Americana

  • Unlikely Saints Deliver Aura and Spark!

    The Oregon coast band, Unlikely Saints is probably a name that needs some introduction. Not because they don’t have aura and spark in their music, but because they’re an independent band making music rather than packaging publicity stunts. The band is a collaborative effort made up of Jay Fleming...
  • David Vaters: “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1”

    This year Canadian born David Vaters released his first solo album “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” on Feb 17. It’s an ambitious project showcasing a cast of a-league musicians which include: Tom Hemby on guitars and mandolin; John Hammond and Brian Fullen in the pocket; Jeff Cox on...
  • Amilia K Spicer: “Fill Me Up” is another gleaming gem

    If like me, you sometimes judge artists by the company they keep, then Amilia K Spicer would be on you’re A-list. A simple read through the credits on her latest album “Wow and Flutter” should be enough to convince you – Keyboardists  Rami  Jaffee (Wallflowers,  Foo  Fighters)  and  Mike ...
  • Lyrics Of Two: “Let’s Make This Earth From House To Home”

    In a seemingly indefinite era of violence and indifference, philosophers can prove to be radicals by simply telling us what we should already know. The problem is that, all too often, we just don’t care. Marie Helen Abramyan and her award winning project Lyrics Of Two, for one, has...
  • Rock Paper Gary: “American Mixtape LP” is full of great songs

    Gary Reid started his solo project ‘Rock Paper Gary’ during the winter of 2014. Previously Reid had toured all over the country with national acts serving as a guitar tech and/or bass guitarist. Once worked dried up Gay went through various experiences, including working on his father’s drilling rig...
  • Dave Vargo: “Burning Through” – deep, rich and polished!

    The album “Burning Through” by Dave Vargo clearly deserves a 5 star rating, but just I want to get my two cents worth in there anyway. If you’ve listened to Vargo at all, you’ll know that he is an amazing song writer and an even better lyricist. Musically, the...
  • GSlide: “Survive A Girl’s Mind” – tight, well-layered, and high-caliber indie music

    GSlide is Bruce Carter (Guitars/Drums/Vocals), Dara Bradley (Vocals/Piano), Eimear Bradley (Vocals/Guitar) and David Sheehan (Bass). American-born Bruce Carter, the chief writer and producer started recording material in Cork, Ireland. In Cork, Carter became friends with local renown songwriting sister duo Dara and Eimear Bradley and began crafting music with...
  • Grant Maloy Smith: “DUST BOWL – AMERICAN STORIES” – skillfully written and instrumented

    When we listen to award-winning Americana singer-songwriter, Grant Maloy Smith, we often hear a shrug, a battered heart, and the steely reason of hard-earned wisdom all bundled into a single powerfully ragged voice that resonates rather extraordinarily with the plight of mankind. Smith has a gift for articulating the...
  • Steady Work: “Identity Theft” – This is a real life record!

    Dallas Schwake aka Steady Work, is an independent music artist based out of Colorado Springs, CO. Originally a Mississippi Native, Dallas moved to Colorado in 2012 where he attended the United States Air Force Academy. Instead of continuing a career in the military, Dallas – a multi-instrumentalist – voluntarily...