Live Review

David Bromberg's Big Noise Festival 2018

David Bromberg on June 9, 2018

David Bromberg

David Bromberg’s Big Noise Festival

Wilmington Riverfront

Wilmington, DE



The 2018 version of David Bromberg’s Big Noise Festival was a blast. I do love these one day festivals. A great lineup of The National Reserve, David Wax Museum, Amy Helm, Betty LaVette, Railroad Earth, Los Lobos, and of course The David Bromberg Big Band.

Live Review

Sloss Festival Hampered by Rain, But Delivers Diverse Fun for 2018

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit on July 14, 2018

Chris Stapleton at Sloss Festival 2018. Photo by Chris Griffy

While most of Alabama's music press goes to Muscle Shoals, the most vibrant scene for new music in Alabama is actually Birmingham. One of the things that makes Birmingham's scene so strong is the annual Sloss Festival. Slossfest, as it's known locally, is held at the city's historic Sloss Furnaces. The two-day music festival is in its fourth year and got its first set of growing pains with its 2018 edition by way of a pair of storms that held up both days of the festival.


Interview: trombonist/composer Sam Blakeslee

Sam Blakeslee is a trombonist/composer based in New York City. He has just released a new album, Selective Coverage, with the Sam Blakeslee Quintet.

Q: In terms of musical style, how would you categorize yourself?

Live Review

Brandi Carlile in Conversation at the Grammy Museum

Brandi Carlile on July 12, 2018

Brandi Carlile discusses her latest album at The Grammy Museum. Photos Courtesy of Rebecca Sapp/ for The Grammy Museum.

I first heard Brandi Carlile about a decade ago on KCRW and immediately looked her up after hearing her gorgeous, career-making song, "The Story." I was obsessed with that album in 2007, and then life got all busy and I lost track of what she was up to pretty much since. The Grammy Museum invited me to come to an evening of conversation with Carlile last night, and now I'm all back to being a super fan. 


Jared Corder of *repeat repeat talks Sloss Festival and the rock scene in Nashville

Photo by Cortney Armitage/Press Photo

In the past few years, Nashville has established itself as a bit of a rock and roll incubator, with bands like Moon Taxi, Kings of Leon, and Paramore launching nationally. If those bands' trajectories hold true, the next national act to come out of Nashville may just be *repeat repeat.

Live Review

James McMurtry at Seattle's Tractor Tavern

James McMurtry on July 12, 2018

Sentient beings get down sometimes, man. Life ebbs; life flows — and your mood follows suit. It's cool: Happens to everyone, even James McMurtry.


Interview: Bob Butler of Messenger

Q: Messenger's new single "You Say You Love Me" is a beautifully sad song. Is it autobiographical?

A: No, not really. It's just a great song with a great lyric that told a story we thought many people could relate to.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?


Getting Friendly with Cities and Coasts

Cities and Coasts is a rising act that has been on our radar for the past few months now. The brainchild of singer-songwriter Nathan Hedges, he is currently sharing his bold new single, "Portland," for the delight of our ears. The artist blends stunning instrumentation with heartfelt lyrics that takes our interest and holds it tightly.  Recently we caught up with Cities and Coasts for an intriguing interview below.   1. When it came to creating the new record,  what was the in depth inspiration and influence of the record?

Live Review

Heaven’s Just a Backyard Away, Kelly Willis Returns to Country with a Texas-sized Bang

Kelly Willis on June 9, 2018

Kelly Willis in a soulful moment from her Norfolk, Virginia, concert (Photo by Ron Wray)

Heaven’s just a sin away. Actually, just a few seats. Kelly Willis had made a hit of the Kendalls’ “Heaven” tune some time ago. She had quick success in interpreting others’ songs as well as doing some fine songs of her own.. But, then she had four sons, and had a bout with Lyme Disease, and took a long break from the limelight of country folk music. Now, she’s coming back, at times with her singer-songwriter husband Bruce Robison, at times solo, and, like on her current tour, with her own band.