Josh Grider and Drew Kennedy: Live at Main Street Crossing

There are few artists I know as well as Josh Grider and Drew Kennedy. I’ve been lucky enough to have been a fan since their earliest moments as performers in our state. I’ve seen each of them play dozens of times in all manner of settings from backyards to listening rooms to living rooms to bars to festivals and any other scenario you can imagine. As early as 2004, when Randy Rogers Band, Stoney LaRue, Wade Bowen and Bleu Edmondson went on a tour called ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off, Josh and Drew joked about doing a tour called ‘Til

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Ian Noe – Between the Country

Cut from the sonic cloth of Tom Waits, John Prine, Colter Wall and Bob Dylan, Ian Noe adds some Appalachian flavor to his music to make it authentic, genuine and vital. Over the past few years, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers have both emerged from the same viewpoint, but neither of them ever quite captured the desolate emotions of greater Kentucky in such a somber way. Simpson had a winking mysticism, Childers’ music is permeated with adrenaline and Noe is straightforward and plainspoken about what he’s seen and the realities are delivered in a stark, sparse manner. Dave Cobb is

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Sean McConnell – Secondhand Smoke

Sean McConnell is an anomaly for our music scene.  A Massachusetts bred folk singer with soul overtones that connected to Texas via writing appointments with Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers.  The Hold My Beer connections fostered some tremendous songs (“In My Arms Instead”, “If We Ever Make It Home” among many others) and it also created a need and desire to tour Texas. Opening shows for Rogers and Bowen proved a fertile investment for McConnell as each night his audience grew through his own show and the multiple shoutouts of “I wrote this one with my buddy Sean McConnell…y’all need

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Kevin Galloway – The Change

When you possess one of the greatest, most unique and powerful voices in music it can be difficult to find your own sound and style.  Thankfully, Kevin Galloway discovered what his true style during his Uncle Lucius days.  With his debut solo record, The Change, Galloway has refined that sound, tamped down the jam-bandy aspects, honed in on the country, turned up the soul and cranked out a gem of an album that is one of the year’s best (at this juncture, the best) and a testament to the self-described Gulf Country Soul sound he was seeking. Galloway’s powerful vocals

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Amanda Shires – To the Sunset

Fearless. That’s the first word that comes to mind upon listening to Amanda Shire’s fantastic new record To the Sunset.  It’s a word that returns to your consciousness throughout this masterful collection of songs. Unbound from genre, burdened with expectation, fulfilled with artistry.  Shires’ evokes firebrands of all types throughout the ten tracks.  Echoes of Robyn Ludwick, Holly Williams, Robert Ellis, Father John Misty and Sean McConnell coalesce into something supremely Shires’ own.  Dave Cobb continues his gold-touch production streak of distilling what the artist is trying to say by pushing just the right buttons and never the wrong ones. 

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