Band of Horses
"Acoustic at the Ryman"
The best part of Band of Horses' first concert album is the feeling that you're listening to these talented musicians perform their heartfelt tunes within the walls of your own home -- but with much better acoustics.
It's cringingly lazy to compare a performer like Robert Sarazin Blake to Dylan, but it's almost impossible not to on a track like "OK, OK, OK," in which Blake strums a featherweight rhythm as a backdrop for lyrics that border on spoken word.
At age 35, alt-country singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Isbell is finally having the shining moment of his somewhat tumultuous 13-year career. His fourth solo album, "Southeastern," came out last year to much critical acclaim, lauded by many as one of the best of 2013.
Located in Cambridge, Mass., Club 47 (now known as Club Passim) was one of the most important venues of the folk revival, a joint where everyone from Taj Mahal to Joan Baez to Bob Dylan performed. On this new recording of the classic "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues," Jim Rooney and Peter Rowan meet up to relive the salad days of a pivotal time and place in American music.
Robert Ellis sings sweet, soulful songs of folk and country with an understated, unique tone not commonly found on today's airwaves, and evidence of a life's journey revealed through songwriting.
According to St. Louis musician Beth Bombara, the new video for the song "Long Dark Hallelujah" was designed to "create beautiful images that at times blur the lines of photography with videography."
We're not even two months into 2014 and already the rush of new releases is upon us. What albums are the DJs of KDHX most excited about? These lists will give you a good hint.
Loving music means supporting those who make it, and there's no better way to do that than to pick up a brand new album at a brick and mortar record store near you.
A good tribute show occurs on a narrow road bordered by nostalgia and cover-band schlock. The road gets slippery when the band being honored was a batch of local boys done good. For the second Uncle Tupelo tribute show in just over three years, eight St. Louis bands kept it on the road while having a hell of a lot of fun.