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{Review} RR, WB, WCG and Monster Records

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“Well, it’s not really a monster track Mike.”

Jerry Jeff Walker spoke those tongue-in-cheek words over 40 years ago as the tapes rolled on his recording “Gettin’ By”.  It was a knowing wink that while the song was simple and somewhat off the cuff, Jerry Jeff knew he was on the brink of a movement.  … Read the rest

{Review} Cody Canada & The Departed – HippieLovePunk

big_1418927923hippielovepunkfinalv260Cody Canada’s new album recently debuted all over the charts.  No 1 Amazon MP# Albums; No. 9 Billboard Country Albums; Top 5 ITunes Country and Top 40 iTunes overall.    I know it has been widely promoted and his team did a great job, but I think much of the initial success of the album was due to the influence that he and his music have had on the Red Dirt/Texas music scene. … Read the rest

{Review} I Used To Not Care About Ryan Bingham

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Alright, I’ve got a confession to make. Two, actually. Number one: This is probably the very first Ryan Bingham album that I’ve ever sat with, considered, and listened to front-to-back. Two: I’m at least eight Lone Star Lights into the evening, so I’m not sure if this will sound like a rant, a confession, a washing machine, or some kind of combination of the three.… Read the rest

{Review} Haley Cole’s Illusions

cover170x170I’ll be honest – I’m late to jump on the Haley Cole train…but I’m here now, and I’ll be riding till the end. Her latest release, Illusions, is seven songs of soulful melodies and raw, emotional lyrics, containing songs about love, letting go, and finding her purpose.… Read the rest

{Review} Welcome to the Big World, Adam Hood

big_1412275711welcometothebigworld260Adam Hood continues the onslaught of outstanding releases here in the last couple months of 2014 (Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue).  His latest, Welcome to the Big World, continues his streak of releasing fully-realized songs and albums that mix elements of country, blues, soul and rock better than any other contemporary artist.  … Read the rest