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{Review} Rich O’Toole – American Kid

otooleRich O’Toole has had one of the most interesting careers in the history of this music scene.  His debut record flung him atop the charts and ahead of people that had been chasing the dream longer.  It wasn’t unique, but it was catchy. … Read the rest

{Review} K Phillips – Dirty Wonder

kphillipsFive years ago, in this space, I reviewed K Phillips debut album.  That record was a tour de force featuring bluesy booze soaked vocals over melodies that combined Leon Russell, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones.  Phillips rose from unknown to scene A-lister.  … Read the rest

{Review} Paul Cauthen – My Gospel

1Oftentimes in the scene of music we cover here and in the macro Americana scene, the songwriter portion of singer/songwriter can often overshadow the former.  Chalk that up to the influence of Dylan, Clark, Waits and Van Zandt.  When an artist is able to combine a strong songwriting prowess with powerful vocals, then you’re on to something.  … Read the rest

{Review} Randy Rogers Band – Nothing Shines Like Neon

randy-rogers-band-nothing-shines-like-neonThe 7th studio effort, Nothing Shines Like Neon, from Texas top-dogs Randy Rogers Band again deftly displays why they are still the most relevant band in the Texas/Red Dirt scene.  Unlike many bands, RRB has been able to develop and retain a signature sound while always sounding contemporary.  … Read the rest

{Review} Erick Willis – Flood Gate

willisErick Willis is a young artist with a voice that’s seen some things.  It’s smooth and wise like a whiskey barrel from east Tennessee.  Willis has been on a steady climb into larger notice on the strength of this voice.  His previous studio efforts were decent for a young kid, but much like Josh Weathers always had issue with, they failed to match the awe inspiring nature of the live show.  … Read the rest