Thursday, November 17, 2011

Interview: Rock The Cause Discusses "Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt" Tribute LP

Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt is a new memorial tribute album that features an impressive turnout or artists, each performing Vic Chesnutt classics. Contributors include Dan Wilson, Haley Bonar, Trampled by Turles' Dave Simonett, Charlie Parr, Ben Weaver, Wendy Lewis, JoAnna James, Alpha Consumer, Luke Redfield and more. Minnesota nonprofit organization Rock the Cause just released the compilation on its own label on November 8, 2011, in partnership with The Orchard.

Rock the Cause will donate proceeds from the album and release show to Lifeworks Services to directly benefit innovative programs for people with disabilities. Proceeds will also benefit Sweet Relief to provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more information, please visit

Monday, November 14, 2011

Light In The Attic's Matt Sullivan Talks The Louvin Brothers' "Satan Is Real" Deluxe Reissue

Light In The Attic Records has just released the deluxe Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 075, 2xCD + Audio Commentary Download), which pairs the Louvins’ landmark 1959 album Satan Is Real with a star-studded curatorial “best of” set featuring classic original Louvin Brothers recordings “handpicked” by the likes of Beck, Emmylou Harris, Will Oldham, Kris Kristofferson, Will Oldham, Mark Lanegan, Jim James, Dolly Parton and many more. 

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mark Sullivan of Light In  The Attic about the deluxe set. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Alex Battles: Crooner, Charmer, and Brooklyn Country Trailblazer

Alex Battles is a singer/songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2001, he has appeared throughout New York City as a solo artist, and with his band The Whisky Rebellion, which plays his tunes in the fatback spo-dee-dee style. He also performs with Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues and is the latter half of the duo Foster & Bananas.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Doug Paisley on his "Constant Companion"

I have been listening to Doug Paisley's new album, Constant Companion, so much that I felt embarrassed that I did not reach out sooner to his label, No Quarter, for an interview. After the first couple of spins of the album, I was quickly compelled to grab his debut self-titled album, and then his remarkable Daytrotter session. Once my discography was up to date, I thought I would be able to just sit back and enjoy the work of an artist who is new to me. Or so I thought...