Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Interview: On The Road With Dex Romweber

Dex Romweber is a man on a mission. His first band, Crash Landon and The Kamikazes, was started when he was 11, and he later started the legendary and highly influential Flat Duo Jets with Chris "Crow" Smith. The Duo Jets were together for 15 years and have been described as a significant influence by such artists as Cat Power, Neko Case, and Jack White.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Uprooted Album Revue 8/21/11

  The Uprooted Album Revue highlights new releases, reissues, and my own latest discoveries. 

This edition of the Uprooted Album Revue includes the O Brother, Where Art Thou 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, With Body and Soul: A Bluegrass Tribute to Bill Monroe, Let The Light Shine Down: A Gospel Tribute to Bill Monroe, Blue Moon of Kentucky: An Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe, as well as Nikki Lane's Gone, Gone, Gone EP.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kris Delmhorst Discusses Her New Album "Cars"

From the opening acoustic guitar lines of the album's first track "You Might Think",  I was immediately struck with memories of that landmark video by the Cars back in the 1980's when videos still ruled MTV. But make no mistake, Cars by Kris Delmhorst is not a simple nostalgia trip, but a enjoyable, fun, and tight set of respectful renditions.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dave Simonett (of Trampled By Turtles) Discusses Dead Man Winter's "Bright Lights" LP

A lot has been happening with Trampled By Turtles since I last spoke to singer, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Simonett in November of 2010. TBT has been touring consistently, including an extensive round of summer festivals, and winning over crowds filled with newcomers and loyalists alike. As the momentum continues to build for TBT, Mr. Simonett has something else up his sleeve: Dead Man Winter.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Uprooted Album Revue 8/14/2011

  The Uprooted Album Revue highlights new releases, reissues, and my own latest discoveries.

This edition of the Uprooted Album Revue includes releases by Richard Buckner, Dex Romweber Duo, Maiden Radio, Dead Man Winter, and Kris Delmhorst.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

D. Charles Speer (David Charles Shuford) Talks About "Leaving The Commonwealth"

Leaving The Commonwealth was released earlier this year and is the third album by D. Charles Speer & The Helix. Guitarist and songwriter D. Charles Speer (David Charles Shuford) along with the band members of The Helix, which includes Hans Chews, Marc Orleans, Ted Robinson, and Steve McGuirl, have - in my opinion - crafted their best album yet.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Interview: Maiden Radio Sing "Lullabies"

The women of Maiden Radio have just released their second effort, Lullabies, on Daniel Martin Moore's brand-new record label called Ol Kentuck. It's the first official release for the label and Lullabies is already generating an exciting buzz.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

An Unexpectedly Lively & Spirited Chat With Frank Fairfield

Frank Fairfield may live in Los Angeles, but his heart and soul belong to the mountains, dusty roads, and open lands of another time. He was discovered on the streets in 2008, was picked to open for the Fleet Foxes and put out a couple of singles on the Tompkins Square label. The following year, Fairfield delivered his self-titled debut album, filled with 11 traditional tunes. Since his first record, he has toured extensively around the globe and is even the subject of a new documentary film.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Interview, Part Two: Richard Buckner Tells The Arduous Journey To Deliver "Our Blood"

In Part One of my interview with Richard Buckner, we discussed the writing and recording processes of his early albums: Bloomed, Devotion & Doubt, Since, and The Hill.

In Part Two of this interview, Richard and I picked up with a film score project he began shortly after touring for 2006's Meadow, and then go explore his long and artistically-challenging journey to finish what would become his new studio album, Our Blood.