The word "hippie" has a bad connotation. Hippies don't mind because that's the way of the hippie. In fact hippies love to call themselves hippies.
In music writing, as with anything worth doing, there's always the pull of undeniable predilections, the force of personal bias and pure subjectivity. And then there's the way I feel about the music of Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Electricity moved through the air this past Friday night. The clouds came together and unleashed a fury over the city and county of St. Louis.
Pokey LaFarge let it be known last night that American roots music is alive and well in the city of St. Louis.
While the sound and presentation of Pokey LaFarge's music continues to evolve, it remains firmly rooted in American styles of the past century.
Backed up by the East Side Rhythm Band, young blues shouter and piano rocker Al Holliday makes a strong, big-band, old-school R&B debut with "East Side Queen."
"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.