Los Lobos Native Sons New West Records Los Lobos is getting close to celebrating its 50th Anniversary – and without any line-up changes too. This band continues, this band endures – so crucial to its secret has been the live shows. So when Covid put paid to that, the group started plotting this tribute record, […]
Lilly Hiatt Walking Proof New West Records Lilly Hiatt has been quietly gathering steam across four records to date – this is her finest though – and the real announcement: She’s arrived. She’s here. She’s a great singer and terrific songwriter and here’s the absolute (walking) proof.
Kacy & Clayton The Siren’s Song New West Records They’re Canadian. They’re second cousins. They’ve played music together across the last decade as the formal duo Kacy & Clayton – ahead of that they grew up honing their craft and it’s a timeless country/folk/roots amalgam that here, on their fourth full-lengther is fleshed out further […]
John Hiatt Terms of My Surrender New West Records There’s something about that voice – it doesn’t get old or tired or sad. Oh, John Hiatt can do weary, he does weary so very well, he wears it well, but you never grow sick of his voice. It’s gnarled and knotty and gritty and it […]
Patty Griffin American Kid New West Records Here’s the seventh album by Patty Griffin, the seventh album of strong solo material – her first in three years, a return to her own work after a star-turn supporting her partner Robert Plant. Griffin’s songwriting – covered by the likes of Dixie Chicks, Rory Block and Emmylou […]
Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses) The Low Highway New West Records/Southbound Steve Earle records haven’t felt all that necessary lately. There’s always a great song or two (or three) but the albums have either been redundant (covers of Townes Van Zandt) or regurgitation (Washington Square Serenade). He’s been repeating himself to diminishing return, […]