Album Review: Eric Church – Carolina

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Originally published at The 9513 in the days preceding the March 2009 album release. The radio release of "Smoke a Little Smoke" - named here as a highlight - in 2010 would give Church his first platinum-selling single and catapult him to new levels of recognition. Now a curious historical artifact, the ranking of least favorite country artists referred to in the opening is here. With three Top 20 singles to his name, Eric Church still managed to score a spot between The Lost Trailers and Kid … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 06/01/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Well, I love that he makes these great melodies. They’re just great country melodies and great choruses. He tells these great stories, and the words he chooses to use make them seem poetic and yet it’s something that everybody has experienced. That’s just great country songwriting, I think. I feel like it’s poetry — the way he tells a story. ● --- Kelly Willis on husband Bruce Robison's best quality as a songwriter. But I think songs … [Read more...]

June 2014 Show Calendar

From our Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, be sure to have them subscribe to receive our monthly roundups by email. 06/01/14 - Merle Haggard w/ Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA 06/01/14 - Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys - The Station - Cedarville, CA 06/01/14 - Eric Church, James Otto - BottleRock Napa Valley - Napa, CA 06/01/14 - Toby Keith w/ Colt Ford and … [Read more...]

Band Whose Music Nobody Cares to Claim Calls Self Americana

A band with a sound that inspires utter indifference across genre lines and among all strata of society has settled on "Americana" as its classification of choice, according to a posting on the band website seen by virtually nobody. Having received equally chilly receptions at honky tonks, blues festivals, indie-rock clubs, folkie coffee houses, and veterans halls, the band members had long struggled to find the right words to describe their sound to those reluctantly cornered into hearing them … [Read more...]

Kelsey Waldon Sings “High in Heels”

Courtesy of Southern Manners, Kelsey Waldon performs "High in Heels." The song appears on the natural-born Kentuckian's very strong full-length debut, The Goldmine, out next month. Waldon makes her first Music City Roots appearance tonight. It streams online here. … [Read more...]