Category: Reviews

Fastball: Step Into Light (Fastball Partners)

Fastball Step Into Light (Fastball Partners) The backlash against Austin-based pop rock trio Fastball came pretty fast, even by modern pop culture standards. Their sophomore effort, 1998’s ‘All the Pain Money Can’t Buy,’ spun off three really big hits: “The…

BoDeans: Thirteen (Free & Alive)

BoDeans Thirteen (Free & Alive) It’s been nearly 35 years since Wisconsin roots-rockers the BoDeans first got together and they continue to churn out new music. But if the last few records are any indication, they may have run out…

Amber Sweeney: Believing In Love (Self-Released)

Amber Sweeney Believing In Love (Self-Released) For her fourth release, Amber Sweeney teamed up with producer Geoff Ott and took full advantage of his vaunted London Bridge Studios to bring a high level of sophisticated production to a stellar seven-song…

Jeff Hobbs: Upward (Self-Released)

Jeff Hobbs Upward (Self-Released) It’s cool to be an “outlaw” again, at least in country music. And no, we’re not talking about those guys who give a middle finger to the law or do jail time just to get firsthand…

The Cranberries: Something Else (BMG)

The Cranberries Something Else (BMG) You couldn’t turn on a radio or a video channel on your television in the early 1990s without hearing The Cranberries. Their first three albums — ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So, Why Can’t We?’…

Rusty Bryant: Fire Eater (Concord)

Rusty Bryant Fire Eater (Concord) Born Royal G. Bryant on November 25, 1929 in Huntington, West Virginia, Rusty Bryan cut his teeth on jazz music as a child in Columbus, Ohio. Earning his stripes backing Tiny Grimes and Stomp Gordon,…

Charles Kynard: Afro-Disiac (Concord)

Charles Kynard Afro-Disiac (Concord) Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1933, Charles Kynard was a jazz player who mixed in acid jazz and soul to his organ playing. His success was limited as he fronted a jazz ensemble in Kansas…

Shannon McNally: Black Irish (Compass)

Shannon McNally Black Irish (Compass) Shannon McNally has a been gifted with a voice that has an ethereal hypnotic affect featuring a mix of southern drawl and Celtic lilt delivered as a velvety alto that ensnares the soul of the…

Ashland: Wildfire (Self-Released)

Ashland Wildfire (Self-Released) If you scroll through the ads for broken furniture, stained mattresses, and cleverly placed posts about sexual fetishes, you can find a few good things on Craigslist. I mean, have you ever wondered how many bands were…

The Band Of Heathens: Duende (BOH)

The Band Of Heathens Duende (BOH) It’s been four years since their last record and a slew of lineup changes since their founding, but thankfully little has changed for Austin-based five piece The Band Of Heathens. They still cling tightly…