Dwight Yoakam is an enormously
influential figure for rescuing ’80s-era, Nashville, Tenn.,-based
commercial Country music from its reliance on cloyingly familiar,
Pop-oriented musical clichés and boring, hack storytelling truisms.
The personality known as Unknown Hinson
is portrayed by Stuart Danny Baker, a hell of a guitarist from North
Carolina who invented the tongue-in-cheek character so he could rip on
everything from Hendrix tunes to original songs like “Fish Camp Woman,”
“I Ain’t Afraid of Your Husband” and “I Cleaned Out a Room (In My
Trailer for You).”
Ben Knight and the Welldiggers play
American music. Kentucky Country music. A noble homage to generations of
toil and progress. The songs on the Cincinnati band’s debut release, Divining Rod,
are a frighteningly intimate introduction to Ben Knight, the
storyteller. He and the Welldiggers earnestly compose new and original
tunes that catch your attention with equal parts nostalgia and intrigue.
The local chapter of the Guitars for Veterans organization presents a benefit event/auction this Sunday. Plus, Ricky Nye brings the Blues and Boogie Piano Summit back to Newport, Dallas Moore honored by the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame and MC Till and Sean Little launch their intimate Cincinnati Homeshow Tour.
Britney Spears' music gets used as a pirate repellent and to tell the story of Jesus, the YouTube Music Awards were an unfocused mess, some dumb social media users mix up their Lous and James Blake wins the Mercury Prize, then gets dissed during his introduction.
For all intents and purposes, the band
Drive-By Truckers could also be called “Changing Lineup.” Over the
years, quite a few musicians have entered and left the building of this
acclaimed group. But the heart of the Truckers is still true, with original
members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley continuing to hold the reins.
Bulat's latest album, Tall Tall Shadow, has fans and critics alike buzzing with excitement, from the
album’s dynamic range of more energetic, Rock-tinged arrangements and
heart-rending quietude to Bulat’s powerful yet vulnerable voice, an
effective blend of Tracy Chapman and Florence Welch, to lyrics that are
slightly more enigmatic and less narrative than her previous releases.
Coming at us from Brooklyn, N.Y., The
Lone Bellow — whose name couldn’t suit them any better — is made up of a
trio of beautiful souls. Their harmonies are tight and soul-stirring,
but at just the right moments, it’s lead singer Zach Williams’ Georgian
drawl that cries out louder than the rest.
With their singer finished with his run on TV's Survivor and the rest of the members' schedules aligning, The End of Time, the debut full-length from heavy Northern Kentucky band Moonbow, is finally released.
The new compilation of Greater Cincinnati music, Passion and Compassion, featuring Walk the Moon, Noah Hunt and several other solid local acts, is set to raise money for the Play It Forward organization. Plus, Buggs Tha Rocka gets Talib Kweli to exec-produce his next album and play Cincinnati on Halloween.
A Dutch court is cutting into Dan Aykroyd's lucrative Blues Brothers licensing biz, Guided By Voices parts ways with their drummer after an eBay party foul and the singer for an obscure L.A. band who falsely acquired loans to finance his fake Rock Star life will now be rockin' prison.
There are few better examples of the
injustice of the term “one-hit wonder” than Freedy Johnston. Although he
fits the description with his lone hit single, 1994’s “Bad Reputation,”
his output before and after his one ubiquitous smash has been every bit
as deserving of commercial acceptance.
Sarah Lee Guthrie did not begin to
take music seriously until she met her now-husband, Irion, whose own
lineage includes literary giant John Steinbeck, his great uncle. The duo
has been touring and recording music since 1999.