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Rant a Bit · 4d ago

Live Ledge #299: Skiffle

Last year, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry put out a charming album of covers called “Shine a Light”. To record this record, they boarded a train in Chicago and headed to L.A. On the way they reco...
Rant a Bit · 2W ago

Live Ledge #298: New Releases

After a long, long wait, it appears that Mr. Westerbeg has come out of his basement. A few weeks ago a new site called Dry Wood Garage suddenly appeared, and since its inception a total of f...
Rant a Bit · 3W ago

Live Ledge #297: 2007

After last week's 1997 show, I decided why not follow that same logic with a show dedicated to 2007? Surely that should be just as easy to put together.Actually, though, it wasn't. My tastes...
Rant a Bit · 1M ago

Live Ledge #296: 1997

1997 was a pretty great year for music, especially if you're a fan of alt-country music. The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Steve Earle, Whiskeytown, and so many others made quintessential "Americana" ...
Rant a Bit · 1M ago

Live Ledge #295: Alphabet Street

The idea seemed simple. Just grab a song that begins with each letter of the alphabet. That shouldn't take too long, right?Of course it's never so easy. When you have a large library, one te...
Rant a Bit · 1M ago

Live Ledge #294: New Releases

Once again, a new month brings us tons of great new music. There's also the return of artists that have not released anything of merit in years. Case in point is the new album by former The ...
Rant a Bit · 1M ago

Live Ledge #293: Best of 2017 (So Far)

What a great year for music! This has easily been a bonanza for music fans. Every week there seems to be a handful of fabulout rock, punk, and Americana.With this being the last day of June,...
Rant a Bit · 2M ago

Live Ledge #292: The Cairo Gang

Earlier this week, I published portions of my interview with Emmett Kelly, the leader of The Cairo Gang. Tonight's Live Ledge features the entire interview, along with music from tourmates C...
Rant a Bit · 2M ago

The Ledge Interview: Cairo Gang's Emmett Kelly

Nobody can say that Emmett Kelly, the leader of The Cairo Gang is a lazy person. Over the course of his career fronting the band, Kelly has also been a hired gun of sorts recording and touri...
Rant a Bit · 2M ago

Live Ledge #291: 1987 (Again)

A couple of months ago, I put together a collection of tracks for a show dedicated to 1987. That was such a momentous year for me personally that I ultimately had way too many songs for one ...