Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he’s able to endure the few weeks each year that it’s actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it’ll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he’s always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he’s never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.
Wednesday, December 15 2010
The more you look, the more examples of the fantastic you find in music this year.
Wednesday, December 17 2008
It did seem -- perhaps because of the genre's traditional real-world concerns -- like a lot of the year's best Americana releases sensed the storm clouds gathering.
Monday, December 17 2007
If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.
Tuesday, August 21 2007
Hollywood After Dark, Killers from Space, and a conversation with Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni and The Film Crew member, Kevin Murphy, about RiffTrax and other stuff.
Thursday, March 10 2005
Protecting an artist's copyrighted work is one thing; using invasive software is another.
Monday, July 29 2013
When it comes to crowdfunding, there's no easy way to talk about the money.
Thursday, May 30 2013
Digital music makes sense to me. But dragging a needle through the grooves of a slab of vinyl and Led Zeppelin IV coming out? Now that's witchcraft befitting the Devil's music.
Tuesday, April 9 2013
The late Jason Molina was never anything but honest about his trials and errors, his long dark blues, and his farewell transmissions.
Sunday, February 10 2013
This Is American Music is thriving in these challenging times because it hasn't lost sight of its core purpose: to champion good music, especially from its Southern surroundings, and to do it because it knocks you on your ass with emotional recognition or gets your ass up and moving because the music rocks so hard.
Thursday, October 11 2012
If you're hooked on the sad song, you never stop looking for the next good one.
Sunday, June 15 2014
Todd Snider's rollicking stories of his years in the music business might not be the whole truth, as he admits, but they're close enough.
Wednesday, March 26 2014
Drew Beskin turns heartbreak into an album of hugely enjoyable songs.
Wednesday, March 12 2014
Southern Culture on the Skids puts a fresh coat of paint on some old songs.
Wednesday, March 12 2014
The Returned asks a not-so-simple question about how the living would react to the return of the dead, and offers no easy answers.
Monday, October 21 2013
Buckner offers up one of his prettiest, most delicate albums in a long time.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
It's only fitting that the Party Dolls' new album Love Wars Baby will drop on Valentine's Day.
Thursday, November 7 2013
"Savoir Faire" is our first glimpse of the new material from the District Attorneys.
Wednesday, October 20 2010
Thursday, October 14 2010
Tuesday, December 15 2009
Albums that missed our Top 60 Albums list, but at least one of our writers loves.