Category: CD Reviews

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…


Robyn Ludwick- This Tall to Ride- CD Review

Written by James Killen Robyn Ludwick, little sister to Bruce and Charlie Robeson, one of Texas Music’s greatest dynasties has a new CD coming out called “This Tall to Ride”. Her writing style owes a lot to the influence of Lucinda Williams, but still rings genuine and personal. Her songs have that same rugged, but…


Alejandro Escovedo- Burn Something Beautiful – CD Review

Written by James Killen You never know what you are going to get with a new Alejandro Escovedo CD. It might be an acoustic serenade or a psychedelic trip or a string quartet or just pure rock and roll. He started out in the punk scene with The Nuns and went mainstream Rock and Roll…


Charles Bryant – Kiss the Sun – CD Review

Written by James Killen Charles Bryant started late in life as a professional musician, but has been playing and writing for years. As a Pasadena resident, Charles made many appearances at Almost Austin over the past few years and has been known to play a few evenings at the Last Concert Café. Prior to that…


Andy Summers – Triboluminescence – CD Review

Written by James Killen Andy Summers rose to fame in the seventies and eighties as the lead guitar player for The Police, backing up Sting and creating the new wave/jazz/ reggae sound that took the airwaves by storm. He has been putting out solo albums since the band broke up and is now releasing his…


Wolverton – Wizard Land – CD Review

Written by James Killen Having grown up during the sixties and seventies, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart (or maybe my head) for psychedelic music. In the mid to late sixties, the airwaves were full of bands like Vanilla Fudge, Moby Grape, The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane and, of course the Grateful…


Drive-By Truckers- American Band – CD Review

Written by James Killen The Drive-By Truckers put out a thematic rock and roll classic last year and called it “American Band”. Patterson Hood and, to a lesser degree, Mike Cooley, set out to make a series of statements about the state of the union on this disc all to the sounds of some rousing…