BRox, Flatt Lonesome drop new sounds
Friday, October 2, 2015
– Bottle Rockets have a new album, "South Broadway Athletic Club," out today on Bloodshot. The band again worked with longtime producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, it was the first time the group recorded a full album in their hometown of St. Louis.
Bluegrass band Flatt Lonesome is out with "Runaway Train" on Mountain Fever. The sextet has a dozen songs on the disc, which was recorded in North Carolina. This is the third studio album from the bluegrass band, named IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014. The signature of the group is three-part sibling harmonies of Charli, Kelsi and Buddy Robertson.
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South Broadway Athletic Club
It's been over two decades since the Bottle Rockets vaulted into the wider consciousness with 1994's "The Brooklyn Side," typified by the heartbreaking Appalachian roots folk swing of "Welfare Music" and the scorching Crazy Horse pop of "Gravity Fails" (in an alternate universe where Nils Lofgren replaced Danny Whitten). Since then, frontman/primary songwriter Brian Henneman hasn't been afraid to mix things up (a brilliant tribute to Doug Sahm, the »»»
The Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side (deluxe reissue)
It can safely said The Bottle Rockets were alt.-country before alt.-country was cool, and this reissue of the band's first two albums from the early '90s is proof of that. Although this extensive repackaging includes contributions from Uncle Tupelo's Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar, The Bottle Rockets never achieved the same commercial success of such acts as Drive-By Truckers and the like. And that's a shame.
A song like Wave That Flag, which criticizes those that glory in the »»»
Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with the Bottle Rockets
Sooner or later, it seems, every band makes a live record. And it also seems that sooner or later, every band - or at least every electric band - unplugs for an acoustic one. After nine releases and almost two decades in the business, the Bottle Rockets have turned down the rock to kill both of those birds with the aptly-named "Not So Loud."
Its acoustic element gives you re-workings and different angles on songs drawn from across the band's recording career. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Carlile brings thoughtfulness
Brandi Carlile returned to the GRAMMY Museum for the third time, and it's easy to see why she's always invited back. The evening began with GRAMMY Executive Scott Goldman interviewing Carlile on a pair of stuffed chairs, which was followed directly by a brief set of live songs. The interview portion was informative, while Carlile's... »»»
Concert Review: Twain thrives on eye candy visuals, music
TD Garden, Boston
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Early on during her Now Tour stop, Shania Twain uttered the oft-said lines that so many artists tell the faithful - this is a night to forget about everything else and just have a night of fun.
In Twain's case, that might have been a most accurate sentiment because her show was designed with... »»»
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