Tag: country

Nicole Atkins – ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee’ (Album Review)

Nicole Atkins – ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee’ (Album Review)

Nicole Atkins has been one of the most consistent sources of great music over the last ten years. Her debut record, Neptune City, was a noir-pop masterpiece, and it was followed by three more great records. On her last LP, Slow Phaser, Atkins freed herself from big label obligation and did it on her own, with a little help from […]

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The Matinee June 27th

The Matinee June 27th

The Matinee June 27th features another set of nine terrific songs. There is one song that might have you doing a double take since it’s not often we profile a country/bluegrass/Americana artist. But like so many of the artists we have featured and showcase today, he’s one excellent singer-songwriter. First, however, we kick things off with a duo who have […]

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Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Our premiere of the signature single “Carolina” from Brady Toops’ sophomore album Tried & True praised his strong yet authentic vocals. Was it too much to expect that the rest of the album would deliver the same quality? After all, the single release usually showcases the artist’s best work, and Brady had set the bar high. He does not disappoint. […]

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The Ramblin' Valley Band

The Ramblin’ Valley Band rumble on Elgin Street (photo essay)

Farm Days by The Ramblin’ Valley BandThis past weekend, The Ramblin’ Valley Band was joined by Canadian champion fiddler Louis Schryer and together filled Live! on Elgin with a full evening of entertainment. The band played three sets, comfortably performing various genres, including country, folk, blues and rock, all the while alternating lead vocal duties between Matt, Trev, and Joe. They […]

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The Matinee February 10th

The Matinee February 10th

The Matinee February 10th has 9 awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope these songs get your weekend kicked off right. We hope you find your new favorite band or track today. As always don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and then again on Sunday for our Weekend Showcase.   Bells Atlas – “N C […]

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Unnveig Aas – “What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)” (single premiere)

Unnveig Aas – “What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)” (single premiere)

Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves, and Courtney Marie Andrews are often mentioned as artists who are reclaiming country music, bringing the genre back to the days of Cash, Williams, and Lynn. Across the Atlantic, another young and gifted singer-songwriter is doing her part to rekindle country music’s magic. For years, Unnveig Aas has dabbled in country, folk, […]

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The Matinee January 23rd

The Matinee January 23rd

The Matinee January 23rd includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope the eclectic choice today brightens up your Monday. We have a mix of indie rock, post-punk rock, electro-pop, punk inspired rock, and country/Americana. Countries represented today include the US, UK, and Sweden. Dead Seem Old – “This Mess Won’t Make Itself” (London, England) RIYL: Dead Seem Old Dead […]

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Saturday Sampler November 26th

Saturday Sampler November 26th

The Saturday Sampler November 26th takes you around the globe with 10 hot new singles from artists in Australia, England, Germany, and the USA. These artists all have a different sound, but the one thing they share is inspiration from the past. You may be surprised how many of these groups are inspired by groups from “the good ol’ days” […]

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The Matinee November 24th

The Matinee November 24th

On this Thanksgiving Day, we offer a tidy 8 new songs on The Matinee November 24th edition. The mini-playlist is the perfect accompaniment for those looking for a break from eating, watching football, or being with the family or those who need some tune for the (in)digestion hours. If you don’t have the pleasure of celebrating Thanksgiving and are at […]

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Saturday Sampler November 5th

Saturday Sampler November 5th

There is a bit of everything on the Saturday Sampler November 5th edition. From electronic to ambient, Irish folk to alt-country, neo-psychedelia to seismic indie rock, you will hear it below. Enjoy the first weekend of November!   Bonobo – “Kerala” (Los Angeles, USA via Brighton, England) RIYL: Tycho, Four Tet, Emancipator Ambient electronic artist Simon Green – aka Bonobo – expresses […]

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Mandolin Orange – “Blindfaller”

Mandolin Orange – “Blindfaller”

It is hard to believe that it has been six years since Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin – a.k.a. Mandolin Orange – released their debut album, Quiet Little Room. In that time, they have graced the stages of some of the most prestigious festivals on the planet, including the incomparable Newport Folk Festival. They have also averaged nearly a record a year, which […]

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The Matinee September 6th

The Matinee September 6th

The final long weekend of summer has passed, which means the kids are back in school and the grind of the 9-to-5 returns. To help ease you back into your routine, The Matinee September 6th has eight new singles. There is everything from soothing bedroom pop to euphoric shoegaze-y dream-pop to blistering punk-rock. So sit back, relax, and hear some […]

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Captain Ledge Band – “No Need to Cry” (single premiere)

Captain Ledge Band – “No Need to Cry” (single premiere)

Favorite bands exist everywhere. We all have our personal favorites. There is the bar on the corner that has its own favorite bands, who play every other week to the same loyal patrons. There are city favorites, where people will gather at the local watering hole, the country fair, or the municipal theatre to see them perform. Then there are […]

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Marlon Williams – “Marlon Williams”

Marlon Williams – “Marlon Williams”

Small gig after small gig, traveling from one city or town to the next no matter what the size, sleeping in cars, tents, and apartment floors, Marlon Williams is a self-made, rising star among the country-folk scene. Through sheer will and hard work, the native of Lyttleton, New Zealand has earned every praise ushered on him, from the likes of […]

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Dori Freeman’s spectacular, self-titled Debut Album

Dori Freeman’s spectacular, self-titled Debut Album

Dori Freeman’s self-titled, debut album could be a top contender for country album of the year when it’s all said and done. The debut album is going to be one of the most played country albums of 2016. But who is Dori Freeman? She is a 24-year old, singer-songwriter from the hills of Virginia, specifically, the tiny Appalachian town of […]

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Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Canadian-born and Nashville-based country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega played to an almost sold-out crowd at the NAC Fourth Stage. The evening began with Toronto artist Sam Cash. The roots-rocker, whose style resembles that of Elvis Costello and Joel Plaskett and two artists he admires, played songs from his debut album, 2011’s Teenage Hunger  and his most recent album, 2013’s Stand Together, Fall Together. For those […]

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One-on-one with country artist Lindi Ortega

One-on-one with country artist Lindi Ortega

Canadian-born, Nashville-based singer and songwriter Lindi Ortega is back with a fourth album called Faded Gloryville. Since its release in August 2015, the  artist known for her authentic country voice and red cowboy boots has been touring the country sharing stories of love, loss and faded dreams. Ortega was recently awarded Roots Artist of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards, her second win […]

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Dicey Hollow – “Dicey Hollow”

Dicey Hollow – “Dicey Hollow”

Often when you hear about collaborations, they often involve two or more well-known musicians operating within the same genre – or relatively close. This year, for instance, Sam Beam (a.k.a. Iron & Wine) teamed up with Band of Horses‘ frontman Ben Bridwell to release Sing Into My Mouth, a 12-track album of covers. It’s quite rare to have two individuals with very […]

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Hidden Gem — Laney Jones

Hidden Gem — Laney Jones

Last weekend, I was fortunate to catch a few songs from this week’s Hidden Gem at Pianos on the Lower East Side. I had just finished up a set with my band. I had to run and play two songs with a Sam Cooke impersonator in a downtown variety show, so I had to run pretty quickly. But I left with […]

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Encore – Drink (Episode 2)

Encore – Drink (Episode 2)

Few musical topics will have such reckless abandon as drinking songs. Go to any Celtic-themed pub, and you’ll hear ’em. Go to a wedding, wake, or graduation celebration, and you’re going to hear songs about drinking, and the feelings of power and madness that come along with it. Good or bad, it is an oft-celebrated state in musical terms…so that’s why we chose Drink as a theme for our […]

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