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2014 Favorites of Year

To download the full issue pdf, click HERE. FAVORITE ALBUMS “Numbered Doors,” by Lori McKenna and “Milltowns,” by Mark Erelli These two locally produced albums are as authentic and moving as any released nationally. After making two very personal albums, McKenna steps back a bit, lyrically creeping around the hallways of hotels and motels capturing […]

Look out Nashville, Lori McKenna has arrived… (But she still belongs to Boston!)

  To download the full issue pdf, click HERE A recording session is stopped abruptly, and a new-to-town songwriter is introduced, brought in to “fix” the projected hit song for Miss Rayna James, Nashville’s Queen of Country Music. The stranger doesn’t fit the mold of the shiny country music scene: She is short, dark-haired, and […]

Issue No. 38, December 2014

  To download the full issue pdf, click HERE I have a plot idea for the TV show “Nashville” to save it from cancellation. But before we go there, I have admit something that may make you cringe … I am a fan – or was a fan – of the show. I’m kind of […]

>CD review: Lori McKenna, “Lorraine”

> It’s easy to hear the appeal of Lori McKenna’s songs to country music stars and fans: the trials and tribulations, thoughts and actions of her everyday characters are those that fill countless country songs. Yet I certainly didn’t come to her music from a country music angle. I first heard her singing “Fireflies” on […]

>Album releases update

>January and February are usually pretty light when it comes to album releases. Many bands like to release their albums in time to take advantage of the holiday season or wait till spring. But not this year. There’s a ton of great music coming out early and I can’t wait. Instead of waiting until the […]

>Lori McKenna at Passim, Dec. 17

>   The Holiday Crush is upon us, so I’ll have to make this kind of quick. But because of the Crush it is important to take time out and enjoy the good things in life. One of those good things is seeing Lori McKenna on stage at Passim.  Lori, who got a shot at fame a […]

>News and videos

>Some of this and a little of that before the big splash of the next issue of Modern Acoustic, which should be posted early next week (HERE). A bunch of new albums from some of our favorite artists are slated for release right after the first of the year. Here is the list I have… […]


>In my attempt at being a full service bloggerator, I’ve posted all my concert video clips on YouTube. Among the artists so far are Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Crooked Still and the Wailin’ Jennys. You can check them out by going to Here’s a taste of what’s been posted

>Two for Thursday

>A couple of items I’ve just learned about… First, the Boston Music Award nominations are now in and YOU can vote for your favorites. In recent years these awards seem to have fallen on hard times, even to a point of being a joke when the likes of Pat Metheny and Bonnie Raitt were up […]

>CD Reviews: Sarah Borges, Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Eilen Jewell

>MAKING HER MOVE – Sarah Borges, “Diamonds in the Dark”When Sarah Borges signed with Sugar Hill Records, she joined Americana stalwarts James McMurtry and Robert Earl Keen, bluegrass legends Jerry Douglas and Peter Rowen, and young acts Nickel Creek and the Duhks on a label that’s not flashy, but is incredibly productive and has great […]