Some may categorize him as a country artist, but he’s a solid fixture in the rock and Americana worlds. He first came to prominence when he joined The Drive-By Truckers at 22.
Once Covid hit, I saw a lot of my artists scramble to make ends meet. Touring was their bread and butter, and with the pandemic paralyzing all live shows, they lost their primary way of making money.
It is a fascinating phenomenon when musicians from different parts of the globe, and different musical experiences come together and create something new.
On his inspiration and idols, “The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show Feb 9, 1964. That did it. Influences are so many and ever-changing but Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Animals, Badfinger, Todd Rundgren, Thelonious Monk, Curtis Mayfield, Motown, and many, many others.”
From that 2016 album ‘American Band,’ “What It Means” describes the sobering account of Trayvon Martin being gunned down in Florida, the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the general hate and ignorance which has overtaken America.
…Skill has proven his songwriting chops with The Romantics. He’s done it again on SKILL. Hearing this album for the first time may feel like a gritty Detroit punch in the mouth…in a good way. Raw and authentic rock ‘n’ roll is what Mike Skill has created here.
Vectralux have recorded an assortment of highly listenable songs on their debut album. If you are a fan of rock ‘n’ roll, you may just love this, as the band are clearly fans of rock ‘n’ roll.
Live Review: John Paul White with Emily Weisband at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA, 7/30/21 The brilliance of John Paul White is sometimes overshadowed by his many iterations: a product of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, as a young solo artist who formed the Grammy Award-winning duo The Civil Wars […]
Jack Shaw, drummer with Atlanta power pop trio The Head, has decided to transform his booking agency into a nonprofit that raises money for touring artists in times of need. Covid-19 has been especially harsh for bands. Live shows have been nonexistent during the pandemic, leaving full-time musicians […]
This once-in-a-lifetime music fest will take place May 14, 2022, in Pasadena, California. It is a dream line-up for any new wave aficionados worth their weight in fishnets and manscara. This playlist contains not the biggest hits from each band, but my choice cuts. New wave and post-punk […]