Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
What a pure and honest voice! There are some strong Dylan and Prine elements but the music on Caught It From The Rye is 100% original. I think Tre’s contributions to Americana music and folk is exactly what we need right now. There aren’t enough troubadours anymore. Those men and women that believe that music is their calling and they will do anything to spread their art, irrespective of money. 
Tre Burt is a Sacramento native and states that John Prine is one of his three all time favorites. Based on listening to this entire album, I don’t think I am stepping out of line by assuming that Dylan is probably on that list as well. Most of the album is just Tre and the acoustic guitar with what I would call light instrument accompaniment. Tre and the acoustic are definitely the heroes here and the album prominently displays that fact. There is a very, very big sound that Tre has created and it is glorious. 
Where to start? All of the nine songs on this release are worthy of praise and some ink. One song for me rises to the top and that song is Get It By Now Blues (Track 8). What an absolute masterpiece that carries the torch from Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seger, Dylan, and Prine. This song shows its beauty starting at the first note. This is a song of heartbreak that is so good, it will be around for a long time. The powerful writing and a voice that speaks to us directly is something that music has been missing for a while now. Hopefully Tre can fill that void. 
Franklin’s Tunnel (Track 4) is the only song on this collection that features another voice. Jules Bee (Sea Of Bees) provides vocals on this track and it is amazing how well her voice melds with Tre’s. It truly is something magical. Two voices completely intertwined to create a third voice. That’s called synergy. There is no shortage of it on Franklin’s Tunnel. 
Another astounding number is the title track, Caught It From The Rye (Track 2). Tre’s voice pulls off this number because of his vocal strength and ability to switch between notes flawlessly. According to Tre, the song is about the cycle of life from birth to death. This song was not written in the traditional sense but came to Tre during a visit to the forest in southern Washington state. He states after the first line, the rest of the song was created in a state of subconsciousness, similar to a hypnotic state. 
The album is a bit short, only 27 minutes. But, there is no filler here. This is all substance with no artificial additives or by-products. Listening to Caught It From The Rye may be the fastest half an hour you ever spent. If you are anything like me, you are grateful for the rewind button. 
Listen and buy Caught It From The Rye

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
I just got this in the mail today and immediately popped the CD into the player. I was taken by the beautiful sound quality of the CD. For a live album, the sound is brilliant and expertly mixed. That may not seem like much, but if those two things aren’t right, it can completely ruin a listening experience. And when I finally focused on the music, I was immediately transfixed and transported right to Tipitina’s in NOLA, where this was recorded. “Asteur” is crackling with energy from the first note to the last. The crowd noise adds to the frenzy. 


Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
This was Sarah Shook & The Disarmers first time playing in Baltimore and they picked up a whole lot more fans after their fantastic opening set. I could hear the applause get louder and more enthusiastic after each song. I also heard many people in the audience state, “Wow! She is good!” Yes she is. And so is the the entire band. All of the band mates are incredible musicians. (more…)

Review by Harry Kaplan
This is my first review of a comedian. I realize this doesn’t fall in the format of country music, or music of any kind. I am compelled to write a review for a couple of reasons: 1) Lewis Black is hysterical and it was a wonderful evening. 2) This was a benefit for two worthy charities, Pathfinders for Autism and The Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I don’t want to lose focus of what the purpose of this great event was, to raise awareness and resources for two very important causes. More about the sponsors a little later….


Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Soulful, funky and totally groovy. Yes, I said groovy. That’s because this album grooves and rocks. All of the songs have this very understated vibe with comforting sounds. Either it’s the funky back beat, the totally sublime spacey guitar fills, or the heavenly Wurly-esque organ fills, all of these elements compliment Bonnie’s voice like a hand in a tight fitting glove.


Complicated Life – The Kinks
Dead Flowers – The Rolling Stones
Squeeze Box – The Who
Tulsa Time – Eric Clapton
Song For Bob Dylan – David Bowie
It’s Over – Badfinger
Free Again – Alex Chilton
Brokedown Palace – The Grateful Dead
Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band
Little Ole Country Boy – Parliament
Your Cheatin’ Heart – James Brown
I Can’t Be Counted On – The Meat Puppets
Hold My Life – The Replacements
Weary Blues From Waitin’ – The Godz
Promised Land – Chuck Berry

TwangriLa Podcast Number 2: Did Jew Know?
Ride ‘Em Jewboy – Kinky Friedman
Get To Leave – Giant Sand
The 3 Deaths Of Lucky – Howe Gelb
Right Now – Emmylou Harris/Mark Knopfler
Little Bitty Town – Bad Livers
You And Me Instead – Asleep At The Wheel
Jumpin’ At The Woodside – Asleep At The Wheel
Demon In Disguise – David Bromberg
Act Nice And Gentle – The Black Keys
Romance In Durango – Bob Dylan
The Streets Of Baltimore – Tompall & The Glaser Brothers
Pretty Boy Floyd – Country Joe McDonald
Tennessee Stud – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
I’m Glad I’m Jewish – Mike Bloomfield

TwangriLa Podcast Number 3: Every Day I Got The Booze – The Whiskey Edition

Whiskey Bottle – Uncle Tupleo
Whiskey Bottle – The Golden Boys
Whiskey On My Mind – The Von Ehrics
Whiskey River – Willie Nelson
Women Without Whiskey – Drive By Truckers
Poison Whiskey – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Beer, Whiskey & Diamond Rings – Texas Heat
Let the Whiskey Take The Reins – Old 97s
Whiskey Glass Eye – Slobberbone
Whiskey Down The Drain – Jeff Dahl Group
Waltz About Whiskey – Mandolin Orange
Whiskey Jar – Wrinkle Neck Mules
Me And The Whiskey – Whitey Morgan & The 78s
Tennessee Whiskey – George Jones

TwangriLa Podcast Number 4: Crazy About Country Music
Committed To Parkview – The Highwaymen
The Rubber Room – Porter Wagoner
When Walter Went Crazy – Drive By Truckers
Crazy Mary – Victoria Williams
Crazy Baby – The Blasters
I’ve Always Been Crazy – Waylon Jennings
Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues – The Kinks
Some Depression – Kasey Anderson And The Honkies
No Depression – Uncle Tupelo
Desperate And Depressed – Margo Price
I’m Looking For My Mind – Merle Haggard
Out Of My Mind – Nikki Lane
Psycho – Eddie Noack
Zoloft – Drive By Truckers

TwangriLa Podcast Number 5: Everyday I Got The Booze – The Drinking Edition
Drink Up And Be Somebody – Merle Haggard
Nobody Up Drinking (But Us) – Hard Pans
If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will) – George Jones
Why Henry Drinks – The Drive By Truckers
Let’s All Go To The Bar – Deer Tick
I’ll Never Drink Again – The Far West
Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You – John Prine
Reason I’m Drinking – Country Lips
Drink ‘Till We’re Gone – Lucero
Don’t Come Home-A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) – Loretta Lynn
Hurtin’ (On The Bottle) – Margo Price
Haze Of Drink – Slobberbone
Drinking And Driving – The Business
DUI Or Die – Those Darlins
Another Bender Might Break Me – Hellbound Glory
Many Happy Hangovers To You – Karling Abbeygate