Tis the season for family and giving. But that personal wish list ain’t going to fill itself out. Here are a few ideas to make your stockings, and music loving mind, much more jolly.
Headphones have become celebrity endorsed, candy-colored bass crankers over the last decade. Their popularity means more of the same. Where to look for stylish and great sounding headphones for acoustic instruments and, uh hmm, REAL, vocals? Grain Audio OEHP headphones are the answer to those needs, friends. The enclosures are made from grain-matched solid walnut and cushioned with plush, form-fitting ear cushions and a cushioned headband for a great look and fit. And the sound…THE SOUND! Each enclosure sports a proprietary driver that features a Neodymium magnet and a CCAW voice coil. That’s a fancy way of saying Sturgill Simpson’s growl or Allison Krause’s breathy trill are delivered in their full-range splendor. Buy
When Omnivore Recordings does reissue they don’t do it halg-assed. Like the new Old 97′s debut ‘Hitchhike To Rhome’ 20th Anniversary reissue, with 12 rare and unreleased tracks, mixed from the original multi-tracks for the first time by longtime Old 97’s engineer Rip Rowan featuring rare photos, memorabilia and notes. Available on 2-CD, Digital, and—for the first time—on double orange colored vinyl. Trust me, you want the vinyl! Buy
Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music by Barry Mazor is the definitive profile of a music industry visionary. Best known for being the guiding hand behind the “big bang of country music” Bristol sessions, that brought Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to mainstream attention, Mazor does a superb job of showing the A&R man and music publisher’s full life in shaping popular music.
Looking for a well-made Waylon or Towns Van Zandt shirt? How about a Gram Parsons-style Nudie dress? L.A’s Midnight Rider has what you’re looking for and manufactures all their apparel in L.A. , U.S OF A. Buy