Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
This is a really, really nice release. Good writing, singing, and harmonies. Sunlost is Daniel Hutchison – vocals, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar and Brian Potts-electric guitar, drums, bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals. They hail from Collinsville, IL, which is a suburb of St. Louis. Coincidentally, Collinsville is about ten miles from the home of Uncle Tupelo and maybe 20 miles from where The Bottlerockets reside. Some of the Rocket/Tupelo magic has rubbed off on these fellas.  (more…)
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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
This is old school country and it is exactly what the doctor ordered. It feels fresh and new and timely as hell. Ryan Koenig is no stranger to country music, Koenig joined up with Pokey LaFarge in 2008. The band has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Grand Ole Opry, The Marty Stuart Show and many others. (more…)

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
This is not the first time reviewing material from Sunday Wilde. I had the honor of being one of the first reviewers of her last album, Blueberries & Grits. That was more of a solo project. This album features Reno Jack in a more prominent role, more of a collaboration. He is the perfect vocal complement to Sunday. While Sunday sings a majority of the songs on this collection, Reno Jack fronts two of the songs, which are done to perfection.

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Harry Kaplan
Artists and fans have been posting Tom Petty tribute songs since the singer’s untimely death. I am sure that the tributes are sincere and heartfelt. Having written that, some of the tributes are good and some, not so good. And there is one that is in a class by itself. That would be Even The Losers covered by Ryan Adams at the ACL Festival on 10/13/17. Ryan is like Johnny Cash where he can take a cover and make people forget who the original artist was. I am not suggesting that in this case. I was just trying to articulate how good this video is. Well, see for yourself…..
Ryan Adams: Even The Losers (Tom Petty) Great audience video by Jeff Amador

 

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Most of you probably don’t know Chris Barron by name. But, if I mention the band he fronts, you will. Chris Barron is the lead singer for the Spin Doctors. They are that funky jam band that was the alternative music soundtrack for the year 1992.  The music on their 1991 debut, Pocket Full Of Kryptonite, is funky, upbeat, and catchy as hell. That led to these guys being completely over played and over saturated. They were a victim of their own success, through no fault of their own. Spin Doctors are still around and going strong. They took a two year sabbatical from ’99 to ’01, but have been at it ever since.

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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Damn right! This is what country music should sound like. The reason it is called outlaw country, honky tonk, Americana, etc. is because the name “country” has been hijacked by people who wouldn’t know what country music was if they heard it on the radio. Consequently, they will never hear it on the radio because the same people also control the airwaves. How convenient. All is not lost, the glass is half full, if not a bit more than half. 

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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Trends may come and go in music but one thing is for certain: Whitney’s voice is one of the best. She can sing and do more than honky tonk, although she tackles honky tonk like a linebacker. Whitney hits about six genres on Rule 62. Classic country, honky tonk, rhythm and blues, folk, blues, and ’50s rock and roll are all sung prominently. I forgot Tejano, that makes seven. Whitney not only sings these, she takes them up several levels. 

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