New solo album from the singer/songwriter also known for his work with Smog. In the song-world of Bill Callahan, the present realities tumble ecstatically like cloth in the wind – sheets and flags and clothes. Bill’s a cartographer way out there, tracing the coastlines, telling the tales he has discovered along the way. Some seen in life and others in mind’s eye, they float down “Dream River” with humble eminence. The plainspoken flies with the poetic in these songs, along with the sudden jolt of something you might remember: we call it laughter.
After a few solo projects, Joe Adragna puts his sweat into a new Junior League album. Starting with “Keep It Home,” its an excellent roots rocker, assisted by buddy Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five). “Hey Misery” is a Beatlesque piano tune with Pet Sounds styled bass and horns, and even a sax solo. The next song, “One Step Forward (Another Step Back)” has even more Beach Boys styled instrumentation and harmonies.
Don Leady’s new album Hillbilly Boogie Surfin’ Blues is exactly the album his audience has been waiting for. Fans of The Tail Gators and the Big Guitars From Texas “Trash, Twang & Thunder” album have already decorated their collections with the 2000 Jazz/Western Swing masterpiece “Alamo Suite”. For the first time Don has released an all instrumental album that showcases his Hillbilly Boogie pickin’ front and center. Recorded with no overdubs other than Don playing bass himself he storms full throttle through the Rockabilly, Country, Blues, Surf and Cajun influences that he has brought together under one roof for decades.
Influences including Delta and Chicago blues, classic country, old school surf rock and roots rockabilly, Roy and the Oarsmen will delight and surprise with their versatility and depth. The music speaks for itself.
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The eighth album from the Austin-based band. The album is the follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-nominated Good Luck & True Love. Produced by band members Willy & Cody Braun, along with lead guitarist David Abeyta, Long Night Moon was mixed by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), and features additional instrumentation from legendary steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, as well as Bukka Allen (piano, organ) and Jeff Plankenhor (dobro). Singles from the album include “The Last Goodbye”, “The Girl I Knew,” and “Be My Friend (In Real Life).” Reckless Kelly has spent 17 years cementing their place in the Americana/Roots Rock genre. The group is known for their explosive live shows and a passion for making albums of substance. Long Night Moon is no exception to this rule.
This is a band that has existed for a couple of years and over this period of time have grown in strength, confidence and appeal. Their first gig was an enviable affair for many kraut-rock acolytes when they were invited to be the backing band to Can’s Damo Suzuki. Coveting genres such as progressive rock, folk, and doom the band have since then found a way to breach inevitable obscurity by releasing this self-titled album on Withered Hand Records. So what do we have here with this release? In the press release they liken themselves to Pentangle, Sleep, and Electric Wizard. After hearing the album convinced the cited influences reflect the band’s tastes rather than directing listeners to bands with applicable commonalities, instead I would point those people looking for similarities in the direction of kraut-rock monsters, Can, Amon Duul II, or closer to home Comus, Tea and Symphony, and Mark Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, believing these evoke less typical and yet more exciting and accurate comparisons.