Since 1995 Milagro Saints have made southwestern-tinged, alt-rock jams. Not the obvious choice for a band started in New York City, based in Raleigh, N.C., and fronted by a British expat, but it works.
Sturgill Simpson is frequently described as a traditional country musician, holding close to the way country music used to be, before the addition of fluff, gloss and glitter.
In an English class, there is much discussion about what makes a good story. Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line clearly have that covered in their songs.
Dolly Varden’s luxurious folk sound draws the listener into heartfelt lyrics.
The force is strong with Sturgill Simpson -- the force of hard-core country music, a la Waylon Jennings and George Jones, that is.
Pokey LaFarge let it be known last night that American roots music is alive and well in the city of St. Louis.