Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hillfolk Noir

Early one Wednesday morning in February, Hillfolk Noir came by the KRBX studio to appear on my radio show, Ramblers' Retreat. Listen to the full Hillfolk Noir live performance which is archived on Mixcloud.

Uncle Tupelo

Uncle Tupelo, a trio based near St. Louis, Missouri, released their first album, No Depression, in 1990. When I stumbled into the "insurgent country" sound of Whiskeytown, Freakwater, and the Drive-By Truckers, my musical world was changed for the better. And now there is a new reissue, the "Legacy Edition," with even more demo material. I absolutely love No Depression, even going so far as to claim it as an essential recording that everyone should hear at least once. But as much as I'd like to, I can't find anything in this edition to embrace.

Read my full review of No Depression - Legacy Edition on +RootsWorld.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Koby Israelite

Blues from Elsewhere has lots of elsewhere, a little bit of blues, a whole lot of klezmer, and some plain old rock and roll. There's accordion along with Nashville-style guitars, twangy jaw harps, soaring clarinets and saxophones, and a fair share of banjos, mandolins, and bouzoukis. Most of these are are played by +koby israelite himself. Instrumentation and styles change throughout the album, and even within individual songs. Labeling this music seems impossible.

Read my full review of Blues from Elsewhere on +RootsWorld.