Formerly a member of the Starkweathers before setting out solo (and getting signed to Sub Pop), Ireland did not grown up loving country — he came to love it only as an adult. His affection, though, is clear, both for Haggard-esque honky tonk but also smooth, laid-back '60s- and '70s-era countrypolitan, which his gentle, warm voice fits beautifully. His songwriting is stellar, the subject matter both down ("Right Back Where I Started") and upbeat ("Sweet Sweetheart"). Not very well known outside indie-rock and alt-country circles, Try Again is a genuine hidden gem.
By Johnny Sharp on 01.28.14 in Reviews
Longtime fans of each other's work, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Joe Pernice of the Pernice Brothers formed the New Mendicants when Blake moved to Pernice's hometown of Toronto in 2012. The pair was asked to write...
By Matthew Fritch on 04.22.11 in Reviews
It's OK to scoff at the notion that Live a Little is the Pernice Brothers'"back to our roots" album. Over the course of five studio full-lengths, singer-guitarist Joe Pernice has been so consistent in his pursuit...
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.
By Jewly Hight on 02.23.15 in Features
"I take the country songs, because they're the only ones left now with any real meaning, and I redo them more R