Imelda May – Life Love Flesh Blood
The first thing your ears will notice if you are a long time fan of Imelda May is that the vibe is a noted departure from her Tainted Love, Jeff Beck Muse, Rockabilly persona. And that, my friends, seems to be a very good thing. More Jenny Lewis and Neko Case than Wanda Jackson, “Call me” is a cocktail lounge stunner, and “How Bad Can a Good Girl Be” is sublime Chris Isaak noir at its best.
Rodney Crowell – Close Ties
Close Ties, the latest long player from Rodney Crowell is one heck of a record, and if there was ever a doubt that Crowell is one of the best songwriters in the business, the topic is officially closed, and the verdict rendered. He is, and there is no doubt. The two stand out tracks are the album opener, “East Houston Blues,” a song that chronicles back in the day life in the third ward of Houston, an eclectic hodge-podge composed of various ethnicities with a vibrant club scene, and the closer “Nashville 1972,” a tune that takes you back to Rodney’s move from Houston to the music city.
Everybody who’s anybody is name checked here from Willie and Guy Clark to Steve Earle, and on to Tom T. Hall and Townes Van Zandt. Heck, even skinny Dennis makes an appearance. Sandwiched in between are 8 more story vignettes that include most notably “Life Without Susanna” who must be one heck of a woman since along with being Guy Clark’s wife she also seems to have been a muse for both Rodney and Townes Van Zandt. Don’t sleep on “It Ain’t Over Yet,” a song that features John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars, and Roseann Cash.
White Reaper – The Worlds Best American Band
If you can get back the tongue in cheek album title, and you should, you will find under the covers a very solid up and coming Rock and Roll Band. Hailing from Lousville, Kentucky, this solid four piece band delivers a more than solid set of bouncy Garage Pop tunes that have bring a distinct 70’s feel to the proceedings.
Sean Rowe – New Lore
Listen to at least two songs from New Lore, the latest from Sean Rowe, at lest 2-3 times before you pass judgment. With sufficient whistle wetting, you will then be profoundly used to his heavy baritone voice, and will be begging for more. His laid back vibe coupled with knob twirling production that fits his aura just perfectly, this is one you will return to over and over again. If you like the work White Buffalo did for the soundtrack of Sons of Anarchy, you will love Sean Rowe.
Blackfoot Gypsies – To the Top
Don’t pass judgment on the Blackfoot Gypsies based on the song titles alone on their latest album, To the Top. After all with songs like “Back to New Orleans,” “Velvet Low Down Blues,” “I Wanna be Famous,” and “I’ve Got the Blues,” this has to be a Glam Band, right. Well not exactly, Blackfoot Gypsies are exactly who you think they are, a hard charging bluesy Rock and Roll band that will remind you of The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones, and Chuck Berry with a bit of Foghat thrown in for good measure. And yes indeed, that is Margo Price helping this Nashville based band out on Potatoes and Whiskey.