Album Mini-review: Bill Pritchard — Mother Town Hall

File next to: Ray Davies, Lloyd Cole, Martin Newell Despite having released nine albums since 1987, England-based Bill Pritchard isn’t well-known at home , much less here in the USA: he’s developed a sizable following in France, of all places. His music has the wry storytelling vibe of Nick Lowe, and his expressive baritone has

Jim Lauderdale: “Soul Searching” Album Release Party

Jim Lauderdale would be a fine candidate to pick up the mantle once proudly worn by Glen Campbell. He’s a skilled singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and musician. In fact — as his regular gig as emcee for Nashville’s annual Americana Music Association Awards show demonstrates — he’s a highly engaging all-around entertainer, a true natural

Some Long-lost Artist Biographies

Way back in the depths of the Great Recession (2007-2009), one of my former writers (from my time as Editor in Chief of a now-defunct magazine I won’t dignify by naming) put me in touch with the good people at Amoeba Music. The California-based record chain had an ambitious plan: creating artist bios to serve

Five Years of Best-of Lists

Way back when, I used to subscribe to Rolling Stone. I remember when The Who released their album It’s Hard; the magazine fawned all over it, giving the disc five stars. I’m a Who fanatic, but I’m here to tell you: It’s Hard was not a five-star effort. I thought about that recently, as I

Honeymoon Hundred-word Reviews, Part 2

I’m on my honeymoon this week, so I thought it would be a good time to offer up some backlog-clearing entries in my occasional series of Hundred Word Reviews. And though the musical styles are all over the map, there’s a theme of sorts this time: each of the acts reviewed has been covered previously,

Hundred-word Reviews July 2014, Part Four

I’m bound and determined to reduce the contents of my in-box to manageable levels, so this week I’ll be covering 25 albums, each adhering to a 100-word limit. Don’t mistake brevity for a negative review; these are all worthwhile releases. Today’s five are the last in this particular run of new releases; tomorrow’s five will

Preview: The Graham Parker Interview

I first discovered the music of Graham Parker in the early-early 80s, in the finale year of my high school career. This was before MTV; if I recall correctly – this was a looong time ago – I learned of him via his association with other British acts I enjoyed. People like Nick Lowe (who

All the Interviews (A-Z)

If, like some of my readers, you’re primarily interested in reading my interviews, features and conversations, then you may find the list below useful. It’s a complete (updated when I remember) index of all my published interviews. 1964 The Tribute / Mark Benson 50 Shades! The Musical Parody (producer/director/writer Emily Dorezas) Aberdeen City Act of

Happy Thanksgiving

I’ve been running this blog for just shy of three and a half years now, posting new content just about every business day (I’ve missed a few, and when life intrudes, I occasionally reach back in to the archives and repost something old, but I haven’t done that very often at all). One tradition I

Concert Review: Yep Roc 15, Night #1

Note: many more photos from this night are in my previous post. The first night of Yep Roc 15 was superby stage-managed: with the program slated to start at 8pm, master of ceremonies John Wesley Harding strolled onto the stage right on time. And within four minutes the music began. Harding’s witty banter (much of