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Q&A with Cruz Contreras of Black Lillies; Playing Eddie’s Attic November 5th

Q&A with Cruz Contreras of Black Lillies; Playing Eddie’s Attic November 5th

[ 0 ] November 3, 2014 |

  By Al Kaufman Listening to Black Lillies’ third CD, Runaway Freeway Blues, is akin to transporting oneself through large country roads in Middle America. That’s due in no small part to Cruz Contreras, founder, singer and songwriter of the band. When Contreras’ marriage to Robinella Bailey of funky bluegrass Robinella and the CCstringband dissolved […]

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Interview with Darrell Scott, Playing @ Eddie’s Attic 10/25 & 10/26

Interview with Darrell Scott, Playing @ Eddie’s Attic 10/25 & 10/26

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman Darrell Scott is a musician’s musician. He has played with everyone and written songs for more people than that. The Dixie Chicks cover of his “Long Time Gone” earned him a 2003 Grammy nomination for Best Country Song. His 2009 single, “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive,” was chosen by American […]

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Q&A with Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso; Playing The Earl 8/15

Q&A with Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso; Playing The Earl 8/15

[ 0 ] August 5, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn are like oil and water. They do not mix, but when they try lots of pretty swirling colors are the result.  The duo that comprises Sylvan Esso came to be when Meath, who was singing in the Appalachian band Mountain Man, asked Sanborn, who was playing bass […]

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Q&A with Seth Walker; Playing Eddie’s Attic June 28th

Q&A with Seth Walker; Playing Eddie’s Attic June 28th

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman Seth Walker likes to go where the music is. The North Carolina native has bedded down in Austin and Nashville before reaching his current destination, New Orleans. At each stop, Walker has absorbed the scene and incorporated it into his music, which now includes great storytelling, big guitars, Gospel-tinged blues, some Texas […]

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Q&A with Christopher Denny; Playing Eddie’s Attic June 5th

Q&A with Christopher Denny; Playing Eddie’s Attic June 5th

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman Christopher Denny is the ultimate music redemption story. In a childhood full of poverty, instability, and self-destructive behavior by the people around him in Little Rock, Arkansas, Denny turned to two things, drugs and the guitar. Fresh out of high school, armed with a love of Southern rock and a strong, warbly […]

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Interview with Andrew Burri and Dan Molad of Lucius; Playing Buckhead Theatre May 15th

Interview with Andrew Burri and Dan Molad of Lucius; Playing Buckhead Theatre May 15th

[ 0 ] May 7, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman We hear often about the woman behind the man, but occasionally it is worth it to hear about the men behind the women. With Wildewoman, indie-pop band Lucius quickly became known for the infectious harmonies of lead singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the two friends and Berklee grads who often dress […]

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Q&A with Dango Rose of Elephant Revival; Playing Eddie’s Attic May 2nd

Q&A with Dango Rose of Elephant Revival; Playing Eddie’s Attic May 2nd

[ 0 ] April 29, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman  Elephant Revival is not your typical band. While a typical band may revolve around the music it creates, Elephant Revival revolves around the music that is in nature and the cosmos. Their goal is to live in harmony with that nature; to create one world through music. A little too metaphysical for […]

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Interview with Paul Deakin of the Mavericks

Interview with Paul Deakin of the Mavericks

[ 0 ] April 21, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman Back in 1989, when country music stars were pseudo-cowboys wearing oversized hats, a band formed in Miami, fronted by a Cuban-American who sounded like Roy Orbison’s long lost kid brother. They called themselves The Mavericks, but nobody knew what to call their music. They were country, but because they infused their music […]

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CD Review: Will Kimbrough- Sideshow Love

CD Review: Will Kimbrough- Sideshow Love

[ 0 ] April 5, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman Like his friends Todd Snider and Hayes Carll, Will Kimbrough is a man who can tell a magical story about everyday people doing everyday things in four minutes or less.  Sometimes the story is funny, sometimes it is sad. Sometimes it is both. But it is always insightful. It is always clever […]

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Q&A With Kirk Waldrop of Nine Times Blue; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar 2/21

Q&A With Kirk Waldrop of Nine Times Blue; Playing Smith’s Olde Bar 2/21

[ 0 ] February 17, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman Atlanta’s Nine Times Blue have made quite a name for themselves. Besides their raucous live shows at Smith’s Olde Bar, they released Falling Slowly in 2012. The Grammy-winning Don McCallister-produced album garnered the hit single, “Falling Slowly.”  The guitar fueled, power-pop quartet follow that up with a six-song EP, Matter of Time. […]

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Q&A with Michelle Malone; Plays Eddie’s Attic New Years’ Eve

Q&A with Michelle Malone; Plays Eddie’s Attic New Years’ Eve

[ 0 ] December 27, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman It’s been a busy year for Atlanta’s preeminent blues mama, Michelle Malone. While she spent the whole year on tour behind 2012’s Day 2 album, she also found time to collaborate with Rocky Mountain Slides to make a guitar slide bearing her name. And, more importantly, she just put the finishing touches […]

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Q&A with Jess Wolfe of Lucius; Play The Earl October 19th

Q&A with Jess Wolfe of Lucius; Play The Earl October 19th

[ 0 ] October 18, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman For all intents and purposes, let’s begin by assuming that Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig are sisters, twin sisters even. So while they are not related and met while majoring in voice at the Berklee College of Music, they dress alike, look alike (when they wear the same wigs and make-up), and […]

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Interview with Cody ChesnuTT; Playing The Loft on October 4th

Interview with Cody ChesnuTT; Playing The Loft on October 4th

[ 0 ] October 2, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman When Cody ChesnuTT released The Headphone Masterpiece in 2002, the music world noticed. ChesnuTT was exactly what music should be. His 36-song masterpiece (the title is not an empty boast) easily encompassed R&B and hip-hop with funk, classic rock, gospel, and even a touch of punk. His songs were songs of passion, […]

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CD Review: The Band of Heathens — Sunday Morning Record; Play Vinyl October 27th

CD Review: The Band of Heathens — Sunday Morning Record; Play Vinyl October 27th

[ 0 ] September 19, 2013 |

The Band of Heathens Sunday Morning Record BOH Records By Al Kaufman The name Band of Heathens conjures up images of boys in overalls playing one string basses and banging on wash basins and other assorted metals while downing some blinding moonshine. The actual Band of Heathens have never lived up to their name in […]

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Q&A with Decatur’s Sydney Rhame; Playing Eddie’s Attic Sept. 21

Q&A with Decatur’s Sydney Rhame; Playing Eddie’s Attic Sept. 21

[ 0 ] September 18, 2013 |

By Al Kaufman For most kids, the age of 15 is a time for texting, dating, and making sure they are wearing the right shoes. Fifteen-year-old Decatur, GA native Sydney Rhame is already nine years into her music career. Rhame started writing songs at the age of six. Since that time, she has trained under […]

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