The Flying Change – Pain is a Reliable Signal

Life is an ongoing journey filled with soaring highs and deplorable lows. For the mastermind behind The Flying Change, life has certainly felt especially challenging. After Sam Jacobs' wife began to suffer severe back pain, she was diagnosed with a rare and unique disease. And since then, no subsequent surgery, doctor's visit or hospitalization has … [Read more...]

Paula Sinclair – Steady Girl

The rich alt-country of Steady Girl could fit comfortably in the rotation at your local country radio station. The album calls attention to Paula Sinclair's honest reflections, and her earthy vocals would be a nice counterpoint to the glossier stylings of artists like Carrie Underwood. Sinclair works out of Portland, Oregon.  Although the singer … [Read more...]

The Von Ehrics – Loaded

The Von Ehrics rock it country style on their new LP, Loaded. These Dallas roughnecks are damn near punkabilly. The album is a fun romp—the 10 songs are full of familiar novelties made for those who like lots of sugar in their coffee. Country influences abound in indie rock today, from the Great Lake Swimmers to the Drive-By Truckers. The Von … [Read more...]

Courtney Fairchild – 11 Chances

They're playing Feist in supermarkets now. "Mushaboom" and "1234" have finally replaced the endless Michael Bolton selections as the soundtrack to your food shopping. I enjoy it, but I don't understand it. They don't play good music in supermarkets, dentist offices, and everywhere else Musak pumps through. So is Feist not good music? Or has she … [Read more...]

The Bitter Tears – Jam Tarts in the Jakehouse

Proclaiming that your music is "obtuse and catchy" creates a lot of speculation. Paired with severely cryptic lyrics, brass and woodwind sounds emitted from old, partially worn-out instruments and a fishy concoction of melodious music, Jam Tarts in the Jakehouse, is a creatively convicting album. Obtuse and catchy seems about right and once you dig … [Read more...]

The Band of Blacky Ranchette – Still Lookin’ Good to Me

Despite being dubbed affectionately as the "Godfather of Alternative Country," it's actually been a long time since Howe Gelb made a record that could easily slot solely into the same pigeonhole now overloaded with pretenders to the new country crown. Sure, it's true that his last dozen or so releases over the last decade - either with Giant Sand … [Read more...]