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 quivers and creaks like a coffee pot simmering on an old stove. The songs are like timeless heirlooms of melancholy and wonder — moody, haunting and in no hurry to get anywhere. There's a soft sadness here, and at the same time the music's glow is warm and rich with spirit.
By Kurt Wolff on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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...
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 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.