CD Reviews

Out of Kansas City come Hudspeth and Taylor, veteran blues performers who have teamed up for their new CD, Folie a Deux. This compilation of 13 mostly self-penned tunes finds inspiration from the blues of the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, and even later blues influenced pop. Oklahoma native Brandon Hudspeth does all the guitar […]

Dreaming, the latest album by Watson, Beldock & Beach is a sumptuous tour de force of intimate acoustic minimalism. The songwriting team of Peggy Watson and David Beldock, each with successful individual singer/songwriter careers, added journeyman bassist Paul Beach (The Association, Mamas and the Papas, Gary Puckett), to their act and made a record. Watson […]

Enter the Blue Sky

Wanderlust

Enter the Blue Sky plays acoustic Americana music that is highly personal, built around Sande Lollis’ songwriting and striking vocals. Since 2016’s CD, Re-Entry, they’ve seen the passing of member John Seever and a change of bassist. In addition to Lollis’ lead and backing vocals and corrugaphone (look it up!), the band includes Karen Childress-Evans […]

Conrad Sansbury

Useless Love

Conrad Sansbury plays Americana with a country vibe, and before the quarantine he was singing originals at local hangouts like Navajo Live. His debut EP, Useless Love, includes five tracks that feature his vocals and guitar, backing vocals by Paty Sevener and Stuart Anthony, keyboards by Sharon Whyte, banjo and violin by string whiz Dennis […]

Richard James Trio

Imagination/No Boundaries

Imagination/No Boundaries is the new CD by the Richard James Trio, a collection of 11 jazz tunes by local keyboardist/bassist/vocalist James, with Russell Bizzett on drums and percussion, and Grant Clarkson on bass. James composed, arranged, and recorded all of the material and the set represents a broad palette of sound shadings, but the clear […]

Stefan Hillesheim

Leaving You Behind

Leaving You Behind is the debut EP by Stefan Hillesheim. He’s a German-born guitarist/singer/songwriter who studied classical guitar in Europe before moving to LA in 2014 to study guitar at the Musicians Institute. After some woodshedding in gospel churches and live music clubs, he started doing studio work, specializing in rhythm and slide guitar. The […]

Keesha Pratt Band

Believe

Out of Houston, but gigging a lot locally lately (before the quarantine), the Keeshea Pratt Band is the genuine article for blues lovers. Despite the direction of the industry, there are those who still honor R&B and blues traditions that arose in clubs in the gritty blue-collar river towns in the heartland, and the KPB’s […]

Larry Grano

Introducing Larry Grano

Many local roots music fans will be familiar with Larry Grano, from his decades of playing in many local pop, rock, and jazz groups. These that have included Rockola, the Eve Selis Band, Private Domain, Back to the Garden, Big Time Operator, and several others, as well as numerous studio credits on local and regional […]

Mike Craig

Cowboy Boots

Mike Craig has played bass and sung in San Diego’s seminal cowboy/train acoustic band Trails and Rails for nearly a decade on records like 2015’s Gathering Strays. On that album, Craig wrote seven of the songs, a sign of things to come: he has released his solo debut, Cowboy Boots, featuring 14 Craig originals, all […]

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