Country

Artist: 
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Label: 
ATO Records LLC

This is a great record. J. Roddy Walston and the Business have blown up in the last couple of years following an exhaustive tour schedule and their 2013 breakout album, Essential Tremors. This is more vulnerable and personal than Essential Tremors, but still has the hard-rocking swagger and bravado that exemplifies the band. Simply put, it's like Kings of Leon except with music that's actually good.

Sounds Like: 
Drive By Truckers
Sounds Like: 
Delta Spirit
Sounds Like: 
The Weeks
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2017
Artist: 
Ron Pope
Label: 
Brooklyn Basement Records

"Ron Pope? That name sounds so familiar."
"Yeah, he's the dude that sang 'Drop in the Ocean'."
"Oh, that's right! Wow, my preteen angst has suddenly returned."

Sounds Like: 
Civil Wars
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Alison Krauss
Label: 
Hokker, Inc.

This record was a good listen, but at times the easy-listening feel of the record got boring. Not that it's bad by any means--however, the album did not have much variation and I don't think it did a good job of highlighting Krauss's versatility. It's still a classic country record though. If I found this album in my grandparents' records in between Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline I wouldn't be surprised. Krauss's voice is also flawless. She has one of the best voices in all of country music, and this didn't change on Windy City.

Sounds Like: 
Patty Griffin
Sounds Like: 
Dolly Parton
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Terra Lightfoot
Label: 
Sonic Union Records

To preface this, no, she is not related to Gordon Lightfoot--I already looked it up. Lately, roots rock has become filled with bluegrassy Nickelbanjo artists singing about the most bland things possible, and the genre has become fairly boring. Terra Lightfoot does not fit into this mold--she puts the rock back into roots rock. Springsteenesque guitars deliver crunchy riffs behind Lightfoot's voice, which is the true star of the album. Simply put, she sounds like a rockstar--whiskey-soaked and soulful.

Sounds Like: 
Grace Potter
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Lauren Anderson
Label: 
none

Lauren Anderson has an unreal voice, it reminds me a lot of Carrie Underwood. Her Single "What Good is a Bad Boy".  the song also reminds me of the song Before he cheats.  if you like Carrie Underwood i highly reccomend listening to Lauren Anderson, very good singer nice beat and it the lyrics feel like this is a personal life memory she has been through so it can relate to some who listen.  

Sounds Like: 
Before He Cheats by Carrie Undewood
Name: 
Jeff Malinoff
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers
Label: 
Ca-Ha-Nus Records

"Eyes on the Prize," by Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers is a decent Americana rock album with a female powerhouse vocalist. At its best best, the guitar is jamming and Carol Pacey's vocals mesh perfectly, giving the track an empowering sound. Her vocals, at times, are remiscent of the same twangly, gravely strength as singers such as Sheryl Crow and Joan Osborne. At its worst, "Eyes on the Prize," is kitschy and uninspired.

Sounds Like: 
Sheryl Crow
Sounds Like: 
Joan Osborne
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2016
Artist: 
Francesca Brown
Label: 
Apple Feast Productions

This CD sounds exactly how you'd expect. A female singer/songwriter with backup vocals on various melodies, accompanied by guitar, banjo, saw, harmonca, bass, and drums. Though this is probably considered folk, I got a strong country vibe from it. There's nothing wrong with that at all, especially if you're into music featuring soulful, Southern-accented and slow-pacedriffs. Francesca Brown is certainly a good singer. She's got great key shifts and strong harmonies. 

Sounds Like: 
Gillian Welch
Sounds Like: 
Laura Marling
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2016
Artist: 
Del Barber and the No Regretzky's
Label: 
True North Records

"The Puck Drops Here," by Del Barber and the No Regretzky's had been up for review for a few weeks. I was intriguied by the silly band name and the prospect of listening to a fun album about hockey that didn't take itself too seriously. Well, it's definitely all about hockey. Whether it's fun or not depends of your defintion of fun. And I honestly couldn't tell if this guy was being serious or not.

Sounds Like: 
The Ramones
Sounds Like: 
Bryan Adams (specifically the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron OST)
Sounds Like: 
Bob Seger (if Bob Seger was 20 and mediocre)
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2016
Artist: 
Ben Bostick
Label: 
Simply Fantastic Music

I honestly was not sure what to expect from this album. Right of the bat, it starts with an almost generic upbeat country song called "My Country" which emphasises the fact that the USA is Ben Bostick's Country. The following four songs, are much softer and slower and better show his artistic side. I am used to country music focusing on pickup trucks, alcohol, and farms, but this album focuses on longing, and relationships more than anything.

Sounds Like: 
country music
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Bronwen Rebecca