Thunderhead is where I am musically right now. Raw power. Emotional grit. Unpolished beauty. Yes, Barry Andrew Madison, aka Thunderhead, who is based in Seattle, is playing right into my wheelhouse, and he’s sucking me into his universe like a…
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.
Folk Alliance International is not a gathering of hippies communing with nature, smoking grass, and plucking acoustic guitars, singing about the environment or the administration and how mankind is doomed unless we give up meat and start hugging trees. To be fair, there is some of that, but the music at FAI is diverse and plentiful enough to satisfy any lover of good music.