Last year was a busy one in regards to American music, and who could be expected to hear all the fine releases let loose late in the year?
Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a moniker that flirts with onomatopoeia; his name really does evoke his sound. An Austin, Texas solo performer born of troubadour campfires and often supported by a lone guitar, he's mastered the one-man band gittup, pounding out beats while he strums in an open G tuned especially for his bluesy style.
Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland made their name together as Whitehorse by recording well-crafted, textured Americana. But nothing the Canadian duo has released could prepare listeners for the thundering, bluesy fuzz-rock of "Downtown."
Cowboy Roy Brown was the quintessential St. Louis street singer, playing a guitar he called "baby" and a kazoo he called "Leon."
Bluesman Joe Dean -- though advertised as being from Bowling Green -- was actually born in St. Louis in 1908.
Another of the early St. Louis bluesmen whose lives are largely unknowable, Sylvester Palmer was nonetheless a very well-regarded piano player.
Powerful in both sound and numbers, Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) brought its special blend of hard driving Southern blues-rock to Peabody Opera House on Sunday night. Helmed by the über-talented husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and backed by nine incredible musicians and vocalists, TTB is simply one of the most dynamic touring bands playing today.