New York based Jane Lee Hooker released a debut album of blues covers and was then dubbed a blues band. It turns out that the album, No B! is really a cover story. ”At the end of the day, we’re really a rock band,” said guitarist Tracy “Hightop” Almazan. The all-female quintet is stacked with the...

“Records, record stores, the way we made them, that’s all gone now and it’s up to the young musicians to figure it all out” – Joe Walsh Indeed, the musical landscape has changed...

By Michael Rampa and Skyanne Fisher The U.S. Postals never wanted to sound like anyone else. And it’s a good thing, because they don’t. Their blend of rock, blues and punk is pure...

Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker Key Bank Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. September 8, 2018 Reviewed by Michael Rampa Lady Antebellum rolled into Burgettstown, Pa. on the wings of a hurricane; quite literally. The outdoor amphitheater was ground zero for some of the worst residual effects of Hurricane Florence...

If there were ever a country music artist who would be justified using hair metal pyrotechnics in a live show, it would be Jason Aldean. But in lieu of the flames, Aldean ignites with...

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives with Lee Ann Womack Palace Theater, Greensburg, Pa.  August 22, 2018 Reviewed by Michael Rampa The British Open tagline was “Tradition Lives...

Dan +Shay Dan +Shay – 2018 (Warner Nashville) Reviewed by Michael Rampa The track list on Dan +Shay’s self-titled third album has a song crediting Kelly Clarkson as a featured vocalist.  Upon a full listen, you will think they forgot about a few others. The disc features the duo’s contemporary sound...

  For his ninth studio album, “When The Good Guys Win,” Granger Smith used outside writers for half the 14 tracks. It is appropriate that Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard...

Jason Aldean Rearview Town-2018 (Broken Bow) Reviewed by Michael Rampa If you liked Jason Aldean’s three previous No. 1 albums, you’ll like “Rearview Town.” It’s the first country...

  A collision, a safety car and a Red Bull gamble. Those three ingredients delivered the most exciting Grand Prix in recent memory. Sebastian Vettel led. Then Valtteri Bottas led. But it was Daniel Ricciardo who came out on top when it mattered…. The opening stint of the Chinese Grand Prix was largely...

Gretchen Wilson Ready To Get Rowdy-2017 (Redneck Records) Gretchen Wilson is best known for her 2004 smash hit “Redneck Woman.” She has three No.1 albums to her credit but has been...

by Michael Rampa Formula 1‘s top brass spent the 2016 off season drafting new engine rules in an attempt to allow other teams to catch up to perennial powerhouses Mercedes and Ferrari....

Welsh singer songwriter is Judith Owen is a self-described “dark person.” Her very unabashed struggles with depression have fueled her creativity. It may seem counter intuitive that she is married to Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons and star of the iconic cult classic, “This Is...

by Michael Rampa Joe Bonamassa is among our greatest living guitar players, and you may not even know who he is. Such is the peril of the blues. The difference in units sold between the...

by Michael Rampa There is an old saying, “Adapt or Die.” The Moody Blues did neither and are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The group has stuck to its core principles when writing...

President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act into law on Thursday morning. The act creates a Mechanical Licensing Collective that gives digital streaming services a blanket license in return for proper payments to songwriters and copyright owners. In addition, the bill improves the rate standard by...

On November 16, Kip Moore will release a new EP, Room To Spare: The Acoustic Sessions. The seven-track EP features an acoustic version of Moore’s Slowheart track “Plead The Fifth,”...

On Wednesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the Americana Music Association held its annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony, the centerpiece of the week-long AmericanaFest...

POST A COMMENT. After 1,000 votes, the standings: 1) “All Along the Watchtower”- Jimi Hendrix 2) “Comfortably Numb”- David Gilmour 3)”Stairway to Heaven”- Jimmy Page 4)”I’m So Afraid”- Lindsey Buckingham 5) “Do you Feel Like We Do?”- Peter...

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