A little bit of Texas heat found its way into the Old Rock House on an unseasonably cool St. Louis July night. Billy Joe Shaver, the original “Honky Tonk Hero,” took the stage, bringing his history, unique brand of song and storytelling to an audience of neo-urban cowboys, greasers, hipsters and anyone faithful to '70s outlaw country.
Here's my list of favorite albums and songs, from the singer-songwriter and Americana genres -- of the first half of 2014.
There are many ways to describe what it's like to listen to the new PHOX album, but let's allow Jimi Hendrix to take it away: "You make me wanna get up and scream...I'm tired of wasting all my precious time, you've got to be all mine, all mine...Foxy Lady." Or in this case, "Phoxy."
"Use me, make me suffer, hold me under till my grip unfolds…." These are not the typical words of a simple romantic song, let alone of a simple Friday night. In the imagination -- melodic and lyrical -- of Montreal-based songwriter Jesse Daniel Smith, however, they capture the beauty and terror that sometimes accompanies love.
With a nod to greats like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings before her, Nikki Lane proves with "All or Nothin'" that you don't need a Y chromosome to make rootsy, aggressive outlaw country.
When you have a voice like Christopher Denny -- utterly distinctive, drenched in country, soul and rockabilly -- you don't need any help delivering a lush ballad like "Our Kind of Love." But when you have a singer like Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards on board, you have the making of a masterpiece.
KDHX and The Sheldon present the third annual festival featuring Sarah Jarosz, the 23 String Band, Riley Baugus, Foghorn String Band and more.
July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.