by Sean Jewell :: Bluegrass music is the music of the Appalachian Mountains. Like those mountains, Ola Belle Reed’s influence, memory, songs, and family reach across time, from Ola Belle’s birthplace in Lansing, NC all the way up to Rising Sun, MD. Her voice is solid, woody, and rises like the smoke above the trees […]

by Sean Jewell :: Drunken Prayer is a strange brew out of Portland, Oregon, a mixture of New Orleans boogie, Southern gothic, California country, and Northwestern noir. Roots in the South and branches in the Northwest make their sound a heady concoction of over-driven electric twang, Bakersfield vocals, and sardonic lyrics, and their latest effort The Devil & The […]

by Sean Jewell :: Outlaw poets are the best poets. By talent or by fate, none quite nailed the role like French poet Jean Genet. Genet was a adopted after being born to a prostitute; as a child he loved running away and became a thief.  He became imprisoned, got out by joining the foreign legion, […]