As far as duos go, you'd be hard-pressed to find one as solid and adventurous as the Charleston, South Carolina group, Shovels and Rope.
"I feel like an old soul," sings Drew Holcomb on the new song "Tightrope. "I feel like a sinking ship." The world-weariness isn't a downer, however. It's Holcomb's way of facing the truth, which, like the friend and/or lover he invokes, helps him make it along the perilous tightrope walk of life.
After my first day at SXSW 2015, the first thing I say to myself in the morning: "I need some tacos."
Rhiannon Giddens' first solo album is a clever collection of songs spanning American music's history, including tunes made famous by Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Odetta, among others.
Jim Heath is an ordained minister of rockabilly. The native Texan took the classic rockabilly sound of the 1950s and blended it with high-octane punk and roots rock, producing a sound that could only be described as psychobilly. When he picks up his signature Gretsch and takes the stage with bandmates Jimbo Wallace and Scott Churilla, he becomes the Reverend Horton Heat.
You’d think you could tell what kind of music Daniel Romano makes just from listening to it. You’d be wrong.
If the crushing wash of guitars and tense rhythmic drive didn't make it clear, then the personal story Lilly Hiatt unfolds on "Get This Right" really should. The new music Hiatt is making draws on her love for post-punk and alternative rock, while still remaining true to her honest, daring way with complex themes of love and understanding. "Are we ever gonna get this right?" she asks. Musically, the answer is yes.
Hailing from Brown County, Indiana, Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band injects a little Midwest hospitality into the Delta blues, creating a unique sound while remaining true to the originators of the style.