The Delines are a new project led by songwriter and novelist Willy Vlautin and Amy Boone of the Damnations TX, and including members of Richmond Fontaine, the Decemberists and the Minus 5. As heard on the luminous, country-soul track "I Won't Slip Up," the band's sound is as familiar and consoling as a favorite drink in a favorite bar, and as memorable and bittersweet as the hard-luck stories shared there.
The old devil is at it again. For a simple farm-to-stage musician, William Elliott Whitmore can make a helluva lot of noise.
"Got a quiver full of fire and a head full of rain, and I've been clinging to the drifting air," begins Patrick Park's lyrically majestic and musically humble "My Holding Hand Is Empty." It's the kind of song that only a serious songwriter could write; that it's so well sung and performed just makes it all the more remarkable.
Katie and Mike West, aka Truckstop Honeymoon, are back with more tales of everyday life, love, sadness and happiness, all written and sung with all the heart and humor of the American heartland. "Sometimes I Cry" ranks with some of their most honest and affecting ballads.
Pick a genre: punk, cowpunk, rock, alt country, singer-songwriter and you will find that Alejandro Escovedo has done it all.
"You should have seen that girl go shaky at the knees," sang Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley halfway through the Portland, Ore. band's set. His words proved applicable to more than doting young girls; they illuminated the reactions of every Blitzen Trapper and Drive-By Truckers fan at the Pageant on Saturday night.
Former St. Louisan Angel Olsen tackles loneliness and heartache on her latest effort, "Burn Your Fire for No Witness."