Last year was a momentous one for
Indie/Alt Folk quartet von Grey, with a relentless road schedule, television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan and triumphant debuts at South By Southwest and Bonnaroo.
On Houndmouth’s full-length debut, 2013’s From the Hills Below the City,
you can tell the quartet is smitten with the majestic charm of
Americana masters The Band. “Penitentiary,” the calling-card tune that
triggered Internet buzz and eventually drew the interest of famed indie
label Rough Trade, could be mistaken for a Music from Big Pink
The story of Grouplove is like something
straight out of the ’60s. The band members met at an artist commune on
the Greek island of Crete. All struggling to pay their bills with their
various forms of art, they each stumbled upon the right people at the
right time. Eventually they found themselves living in a basement in
Crete, able to focus on art instead of working to pay rent.
The legendary five-time Grammy winners
Blind Boys of Alabama have steadily brought inspired grooves to the
stage since the group’s beginnings in the 1930s. Greater Cincinnati has
witnessed some special shows by the group, especially their gig at the2006 Tall Stacks Festival, when lead singer Jimmy Carter was led
into the crowd with a mic where he proceeded to lift up
the audience with goodness and light and soul.
Vic and Gab’s first full-length, last year’s Love of Mine,
is even more assured, the sound of a band coming into its own. Album
opener “Love of Mine” sets the tone, a dreamily atmospheric Pop tune
that’s almost impossible to eradicate once it enters your ears.
The Dex Romweber Duo's Images 13 drops next month, and it’s an amalgam of everything that has erupted
from Romweber’s fevered creative genius from the start — twisted ’50s
Rockabilly and romantic Pop, high-octane ’60s Surf, raw, electric Blues
and even strains of Jazz and Exotica.
There are dozens of
thriving “Celtic Punk” bands, but the Holy Drunken Trinity is clearly
the triad of Boston’s Dropkick Murphys, Los Angeles’ Flogging
Molly and Chicago's The Tossers. Of that
trio, The Tossers are both the longest tenured and the least well
known, and yet the sextet has amassed a slavishly loyal following and
maintained a constant studio/stage presence over the past 21 years.
Chris Knight is a singer/songwriter who
goes against the grain when it comes to what passes for talent in
Nashville these days. A songsmith on par with the Darrell Scotts and
Jeff Blacks of the world, Knight has little use for mainstream Country
music dreck or stereotypical Americana fare.
A decade ago, years before American
keyboardist Adam Weiner and British drummer/guitarist Dan Finnemore
realized their vision of incendiary Piano Rock as Low Cut Connie, Weiner
made his Greater Cincinnati solo debut. Booked at the original
Southgate House, Weiner found an audience unimpressed
with his offerings.