Category Archives: Music Review

Music Review: Sturgill Simpson – “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” – High Top Mountain Records

On his 1962 masterpiece “Modern Sounds in Country Music” Ray Charles’ broke cultural and racial boundaries, straddled styles, grew his audience and made the charts. Sturgill Simpson’s newest release tips a hat to that release…

Music Review: “Divided & United: The Songs of The Civil War” – Various Artists [ATO Records]

One of he bloodiest periods in American history, the Civil War (or the War of Northern Aggression as it’s often referred to south of the Mason/Dixon,) left deep and lingering cultural wounds in the nation’s…

Music Review: Daniel Romano – Come Cry With Me Normaltown Records]

People often wondered why Gram Parsons, a member of a 60′s generation that cast off the past so dramatically, would choose to perform music so informed by country music clad in the garish uniform of…

Music Review: Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest of Us [Mercyland Records]

An Easter vacation was the perfect opportunity to listen to  “Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us” a compilation release by singer/songwriter, producer and musician Phil Madeira. As the title suggests the thematic underpinning of…

Album Review: Amy Francis – Balladacious [Independent Release]

Bodacious is a Southern/Southwestern portmanteau of bold and audacious. It’s meaning is remarkable, courageous, audacious, spirited and unmistakable. Corpus Christi TX native Amy Francis uses this linguistic fusion and forms the title of her new…