"Darkest Eyes," a new tack from the Defeated County, featuring Langen Neubacher and a host of St. Louis musicians -- including Irene Allen and Jenn Malzone on harmonies, Kevin Koehler on second rhythm guitar, Bryan Ranney on mandolin, Glenn Burleigh on pedal steel and Simon Chervitz on bass -- has an air of misty backwoods mystery that pulls you in as the song unfolds.
Atop a mountain, surrounded by an Arkansas forest, lies the 10-years-running music festival, Wakarusa.
"Mountain Sun" is a new track by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Beth Bombara. With banjo, slide guitar, brushed drums and piano, it's only modest on the surface. Fans of Alela Diane and Laura Veirs will find a kindred spirit in this St. Louis musician.
In his three-decade career, Marshall Crenshaw hasn't taken traditional routes. He's a Michigan-born singer-songwriter with a penchant for complex chord structures and pub rock-flavored pop while portraying other musicians. In the early years of his career, he played John Lennon in a production of "Beatlemania," then found himself onscreen as Buddy Holly in the 1987 film "La Bamba."
The word "hippie" has a bad connotation. Hippies don't mind because that's writing services the way of the hippie. In fact hippies love to call themselves hippies.
In music writing, as with anything worth doing, there's always the pull of undeniable predilections, the force of personal bias and pure subjectivity. And then there's the way I feel about the music of Ray Wylie Hubbard.