New Blues: Owen Campbell — ‘Breathing Bullets’

Owen Campbell — ‘Breathing Bullets’ Label: Roc Records Breathing Bullets, the new album from Australian blues singer/songwriter Owen Campbell was produced by Devon Allman of The Allman Brothers family tree. In case that wasn’t enough,  Grammy winner Tom Hambridge mixed and mastered it. This collection of tunes(which blends rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and country with the blues) was … Continue reading


New Americana — Lauren Adams’ ‘Somewhere Else’

Lauren Adams — Somewhere Else With singer/songwriter Lauren Adams’ new album, Somewhere Else, the whole is not greater than the simple sum of its parts. Often, the instrumentation and arrangements alone provide more listening pleasure than the entire track. This makes for a mostly agreeable but sometimes frustrating experience. The highlights of the album are definitely the acoustic … Continue reading


The ‘Hell Or High Water’ Soundtrack: Just As Good As The Film

The Hell or High Water soundtrack (on Milan Records) is every bit as good as the film; it’s an integral part of the whole film’s achievement. The David Mackenzie-directed film, starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, features a score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, plus songs by such powerful artists as Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt and … Continue reading


Big Star’s Complete Third Album Coming In 3-CD Set From Omnivore Recordings On October 14

Set includes every demo, rough mix, alternate take and final master known to exist, plus extensive liner notes from original participants and artists deeply influenced by Big Star, as well as many previously unseen photos. After a nearly decade-long search for unheard session recordings from Big Star’s Third LP, the results are finally in. Recorded in 1974 but … Continue reading


New Blues: Jeremiah Johnson Band — ‘Blues Heart Attack’

Jeremiah Johnson Band — Blues Heart Attack Label: Connor Ray Music The Jeremiah Johnson Band is just that. (Which is quite enough.) Although he is the absolutely necessary center of things, Jeremiah Johnson has smartly surrounded himself with supremely talented supporting musicians, allowing him to soar. (Which he does.) The Jeremiah Johnson Band is: Jeremiah … Continue reading


Jack Sock Talks Olympics (includes a ‘Team USA’ Men’s Tennis Viewing Guide)

World number one, Novak Djokovic, isn’t the only tennis player seeking his first singles gold in Rio next week. The United States is sending five of its own top tennis players, each hoping to come home with a medal. The U.S. Olympic men’s tennis team includes (above, left to right) Rajeev Ram, Brian Baker, Jack Sock, Denis … Continue reading