Tommy Womack’s spirit soars on new album

In the liner notes for Namaste, singer-songwriter-guitarist Tommy Womack writes that the album’s title translates as, “The spirit in me salutes the spirit in you.” It’s not altogether surprising that spirit was on Womack’s mind when it came to naming this, his sixth studio album as a solo artist. Just a few months prior to making the record, he had survived a... Read More

Todd Snider to play 50th birthday concert at the Ryman

  East Nashville’s ambassador to the world Todd Snider is turning 50 in October and in celebration, he’s throwing himself a party at the “Mother Church of Country Music.” The man himself provided the following “official” announcement: Todd Snider Announces 50th Birthday Party Show at Ryman Auditorium October 7 Welcome home Nashville's own,... Read More

Reeves Gabrels makes his ‘power trio statement’ on new full-length release

  There’s a telling moment about a minute and a half into “Drown You Out,” the second track on Reeves Gabrels new album, Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends (Reeves Gabrels Music). At the 1:31 mark, the music comes to a stop for a beat and you can hear Gabrels laugh before launching into a blistering solo featuring — as he calls it — the “deep,... Read More

Turbo Fruits Serve Up a Broader, More Mature Sound on 'No Control'

  On Turbo Fruits’ first two albums, the band made its mark with an invigorating brand of garage-punk built on the aggressive, riff-heavy songwriting of founder and front man Jonas Stein, aka Jo-Nasty. But with the addition of lead guitarist Kingsley Brock prior to recording their third album, 2012’s Butter, they began to expand their sonic horizons. Now, on their new... Read More

Tim Carroll and ‘Midnight Orange’ lay down serious rock & roll Fridays at The 5 Spot

On a recent Friday evening at The 5 Spot, it’s 10 minutes past the start of happy hour and the joint is already jumpin’. Onstage, singer-songwriter-guitar slinger Tim Carroll and “an assemblage of true rock stars,” as one patron describes them in a post on Facebook, are just getting warmed up for 2 1/2 hours of arena-worthy rock & roll. “Best Happy Hour in... Read More

Hard Working Americans is quite the side project

PHOTO: TOBIN VOGGESSER Hard Working Americans Hard Working Americans Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers   (Editor’s Note: Awards shows have a way of bringing renewed attention to the artists and works that receive nominations, and with their recent 2014 Americana Honors and Awards nomination in the Duo/Group of the Year category, we decided to revisit the debut... Read More

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