The Jam in the Van guys are really on a roll recently. They featured Rod Melancon a few weeks ago, and now they are all over one of our long-time favorites, K Phillips. We knew K when he was still struggling to find his voice, toiling away as a sideman (primarily with Javi Garcia). Nowadays, of course, K is touring the USA with Counting Crows and Rob Thomas.
Aside from being a prolific musician, Lee Harvey Osmond, a.k.a. Tom Wilson, is a poet, a painter, and a soon-to-be published author whose creative juices always seem to be flowing. A conversation with him is like riding a rollercoaster: lots of twists and turns, ups and down, frightening and fun all at the same time. Jim Villanueva recently spoke with him about scars – beautiful and otherwise – and just about everything else under the sun.
One of Americana Music Times’s favorite artists, Los Angeles-based Rod Melancon, has released a new EP, LA 14. Still working with producer Brian Whelan, formerly Dwight Yoakum’s guitarist, LA 14, returns to Melancon’s country roots, but still rocks out, as you’ll hear when you listen to “Perry” below. The songwriting on LA 14 is as good as we expect from Melancon, who continues to spin finely crafted tales born of the Louisiana swamps that he calls home.
Where were you on March 17, 2016? I was at Maria’s Taco Xpress, where I took in this year’s Grand Ole Austin showcase, which Julie Richmond of Carolina Chickadee Presents and Kim Grant of KG Music Press have put on every year for the past few. I had to leave at 7:30pm to head back to San Antonio for another show, but the eight hours I spent at this showcase proved to me, once again, that Richmond and Grant know how to spot talent.