Album Reviews

The Reverend Shawn Amos

With so much going crazy in modern life, we can use a dose of real love to remind us what’s important. Why do people cling to divisiveness and hate? Shouldn’t … Read more

J.D. Wilkes

J.D. Wilkes has released Fire Dream, already sure to be one of the more interesting albums of 2018. Drawing deep from Appalachian springs and gypsy wells, Wilkes mashes roots to … Read more

The Swampers

Taking its title from a line in the Lynyrd Skynyrd hit “Sweet Home Alabama,” Muscle Shoals Has Got The Swampers, is a collection of 14 instrumental tracks that show why they … Read more

Caroline Cotter

Since her Back On The Train debut a decade ago, travel-inspired songstress Caroline Cotter has been traversing the world by foot, bicycle, trains, planes and automobiles; Seeking, finding, following her … Read more

Rockie Charles

The late “President of Soul,” Rockie Charles, was a tugboat captain in New Orleans. Like too many musicians who needed to resort to a “day job,” Charles never got too … Read more

John McCutcheon

Folk and children’s-music singer John McCutcheon has been making albums for 45 years, but this, his 39th, came about rather accidentally. As often happens with a skilled songwriter, an image … Read more

Johnny Tucker

When traditional blues cats like Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson get involved in a project, it demands attention simply because there is not enough of this kind of solid, … Read more

Mick Kolassa

Mississippi-based guitarist and vocalist Mick Kolassa gathers a bunch of his friends for duets in this set of blues standards. Blues is often rowdy and raucous but here Kolassa and … Read more

John Gorka

John Gorka has always been able to spin a good yarn. On his latest album, True in Time, the veteran singer/songwriter lets his imagination run wild in “The Ballad of … Read more

John Oates and the Good Road Band

Maybe someday John Oates will finally get to record a proper tribute album to country blues legend Mississippi John Hurt, one of his biggest influences. That was the original idea … Read more