Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

The tide seems to be changing. People appear to be gravitating towards artists that are creative, and free thinking. My proof is the fact that there was pretty packed house to see Ray Wylie Hubbard on a Sunday night. I was extremely encouraged by the size of the crowd and the fact that I am using this as a barometer to measure interest in Americana. It appears that this genre , along with classic and outlaw country are gaining traction and more people are realizing that this is damn good music. I am truly happy for Ray and the band. They deserve the adulation.  The irony is that Ray is one of the most humble rock stars there is.  (more…)

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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

An absolutely perfect melding of funk, country, ska, and rock and roll. This album runs the spectrum when it comes to categories. So do we call it country? Americana? rhythm and blues? It is all of the above, but none of the above, in aggregate. Something new was created here. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a fantastic trombone solo on Good Egg (Track 3). The best trombone solo since A Cave from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on their debut album The Devil’s Night Out from way back in 1989! (more…)

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

Cowbell takes the early lead in the race by opening the album with the title track Haunted Heart. A conglomeration of psychedelia, surf, and rockabilly are the identifying marks of this tune.

It is quite brilliant and is different than other albums in this genre. It has more harmony than most rockabilly and and a bit of a softener so the psychedelic aspect is a bit understated. All in all, this song is a rocker that will stay with me for a while.  (more…)

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

I hear a mix of Elvis Costello and The Band. Not too much, just enough to give the readers a bit of a reference point. This is a superfine album. It is a pleasure to listen to. I even hear a bit of R&B. This is eclectic, to say the least. The differences in the songs create a bit of anticipation, wondering what will happen next. Glenn Morrow is a Jersey boy, Hoboken, to be exact.  (more…)

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

Jason Isbell is headed for super stardom after the release of The Nashville Sound. He cut his teeth in The Drive By Truckers where he developed his writing and performing skills. Not to mention Jason’s amazing guitar playing. He has continued to develop and improve each step along the way. Isbell’s songs are still extremely powerful and well written. He is one of the few artists that can really tell a very vivid story with a start, middle, and poignant conclusion.  (more…)

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

This album starts off quite strong with the track Fine Fine Day. Fine Fine Day is a song of polar opposites. Good vs evil, happy vs sad, etc. The song has some very beautiful vocals yet it also contains some very fast and somewhat scary instrumentation that makes this song an adventure. Banditos do a great job of walking that tight rope, cruising between the dark side and the light. This song is brilliant and made to be played at least 100 times. Well, not in one day. Unless you feel it is absolutely necessary. (more…)