Texas Metal Band the Sword Takes a Ride on the Fantastic Side
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:11 a.m. 0 comments
It’s okay to classify frontman John “J.D.” Cronise’s 10-year-old retro-rock outfit the Sword as stoner metal, if you’d like. Or even doom, if you’re especially taken with the singer’s sometimes-apocalyptic lyrical fantasias. But while Cronise doesn’t mind, he doesn’t see ...
Gangstagrass Fuses an Unlikely Combination of Hip-Hop and Bluegrass
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments
Tthe way Rench puts it, bluegrass, with its drummerless bands, and hip-hop, with its heavy bass beats, seem perfect for each other. Luckily, he was able to find like-minded musicians in New York’s small bluegrass community, and assembled a group ...
Chris Thile Adds a Partnership with Brad Mehldau to His “Musical Fraternity”
Published 4/10/2013 at 11:28 a.m. 0 comments
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile thinks of his career as one big audition, a quest to join the ranks of the upper echelon of musicians and composers—a group he calls the “musical fraternity.” He speaks about this journey as if it’s ...
L.A. Folk-Rockers Dawes Set a New Course with 'Stories Don't End'
Published 4/3/2013 at 9:33 a.m. 0 comments
With their third album, the vibrant Stories Don't End, Dawes—singer and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, keyboard player Tay Strathairn, bassist Wylie Gelber, and drummer Griffin Goldsmith—have taken a bold leap into the 21st century.
Kenny Roby Looks to the Past for the Next Phase of His Career
Published 3/27/2013 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments
It hasn’t been easy for Kenny Roby to get where he is now. The Raleigh, N.C., singer/songwriter first established himself in the 1990s as the frontman and principal songwriter for the alt-country band Six String Drag. The group—much like Knoxville’s ...
Old-Time Band the Freight Hoppers Keeps Chugging Along
Published 3/20/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
For musicians like Frank Lee, the past year has been a strange one. A good one, mind you, but still strange.
British Blues Singer Bex Marshall Puts Some Country in Her Blues
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a surprising fact behind Bex Marshall’s new album of countrified back-porch blues, House of Mercy: Even though it sounds (mostly) like down-home rural blues from Mississippi, House of Mercy was actually recorded in Marshall’s house in the north of ...
Buddy Guy Keeps the Blues Alive
Published 2/27/2013 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments
Every January, Buddy Guy holds a month-long residency at Buddy Guy’s Legends, the blues club he owns in Chicago. The 76-year-old Guy plays four nights a week with a roster of national touring acts like Lil Ed and the Imperials. ...
New York Drone Duo Mountains Stretches Out on Its New Album
Published 2/20/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
As one-half of the New York drone music duo Mountains, Brendon Anderegg creates what most listeners would call “soundscapes”: complex melodic tapestries that weave in and out of focus, expanding and contracting for what seem like endless stretches of time. ...
The Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Transforms a Novel-in-Progress Into His Best Solo Album
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
Patterson Hood didn’t have big plans when he started working on what eventually turned into his 2012 solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.
Long-Running Murfreesboro Band Glossary Rediscovers the Mythology of Rock ’n’ Roll
Published 2/6/2013 at 2:04 p.m. 0 comments
Long Live All of Us, released in October 2011, is another stage in Glossary’s development from scrappy indie rock to a classic rock ’n’ roll band.
Con Hunley: If You Could Read Between the Lines
Published 1/30/2013 at 12:14 p.m. 0 comments
Con Hunley’s country music career in the late ’70s/early ’80s is the classic tale of a Knoxvillian trying to conform to Nashville’s ways—and returning to Knoxville for a happier life. Despite jaw-dropping good looks and talent formidable enough to win ...
Tall Tales of Con Hunley
Published 1/30/2013 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
Some extra anecdotes from a colorful career.
The Zac Brown Band Overcomes Its Biggest Hit to Become One of Country Music's Top Acts
Published 1/23/2013 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments
For most fans, the Zac Brown Band is inseparable from its first big hit, the rousing Southern summer anthem “Chicken Fried.” It’s the kind of song that any new band would love to have, but it’s also the kind of ...
Nashville Pop-Prog Band Moon Taxi Raises Its Profile With 'Cabaret'
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
Moon Taxi keyboardist Wes Bailey frequently mentions his idea of “synthesis,” of merging various moods and textures and genres into something slightly unexpected. That open-minded approach defines the band’s latest album, last year’s Cabaret, a thrilling set that blends eclecticism ...