It's almost impossible to talk about Bobby Bare Jr. without mentioning his renowned father, country music icon Bobby Bare Sr. But Bare Jr. proves that he's more than just the son of a famous father in "North of Alabama," a soulful tune that blends alt-country with roots rock and is topped off with Bare Jr.'s deep, smoky voice.
Alejandro Escovedo is considered one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation, so when he decided to cover Mick Jagger's wistful country ballad "Evening Gown," it was bound to be good. And Escovedo doesn't disappoint on this classic version of the song, featuring Jon Langford.
Ha Ha Tonka's new badge of honor, "Lessons," expresses maturity, along with all the pain and regret that can come with this new found wisdom.
If you're looking for a better country songwriter working today than Robbie Fulks, you'd have to turn to names like Lauderdale, Haggard or Crowell. But Fulks comes from the alternative side of the tracks; yet his songs, like "When You Get to the Bottom," have the timeless feel of pure country, at its hardest and most honest best.
The Southwestern Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka returns with the new song "Colorful Kids," a fetching and catching tune that builds upon all of their strengths, and sneaks in a Huck Finn reference for very good and meaningful measure.
Alt-country heroes don't get much more larger than life than Eddie Spaghetti, leader of the Supersuckers, and hard-twangin' solo artist in his own right. "The Value of Nothing" captures Spaghetti at his snarling, slacking, swaggering best.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound wail their strikingly personal lyrics and take an edgy approach on their new album "Howl."
Deadstring Brothers' newest release invites listeners into the rustic slice of life of "Cannery Row."
"The Coming Tide" by Luke Winslow-King offers a warning of a threatening storm, both spiritual and natural, but also a promise of shelter, in the swinging sound of pre-war jazz, blues and gospel music.
Led by the singing and songwriting of Kurt Marschke, and highlighting pedal steel, organ, piano and the sweetest harmonies this side of Gram and Emmylou, Deadstring Brothers return with another contemporary classic of country soul, "Like a California Wild Fire."