The second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio, The Lone Bellow, opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It's a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life's great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night: ''Then came the morning!
The Bootleg Honeys are a homegrown Sonoma County Trio. Singer-Songwriters Alison Harris, Hannah Jern-Miller, and Katie Phillips perform original material and classic Americana covers with delicious three part harmonies. A back-porch blend of sweet and sassy vocals and acoustic guitars is spiced up by Hannah’s rockin’ electric guitar leads, Alison’s honky-tonk piano, and Porchboard stomp pedal and tambourine. Bill Bowker of KRSH radio calls The Bootleg Honeys “A breath of fresh air” in Americana and Country Music.
One of the first lessons they teach you in film school is that you sometimes have to “kill your darlings”. It’s a term that means no matter how much you love a scene you shot; if it doesn’t fit in the film, it ends up on the cutting room floor. In 2009, The Mother Hips rescued a short stack of 2-inch analog tapes from a Los Angeles basement and started picking through hours of material, most of it recorded around the era that produced 1995’s Part Timer Goes Full and ‘96’s Shootout. They were thrilled with what they heard.
Originally from Riverside, CA, Timothy O'Neil has found himself rooted in the Folk/Americana Scene of Sonoma County. The Timothy O'Neil Band mixes origin roots of punk rock with a strong nod to bluegrass, folk, and a lifetime and adoration for songwriters and songwriting.
With a couple of hard life experiences behind her, and a head full of songs ready to tell about it, Debbie Goodman packed up a U-Haul and headed to Los Angeles with her guitar and her percussionist. She left behind a budding country career in Nashville to pursue pop and rock in more progressive California. Debbie’s rock and country crossover tunes and that undeniable twang in her voice reveals an Oklahoma City upbringing with a nice mix of Tennessee.
Mingo Fishtrap is a Soul and funk band based in Austin, Texas. They were formed in the mid-1990s in Denton, Texas. The band consists of Roger Blevins, Jr., Guitar/Lead Vocals; Chip Vayenas Drums/Vocals; Dane Farnsworth Organ/Keyboards; Mikel Urdy Percussion; Roger Blevins Sr. Bass; Steve Butts Trumpet/Flügelhorn; Dan Bechdolt Tenor Saxophone; Zol Waterhouse [Trombone]
Their newest album, OnTime is our CD of the Week this week. Listen to it now:
"Cut To the Chase" contains 14 of Kathy's new original story songs. Despite the presence of her mighty bluegrass band -- Annie Staninec, Cary Black, Greg Booth, and Tom Bekeny -- as well as luminaries like John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, and Bill Evans -- the style is mostly not-quite-bluegrass.
Amy LaVere is an American singer, songwriter, upright bass player and actress based in Memphis, Tennessee. LaVere was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Bethany, Louisiana, a small Texas-Louisiana border town in the Piney Woods. Nurtured by musical parents with a passion for traditional country music, she began singing and playing at an early age. Her family moved 13 times by the time she entered high school, ultimately landing in Detroit where LaVere fronted the punk band Last Minute while still in her teens.