Posts tagged ‘Roots Rock’

January 18, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Russian Cowboy

It’s been a long, long time since we’ve heard a slice of tasty cowpunk, a genre that saddles up and straddles the twang and imagery of outlaw country with a roots punk sound and attitude for a sound that is good, bad (to the bone) and ugly (like the face you make when you’re rocking out like nobody’s watching). Riding to the rescue to bring hope to these dusty old speakers is Bloomington, Indiana’s Russian Cowboy with their album A Slow Migration West. Simply put, this isn’t just a welcome new addition to the tradition set forth by bands like The Blasters and The Gun Club, but a release that stands shoulder to shoulder with the greats of the genre. Why are you still reading this? G’on get! Get on over to their Bandcamp page and grab a copy before we call the marshal on you!

June 3, 2021

The B-Side: Max MacLaury

We’ve been seeing a trend of late with Americana releases sent our way, and that is an embracing of a more relaxed song structure, a movement away from the tight confines of the honky tonk and the hushed front porch confessions and into something a bit more loose and wide open. A lot of the times that manifests itself in a journey toward the psychedelic (best embodied by Leon III’s genre blending masterpiece Antlers in Velvet that came out earlier this year) and then there’s Max MacLaury‘s “Cut From The Same Cloth.” MacLaury doesn’t throw any curve balls at you, nor whips the song into an unexpected left turn, he just simply pops the top off of it and lets it breathe and stretch its legs a bit, to great effect. It gives the song a kind of natural cinematic openness that matches MacLaury’s vocals which sit perfectly between a classic country croon and roots rock attitude, and has us playing this one on repeat.

June 1, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Americana, Folk & Roots Vol. 5

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Back from our vacation in the Smoky Mountains, but still feeling that vibe, so here’s a playlist to get you on our level.

June 1, 2021

Mike’s Tuesday Muse

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people. Yesterday was a holiday though, so enjoy the rare, elusive and exquisite Mike’s Tuesday Muse.

“We start every performance since Lou Reed’s passing with a little feedback if you don’t mind. This is in memory of Lou, alright?” I don’t fucking mind at all.

May 4, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Americana, Folk & Roots Vol. 4

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Oh, look, it’s another grouping of the best Americana and Americana related songs we could find for you, lover of music and appreciator of a nice grouping.

May 3, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Green On Red

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

I see this happy vision of Alejandro and Javier Escovedo buying Dan Stuart and Chuck Prophet beers at the Continental Club every time I hear this song. Green On Red‘s “Gas Food Lodging” was released in 1985 on Engima Records and it is a roots rock classic. “Live At Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, April 11​,​1985 – Archive 3” became available through Green On Red’s bandcamp site in early April.

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