Turn Me On: Howlin Rain and Band Leader, Ethan Miller

Howlin Rain (Photo: Kristy Walker)

Over the course of thirteen years and five studio albums, the kaleidoscopic jam band Howlin Rain has ingeniously explored the ever-evolving relationship between avant-garde psychedelia and blues-based southern rock. Their latest studio album, The Alligator Bride, and new live release, Under The Wheels: Live From The Coasts, Vol 1, both offer immersive listening experiences that… Continue reading Turn Me On: Howlin Rain and Band Leader, Ethan Miller

Turn Me On: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Saxophonist, singer, songwriter, flutist and bandleader Karl Denson has just completed his third tour with The Rolling Stones, whose touring lineup he joined in 2015, filling the shoes left by the late and legendary Bobby Keys. Having once again spent the summer thrilling stadium-sized audiences by flawlessly executing the iconic sax solo that makes “Brown… Continue reading Turn Me On: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Turn Me On: Alice Howe

For his latest Turn Me On column entry, Jackson Truax shines a light on singer/songwriter Alice Howe … Alice Howe’s debut album, Visions, is at once a finely-crafted opening statement and beautifully rustic Americana treasure. Howe’s artistry is itself an expression of loving reverence to her greatest influences including Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie… Continue reading Turn Me On: Alice Howe

Turn Me On: Koi Anunta and In Love & WAR

Singer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Koi Anunta has recently released Tessitura, her latest project under the name In Love & War. The six-song EP beautifully weaves Anunta’s tapestry of trip-hop, industrial rock, orchestral, singer-songwriter and classical influences. Anunta spent much of her youth being classically-trained before graduating with a medical degree at the age of… Continue reading Turn Me On: Koi Anunta and In Love & WAR

Turn Me On: Merry Ellen Kirk

Merry Ellen Kirk’s last two releases, 2015’s We Are the Dreamers and the newly-released We Are the Dreamers (Reprise), are the remarkable bounty of the decade Kirk has spent pursuing a fascinating music career. While Kirk is very much a singer-songwriter, and her influences and expressions often fit the label comfortably, what makes her albums… Continue reading Turn Me On: Merry Ellen Kirk

Turn Me On: Carsie Blanton and Her Culturally Subversive and Captivating Musical Presence

Carsie Blanton (Photo: Jason Albus)

Buck Up, the new album from Carsie Blanton, serves as a Trojan horse for her endlessly fun and captivating brand of cultural subversion. Through blending her two main influences of the singer-songwriter movement and vocal jazz, Blanton created an “All Killer, No Filler” listening experience that’s as radiantly jubilant as it is deeply thought-provoking. GUYS… Continue reading Turn Me On: Carsie Blanton and Her Culturally Subversive and Captivating Musical Presence

Turn Me On: The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers (Photo: Alysse Gafkjen)

On The Wood Brothers’ latest album, One Drop of Truth, the Nashville-based trio brilliantly utilizes a compelling variety of Americana influences to craft a song cycle that’s equally captivating, joyous and memorable. The band’s recent run of West Coast shows found guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood and drummer Jano Rix providing their audiences with… Continue reading Turn Me On: The Wood Brothers

Turn Me On: Shannon Rae and 100 Proof

With the 2018 release of their second album, Lucky 13, and an increasingly prolific 2019 touring schedule, Shannon Rae and 100 Proof are reaching an ever-growing audience with their unique brand of country rock. At the heart of the band’s music and live set are a collection of thoroughly memorable original songs written by the… Continue reading Turn Me On: Shannon Rae and 100 Proof

Turn Me On: Singer/Songwriter/Producer Fernando Perdomo

Fernando Perdomo photo via Cyndi Trissel Less than a year ago, Fernando Perdomo released Out to Sea, a sonically dynamic and thoroughly memorable instrumental prog rock album on which he plays every instrument on almost every song, along with being the sole songwriter, producer and engineer. Perdomo quickly followed with Zebra Crossing, a blending of… Continue reading Turn Me On: Singer/Songwriter/Producer Fernando Perdomo

Turn Me On: Circles Around the Sun

Guitarist Neal Casal and keyboardist Adam MacDougall are best known as indispensable members of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, an outstanding live band due largely to their ability to seamlessly blend jam-band, blues, country, soul, southern rock and psychedelic influences in their endlessly energetic, melodic and captivating shows. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, often referred to as… Continue reading Turn Me On: Circles Around the Sun