In the middle of a world tour in support of his sophomore album, "Falling Faster Than You Can Run," Hermann, Missouri native Nathaniel Rateliff recorded a session that validates why local talent should be given a good listen.
The Devil's voice is sweet to hear. And it could only be heard in the Grove last night in the form of California-based act the Devil Makes Three.
Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown were once romantic partners but are now a musical duo known as Falls. The track "Home," from Sydney, Australia natives' new EP "Into the Fire," proves their strength as songwriters and collaborators; the sound is lush, rhythmic, state-of-the-art folk pop.
Americana. Rockabily. Bluegrass. Irish soul. Country. Folk. Roots. One could keep going. These genres just scratch the surface of the sound that is Humming House.
On "Lying in the Sun" Nashville, Tennesse-based singer Lera Lynn stretches out her dusky, melancholic voice for a dark but honest message of what it sometimes takes to survive in a dog-eat-dog world.
Following up his acclaimed album with Emmylou Harris in 2013, Rodney Crowell draws on songs written a few years back and rekindles his creativity with musicians from his '80s career. The result is his 14th solo achievement, "Tarpaper Sky."
There is an interesting moment in a recent interview with Dave Holden, guitarist of the Irish band I Draw Slow, when he notes that in America their music is described as Irish, and in Ireland, it's American. The problem might simply be in knowing too much; the band may be from Ireland, but this is American music, drawing from the folk traditions of Appalachia.
From broadcasting out of a tower in Arnold, Mo., to the second floor of the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media on Washington Avenue, Steve Pick, host of "Sound Salvation," has seen and heard it all.