Have you noticed a shortage of superlatives lately? That's because music critics and reviewers from Laramie to the Big Apple have used them all up in trying to describe a singular Wyoming artist named Jalan Crossland.
The trio known as The Last Revel bills their music as "front porch Americana," and the metaphor is an apt one--laid back and homey with friends stopping by. Refreshing harmonies combined with sharp musicianship.
Indie folk. Gypsy jazz. Classical. Bluegrass. Chamber rock. Sounds like a highly diverse list of bands appearing at a music festival, right?
If you can judge a band by its name, you'd probably guess that Big Daddy Love is not a gentle string quartet. And you'd be right.
Their music has been described as "a blend of rock, bluegrass, southern soul, and psychedelic jams
Remember the great quartet harmonies of the Grand Ol' Opry, with all four singers leaning in close to a single microphone? Picture that same arrangement but with one of them playing a cello and you have an idea of how the band known as Darlingside performs.
The phrase "Second Time Around" has double meaning for the eclectic string band known as Barefoot Movement.
"What kind of music do you like?"
"Oh, Randy Newman. Fairport Convention. Ry Cooder. You?"
It's not an unusual conversation for two high-school kids in the 1970s, except that these two pickers were Chicano and lived in the hotbed of traditional Mexican music that was East Los Angeles. "We’re looking at each other like, 'You like this stuff?'" drummer Louie Perez recalls. "I thought I was the only weird one.'
Let's say you're the Devil, and you're a few souls shy of making your quota when you decide to check out backwoods Georgia and challenge a young fiddle ace named Johnny, betting him a fiddle of gold against his soul
One school of thought says that if you start out your musical career scrounging unpaid club gigs as the Illegitimate Jug Band, you've got no place to go but up. (This was in Long Beach, California, in the mid 1960s.)
Celebrating their 13th anniversary as a band has been far from unlucky for Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Among the group's many recent plaudits is a rave from music reviewer Adam Pitluk of the widely circulated American Airlines magazine: "The best live show I've seen in New Orleans in 15 years."