Category: CD Reviews

Ranch\ House- Book it to Sundown- CD Review

Written by James Killen Ranch\ House is self-described as a “Hill-Country-Indie-Folk-Rock outfit from San Antonio”. It is led by S. Brady Dietert, who writes most of the songs, sings lead, and plays guitar and harmonica with Dylan Ilseng on bass and Matt Carrell on drums. Dietert seems to start his songwriting by laying out a…


John Moreland- Big Bad Luv- CD Review

Written by James Killen With “Big bad Luv”John Moreland solidifies his status of the Oklahoma bard of relationship frustration. His lyrics are as insightful and telling as ever, but he has expanded his horizons musically, adding a bluesier feel to this production with more slide guitar and organ and just a touch of harmonica. This…


Darden Smith- Everything- CD Review

Written by James Killen Darden Smith has been in my peripheral vision for a number of years, but I really never took the chance to dig into his music. He played a show a few weeks ago at the Heights Theater with Kim Richey opening up for him. Being a long-time fan of Richey’s witty…


Cory Branan- Adios- CD review

Written by James Killen A friend led me to Cory Branan’s CD, “Mutt”, right after it came out and I have been an avid fan ever since. His diversity of styles, his witty lyrics, his high energy and his guitar virtuosity place him right at the top of my watch list for new releases, so…


Teresa Kolo- Brave Girl- CD Review

Written by James Killen I got the chance to see Teresa Kolo perform at a song swap at the Americana the other night and got her last CD. It’s from early 2016, but her voice was so innovative and the material on the disc so intriguing, I felt the need to share it. Teresa’s vocal…


John Egan- Magnolia City- CD Review

Written by James Killen John Egan is a troubadour in the true Houston blues tradition. He is a collector and virtuoso of vintage resonator guitars and a blues song writer of note. His latest disc, “Magnolia City”, is by far his best produced and most significant contribution to our musical tradition here in Houston to…


Chris Stapleton- From a Room: Volume 1- CD review

Written by James Killen After a double platinum release on “Traveller”, as a music follower, I have to ask, is this next release just riding the wave or was Chris Stapleton still in a creative mode when he released his latest album, “From a Room: Volume 1” (is there a volume 2 on the horizon?)….


Wendy Colonna- No Moment But Now- CD review

Written by James Killen Wendy Colonna deserves congratulations for two recent events. First and most important, the birth of her son, Charlie and second the release of her latest album, “No Moment But Now”. Wendy has been on the Texas Music scene for a good while now, having moved to Austin from her native Louisiana….


Mike Amabile- CD review

Written by James Killen Mike Amabile’s chose to self-title his fourth album. It’s different than previous records in that it gets back to roots music, using more acoustic guitar than electric. He includes members of his band, Run Over Twice, along with a number of talented session artists. Mike has been playing in and around…


The Stone Coyotes- Sally in the Doorway – CD review

Written by James Killen A lot of Stone Coyote fans have been waiting patiently for three years for the next studio release. Well, they’ve got it! It has the rock tributes, the Barbara Keith lyrics, the covers of old rock and roll heroes and Doug Tibbles, Jr. added to the trio on lead guitar. The…