Disturbed – Immortalized

You know how you tell yourself that you’re going to try new restaurants but you always end up at the same Mexican place?  You don’t go there because they have world-renowned fajitas; you go there because it’s convenient and you know exactly what you’re going to get. That is how I feel about Disturbed.   …

Ashley Monroe – Live At Third Man Records

You will hear two opinions about modern country music: people love it or people hate it and wish that country sounded like it used to.  No matter who you talk to, those are the only opinions you will hear.  It might take you a minute of conversation, but you will find that even heaviest of…

Ryan Adams – 1989

You know that person you hate, but you don’t know why?  If you got to know them you would probably find out that they are a nice person, but you can’t bring yourself to do that because you just can’t stand looking at their face……. That is how I feel about Taylor Swift.  I have…

Useless ID – The Lost Broken Bones

You know how sometimes something will catch your eye and you can’t stop thinking about it?  That’s how I was with this album.  I noticed it as I was flipping through vinyl at my local record store and I moved right past it. As I continued searching the racks of the store I just couldn’t…

Chet Atkins picks on the Beatles

This is an album that I picked up on a whim. I know who Chet Atkins is, I know who The Beatles are, and there’s an extra $10 of plasma money on my card.  No brainer. I don’t know what I expected, but the sound coming out of my speakers definitely wasn’t it. I was…

Shovels & Rope – Busted Jukebox Volume 1

Full disclosure: Shovels & Rope is one of my favorite bands of all time.  Their sound is hard to describe, but I’m going to try……. They’re bluesy Americana indie country rock.  Does that make sense?    This is an album of collaborations where Shovels & Rope and guests put a different spin on some of…

Jason Isbell – Sirens of the Ditch 

I own Jason Isbell’s latest albums and I’ve seen him live, so I knew what to expect when buying this album.  In fact, a couple of these songs are still in his live set. If I had to categorize this LP I’d say that Sirens of the Ditch is a country album.  But, it’s not that simple….

Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels

I’ve heard this album 100 times or more because it came out almost 4 years ago, but when I saw it at my local record store (Comeback Vinyl) I had to own it.    It’s real country music.  Storytelling, heart wrenching, take-no-shit-off-of-nobody music.    And, it doesn’t hurt that I have a serious love affair…