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Review: Vandaveer – Oh, Willie, Please…

When you set out to record an entire album of traditional murder ballads, most of which have already been covered by the likes of folk icons (Baez, Dylan) and country legends (Cash, Louvin Brothers), you are entering hallowed territory. Said album better be good. Said album requires a unique voice to ensure these traditional ballads … Continue reading

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Download: US Rails – Heartbreak Superstar

Despite their name, US Rails is a trans-Atlantic band, with its five members dispersed across the US (Austin, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Europe (France, Germany). The band will be releasing their third album, Heartbreak Superstar, on 17 May via Blue Rose Records. US Rails will be touring Europe in support of the new album before … Continue reading

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Review: Fort Frances – Harbour EP

Time can be good for the soul. Conversely, too much time at hand can lead one to excessive thought, questioning the minutia of daily life. In the hands of a deft songwriter, these two can be merged to offer a cleansing of sorts. Evidence: David McMillin (guitar/vocals) who heads the Chicago trio Fort Frances. Rounding out the band … Continue reading

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Review: The Coal Creek Boys – Hard At It in Old Town

Canadians seemingly enjoy songs about tragedy and historical disasters. Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is that country’s hallmark for such ballads. Thirty-six years later, enter The Coal Creek Boys and their recounting of the underground explosion in the No. 2 mine at the Coal Creek Colliery in British Columbia. Occurring on 22 … Continue reading