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.
This Playlist consists of songs I have intended to write about for a while but for whatever reason have yet to make it out of my notebook and onto the blog. So I thought I would package them up into a nice little playlist and discharge my curatorial duties in one fell swoop!
This Old, New, Borrowed and Blue set features Patto, Deer Tick, Dave Matthews Band (with Warren Haynes), and Elise Davis.
The Memorial Playlist compiles songs by some of the rock musicians who passed away during the year. Sadly, this year’s playlist is a Who’s Who of rock legends, from Chuck Berry to Gregg Allman to Tom Petty to Chris Cornell.
Calling all Black Crowes fans! Run, don’t walk, to your phone, laptop, record store — however you roll — and check out The Magpie Salute’s debut record.
This essay was originally published by The New York Times.
At a country music concert, my 11-year-old son taught me a lesson about refraining from snap judgments.
The Suitcase Junket is a one-man band from Amherst, Mass., starring Matt Lorenz. The Junket is equal parts folk, blues, bluegrass, and when Lorenz kicks up the distortion, punk.
This essay was originally published by The Washington Post.
If I could offer one piece of unsolicited advice to new parents, it would be to think through your bedtime song selections with an eye to when that partially formed newborn cooing in your arms weighs 100 pounds and can beat you at chess.
A.A. Bondy’s music is spare, dark and penetrating. Much of it features just Bondy on acoustic guitar singing of sadness and loss.