It's easy to forget that there are lots of ways to be involved in the music industry. Rodney Crowell, though not a household name, is a giant of his craft, and getting your mind around the length and breadth of his career can be daunting.
The countrified, poppy aesthetic of the Mastersons, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter duo, was forged at a festival in Colorado where the pair first met by chance.
Shannon McNally originally hails from New York, but her love for the music of the American South, especially Louisiana and New Orleans, runs deep. Her most recent release is a tribute to her friend Bobby Charles, and on this Live at KDHX recording of Charles' "I Don't Want to Know," she lets her smokey voice unfurl around the pure country melody.
A long-distance call comes in across the digital airwaves emanating from the West Coast: "Hi, this is Chuck." His voice is easily recognizable, the same voice as heard on songs like "Sonny Liston's Blues," "Willie Mays Is up at Bat" and "Doubter Out of Jesus (All Over You)." The man behind the voice is Chuck Prophet, a musician with a career that spans the days of jamming econo in the Paisley Underground with Green on Red, working in the surreal world known as Nashville and essentially altering the rock 'n' roll landscape for some four decades.
Rodney Crowell has had one of the great careers in American music -- and it ain't over yet. With his latest album, "Tarpaper Sky," he reunites with the core members of his classic '80s band, and threads together all of his musical loves: rockabilly, blues, gospel, country and folk. He's also back out on the road again, and on Thursday, June 5, 2014, KDHX will welcome Crowell to Off Broadway in St. Louis for a headlining show at Twangfest 18.
The War on Drugs truly creates a genre of its own, combining the electricity of psychedelia with the craftsmanship of veteran songwriters. It may be hard to fathom, but worry less about categorizing and temporarily drift away via "Lost in the Dream."
Often described as dexterous and original, Marisa Anderson's guitar playing stretches the limitations of conventional blues, combining American folk, blues and country music in each song.
Over years on the singer-songwriter circuit, Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have built a musical friendship that they fulfill on their first duo record, "For Keeps," which leads off with the graceful, carefree "Two White Clouds." If this song wasn't made to welcome in the summer, no song could be.