Calling your band Gringo Star is a surefire way to raise
some eyebrows. Throw in the fact that your music immediately conjures
the holy trinity of British Invasion bands and you’re doubly damned in the eyes of
Robert Earl Keen has always straddled the line between
Americana and Country Blues music. But, more than anything else, he is a
singer/songwriter who has the ability to weave sonic tales that are
vivid, interesting and fun.
Apparently, Chris Denney has only been writing songs for
the past four years, but he’s clearly channeling a lifetime of pent up
creative energy in the tunes he’s unleashing with his Nashville quintet,
Denney & the Jets.
With two full-length albums and a couple
of EPs under their belt, Blackberry Smoke began to attract some
attention from Rock music fans who wanted a little grit in their musical
gravy in this new century. Then, they began to get bigger and better
gigs, opening for ZZ Top and the Zac Brown Band.
James McMurtry has gone from strength to strength in the past 23 years, compiling an estimable catalog of eight studio
albums and a pair of stellar live recordings as proof of his compelling
Perhaps it’s too prosaic to continue to believe that Stuart Baker
created the persona of Unknown Hinson for a North Carolina
public access show 20 years ago and thus began his Whackabilly
onslaught of stages and studios. It may be convenient to
imagine that Hinson blacks out his front teeth, glues on some cheesy
sideburns and assaults his audiences with
a raucous musical hybrid of Country and Rock.
Born in Lake Charles, La., Lucinda Williams has the keen
ability to craft Southern tinged Country songs that attract both AltRock
and Country fans. In her
30-year career she’s become known as a deft lyricist, which is
appropriate because her father, Miller Williams, was a well-known poet.
Most recently, in 2011, she released the album Blessed, which reflected upon her growth as a musician.
Although Natural Child
coalesced back in 2009, they sound like they’ve been around forever.
Almost stereotypically young, the Nashville trio’s influences date to
their parents’ record collections and that sense of musical classicism
is infused with an appropriate dose of hormonal rage and rebellion.