This past Saturday (June 27th, 2015) was the last day of the St. Lou Fringe Festival and, by sheer coincidence, also the best one as far as the shows I saw went. Better yet, three of the four I saw were by local groups.
Grand Rapids, Michigan-based rock band the Legal Immigrants strut, snarl and storm through the lyrically dense, bluesy new track "Bily Goat."
Something old, something new -- you'll be treated to a little of both by one of KDHX's newest shows, "Sittin' On Top of the World." The man behind it, Ryan Spearman, brings his knowledge of old-school Americana, vernacular music archives, and all the sounds of folks and their roots to the air every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon Central.
St. Louis' own Beth Bombara takes Americana to the next level on her self-titled album
Whether singing Dylan, Van Zandt, Morrison or an American Songbook standard, Jimmy LaFave is known as one of the great interpreters of our day. But he's also a formidable songwriter in his own right; the new track "Trying to Get Back to You" reminds listeners of his unique lyrical way with the blues.
Seven-piece New Orleans rock 'n' rhythm 'n' groove band the Revivalists rev up their sound without losing their Southern soul feel on the new track "Keep Going."