Album Review: Tyler Childers – Purgatory

Instead of making “lake life” pontoon party-inspired songs about solo cups and pickup trucks in the spirit of redneck escapism, songcrafter Tyler Childers croons of drug addiction and hardship, relevant issues faced on the daily by the folks in his… Continue Reading

Review: Sarah Vista at The Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender

It happens every time I go to a music festival. Every. Single. Time. It’s also one of my top reasons for going to festivals—there’s always that artist that jumps out at me and makes me ask, “why am I just… Continue Reading

Interview: Jimbo Mathus

Mississippi-bred Southern roots preservationist Jimbo Mathus has produced a mammoth amount of work—already a veteran of several bands by the early 1990s, he formed the incomparable period jazz/swing revival outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers in 1993. Since the Zippers’ demise, Mathus… Continue Reading

Preview: Honky-Tonk Legend Dale Watson at Station Inn on 3/27/16

Dale Watson doesn’t mince words.  “Mainstream country all sounds the same, it has no roots, it sounds like boy bands gone country.  It’s all about money, what appeals to teenagers and to people who are easily programmed,” says the Texas-based… Continue Reading