Hailing from Denver, of all places, 16 Horsepower is led by David Eugene Edwards, who's clearly channeling Nick Cave as much as Flannery O'Connor. No problem there: Cave's dark, intense brooding is a natural match for the sort of backwoods-bred rhythms and stark stillhouse melodies that Edwards favors. Almost more so than their studio albums, this live record from 1998 is a full-bodied representation of the band's moody, spooky sound.
By Jon Langford (Mekons) on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Lonesome Bob used to be my pal Dave Herndon's guitar teacher in New York City. When the Mekons came to town we'd go over to Dave's cave after the show with a sack-full of beer and this big, scary-looking guy...
By Kurt Wolff on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Singer-songwriter Mike Coykendall hails from Kansas but there's a familiar taste of Appalachia in the music of his band the Old Joe Clarks, from the largely acoustic instrumentation to his mesmerizing voice, which qu...
By Peter Blackstock on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Many of the alternative-country bands in the mid-to-late '90s were less concerned with the "alternative" side of the equation than with the classic sounds of country that had gone missing from mainstream ra...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.