Willie Nelson and Leon Russell – One For The Road

How many artists do you know that you’re “supposed to know,” but you don’t really know them at all?  Did that question make any sense?   My knowledge of Leon Russell is very limited: I know that he is greatly respected in the music world; I know he has worked with some of the greatest…

JP Harris – Why Don’t We Duet In The Road 

If a pretty girl tells me to do something, I will probably do it.  Nikki Lane tweeted about this four song collection a while back and said, and I am paraphrasing, that people who like good music should preorder it.  So, I did.   I like Nikki Lane (who is a bad ass) and I…

Neal Hefti – Hefti In Gotham City

When you go out for new records do you like to take advice and suggestions from the shop owners?  I can see where some people like to be left alone, but you really should talk to these guys because they live the music every single day of their lives.   I was at a big…

Run The Jewels 3

Have you ever had an epiphany?  I have never had one about anything important, but an epiphany just hit me as I was listening to this record. I have been listening to Run The Jewels 3 for a few weeks digitally, but it wasn’t until I dropped the needle on the vinyl that I realized the…

The Raconteurs- Live At Irving Plaza NYC

When your friends and family find out that you are really into music someone will undoubtedly ask “but who is your favorite favorite?”  I hate questions like that because I have trouble deciding.  But, over the years, I have formulated a standard answer for these situations:  I think that everything Jack White touches is gold…..except for…

Cody Jinks – I’m Not The Devil

Do you want to move?  Is there an area of the country that you’d rather be in?   I feel like I would enjoy Texas because I thoroughly enjoy the music that comes out of The Lone Star State, but the smart half of my brain tells me that I would probably hate it.  I…

Mötley Crüe – Shout at the Devil

What albums or artists were you forbidden from listening to as a kid?  There were a few things that I was discouraged from listening to and Mötley Crüe was definitely on my parent’s list of “you don’t need to listen to that.”   Shout at the Devil came out before I was three years old, but…

Southern Family

Imagine for a moment that you can recruit any number of artists to join forces and record an album for you; who would you pick?  What kind of album would it be?  At this point in my life I would probably choose to make a real country album.   Damn it if daydreams don’t come…

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Do you like songs or albums?  I am guessing that if you are reading this blog that you are like me and really enjoy albums as a whole.  There is something satisfying about sitting and listening to an entire piece of work from an artist; The Stage begs to be listened to as one cohesive work of…

A Little Something More From Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

How many bands do you hear one song from and think “Yep.  I am going to love everything they do”? Not many artists can have that affect on people listening for the first time, but I felt that way about Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats the very first time I heard S.O.B. After hearing…

Willie and the Poor Boys

How often do you see a record that baffles and intrigues you?  That is exactly how I felt when I saw this album. Seriously, look at this hype sticker I am only a casual fan of the Stones and the members that make up the band, so I was completely unaware that this record existed….

Whitey Morgan and the 78s – Born, Raised, & Live From Flint 

In the immortal words of Cherlene, “OUTLAW COUNTRY!!! WOOO!!!!” (If you don’t understand the reference, please go watch Archer on Netflix) Recently I have had an incredible soft spot for anything that sounds like real, honest country music; I find myself being unconsciously drawn to these records.  The positive thing is that I am discovering a…