There is something about a river that preserves Americana. St. Louis natives, the Trophy Mules, blend past and present influences from country, folk and rock, to produce a sound as inherent to this river delta as Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and Wilco.
A choice cut from the new album by Dolly Varden, "Saskatchewan to Chicago" offers a master class on the art of transforming tradition into something fully contemporary, fully beautiful but still fully folk.
Veteran St. Louis band the Half Knots have been flying under the Americana and twangy-pop radar for years, but a song as catchy and evocative as "Drive Away" deserves a wider audience.
There is some witchcraft afoot at Off Broadway. On the outside, it has the visage of a barn. Yet, you won't find Budweiser Clydesdales and dirt floors inside.
After an inebriated fan hollered, "We love you, Tristen!" the Nashville, Tenn. resident deftly avoided being inundated with drunken proclamations of love by returning the fan's adoration with, "All right, everybody hug their neighbor! C'mon!"