William Michael Smith

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  • 6 years ago

    "Literate roots party music" is how Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell describes The Gourds: "We're Bill Burroughs meets Jerry Lee Lewis at the funeral of Robert Johnson on the Millennium Falcon piloted by Joe Strummer and Neil Young." The Gourds have been...

  • 7 years ago

    Considered by many to be the best Americana songwriter, living or dead, Townes Van Zandt certainly never made it the way Steve Earle has. But on Townes, Earle mines Van Zandt's prolific songbook to pay homage as only a true student of the master c...

  • 8 years ago

    Most collaborations between two strong artistic personalities such as Alejandro Escovedo and Chuck Prophet would be doomed from the start, but Real Animal is like adding a turbocharger to a Ferrari V-12. When the duo isn't powering through snarlin...

  • 8 years ago

    On the surface, the imagination boggles when confronted with a musical collaboration between two such seemingly polar opposite talents as Americana/bluegrass goddess Alison Krauss and shouting, yowling Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant. But unde...

  • 9 years ago

    According to maverick Nashville producer R.S. Field, Max Stalling "reminds me of artists back when I lived in Austin in the '70s who existed outside of any groovy clique but still managed to fill up places like the Broken Spoke, the Split Rail, an...

  • 9 years ago

    I'd heard of Darden Smith for years but never seen him or given him a fair listen. His reputation preceded him; my impression was of a wan, mopey, earnest, trying-so-hard-to-be-meaningful balladeer. That all changed when I got a dose of Sunflower ...


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