Outside the Lines: JJ Grey & Mofro

By: Dallas Terry Current Location: Florida Most Recent Release: This River (2013) – Alligator Records For Fans of: Uncle Lucius, Paul Thorn, Josh Weathers   For those of you who have been following the “Outside the Lines” column this summer, you may have noticed a common thread in my musical taste: soul. I can truthfully claim that there is not a band on the road today that has more soul than JJ Grey and his band Mofro. That’s right, I said it. Although there has been some recent popularity for soul-based musicians in the Texas/Red-Dirt/Americana community such as Uncle Lucius

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Outside the Lines: Sam Doores+Riley Downing and the Tumbleweeds

by:  Dallas Terry Current Location: New Orleans, LA Most Recent Release: Holy Cross Blues (2012) For Fans of: John Fullbright, Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Bingham Calling from a gas station somewhere out on the road, Sam Doores was gracious enough to answer a few questions about his band: Sam Doores + Riley Downing and The Tumbleweeds. They have opened for such prominent Americana acts as Alabama Shakes and The Lumineers. Doores just recently finished a tour opening for Grammy nominated Americana/folk artist John Fullbright. Fullbright, who won a Lone Star Music Award earlier this year for “Emerging Artist of the

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Outside the Lines: Sturgill Simpson

Our man Dallas Terry tackles the most buzzworthy country artist this year.  Brad reviewed his breakthrough album HERE.  Catch him on The Drop HERE. Current Location: Tennessee Most Recent Release: High Top Mountain For Fans of: Jason Eady,  Jason Boland & The Stragglers, 1100 Springs, Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, Shooter Jennings On Tuesday morning I opened up iTunes on my laptop, hoping to buy one of the greatest country albums of the year, High Top Mountain by Sturgill Simpson. I clicked the “Music” tab, scrolled down to “Country,” and brought up the iTunes homepage for what they are calling

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Outside the Lines: HoneyHoney

by: Dallas Terry   Current Location: California Most Recent Release: Billy Jack (2011) – Lost Highway Records For Fans of: Shovels & Rope, Holly Williams, Ryan Bingham The Drop:  “Glad I’ve Done What I Did”   Although Americana duo Shovels & Rope has seen a great amount of recent success, many music critics and various Americana aficionados have somehow failed to recognize the equally talented and similarly grouped duo, Honeyhoney. So why hasn’t Honeyhoney garnered as much fame and critical success? Honeyhoney is just as talented, witty, unique, and powerful as their former mentioned contemporaries. Although both Honeyhoney and Shovels

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Outside the Lines: Cris Jacobs Band

by: Dallas Terry Current Location: Baltimore, Maryland Most Recent Release: Songs For Cats and Dogs (2012) For Fans of: Uncle Lucius, Gary Clark Jr, Lincoln Durham If I had to make a list of current underappreciated musicians, Cris Jacobs would probably be number one on the list. Unfortunately, when I say “underappreciated,” I don’t just mean in Texas. Jacobs’ newly formed band released their first studio album exactly one year ago; an album that got little-to-no coverage whatsoever (Jacobs barely exceeds 1,000 followers on Facebook). Why do I bring that up? Well, listen to the album and you’ll see. The

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