Fine Tunes Archive

Terra Lightfoot, from Ontario, Canada, hits my ear as a cross between Melissa Etheridge and Heart. While I am not a huge fan of either of those acts, in this case, two wrongs do make a right.

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Bonnie Bishop has evolved from a self-described country singer trying to sell beer at Texas dance halls, to a bluesy soul singer more in line with who she is as a musician.

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Hollis Brown is a new band from NYC with an old sound. Any band naming itself after a Bob Dylan song and covering an entire Velvet Underground album is worth checking out.

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Slobberbone’s hard-driving rock sound softened with a whiff of country twang is just what I needed to re-acclimate to the U.S. after seven months in South America.

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My latest musical obsession is Lucero, a band from Memphis that has been around since the early 2000s but that I discovered only recently.

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Shovels and Rope mix lots of different musical elements all dear to classic rock fans. There’s folk, bluegrass, rock, garage, country, and a hint of punk, all tied together with pitch-perfect harmonies.

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“Blue Eyes” is the first tune that ever hooked me from the lead-in count of “one, two, three, four. . .,” which is followed by a twangy, country-fried opening riff that sets the tone for the mellow Neil Young groove reverberating throughout the track.

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The Stone Foxes, originally from California’s Central Valley and now hailing from San Francisco, have a polished grittiness that features great structure and arrangements while also displaying the rawness that epitomizes rock.

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