Cris Jacobs: A Rare Q&A

Cris Jacobs is a busy man. With two different albums currently in the works, as well as an upcoming tour opening for the legendary Steve Winwood, Jacobs certainly has his hands full. Lucky enough for us, Jacobs kindly took time out of his busy schedule to provide some detailed and insightful responses to our many questions. Jacobs, whose first solo album Songs For Cats And Dogs was released just two years ago, spent a decade leading the talented and underappreciated rock ‘n’ roll band The Bridge. Jacobs is a musician’s musician who has collaborated with several critically acclaimed artists, including

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Howlin’ Brothers: Q & A and Concert Review

Even as a music blogger, believe it or not, I am not a very huge fan of technology. I still have a flip phone, I don’t own a Nook or Kindle, and I, obviously, listen to vinyl. You will not hear/see me defending technology very often, so what I’m about to do is a rare occurrence: I’d like to partially thank Twitter for the experience I’m about to describe. Why would I do such a thing? Because about four hours before the show started, I read a tweet from the Howlin’ Brothers that stated that the Howlin Brothers would be

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Robert Ellis – The Lights From the Chemical Plant

Do you remember when you were young and every new album you heard blew your mind? You were probably somewhere between the ages 13-18, and you started to “discover” music that you had never heard before. Each great new album/artist that you discovered changed your idea of what music could be. Over time, these albums/artists helped you form your musical ideologies and mold you into the music fan that you are today. It doesn’t take much thought to figure out why that “mind-blowing” feeling doesn’t happen as much as one gets older. One’s overall knowledge of music becomes vaster, and

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Jason Eady and Courtney Patton: Q & A and Concert Review

Only one day after witnessing another honky tonk “Jason,” (Boland) in Saint Louis, I traveled three hours down Interstate 44 to see Jason Eady rock the house at Cartoon’s in Springfield, MO. Eady’s fiancé, Courtney Patton, opened the show. Backed by Eady’s standup bass and pedal steel players, Patton delivered a set full of quiet, deep, and beautiful country songs. Patton gently strummed her acoustic guitar while her soulful vocals filled the room with the high and lonesome country sound that has become all too rare in the new millennium. Reminiscent of one of my favorite current artists, Holly Williams,

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Dallas in the Midwest: Jason Boland & The Stragglers with Thieving Birds

A near sold out crowd greeted Jason Boland & The Stragglers and openers Thieving Birds on an icy Friday night in Saint Louis. The house was packed, the beer line was long, and the cowboy hats were at a record high for downtown STL. Touring off of their relatively newly released album Gold Coast, Thieving Birds opened the show with their pure brand of Southern rock ‘n’ roll. With only four members, they create a big sound that’s quite reminiscent of Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that Thieving Birds paid homage to with an especially soulful version of “Green River.”

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