NEW MUSIC: Wild Earp & the Free for Alls – Don’t Play the Waltz at the California Clipper
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NEW MUSIC: Wild Earp & the Free for Alls – Don’t Play the Waltz at the California Clipper

This new track form Wild Earp & The Free for Alls, which pays homage to their home base, the California Clipper Lounge, is all about the rhythm and groove. Total head-nodding, line-dancing good times abound as the tune shimmies across the dance floor. “Wild Earp & The Free for Alls played every month for 4 … Continue reading

NEWS: Charley Crockett Announces New LP ‘Welcome To Hard Times’
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NEWS: Charley Crockett Announces New LP ‘Welcome To Hard Times’

  Charley Crockett, today announced his latest studio album Welcome To Hard Times, released July 31st on Thirty Tigers. A bold new record from the definitive young voice in country and western’s modern reinvention. Produced by Mark Neill, with songwriting contributions from Pat McLaughlin and Dan Auerbach, Welcome To Hard Times’ is a genre-bending mix … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Secret Emchy Society – Everything Was Fine
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NEW MUSIC: Secret Emchy Society – Everything Was Fine

The enigmatically named Secret Emchy Society from Oakland has a new track out which races along on a quick-shuffle, honky tonk heartbeat as Cindy Emch barrels out the song with high spirits and playful verve. Emch has been named by the Huffington Post as the ‘First Lady of Queer Country’ and No Depression christened her “Equal … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: The Golden Lancers – Tired Of Saying Goodbye
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NEW MUSIC: The Golden Lancers – Tired Of Saying Goodbye

This song caught our ear the other day, the new single from The Golden Lancers out of South Carolina. It’s a stripped back sound, capturing the honky tonk essence of the song that has one of those classic country lines in “I’m tired of saying sorry, so I’ll say goodbye.” We’re looking forward to hearing … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Christy Lynn Band – Checkin’ In
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NEW MUSIC: Christy Lynn Band – Checkin’ In

Asheville, NC’s Christy Lynn Band is the project of Christy Lynn and Ryan Schilling who hooked up musically back in 2011. Their full-length album, the cleverly titled, Sweetheart of the Radio, will be released on vinyl digital, CD and streaming platforms on April 3rd. Lynn describes the album as tales of heartbreak and leaving, an outlaw’s last … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Joe Wortell And The Natural Law – Still Wanting You
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NEW MUSIC: Joe Wortell And The Natural Law – Still Wanting You

“It’s a cautionary tale about love lost, drunk dialing your ex and driving while on Xanax.” Joe Wortell (Chicago) has a new track out and it’s a pure country tune steeped in Haggard and early Sturgill. Rough and ready yet musically polished, especially the great pedal steel playing by Jeff Lyman. Hell of a chorus hook … Continue reading

VIDEO: Pinto Bennett – I Like Singin’ The Blues In A Honky Tonk Song
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VIDEO: Pinto Bennett – I Like Singin’ The Blues In A Honky Tonk Song

Back in May we shared this song from Pinto Bennett, from his album The Last Saturday Night and now he’s released this great, down-to-earth clip for it, featuring Eilen Jewell among the many guests. She sang on the album and her husband and bandmate Jason Beek produced it. Authentic, organic, humorous, old-school, dusty floor, honky … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Kathryn Legrande – Going Crazy/Making It Up
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NEW MUSIC: Kathryn Legrande – Going Crazy/Making It Up

Texan Kathryn Legrande has released two superb new tracks. The first, ‘Going Crazy’ is a wonderful Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard-channeling, hard honky-tonk song topped off by Legrande’s fine vocal. There’s a touch of Nikki Lane in her sound too but less floorboard-stomping extrovert. ‘Making It Up’ takes a smoother and more wistful approach, soaked … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Pinto Bennett – I Like Singin’ The Blues In A Honky Tonk Song
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NEW MUSIC: Pinto Bennett – I Like Singin’ The Blues In A Honky Tonk Song

Authentic, organic, humorous, old school dusty floor honky tonk sounds from Pinto Bennett, the Idaho musician who made his first recordings at age 16 in 1964 with a rock band called The Fates before being seduced by Wynn Stewart’s Bakersfield country sound. By the 2000s, his hard living caught up with him in the form … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: David Quinn
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NEW MUSIC: David Quinn

David Quinn (Chicago) has released two tracks this year and both of them hit our sweet spot with their authentic and in-the-pocket country sound. Not over-produced, simply great playing, a cool production sound (Andrija Tokic, known for his work with Alabama Shakes, Langhorne Slim, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margo Price) and Quinn’s voice … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Samuel Herb – Someone Else’s Dream
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NEW MUSIC: Samuel Herb – Someone Else’s Dream

“I’m going to quit, just not today.” Great sounds from Mr Samuel Herb, a 25 year old singer/songwriter who originally hails from Jacksonville, FL. ‘Someone Else’s Dream’ fuses a swingin’ honky tonk with soul vamps and a killer New Orleans trumpet sound to wonderful effect. We look forward to hearing where Herb goes next with … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Gethen Jenkins – Bottle In My Hand
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NEW MUSIC: Gethen Jenkins – Bottle In My Hand

Honky tonk, hard country and outlaw combine for this rippin’ new single from Gethen Jenkins. There’s some great playing right across it, from lead guitar to pedal steel, backed by a swinging freight train rhythm section on this shuffling drinking song. Hell of a voice too – gruff and deep, in the tradition of Waylon … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Ben Mastwyk
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INTERVIEW: Ben Mastwyk

BRASH OPTIMISM & SONGWRITING PROPHECY Striding the early morning Los Angeles pavement and scared about returning to his life in Melbourne, the musician had revelation. Maybe he could just disappear? Dissolve into the weird and wild world of LA. That thought was quickly tempered by reality but it did result in a song about just … Continue reading