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250 word album review: Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator

Hurray For The Riff Raff gained a ton of attention with the album “Small Town Heroes” in 2014 and now they (she) is taking a shot at an even larger audience. On “The Navigator” the sound is clean and more … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Justin Townes Earle – Kids in the Street

Justin Townes Earle is finally back. After a very disappointing foray into the albums “Single Mothers” and “Absent Fathers” he returns to the artist that had been so interesting over the last decade. This album is the third part of … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound

Jason Isbell has watched his career simply skyrocket since that day he split from the Drive-By Truckers. Now he finds himself with more success than that band all together. He is making great sounding records in big studios, is a … Continue reading

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Concert Review: Nick Waterhouse at The Record Bar in Kansas City, MO 6/11/17

The time machine complex in music is perplexing. Sometimes bands sound ahead of their time(especially in retrospect) and sometimes it feels like a band’s sound was plucked right out of a previous decade. The latter is the case for California’s … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Jeff Caudill – Reset the Sun

On this EP Jeff Caudill shows off his shiny feathers as a songwriter putting his own spin on familiar themes. There’s nostalgia and love littered throughout on this mostly pop record with strong country roots. Caudill’s vocals are reminiscent of … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Cory Branan – Adios

Cory BrananĀ is an outlaw in pedestrian clothes. He shows more versatility than ever before on his new record “Adios” as he navigates through his past trying to figure out how he got where he is now. In the end it’s … Continue reading

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250 word album review: Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling

The Old 97’s are a model of consistency. How does a band achieve this? How about rattling through 11 studio albums over 23 years with the same lineup. For a band that has been around so long they are still … Continue reading

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