Monthly Archives: April 2011

Cary Ann Hearst – Lions & Lambs

Until Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent walked on stage as the opening act for Jason Isbell and Hayes Carll this past Saturday night, I’d never heard of either of them – or their band Shovels & Rope – before. … Continue reading

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Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird – Signs & Wonders

The first full length by Richmond, Virginia’s Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird starts off promisingly. Solemn cello drone, tentative voice, resolute lyrics. “Signs and Wonders” is an uncluttered, delicately arranged, album of chamber folk. Vassar’s voice, inviting and unimposing, … Continue reading

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Garett Brennan & The Great Salt Licks – The Cookie Tapes

Garett Brennan runs Portland-based Three Pin Records. The label donates 1% of all sales to an organic farming initiative. They also make financial contributions to ensure that all releases are carbon neutral. And Brennan heads up Focus The Nation, a … Continue reading

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The Far West

If I ever run away from it all and find myself drinking cold beer at roadhouse on a hot, dusty road, I want The Far West to be the house band. The debut album from this LA band is relaxed … Continue reading

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