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Paul Thorn: Too Blessed to Be Stressed

Tupelo, Mississippi’s Paul Thorn has a knack for synthesis. His father was a Pentecostal preacher, so Thorn grew up with gospel, but he noticed that, in his own words, “white people sang gospel like it was country music, and the black people sang it like it was rhythm & blues,” and a mix of the two gospel styles — with some gutbucket blues, old-time rock & roll, a sharp pop sense, and a gift for good old storytelling thrown in — pretty aptly describes Thorn’s own brand of inspirational roots rock. 285 more words

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Liam Hayes: Slurrup

Credited to Liam Hayes alone, Slurrup is, aptly enough, less lush than his work with Plush. These stripped-down, immediate songs feel even more so in comparison to the wistful, twinkly mood Hayes and company set on Korp Sole Roller, where filigreed power pop and Laurel Canyon-esque reflections were surrounded by contemplative interludes. 217 more words

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Sunny Sweeney: Provoked

Provoked, the title of Sunny Sweeney’s third album, is an apt one. After nearly a decade of highs and lows professionally and personally, the East Texas singer and songwriter returns with ferocity. 275 more words

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SPOTLIGHT ON - Jason Zandri at Book Viral - Another Sunset

Recently, Another Sunset was reviewed “In the Spotlight” over at Book Viral. As part of the introduction to my first work of fiction, Another Sunset, I will offer up the story synopsis and then the link to the write up (with the full text below): 357 more words

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Canvas Loves…. Italian food

One of the first things that springs to mind when thinking of spending time in Italy is the delicious food that the country is famous for…pizza, pasta, cannoli…the list goes on. 534 more words


Moot Davis: Goin' in Hot

Moot Davis kicks off Goin’ in Hot with its title track, a loose-limbed country-rocker that recalls Dwight Yoakam at his Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. peak — both in how it sounds and feels and also how it tips its hat to the past without being beholden to it. 133 more words

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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith: Club Meds

With its expansive sonic palette and nervy, politically, and socially charged disposition, the fourth outing from the Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter, Club Meds, feels more like square one for the shape-shifting Vancouverite. 229 more words

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