The eight-years-young New West Records, based out of Los Angeles and Austin, specializes in country music. From Drive-By Truckers to Delbert McClinton to Old 97's to the Flatlanders, New West favors dropped g's, open twangs and the hillbilly hiccups of an electric guitar, and this compilation showcases all of them. The best tune by far is Dwight Yoakam's "Three Good Reasons," a not-to-be-missed sly rave-up, and a close second is Nic Armstrong and the Thieves 'Nuggets riff "Down Home Girl." Country fans are in for a serious treat.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 10.29.14 in News
"Icebreaker," the first track from Buxton's forthcoming LP Half A Native, is a tongue-in-cheek romp about a guy who, when trying to pick up a woman, uses the cheesy pickup line "Let's go to the back of my Studebaker." (N...
By John Morthland on 04.15.14 in Reviews
Following his 2012 Kin collaboration with poet and memoirist Mary Karr and last year's Old Yellow Moon with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell offers his first proper solo release since 2008's Sex & Gasoline, and the breathe...
By Hilary Saunders on 11.11.13 in Reviews
For almost 15 years, Bay Area-based trio the Devil Makes Three have been working to put the "country, bluegrass and blues" back into CBGB. On their fifth album I'm A Stranger Here, they meld the punk grit of the scuzzy l...
By Stephen M. Deusner on 05.07.13 in Reviews
Patty Griffin's seventh album — and her first collection of new songs in six years — opens with "Go Wherever You Wanna Go," a delicate rural blues number that bristles with slide guitar and promises of travel and escape....