St. Louis' own Beth Bombara takes Americana to the next level on her self-titled album
Triggered by a single line during a visit to Santa Fe -- "My bad luck boots and my hard luck hand" -- the new song "Rio Grande" by Eilen Jewell captures a dreamlike sense of dislocation and angst, complete with mariachi horns and an urgent rhythmic drive.
Townes Van Zandt casts a long, intense shadow over Americana music. Many have covered the Texas legend, but few have channeled his honky-tonk existenstialism like Whitey Morgan & the 78s on one of Townes' early masterpieces, "Waiting 'Round to Die."
With a nod to early Mumford & Sons and folk pop in general, Scottish singer and songwriter James Mackenzie ponders the doubt and the letting go of contemporary life in the new song "Maybe."
Whether singing Dylan, Van Zandt, Morrison or an American Songbook standard, Jimmy LaFave is known as one of the great interpreters of our day. But he's also a formidable songwriter in his own right; the new track "Trying to Get Back to You" reminds listeners of his unique lyrical way with the blues.
One of St. Louis' finest songwriters, Beth Bombara, created her new, self-titled album in the city and the alt-country roots from which she grew are evident throughout in this live performance.
She's a bit of punk rock with alternative-country roots, but to say Lydia Loveless is definable would be a disservice to her talent, as her cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" has such conviction, you'd think she wrote the song herself.