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Native Sons, Native Sound

Interview by Josh Matthews and Kaydee Mulvehill

Photo by Brent Thompson

Dirty Lungs grew up in Birmingham and has helped to cultivate the defining sounds at the center of the evolution of the live, local music scene. We talk to the band about their upcoming album, Look Expensive and Smile, and how it captures their dynamic, live energy that local fans have appreciated for nearly two decades. 

We’re here with Ronnie Lee Gibson, Carson Mitchell, and Ra-Jaan Parmley of the Dirty Lungs. And you guys have a new album on the horizon.

Carson: We have a new album coming out in a couple of months. We’re still trying to work out the distribution. There’s already a single out on Spotify and iTunes, Dumps like a Truck. You can check it out.

What’s the name of the album going to be?

Carson: Look Expensive and Smile. It’s a title track. I saw this Vice article about this 24-hour strip club in New York City that doesn’t close. The law there is that… [read more…]

Standard Deluxe

Standard Deluxe

Music Finds a Home in Waverly, AL

Words and photography by Jones Willingham

The first thing I noticed about Waverly, Alabama, is that it takes forever to get there. You’re on Highway 280, the hell among highways, for a solid hour and a half — ebbing and flowing through towns like Childersburg and Sylacauga and eventually hitting a whole lot of nothing. Then you turn off of the highway, seemingly in the middle of nowhere; little do you know that you’re about to enter an oasis for live music.

15 minutes northwest of Auburn, Standard Deluxe exists as a peculiar but incredible institution for live music, art, and so much more. Established in 1991 by owner and president Scott Peek, the halcyon property seems like your grandfather’s friendly farm in the country. However, Standard Deluxe offers much more than initially meets the eye; for nearly two decades, Standard Deluxe has hosted artists such as Jason Isbell, Charles Bradley, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and countless others that have made the pilgrimage to Waverly, AL for the Old 280 Boogie, which is a festival that brings hundreds to… [read more…]

David Bromberg Quintet

On October 14, David Bromberg – a godfather of Americana, decorated multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, gifted song interpreter and lauded bandmate to the stars – will release ‘The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues’ (Red House Records). Produced by Levon Helm and Bob Dylan’s longtime collaborator, Larry Campbell, Bromberg’s first album since 2013 is a wonderfully curated selection of deep cuts from the blues genre, in addition to original compositions. Bromberg found his inspiration for the album when he heard Willie Nelson repeat a quote from Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble: “there’s only two kinds of music – the Star-Spangled Banner and the Blues.”

Hear a blustering take on Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues” here

Through Bromberg’s unparalleled playing and gift for interpretation, a crack band and Campbell’s tasteful horn arrangements, the record reaches electrifying heights as well as intimate acoustic moments, breathing fresh life into the songs of Robert Johnson, Bobby Charles, George “Little Hat” Jones, Ray Charles, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others.

Ray Charles’ “A Fool For You” is one of many album stand-outs, featuring just David on a spellbinding solo acoustic guitar performance and vocals. David learned the song “Why Are People Like That?” from a Muddy Waters…

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The Writer’s Share Presents Shannon Wright, Jon Byrd, Stephanie Lambring, with Adam Wright

The Writer's Share Presents Shannon Wright, Jon Byrd, Stephanie Lambring, with Adam Wright

hannon Wright, along with her husband and songwriting partner Adam Wright, moved from Atlanta, Georgia, to Nashville in September 2002. It was then that they became the well-known roots-driven songwriting duo, The Wrights. Shannon and Adam wrote all of the songs for their debut RCA/ACR album, Down This Road.  The single and title track from that album made Rolling Stones’ top ten country singles list in 2005.  The Wrights went on to record a self-titled EP and two more critically acclaimed albums: In the summertime, a collection of acoustic covers and Red and Yellow, Blue and Green.  Along the way they toured with artists like Lucinda Williams, Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town, Chris Isaak and many more. The duo got to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN over 30 times.

Even during The Wrights’ busy performing schedule, Shannon was making a name as a songwriter.  “When we were playing music back in Atlanta we had a small blurb about one of our shows in the local rag. The journalist called me a singer/songwriter. It was, to date, one of the most memorable moments of my life. I had always been called a singer, but it was the first…

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The Breeders

The Breeders
Today, the Breeders announce details of their long-awaited fifth album. Entitled All Nerve, and
featuring recent single ‘Wait in the Car’, the group’s first record in a decade will be released on
March 2, 2018. All Nerve’s title track is now available to hear below.All Nerve reunites band members Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson –
the line-up behind the iconic and platinum-selling record, Last Splash. The quartet returned to
the stage in 2013 to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary and have been quietly working on
new material since then. Recording took place at Candyland, Dayton, Kentucky, with Mike
Montgomery; Electrical Audio, Chicago, with Steve Albini and Greg Norman; and with Tom
Rastikis at Fernwood Studios, Dayton, Ohio. Artwork was conceived by Chris Bigg, who has
worked with the Breeders since their first album, Pod.
All Nerve will be released on March 2nd on CD, standard edition black vinyl LP, limited alternate
sleeve/orange vinyl (independent stores only) and digitally. 4AD Store customers also have the
opportunity to bundle their LP album pre-order with the third iteration in the ‘Wait in the Car’
7” single series, while stocks last. This limited red vinyl single features a cover of Mike Nesmith’s
‘Joanne’. For more information head to
To coincide…

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