Ron Gallo – Peacemeal

Ron Gallo started off dismissing it all (2017’s Heavy Meta), then he began to question it all (2018’s Stardust Birthday Party), now he seems to understand that the more you know the less you understand, and from there it’s about how content you are with such a bombshell. This year’s Peacemeal is Ron Gallo beginning… Continue reading Ron Gallo – Peacemeal

Larkin Poe Convene with Kindred Spirits

Larkin Poe have sprinkled a few renditions of old blues songs into their tracklistings from time to time, but their forthcoming album Kindred Spirits finds them filling an entire album with cover versions, largely selected from the classic rock display case in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The project stems from the Georgia… Continue reading Larkin Poe Convene with Kindred Spirits

These Are the Times for Molly Parden

Since moving to Nashville in 2013, Jonesboro, Georgia native Molly Parden has gradually established herself as a rising force with which to be reckoned. As a guitarist, bassist and singer, she’s done time in the backing bands of Austin’s David Ramirez, Southern California’s Sam Outlaw and Atlanta’s Faye Webster, and she’s contributed harmony vocals to… Continue reading These Are the Times for Molly Parden

Lera Lynn Does It Herself for Next LP

Onetime Georgian Lera Lynn has announced an Oct. 23 release date for her latest album, On My Own. As the title not-so-subtly suggests, Ms. Lynn – who’s currently counting down to the birth of her first child – wrote, recorded, performed and produced everything on it, a complete 180 from the Nashvillian’s 2018 duets project,… Continue reading Lera Lynn Does It Herself for Next LP

Liza Anne – Bad Vacation

St. Simons, Georgia singer, songwriter and occasional dance instructor Liza Anne can sometimes come across a little like Aimee Mann’s quirky niece – direct, sardonic, perceptive, probably prone to dysphoria and over-analyzation. Unlike Aimee, however, Liza Anne’s pointed finger is more likely to be directed inwardly rather than toward the latest perceived offender in her… Continue reading Liza Anne – Bad Vacation

The Swear Get Their Jackets Straight

Since hopping aboard the ever-popular one-way wagon train from Atlanta to Nashville a number of years ago, Elizabeth Elkins (pictured) has (among other endeavors) busied herself with songwriting, performing with her Americana duo Granville Automatic, and co-writing (with Brian Allison and her Granville Automatic partner Vanessa Olivarez) the illuminating book Hidden History of Music Row,… Continue reading The Swear Get Their Jackets Straight

All Them Witches Get Idealistic

Nashville psych-rock band All Them Witches return to action on Sept. 4 with a new 8-song platter titled Nothing as the Ideal, via longtime label New West. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, it’s their first album since shrinking to a trio following the departure of keyboardist Jonathan Draper, who very briefly replaced original keyboardist Allan… Continue reading All Them Witches Get Idealistic

Lady Antebellum Kneels in Submission, Gets Shat Upon

Country-pop trio Lady Antebellum are unintentionally providing a teachable moment to the rest of us as to why giving in to the politically correct outrage mob is never a good idea. Literally none of their fans found their name offensive, but that didn’t stop them from jumping on the current public apology bandwagon, announcing on… Continue reading Lady Antebellum Kneels in Submission, Gets Shat Upon

Larkin Poe Bring New Album, Livestreaming Series

Rescheduled from May 1, roots-rock duo Larkin Poe have now set a Friday, June 12 release date for their new album, Self Made Man, via their own Tricki-Woo Records imprint. Self-produced with engineer Roger Alan Nichols at his Bell Tone Recording studio in Nashville, the album “is, in a lot of ways, the first lyrically… Continue reading Larkin Poe Bring New Album, Livestreaming Series

CeeLo, Dan Auerbach Team Up for Soulful New Album

In its germinating stages, CeeLo Green’s forthcoming album wasn’t originally planned as an album. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys – clearly on an ongoing campaign to wrestle the title of All-Purpose Cross-Genre Can-Do-No-Wrong Impresario of Nashville away from Jack White or Dave Cobb, depending on which one’s wearing the crown at the present moment… Continue reading CeeLo, Dan Auerbach Team Up for Soulful New Album

Sadler Vaden

Hodge, Podge, Strained Through a Leslie: Sadler Vaden is Getting Out There Guitarist Sadler Vaden has been a member of Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit since 2013. He’s part of the Grammy-winning team that made 2015’s Something More Than Free and the band’s 2017 album The Nashville Sound, both of which earned Best Americana Album awards… Continue reading Sadler Vaden

Jason Isbell Reunites with Ghosts of His Past

Out May 15 via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers, Reunions is Jason Isbell’s seventh full-length studio album and fourth with his band the 400 Unit: Derry deBorgia (keys), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (percussion), Sadler Vaden (guitars) and Amanda Shires (fiddle). Produced in Nashville by the superhuman Dave Cobb, it assembles 10 new original songs by Isbell,… Continue reading Jason Isbell Reunites with Ghosts of His Past

Open Your Eyes, Ears to Kristen Englenz

Nashville-via-Atlanta singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz’s new album Ingénue features more than just the sorts of rich story-songs that’ve wowed listeners over the years around East Nashville and at Eddie’s Attic, where she’ll perform an album release show on March 6. There are plenty of songs fitting that description, including “Rebound” and “Got Me with Goodbye,” but… Continue reading Open Your Eyes, Ears to Kristen Englenz

Mary Bragg Goes Drivin’ N Cryin’

Georgia native Mary Bragg has enlisted her home state’s resilient rock ‘n’ roll lifers Drivin’ N Cryin’ to back her up for a song on her forthcoming EP. Keeping the connection going, it’s a cover of a tune by Aaron Lee Tasjan, a former guitarist for Drivin’ N Cryin who also produced the band’s latest… Continue reading Mary Bragg Goes Drivin’ N Cryin’

Lilly Hiatt Proves Her Point

New West Records recently announced the March 27 release of Lilly Hiatt’s Walking Proof, the follow-up to her critically successful 2017 album Trinity Lane. A music video for brand-new track “Brightest Star” accompanied the album announcement. It allows both sides of Hiatt – the Rickenbacker-slinging jangle rocker and the astute, country-influenced songwriter – to shine on a… Continue reading Lilly Hiatt Proves Her Point

Country Westerns

Fresh Spaces, Familiar Faces: Country Westerns Saddle Up in East Nashville Familiar faces abound for Atlanta folks visiting Nashville. Drop by Joey Plunket’s spot for light bites and hard liquor, Duke’s, and you’ll not just see the former Gentleman Jesse and The Weight member but also longtime Black Lips tour manager Matt Williams – if… Continue reading Country Westerns

Soccer Mommy Goes Chromatic

The second album from Soccer Mommy – 22-year-old Sophie Allison – promises to be a colorful affair, albeit a rather depressing one, as far as the subject matter goes. In stores Feb. 28, color theory is thematically subdivided into three sections, each named for a color characterizing the dark moods of Allison’s emotionally turbulent adolescence. The first,… Continue reading Soccer Mommy Goes Chromatic

A Girl Called Eddy

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Not a Kid Anymore: A Girl Called Eddy is a Woman Called Erin. And She’s Finally Back. For the mastering process for the songs on Been Around, her second album as A Girl Called Eddy, Erin Moran took the recordings to London for Frank Arkwright to hone to perfection at Abbey Road Studios, the facility… Continue reading A Girl Called Eddy

Swamp Dogg Gets Back to the Country

Our ol’ buddy Swamp Dogg is known primarily for his boisterous (and often humorous) psychedelic soul music, but as he tells it, “if you listen to my records before I start stacking shit on it, I’m country. I sound country.” He aims to prove as much on his new album, Sorry You Couldn’t Make It.… Continue reading Swamp Dogg Gets Back to the Country

Jason Aldean – 9

Some of you paused to read this in hopes of a scathing review. After all, haters of what country radio became since the turn of the century tend to dismiss Jason Aldean as yet another wanna-be rapper “bro” who’s been spoon-fed algorithm-friendly lyrics about a nameless “country girl” – which, of course, rhymes effortlessly with… Continue reading Jason Aldean – 9

Matt Kennon Collects Twenty of His Best

It’s difficult for me to comprehend how Matt Kennon has not met with more success as a Nashville songwriter, let alone a recording artist in his own right. Having listened to an awful lot of current country music over the past several years, I can testify that his material is not that far removed from… Continue reading Matt Kennon Collects Twenty of His Best

Charlie Daniels

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Chicken in the What? Charlie Daniels, Still Sawin’ on a Fiddle and Playin’ it Hot at 83 Whether they appreciate him for his early career work as a studio musician for Bob Dylan, his defining hit that blares on classic rock airwaves, or his current role as an outspoken patriot, you can just about sell… Continue reading Charlie Daniels

Bob Dylan’s Nashville Years Get the Boot

The latest installment (Vol. 15) of the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series comes out Nov. 1, and focuses on the years 1967-1969, a period which found Dylan recording in Nashville and stripping down his sound and lyrics after several anthemic rock-oriented albums. The three-disc collection begins with a disc of outtakes and alternate versions from the… Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Nashville Years Get the Boot

Lillie Mae – Other Girls

Expectations soared for Lillie Mae’s second Third Man Records full-length, Other Girls, after the single “You’ve Got Other Girls for That” captured the former Jack White bandmate exploring new sonic territory while tearing down a manipulative former lover. After the album arrived on Aug. 16, other songs made with Nashville’s go-to producer Dave Cobb provided even… Continue reading Lillie Mae – Other Girls

Kitty Rose and the Rattlers Release Debut Album

Rockabilly hasn’t really had a significant presence in Atlanta’s local scene since the heyday of the so-called Redneck Underground and the Star Bar scene of the early-to-mid ’90s, although several of those acts and remnants thereof still play around town. Sparking up a bit of a revival, Kitty Rose and the Rattlers are comparative newcomers… Continue reading Kitty Rose and the Rattlers Release Debut Album

Boo Ray – Tennessee Alabama Fireworks

One of the better new albums in way too few listening rotations comes from Boo Ray, a modern traveling troubadour with deep Southern roots. His latest offering, Tennessee Alabama Fireworks, gets its name from a ragged old sign found where I-24W veers near the state line between Alabama (Heaven if the Lord was there, according… Continue reading Boo Ray – Tennessee Alabama Fireworks

Sara Rachele – Scorpio Moon

Part-time New Yorker, occasional Atlantan, and full-time creative force Sara Rachele’s multi-city connections helped achieve her ambitious live-to-tape vision for new album Scorpio Moon. The title track, recorded with members of the Dap-Kings, rolls the clock back to the blue-eyed soul heights of Dusty Springfield’s career. It features not only Binky Griptite and other members… Continue reading Sara Rachele – Scorpio Moon

Buddy & Julie Miller Return After Ten Years

On June 21st, New West Records will release Breakdown on 20th Ave. South, the first collaborative album from husband and wife Buddy and Julie Miller since 2009. The distance between albums was not planned. After releasing Written in Chalk in 2009, Julie was sidelined with health issues, while Buddy found himself increasingly in demand as… Continue reading Buddy & Julie Miller Return After Ten Years