All Twangs Considered: Andrew Pope
Apr29

All Twangs Considered: Andrew Pope

Andrew Pope, an Alabama country boy, brings southern charm, and a soulful voice to his first release.  We spoke about his album, Stoned On The One, due out May 5th, featuring appearances by The Bellamy Brothers, Robby Turner, Mickey Raphael, and Joe Spivey. Andrew reminds me of the country I was raised on… somewhat Kenny Rogers, with a dash of Merle, Hank Jr, Waylon, and a pinch of something all his own. He’s been...

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All Twangs Considered- Sing Me Back Home: A Tribute to Merle Haggard
Apr23

All Twangs Considered- Sing Me Back Home: A Tribute to Merle Haggard

  I was blessed to be able to attend the sold out Sing Me Back Home: A Tribute to Merle Haggard a couple weeks ago. Featuring rock and country artists’ renditions of songs made famous, and mostly written by Merle. The event was emceed by W. Earl Brown (Deadwood). The performances were recorded, likely to be released in a special. Set List Ben Haggard and The Strangers – “What Am I Gonna Do (with the rest of my...

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Cody Jink Isn’t The Devil
Aug09

Cody Jink Isn’t The Devil

Life and love don’t always work out the way we expect them to, and yet, we push on. Cody Jinks’ new album, I’m Not The Devil reflects on that. Due out on August 12th, the album has already begun arriving in the mailboxes of some of you lucky people. The maturity that sometimes comes with living is evident in this lyrically meaningful, vocally powerful release. Religious ideals of right and wrong push to the surface of...

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Single Review: Brandy Clark – Girl Next Door
Jan27

Single Review: Brandy Clark – Girl Next Door

Brandy Clark’s “Girl Next Door,” is the anthem for all of us who are anything but that. Her newest single, off her upcoming Warner Records album Big Day in a Small Town, expected out this spring, is a strong follow-up to her Grammy-nominated debut album 12 Stories. Still every bit of the feisty country girl that won us over on the first album, but with a vibe that should convince country radio stations to spin it. Out of the...

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Concert Review: Chris Stapleton in San Francisco
Nov19

Concert Review: Chris Stapleton in San Francisco

The line started to form in the late afternoon on Sunday, November 15. By the time the doors opened, the cold, damp San Francisco air cut through the string of people circling the block. Security measures were increased because of recent events. Slowly, the historic Fillmore Auditorium filled to capacity. The Walcott’s opened the show. They are a high energy rock/country/blues band with local roots, now based in Los Angeles. Oft...

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