to the racists he grew up among; violent, ignorant people, who would sooner lynch a black person of color than eat in their company, much less drink from the same water fountain, or use […]

by Sean Jewell:: Since atleast 2005 Jolie Holland has been the kind of artist who changes the direction of music from within. The critically acclaimed tastemaker has confounded critics and garnered fans with a run of albums that establish her as a singular, unforgettable voice. Holland’s most recent album The Wine Dark Sea likely sits in the […]