Jonah Tolchin plays the blues with a pleasantly haunting and unforced grace, carrying listeners into a comfortable familiar place. His music is the kind that has a familiar feel but only comes from one source.
Rushing by on a slipstream of bowed bass and sometimes trembling, sometimes wailing vocal rounds, "Although You’re Gone" defines the "dark Americana" sound of Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings.
Steve Dawson has received recognition and success in the Chicago music scene for almost two decades, but even with all his accomplishments he remains down-to-earth and his music true to his Idaho-based roots.
The gorgeous harmonies of "Good Luck Charm," the title track from the new album by the Mastersons, is just the most noticeable of many charms. With sparkling guitars, a pinpoint rhythm section and an undeniable hook on the chorus, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have created an Americana classic.
Going to see Those Darlins comes with one guarantee: Jessi Zazu will stare you down. Yes, she's playing with your mind; and yes, she's enjoying it.
A storyteller in the tradition of Woody Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen, Otis Gibbs has released the new album "Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth," a collection of raw and honest tales of the common man and his trials and tribulations. His stories are clear, and he sings with such weathered emotion that you'll surely stop and listen to what he has to say.
Fitting neatly but not too neatly between the folk-pop sheets of sound of bands like the Decemberists and the Head and the Heart, Chesapeake, Virginia band the Last Bison roams down its own anthemic path through "Bad Country."