Justin Townes Earle

He was a man-out-of-time. He wrote songs that I wanted to hear. He looked and sounded like an old soul. A troubadour who had been around as long as the greats.  He possessed the talents of those who shared his name. His songs are filled with self reflection and social commentary.  His catalogue is littered…

Strange Currencies

Years ago I sang in a covers band.  It was a good gig, even if I felt that it was a bit limited creatively.  Anyway, we were playing in a University in another town and went for a few drinks beforehand.  Celtic were playing Liverpool in the Uefa Cup.  Looking for a win to progress…

“When I was looking at sending out vinyl, it seemed like common sense to make sure people got the music they knew they would like”: A conversation with The Retro Store’s Pete

I’ve always found subscription services a bit strange.  The receiving of an album that I may, or may not, like.  Most likely picked by a bunch of folks who are, most likely, somewhat younger and hipper than myself.  Not that I consider myself out of touch with the latest music, but I do often accept…

Time Is A Lion

Joe Henry has been a huge part of my musical journey ever since my mate threw a copy of Trampoline my way back in early 2000. His music is powerful, weighty, emotive, and lifting. It’s been there during the not so good times and the best times. I’ve pushed it on friends over the years….

“No one knows how long we’re gonna be here”

I first heard that voice when the Pearl Jam connection led my pal to Brad’s Interiors.  For one reason or another, the album didn’t stick, but I was curious enough to pick up Brad’s first album, Shame, when I saw it a few weeks later.  It was the opening number, Buttercup, that got me.  It…

“The little clock’s stopped ticking now”

I was really pretty gutted to learn of Scott Walker’s passing.  I was aware of, though not familiar with, his Scott albums (and the Walker Brothers Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore), so I bought the Boy Child compilation at the turn of the millennium.  It was really pretty…

VIDEO PREMIER: Abertooth Lincoln – American White Boy

If the resurgence of right-wing populism around the globe has got you worried about humanity and looking for some visceral protest songs, then Dayton, Ohio’s Abertooth Lincoln might be your boogie board.  It’s a direct response to an “ever growing presence of hate and intolerance” in their backyard following the election of a self-proclaimed property…