Goin’ Country: Favorite Country Albums of 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently sat with my friends Annie and Matt and described my year of listening to country music. As I told them, it has been one of my most fulfilling times as a music ...

The Popdose Interview: Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee is one of America’s greatest living songwriters, and I’m hardly the only one who thinks so. Paste Magazine said as much with a poll in which writers and musicians chose their favorites. Mallonee has released over 50 albums and endeared ...

CD Review: The Music Is You – A Tribute To John Denver

Tribute albums — any compilation for that matter, but especially tribute albums — are by their very nature mixed bags. Among unknown acts are artists of familiarity; songs you don’t know butt up against ones you know by heart; and there ...

Phil Madeira Announces New Kickstarter Project

Do you know Phil Madeira? You should. He’s the force behind Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, has played with some of music’s finest performers from Emmylou Harris to Terry Scott Taylor, and has just announced a new project being funded ...

Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date (No Date) Tonight

Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date Tonight

The official date night lyrics re-write of “Love the One You’re With.” (Except you can’t really sing them to Stephen Still’s song. Follow along anyway).

“If you can’t be with the one you love, ...

A Fan’s Notes: Newport Folk Festival 2011

I moved to Jamestown, RI back in January after living in NJ for nearly my entire life. It was an interesting and occasionally difficult transition, but one of the best things about the move was my new proximity to Newport. From ...

Bob Dylan: The Poet At 70

Bob Dylan is 70 years old. That statement is at once momentous, and irrelevant. Irrelevant because Dylan has always seemed to stand apart from any mere concept of time. While he has certainly aged physically, he is as alive in the flesh, ...

Death by Power Ballad: Nazareth, “Love Hurts”

So you’re Nazareth—big-willied purveyors of Seventies cock rock. In your native Scotland and across the UK, you’re a sizeable hard rock presence—your singles and albums skirt just under the radar of mainstream success, but your fan base is loyal, and ...

The Popdose Podcast: Episode 17

Hey, we’re back after only a month off. This podcasting thing could become a habit. But it’s a little bit of a different show this time. Jeff and I spend a good chunk of the show interviewing Gorman Bechard, the writer/director/producer ...

Live Music: Newport Folk Festival Lineup Announced

On Tuesday night, the organizers of the Newport Folk Festival held an unprecedented live event in Cambridge, MA to announce the lineup for the 2011 Festival. The announcement was preceded by a fine set from RI’s Brown Bird, and a song ...

CD Review: Black Dub, “Black Dub”


A few months back, word began to spread about a new Daniel Lanois project called Black Dub. I first became aware of the band when Lanois and singer Trixie Whitley appeared on the Ron and Fez show on ...

New Music: Black Dub, “Surely”

You’re probably aware of Daniel Lanois: His credits as a producer include work with such luminaries as U2, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, Brian Eno, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. He has also released a series of idiosyncratic albums of ...

The Popdose Guide to Patty Griffin

One Friday evening in March 1997, Patty Griffin strolled onto the stage of Washington, DC’s sold-out 9:30 Club … to practically no response whatsoever. A touring neophyte whose debut album had made little popular impact, she was at the bottom of a ...

Song-Off Jr.: Wrecking Balls

When I conceived this post, I had actually planned to broaden the category to “Demolition” so I could include classics like AC/DC’s “TNT” and the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House.”  The only two songs I knew of that ...

The Popdose Interview: Shawn Colvin

She was a major pop star for about 15 minutes back in 1997. Before and since, she’s been one of the leading lights of “Americana” music and perhaps the most important singer/songwriter – male or female – of the last 20 years. ...

CD Review: Buddy and Julie Miller, “Written in Chalk”

It certainly wouldn’t be accurate to say that Buddy and Julie Miller have bad luck. After all, each of them has had wonderful career as songwriter and performer. They’ve each had fine solo albums. A variety of country artists have ...