Category: CD Reviews

SWRFA CD Reviews-2017

Written by James Killen It has been over a month since I began listening to all of the discs that I was given at this year’s event. I listened to each of them at least twice and in detail. I was given more than thirty of them and there was merit to each. I have…


Grifters and Shills- Road to Brownwood- CD Review

Written by James Killen Grifters and Shills is actually John and Rebecca Stoll, a married couple bound together in music. Their stage presence exudes companionship. Rebecca’s musical background is traditional country and bluegrass, while John came up in the hard rock and heavy metal world. They employ a number of instruments in their shows including…


Ranch/ House & DT Buffkin- Period Modern Furniture – San Antonio, TX – Review

Written by James Killen San Antonio’s Ranch/ House had their CD release party at a rather unique venue in the upscale West Olmos community, called Period Modern Furniture. They sell unique pieces of furniture from the 1960’s through the 1980’s, works of art by local artists, and feature house concerts on a regular basis. In…


House Above the Sun- Five Hours North- CD review

Written by James Killen The purists are going to holler a bit, but we now have Americana coming in from Britain. Certainly, we expect this genre to come from this side of the pond and preferably from the South. I’m afraid however we may need to scoot over a bit and make some room for…


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…