Cult-favorite singer-songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey had a rocky outing on June 17 at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston.
NRBQ’s self-described “omni-pop” was a mix of classic rock-pop, country, rockabilly, Monk-inspired jazz and the kitchen sink. If they liked it, it was in the musical stew and they threw in some goofy humor for good measure.
Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap put together a very good debut with 2012’s Palisade. His self-titled sophomore effort, released earlier this year, is even better.
The good news is that This is the Town, A Tribute to Nilsson Vol. 1, is a charming collection of some of Harry Nilsson’s most memorable songs, largely faithful, but not too faithful.
When a musician’s previous album is excellent, it makes it that much more frustrating when the follow-up doesn’t measure up. Such is the case with Levi Lowrey’s self-titled recent disc.
It’s been too long since Sex and Gasoline, Crowell’s outstanding and largely overlooked 2008 solo album. Tarpaper Sky is a welcome addition to his rich body of work.
Austin-based singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson brought a light touch to sometimes dark material in her March 26 performance at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
Ernest Troost’s “O Love,” not surprisingly, is billed as an album of love songs, and each of its 13 tracks does in fact concern some aspect of love – some more conventionally than others.
The 74-year-old Don Williams is back with Reflections, a new album on Sugar Hill. What you’ll hear is exactly what you would expect: warm, relaxed vocals, simple and inviting production from Garth Fundis and classic songs from truly great songwriters.
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From the back cover depicting Irene Kelley’s coal-mining grandfather to “You Are Mine,” the closing track written and performed with her daughters, Pennsylvania Coal is fueled by family.
Hard Working Americans is fronted by singer-songwriter Todd Snider, sounding grittier and more subdued than he used to. His colleagues include guitarist Neal Casal of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Ryan Adams’ Cardinals, bassist (and co-producer) Dave Schools from the Dave Matthews Band, keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi and drummer Duane Trucks from Col. Bruce Hampton’s School of Music.
featuring some beautiful cello by engineer and co-producer David Henry.
Will Kimbrough is an excellent player, singer and producer, and his talents are on full display on “Sideshow Love.”