He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
Leslie Anne Levine – The Decemberists
Waitin’ Around To Die – Townes Van Zandt
Tecumseh Valley – Townes Van Zandt
Dress Rehearsal Rag – Leonard Cohen
Cryin’ Time – Buck Owens
The Man Who Couldn’t Cry – Johnny Cash
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Misguided Angel – The Cowboy Junkies
Sing Me Back Home – Merle Haggard
Women’s Prison – Loretta Lynn
Sweet Side – Lucinda Williams
The Card Cheat – The Clash
El Paso – Marty Robbins
Seven Spanish Angels – Willie Nelson & Ray Charles

							

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
I was excited to begin with because I have never seen Creedence and I wanted to see the performers perform the songs that were, and still are, the soundtrack to my life. Every time I hear certain Creedence songs, I immediately go back to a particular moment in time when that song was playing. Be it carpool, baseball practice, the beach, or just listening to the radio, these songs have a profound impact on me.

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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

I have had trouble before articulating, in writing, the style(s) of a particular artist. I am truly at a loss when it comes to Jason Hawk Harris’s “Love & The Dark”. It has at least 31 flavors, if not more. It’s country as all get out but it has some great rock and roll sensibilities that won’t alienate the people that say they “don’t like country”. There is also a very whimsical, almost Broadway show feel to it that I rarely hear when I am listening to a country record. Some of the cord changes and instrumentation is not the traditional country inventory of instruments and arrangements. (more…)

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
When you think of Minnesota and music, southern rock doesn’t immediately come to mind. What does come to mind are seminal post punk bands like The Replacements, Huusker Du, and Soul Asylum. And those noisy Amphetamine Reptile bands like the Cows and Babes In Toyland. Maybe the musical landscape in Minneapolis is changing and The Plott Hounds are making it happen. Their mix of country infused southern rock is just what Minneapolis ordered. 

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Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Wow. What a comforting voice! This voice warms me like a blanket on a cold night. This songs all hit me in my wheelhouse. Very spacey and heavenly music to go along with some absolutely soul-inspiring vocals. These songs walk the tight rope between pop and edgy. This is pop with some teeth and some muscle. It isn’t some watered down version of music . This IS music. (more…)

Beth Bombara Evergreen
Reviewed By Harry Kaplan
Poppy love. That’s what I got. Thanks to the beautiful textures and melodies contained in “Evergreen”.  This is the good kind of pop music, good energy, thoughtful lyrics, and performed by the writer. That is a winning formula.
Beth has been active in the music business since 2007, when she launched her solo career. Born and raised in Michigan, Beth now calls St. Louis home , and has since 2007. “Evergreen” is Beth’s seventh release. 
The music on Evergreen is pop leaning with some strong country and Americana influences. A plethora of acoustic guitar fills and a ton of slide guitar pepper this entire release. I would call the entire album a very easy and enjoyable listen. And Beth’s voice is absolutely beautiful. Tinged with just a touch of sadness. 
Tenderhearted (Track 4) is the song that immediately caught my attention. I am a sucker for well executed slide guitar parts and Tenderhearted has a multitude of them. The lyrics are very poignant and offer hope to all of us who are in a  long term relationship:
Tenderhearted lover dreaming fast and wild 
I’ve heard those old stories, you were a curious child 
Grown up to play guitar in a rock and roll band 
Turned your back on the backup plan 

It’s never gonna be perfect 
But I’m still gonna try 
The closest I’ll ever get 
Is you by my side 
All I’m asking is 
Please, come on this ride 

This is a reminder that no relationship is perfect, but they were never meant to be. Beth says, “Let’s not dwell on the negative, let’s focus on the positive.” I am going to listen to Beth. 
The lead into Growing Wings (Track 5) is absolutely fabulous. While Tenderhearted was more upbeat, Growing Wings is definitely more of a melancholy tune. The pace is slower and the overall vibe of this song is a woven tapestry of bitter sweet imagery. The words and vocals are chill inducing. Those piano/keyboard parts are what really elevates this song and takes it to uncharted territory.
I definitely get the feeling that sadness is a continuing theme of this album. No song gives me that feeling any more than Anymore (Track 3). Very edgy music that definitely has an alternative feel to it. Even a little bit on the punk side of things. Punk and country seem to be good partners, as most older punkers eventually gravitate toward this genre.  
Rock and roll is not dead, as previously reported. Beth Bombara puts her own distinctive touch on her version of rock and roll. She has a style that is unique and will not be confused with anybody else. This is an album that will have legs long past 2019 and into the next decade. 
Listen and buy Evergreen

Photo by Anthony Nguyen
From Left to Right: Dustin “Midnight” Fleming, Travis “Mcfiddlesticks” Curry, Guyton “Dixieland” Sanders, Joshua “Fireball” Fleming, Mark “Crossroads” Moncrieff, Corey “Round Up” Graves     Photo by Anthony Nguyen
I’ll write it again, the best interviews are the ones that are more like conversation, dialogue back and forth. That is exactly the way the interview went with Josh Fleming of Vandoliers. Josh explains that that the name Vandoliers is a made up word. It was a made up word. Now it is a real word describing a dynamic band of great musicians. We talk about Vandolier’s new album, Forever, and even touch on depression and anxiety. It is a great read!
JF: Josh Fleming                                                          TL: TwangriLa

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photo by Juan Perez-Fajardo
Interview  by Harry Kaplan
Jon Langford needs no introduction to me. Others may not be so lucky to know exactly who Jon Langford is so I will give a quick recap. Jon is a founding member of the band mekons. Originally the drummer, Jon moved to guitar as personnel changes led to openings. He is also a member of The Waco Brothers, Four Lost Souls, The Three Johns, among others. Our chat was a combination of some reminiscing as well as looking forward.
JL: Jon Langford                                                                                                                              TL: TwangriLa

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Interview by Harry Kaplan
I have been following Cris Jacob’s career for quite a while now. He and his band, The Bridge, have been rocking Baltimore and the mid Atlantic for years. Now Cris has branched out a bit and is no longer a Baltimore hidden gem. He is known. Very well deserved for a guy who is not only a superb musician and performer, he is also a gentleman. A true “good guy”. Cris speaks about his new album, Color Where You Are, touring, and his musical plans for the next year. 
CJ: Cris Jacobs                                       TL: TwangriLa

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