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April Martin: In the Blink of a Life

By Lisa Waugh Good hearted with a biting wit, April Martin’s steadily-paced In the Blink of a Life hits all the high and low notes of a life well lived. Whether she’s singing about love or death, Martin keeps her sense of self and humor in tact, never giving into cynicism, but definitely winking at […]

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Michael Van and The Movers: A Little More Country

By Alex Marks There’s something raw and pure about Michael Van and The Movers. The band communicates heartbreak, irreverence, and inebriated good times with a fierce passion on their latest A Little More Country. Michael Van has wisely surrounded himself with experienced pickers and music makers. Pete Ahonen, Alan Bond, Larry Lawson, and Bob Skye, […]

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Russell Lee: What Do I Do

By Antiem Boyd Russell Lee’s latest album What Do I Do is less of a question than a possible guidepost, especially in these vexing times. In the style of the old school folk crooner, Lee is pondering life as he knows it, honestly and without flinching. The guitars on What Do I Do are gorgeous, […]

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Jess Wayne: Ride the River

By Jon Mason  Jess Wayne has certainly cut his own creative path. Only he hears this particular drumbeat. His new record Ride the River reflects his unique and earnest quest. His music feels vintage but enjoyably so. Definitely not dated. There’s a ‘70s honky tonk/lounge vibe running throughout the album. Wayne has a talent for […]

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Well, Hello, Mimi LaRue

By Lisa Waugh I don’t know if Mimi LaRue is ready to break into the music business or my house but I like what she’s doing. Comedy + country + rap + pop culture shaming = this girl. Hey, it worked for Rachel Bloom. LaRue’s series of music videos and tracks reveal just how deadly serious […]

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Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders’ Go By Myself

Billy Roberts is trying real hard to be a good shepherd. He and the Rough Riders channel their growing frustration and anger in their latest unapologetic record Go By Myself. Described as “dark Australian country rock,” Roberts’s writing in blunt and to the point. He is not one to take the easy path, and his […]

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Ben Lorentzen, America in Three Acts

By Antiem Boyd Ben Lorentzen is after you having an experience with his latest record America. The self-labeled ”Acoustic Pop Noir” artist is highly skilled at telling stories. Every track on his latest record America is its own little movie, complete with three acts for each song, all gorgeously rendered. The first tendency is to […]

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Kimia Penton’s Lessons from Life and Love

By R.B. Sloane Violinist and music maker Kimia Penton has put together a smart record with Lessons from Life and Love. The record is a natural mix of life and love songs via the Middle East, London, and Dallas. All those places have influenced Penton to create a universally appealing and rich experience. The blend […]

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Jared Deck Unleashes “17 Miles”

Jared Deck: “17 Miles” By Stephen Chow June 9, 2015 If you’re looking to get your Bruce Springsteen or Mellencamp on, Jared Deck has got you. His new single “17 Miles” gets the blood pumping, the engines revving, and the wind machine…uh, winding just in time for a red hot American summer. Raucous, old school […]

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