"Tie me to the chair and lock the door/ Take my shoes and nail 'em to the floor" Nothing short of an envelope stuffed full of crisp new payola $100 bills moves Lonesome, Onry and Mean like hearing a new recording from an unknown artist that causes insomnia to set in. Right now that album is Jim Miz ... More >>
Jimbo Mathus was born in the land of the Mississippi Delta blues, where a singer has one of two choices when catapulting the hill-folk sound into mainstream Americana: Elvis Presley's blues or Huckleberry Finn's country. Though he looks the part of Finn, with his overalls and swanky countrypolitan ... More >>
Emeli Sande House of Blues, July 8 A few years ago, it was Corinne Bailey-Rae, now here comes Emeli Sande to claim the title of the the British Isles' reigning soul starlet. The piano-trained Scottish native, now 26, notched the UK's top-selling debut of last year with Our Version of Events, a nigh ... More >>
The mailbox has been truly kind the past several weeks. Sure, there are still piles of useless dreck to wade through/past/over. But those all get to go to the big box in the dark closet and await the apocalypse. But there are standouts and surprises almost daily. Let's begin with three important re ... More >>
Bluesy Memphis singer-songwriter Valerie June already has a Black Key in her corner.
Jimbo Mathus's latest work, Confederate Buddha, was easily one of the most overlooked roots albums of 2011. Don't worry, we sort of slept through it too, but that just means you can make up for that with us by checking him out Saturday night at the Continental Club, with opening act Shinyribs. You ... More >>
30 Foot Fall: Sun., Dec. 25. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Amplified Heat, Dixie Witch: Sat., Jan. 7. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Bang Bangz, Hello Chief, New York City Queens: Sat., Feb. 4. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Band Of Heathens: Wed., Feb. 1. Main Stre ... More >>
No record deal, no recordings — no problem for the South Memphis String Band.
Former Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus gets back to basics