If you're in the market for fresh music in a roots vein, here are seven new releases your ears are just begging for you to check out. There are some familiar artists, some definitely less so, touching on just about every aspect of American music -- and beyond.
Grand Center bustled with activity Friday night. Within a two-block radius, Wynton Marsalis christened the newly remodeled Jazz at the Bistro, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band brought back memories at the Fabulous Fox, and nestled just around the corner, tucked away on Washington Avenue, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives held court at the Sheldon Concert Hall. As Marsalis is to jazz, Stuart is to classic country music: the music of myth and legends, too numerous to be listed.
Last week I travelled to Nashville to cover Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' show at Bridgestone Arena.
A native of St. Louis, Jack Grelle has run the gamut of the city's musical communities, bouncing between punk and folk bands throughout the Midwest for close to a decade now.
Christopher Denny has a voice that will give pause: sweet, angelic, possibly wounded, but most of all ripened with life's experience.
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.