Joana Serrat: Dripping Springs
A few weeks back I featured a bunch of “Random Dude” singer/songwriters and it only seems fair to give the ladies a fair shake. Thankfully, there are plenty of under-the-radar women to choose from, but I’m gonna go with three different flavors of country stars-in-the-making. I’ll start with Joana Serrat whose excellent new record is a real head-turner. Serrat hails from Barcelona, but you wouldn’t guess it listening to Dripping Springs, which is named for the Texas town where it was made. Recorded with fellow RecommNed Israel Nash, the album features some cosmic Americana vibes, occasionally turning dreamy and full-on psychedelic with some excellent work from the backing band and some well-placed space-out pedal steel. Check it out!
Kashena Sampson: Wild Heart
Can’t get through a set of country singers without a stop in Nashville, so may I introduce to you the voice of Kashena Sampson who comes to Music City by way of Las Vegas with some adventures along the way. Her debut album Wild Heart is a soulful, ’70s country sound, equally Stevie Nicks as Dolly Parton. The songs are heartfelt and funny and infused with a healthy amount of groove. Sampson is a worthy addition to the long-running tradition of great singers out of Nashville, I think you might dig.
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Sidelong
Want your country a little more ass-kicking? Look no further than Sarah Shook who plays a classic, shoot-first/ask-questions-later country music with a beer in one hand, a whiskey in the other and an unapologetic sneer from start to finish. Her backing band is gloriously called The Disarmers and their debut record is Sidelong, filled mostly with tales of drinking and the bad decisions that go along with it. After my first time listening to this one, they gave me an old-school Deer Tick vibe: country vibes meets punk energy with some honest, wonderful songwriting, if that’s your thing. So, crack open a cold one and enjoy!
Ian Rawn shares photos from Saturday at Atlanta’s SweetWater 420 Fest, which ended with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer collaborating with the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Both Widespread Panic and Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band shared the stage with guest guitarists on Friday at the Wanee Festival.
The broadcast schedule for this weekend’s free webcast featuring select sets from the SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta has been revealed.
The latest episode of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ features”The Rundown,” our first “Mailbag” segment, G. Love on the debut of “Worst Show Ever” and Eric Krasno discussing his “Musical Mentors.”
Harmonica player Hook Herrera sat-in during several parts of Gov’t Mule’s 2018 Spring Tour opening show last night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
JamBase contributor Chad Berndtson shares his thoughts accompanied by Andrew Blackstein’s photos and a handful of videos from As The Crow Flies’ tour opener in Port Chester.