by Sean Jewell:: Let’s all just bow our heads for a minute in a moment of silence and thank the universe for Nashville one more time. I mean, have you heard Natural Child? I’ve been hooked on their rocking country soul since 2012, when they released Hard in Heaven, and the hard to share because […]

by Sean Jewell:: One thing I’m discovering as I speak to blues men is that you don’t get to interview them so much as you get to sit and listen to their stories. Older blues men like Bobby Rush are well aware of their contributions to blues, soul, and rock & roll. Bobby Rush has been interviewed countless […]

by Sean Jewell:: Barbara Lynn is truly one of a kind. Aside from being the rare, left handed, guitar playing bandleader in the ’60s, and scoring a #1 hit with her own material, Barbara’s exit and re-entry into rock ‘n’ soul were her own trajectory, piloting her career, her way. As a child Lynn played ukulele in Beaumont, Texas; […]

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 :: Fraser Gorman‘s eccentric country soul record Slow Gum is out in the US today. The Australian Americana musician has found a home on Courtney Barnett‘s Milk! Records label, and it couldn’t be a better fit. Barnett is a Cobain for the new generation and her taste has as much value as […]

by Sean Jewell :: I didn’t really know I was a Little Richard fan until I started looking into this box set coming out on June 2nd. Did you know he was inspired to play piano the way he did by Esquerita in New Orleans when he heard him play “One Mint Julep” (and that Esquerita […]

by Sean Jewell :: The opening notes to “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love” are so deep, so resonant, so devastating, that you’ll need to own the retrospective of Carl Hall‘s work just for the first song. As if the sound from the Wurlitzer electric weren’t enough, Carl Hall’s voice enters and asks “Did you […]