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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Distant Correspondent has been described
as “wintery,” “moody,” and “Joy Division if Ian Curtis had been on
antidepressants,” all of which are appropriately applicable to the
band’s darkly cinematic ‘70s-to-now soundscapes.