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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #32 March-April 2001

Tim Easton – The Truth About Us

Tim Easton steps up in a big way on The Truth About Us. Backed by an impressive cast that includes three-fourths of Wilco, Mark Olson and Victoria Williams, Easton fully delivers on the promise of his 1998 solo debut Special 20. Easton’s move from his native Ohio to Los Angeles provides a fertile source of [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #28 July-Aug 2000

Christy McWilson – A Pickett’s charge

Last winter, Christy McWilson found herself at a crossroads. The country-rock band she fronted for ten years, the Picketts, had ground nearly to a halt. But she was still writing, and had recorded early versions of a new batch of songs with her husband, Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E.M.), and other Seattle [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #22 July-Aug 1999

Fernando – Old Man Motel

Old Man Motel kicks off with an old car engine starting, followed by a John Fogerty-esque chord and then a pummeling drum beat. The lead track, “Ride”, is, like many of the cuts here, a smartly structured roots-rock song performed with wonderfully reckless energy. Fernando’s fourth record (including last year’s tasty Pacoima, a side project [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #21 May-June 1999

Baseboard Heaters – Fire down below

It’s a typical follow-your-dream story. Rob Stroup was in tenth grade and Matt Brown in eighth when they started playing music together in the small town of Newberg, Oregon. Brown went off to Denton, Texas, for college, where he caught the live music bug following a local band called Ten Hands. His other favorite artist [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Wes Cunningham – 12 Ways To Win People Over To Your Way Of Thinking

So you’re thinking, “What is there new that could possibly come from yet another Texas singer-songwriter?” Well, what if I told you that this record glides comfortably from tuneful Beatlesque psychedelia to funky urban beats to trumpet solos to Hawaiian-influenced guitar to smooth pop vocals to raps delivered in Spanish? And all in the space [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Nancy Hess – Away

Oregonians love to complain about the impact of transplanted Californians on their Eden — gridlocked highways, escalating property values, the “Californication” of the urban landscape. But the northbound migration has paid one dividend: an infusion of talent to the Portland music scene. Singer-songwriters are finding they can earn a living and even thrive in Portland [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #18 Nov-Dec 1998

Bob Dylan / Van Morrison / Lucinda Williams – Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR)

Watching Lucinda Williams step on the Rose Garden Arena stage as the crowd of 14,000 filed in, I recalled the first time I saw her perform, in 1989 at a small club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her tentativeness that night and almost Sally Field-ish reaction to the crowd’s applause was, at times, excruciating. If [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #15 May-June 1998

Luther Russell – Lowdown World

Though still in his 20s, Luther Russell has already packed nearly a lifetime into his career in music. He absorbed a lot playing in bands in Los Angeles since early adolescence, signing with American Recordings and releasing a record with his former band the Freewheelers. When all that didn’t exactly pan out as planned, Russell [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #14 March-April 1998

X – Trocadero (San Francisco, CA)

Who was that dapper fellow in the black cotton turtleneck and closely cropped hair walking onstage with John Doe and strapping on a guitar? Billy Zoom (!), looking fit and not a day older than the last time he performed with X in 1986. On this magic night in a steamy, overcrowded San Francisco club, [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #13 Jan-Feb 1998

Pete Krebs – Western Electric

Pete Krebs is a musical chameleon who fronts a couple of Portland’s most popular bands: Hazel, a noisy power trio, and Golden Delicious, a spirited gang of old-timey/bluegrass pranksters. But on Western Electric, Krebs gets serious and shows what a fine songwriter he is. The eleven songs here are all worth digging into, performed with [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Red Heart Alarm - Hammer Anvil Stirrup (Album Review)
    Seattle is increasingly becoming a bastion of alt country Americana bands vying to be the next big thing toting the Ballard Avenue sound. Red Heart Alarm have coined one of the best terms for their sound calling what they do “Gruntry,” explaining that it marries their native city’s Grunge legacy with the melodic twang of classic Americana/Roots music. The ba […]
  • Matt Woods – With Love From Brushy Mountain (Album Review)
    Ever-bearded Tennessean troubadour Matt Woods’ second full length studio record, With Love From Brushy Mountain, is slated for a May 13, 2014 release.  This comes as a follow up to his first full length, The Matt Woods Manifesto, a trying task in and of itself.  Woods is hands down one of the hardest working singer/songwriters I’ve ever come across.  He eats […]
  • Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance
    Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P. The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity […]
  • The Redlands Palomino Company - Broken Carelessly (Album Review)
    It’s looking to be a good year for what one might loosely term “alt country” albums with Scots acts the New Madrids and Red Pine Timber Company handing in excellent efforts so far. Time now to look to London to see what’s cooking down there and keeping their end up are The Redlands Palomino Company whose fourth album, Broken Carelessly is released this week. […]
  • Simone Felice - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow - 4/11/2014)
    With his second solo album safely under his belt Simone Felice is rapidly conforming his status as one of the finest purveyors of Americana around these days. Fortunately (for us) he remains somewhat under the mass radar allowing audiences to see him in intimate settings such as the hallowed King Tuts, a perfect space to see and hear his shamanistic offering […]
  • First Seldom Scene Album in Seven Years: Exclusive Look
    Seldom Scene issues its first Smithsonian Folkways album next week with guests including Emmylou Harris. Mike Auldridge passed away in 2012, but the group includes founding member Ben Eldridge as well as Lou Reid, Dudley Connell, Ronnie Simpkins, and Fred Travers. Here is a look at "My Better Years" the Hazel Dickens' tune from the album,  […]

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