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Eric Risch
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After a failed attempt to enter an English PhD program, Eric fancied himself a playwright for a time. With music as his lifelong passion, he is an avid vinyl collector who works in corporate communications by day and moonlights as the sole proprietor of the music blog Bucket Full of Nails by night. Never straying far from his academic roots, his cats (living and deceased) are named after Faulkner characters. Follow Eric on Twitter where he discusses music, beer and Phillies baseball.


Features

Monday, May 26 2014

Poetry and Passion: An Interview with Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell is a country legend in every sense of the word. He speaks with us about Tarpaper Road and the legends that inspired and influenced this stunning new album.


Monday, March 10 2014

The Anti- SXSW: A Festival for the Disheveled at Couch By Couchwest

A no-cost counterpoint to SXSW one can enjoy at their leisure, Couch By Couchwest is a festival where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.


Reviews

Tuesday, November 25 2014

Swans: Oxygen EP

Revealing the true horsepower behind the Swans’ "Oxygen", this four-song collection should be handled by a professional driver on a closed course.


Monday, November 24 2014

Restorations: LP3

Let’s call Restorations what they are: an American rock band. And a damn fine one at that.


Monday, November 3 2014

John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken

Plain Spoken's by-the-numbers approach to Americana kowtows to the idyllic Everyman version of Middle-American values.


Monday, October 27 2014

Horse Feathers: So It Is With Us

So It Is With Us finds Horse Feathers aging wisely, perhaps even enjoying life a little bit more.


Tuesday, October 14 2014

Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap

Vashti Bunyan is given the final word on a sporadic yet influential career with the organic swan song Heartleap.


Blogs

Thursday, October 23 2014

Stone Jack Jones - "Circumstance" (audio) (Premiere)

Nashville musical mystic Stone Jack Jones has released his newest single, "Circumstance", a song where a lone banjo gives way to rising and falling verses, with spectral vocals creaking throughout a long-rotten homestead on late autumn winds.


Thursday, September 25 2014

Pauline Andrès - “Patsy Cline” (video / stream)

All Them Ghosts is smoky Americana by way of Germany.


Thursday, June 26 2014

Eliza Shaddad - "Waters" (video)

Seductive and haunting, "Waters" by Eliza Shaddad is a dance with life's dark choices.


Thursday, May 29 2014

HT Heartache - "Cowboy Poetry" (video)

Sundowner's flirtatious first single, "Cowboy Poetry", echoes the dusty locale of song's video.


Friday, April 4 2014

Dead Flowers - "Make It Bright" (stream)

London's Dead Flowers came to be in the winter of 2011, underneath Coney Island's Wonderwheel, an ancient big wheel which still spins to this day.


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