Bluegrass

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

Raw

Artist: 
Keller Williams
Label: 
Freeky Disc

Keller Williams is a jam-band phenomena, known for using wild effects to make his one-man sound come off as imposing and grandiose. However, on Raw, he drops all of that for a solo, acoustic record that truly shows off his musical talent. In his sets with String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Umphrey's, you can see a wide variety of music styles manifest themselves in different forms. Raw is aptly named because that is what the record is. Most of the record is really good.

Sounds Like: 
Greensky Bluegrass
Sounds Like: 
Yonder Mountain String Band
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
01/26/2017
Artist: 
Elephant Revival
Label: 
Itz Evolving Records

This album is SO PRETTY. The vocals are goregeous and it's kind of a slow Lumineers sound, with similarities to Of Monsters and Men. The album is beautifully produced, and each of the songs are goregeous in their own way. The entire album I was shocked with how goregeous the vocals and vocals were. The songs are slower for the most part, with less focus on upbeat choirs. Track 4, On and On is slower but also has a beautiful chorus and is beautiful to listen to while studying, or trying to relax. This entire abum is beautiful, and its hard to go wrong with any of the tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Of Monsters and Men
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Devil On The Loose
Label: 
Popup Records

You know that feeling you get when you're smugglng alcohol in your supercharged model-T during the prohibition era, yeah me neither. But the music would fit just right. Straight out of some down south. It's your typical bluegrass feel good music. Now I don't normally review this type of stuff, but I think this is worth a listen if you're interested. it may go well as some cool background music, the album cover is also really cool. This is good music, I may not listen to this all the time, but it's quality represented from the heart and soul. 

Sounds Like: 
Hey Brother Where art thou
Sounds Like: 
Brooker T & The MGs
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2016
Artist: 
The Breath
Label: 
Real World Records

Carry Your Kin is the debut album of Manchester based bluegrass band The Breath out on Real World Records. I really did not enjoy this album, when I first heard it was Irish Folk/ Bluegrass I was so excited.

Sounds Like: 
Discount Adele
Sounds Like: 
Cinematic Orchestra
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2016
Artist: 
The Brevet
Label: 
Self-Released

The Brevet is a new and exciting band from Southern California. They're style is full of energy and powerful rock elements and will get you with their strong vocals and emotional lyrics. The album is unique as it brings an Americana style, indie folk style that will captivate your eardrums. American Novel, the very first song from the album helps gives you a full experience on what you can expect from the rest of the album, with its high anticipation and buildup to the chorus complimented by a rhythmic acoutstic guitar and passion.

Sounds Like: 
The Head & Heart
Sounds Like: 
Of Monsters & Men
Sounds Like: 
Vance Joy
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2015
Artist: 
Laney Jones
Label: 
Self-released

Laney Jones graces us with her debut album, Golden Road, which is full of sunny (yet mysterious) vocals, easy-going vibes, rolling backing, and that late southern summer feeling. Even if you aren't a fan of indie folk (or music of the country-type persuasion), I would recommend you at least try this. When I first gave this a listen, I was pleasantly surprised by the warm and sunny tunes, as well as instantly reminded of The Civil Wars.

Sounds Like: 
The Civil Wars
Sounds Like: 
The Wallin' Jennys
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2015
Artist: 
Frontier Ruckus
Label: 
Quite Scientific Records

Two thumbs up from DJ Kira Kat here! Michigan folk-rock band, Frontier Ruckus, has delivered us a dynamic album that is somehow both simple and exciting at the same time, and has the potential to compliment any alt or variety show that is looking for a unique musical experience. With its experimental melodies and compelling lyrics, Sitcom Afterlife is an incredibly strong, influential album. The record is mostly upbeat but seems to slow things down or turn things a bit darker at the perfect moments.

Sounds Like: 
GROUPLOVE, if lead singer Christian didn't scream as much and made softer music
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2014
Artist: 
Run Boy Run
Label: 
Sky Island Records

Like folk bands? Like Tucson? Like cheery female vocals that remind you of the perfect autumn afternoon with its breezes and colorful atomsphere? If you do then you'll dig this album from local folk band, Run Boy Run. You can't go wrong with throwing in a bit of bluegrass with folk music, and lemme tell you Run Boy Run does it seamlessly. The accompying strings are lovely to listen to. "A Dream in the Night", "Heavy the Sorrow", "The Lord Taketh Away", "Something to Someone" are slower tracks more on the bluegrass side.

Sounds Like: 
Avett Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Infamouse Strindusters
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
10/29/2014
Artist: 
The String Cheese Incident
Label: 
SCI Fidelity

The Strong Cheese Incident is a wacky mix of quite a few genres including bluegrass, indie-rock, jazz, afro-pop, and plenty more. And these genres frequently change within a song. For example the first song Colorado Bluebird Sky, it starts and you think “oh this is kinda country-like, nice banjo” then BAM, cue guitar solo. Though it meshes pretty well surprisingly. When they sing the lyrics “Colorado Bluebird Sky” it really reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd in “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Sounds Like: 
Widespread Panic
Sounds Like: 
Dave Matthews Band
Sounds Like: 
Big Smith
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2014