CD Review: Michelle Malone — Stronger Than You Think; Playing @ Eddie’s Attic 5/30

Michelle Malone Stronger Than You Think SBS Records By Al Kaufman “Mature” is a tricky world in the music business. It’s often code for “losing your edge,” or “quietly slipping off into adult contemporary oblivion.” Michelle Malone’s last two albums, 2012’s Day 2, and 2014’s Acoustic Winter could both be considered “mature” albums in the […]

Interview with Lloyd Cole; Playing @ Eddie’s Attic 2/12 & 2/13

By Al Kaufman Back in 1985, you really couldn’t be much cooler than Lloyd Cole, his album with the Commotions, Rattlesnakes, spawned the alternative hits “Perfect Skin.” “Forest Fire,” and “Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?”. He was a mod Brit who possessed Elvis Costello’s wit and gift for wordplay without the bile, and Bryan […]

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

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

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

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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Interview with Paul Deakin of the Mavericks

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

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 […]

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

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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