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Category Archive for 'Roots Rock'

“Foley’s nasal yet emotive voice and Karp’s raspier edge would seem to be unlikely companions but the contrasts work and even balance each other out. It helps makes this a logical, perhaps less ambitious but ultimately more organic follow-up to their revealing debut and indicates that for these two, in life and music, perhaps the [...]

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“Now that the band has signed to Chicago’s scrappy roots music label Bloodshot, Dig Thy Savage Soul is solid proof that not all musicians mellow with age. If anything, this is the wildest, rawest, most frenetic record in their catalog….Dig Thy Savage Soul is everything a Barrence Whitfield & the Savages fan could hope for [...]

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“Made Up Mind is tight; it maintains the gritty, steamy, Southern heart displayed on Revelator, but the growth in songwriting, arrangement, and production is immeasurable. Everything these players have assimilated throughout their individual careers is filtered through a group consciousness. When it expresses itself musically, historical and cultural lineages are questioned and answered incessantly in [...]

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“Savvy guy that he is, Fogerty doesn’t place all of his chips on one bet: he mixes up rock and country, old and new, dabbling just a bit in R&B and alternative folk, but preferring to stick to a tastefully weathered roots rock that suits him well.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Jennings truly came into his own on Family Man, but on The Other Life, he pushes the boundaries further, offering some of the finest songs he’s written to date. He fully realizes here what he’s been attempting all along. Box these sounds whichever way you want to, but they are all Shooter Jennings, and as [...]

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“As a storyteller, Isbell’s tales of dashed hopes and Southern pride are powerful, realistic, and keenly intelligent, and he and the band bring them to life with just the right touch. …If you haven’t seen Isbell and the 400 Unit on-stage, Live from Alabama will likely convince you to show up the next time they [...]

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John Hiatt: Mystic Pinball

“Hiatt is having a great run as a songwriter — on this disc, the shaggy dog stories are funny, the blues numbers are full of righteous swagger, and he can sing about love like a guy who is still learning a few things at the age of 60 (and his voice is in fine shape, [...]

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“In an era when bluster and overkill are the order of the day in both country and blues, Queen of the Minor Key is a reminder that this music at its best speaks to the wayward impulses of the human heart, and Eilen Jewell embodies that quiet, insistent voice as well as anyone making music [...]

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“Here We Rest may not be beer-drinking music, at least not in the same way the Drive-By Truckers albums are beer-drinking music, but it’s as sharply literate as some of Patterson Hood’s best work — and listeners who focus on Isbell’s lyrics may find themselves weeping into their whiskeys as early as the second track.”–All [...]

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BoDeans: Indigo Dreams

“As ever, BoDeans are a cooperative between Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas, two differing but complementary musical personalities. All the songs are co-credited to the two, but like such songwriting teams as Lennon/McCartney and Difford/Tillbrook, they seem to write songs separately, or almost so, with two distinct personalities emerging.” –All Music Guide   Check Our [...]

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Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust

Check Our Catalog “On Tin Can Trust, some folks are trying to repair broken love affairs, others are hoping to outrun hatred and bad luck, and a few are struggling to sort out just where their culture and their history have left them. The musicians in Los Lobos are too smart to think they have [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The Great American Bubble Factory rocks hard, moving with a combination of swagger and populist anger as working folks struggle to stay afloat in a land where jobs are short, credit card debt threatens to swallow everything in sight, and nearly everything that used to be made in America has “Made in [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Even though this 2009 release incorporates jazz elements on occasion (as well as elements of blues, soul, and country), Some Assembly Required is a roots rock/Americana effort first and foremost…This is a well-crafted, nicely executed disc that never fails to be enjoyable.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Electric Dirt sounds fresh, emphatic, and as effective as anything Levon has cut since the mid-’70s, and one can only hope he has a few more discs in him just this good.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Poseidon and the Bitter Bug is not only solid all the way through, it feels fresh, clean, new, and chock-full of beauty.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Released in the summer of 1968 — a year after the summer of love, but still in the thick of the Age of Aquarius – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s self-titled debut album was gloriously out-of-step with the times, teeming with John Fogerty’s Americana fascinations.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Her fourth solo album released in August 2008 is Didn’t It Feel Kinder. Amy Elizabeth Ray is a singer-songwriter and member of the well-known contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls.”—Amazon.com

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Check Our Catalog “A strong if characteristic collection of rugged country folk-rock. It all sounds great; full when it needs to be but sparse enough to shake off any concerns previous fans of Carll’s indie releases might have about a major-label sellout.”—All Music Guide

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