POSTED ON: April 10th, 2018
My parents overheard my sister listening to Bob Dylan’s 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks, as a freshman in high school. Stunned, proud and motivated to break out their large (read: heavy) vinyl collection, my parents insisted that we become the family that listened to Dylan almost every Sunday afternoon. And exactly that we became. Read More
POSTED ON: March 23rd, 2018
It’s Friday, which means you now have two days to do nothing except binge watch Queer Eye. In celebration of making it through another week, here’s a few new releases to listen to on your commute home. Read More
POSTED ON: March 16th, 2018
S.O.B… He’s back. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have returned with a 12-track album that’s bursting with instrumentals and that rasp we know and love. In between a rigorous tour schedule, the 7-piece band released a live album and an EP, but still left us itching for this full-length work, and here it is. Tearing at the Seams is a conglomerate of exceptional, powerful songs, each of them building off each other to form an overall strong album. This high level of quality comes at no surprise; Rateliff is anything but inconsistent. Read More
POSTED ON: March 8th, 2018
Today is International Women’s Day, which means we pretty much have to listen to exclusively women artists. At RNB, we’ve had tens of powerful women grace our stage. From Amanda Shires to Brandi Carlile, these women have inspired us to be strong, vocal, and not take no for an answer. We love watching them perform, we love listening to them, and we aspire to be them. Read More
POSTED ON: February 16th, 2018
When The Oh Hellos played at the 2016 RNBNBBQ Festival, it had been a year since they released their well-received Dear Wormwood. After a stunning performance, anyone attending the festival who may have been unfamiliar with the band was hooked. Luckily for these new fans, the band had three albums to play on repeat. Unluckily for them, they had to wait over a year for a new release. Read More
POSTED ON: January 16th, 2018
As the new year progresses, we are still tirelessly working towards our new year’s resolutions. Progress is, of course, great, but sometimes we get caught up in our busy schedules and forget about the constant flow of music. If you missed the releases of these three albums, take a few minutes, and dive in. Whether it’s on your commute to work or while you’re making dinner, be sure to check these out. Read More
POSTED ON: January 2nd, 2018
We can only listen to Christmas music for so long before “Little Drummer Boy” begins to sound like nails on a chalkboard. If you’re over our Christmas playlist, you’re in luck. Here is a hand-crafted, Roots N Blues approved playlist to kick off your new year right. Read More
POSTED ON: September 28th, 2017
There are so many cliches that I could list off right now, i.e. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” or “It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.” But let’s just get straight to the facts: In 24 hours, you’ll be walking through the festival gates. Read More
POSTED ON: September 14th, 2017
There’s no getting around it: there will be times throughout our life when we are reminded of a universal truth, life can be relentless. Sometimes we undergo a deep deconstruction of our entire beings. Heartbreak, something everyone will go through at some point, perfectly exhibits this universal truth; thank God we have music to cope. Read More
POSTED ON: August 29th, 2017
I never realized just how many different kinds of music I really listen to until I tried to create this playlist. As I skimmed through my finalized list, I noticed the how the songs bounce in and out of genres and really kind of go all over the place. It took way too long to narrow it down to 30 songs, but these two hours of music are essential to my being. The list features country, alternative, a little punk and many more. It features artists like Charles Bradley, one of my favorite guys to walk this earth, Family and Friends, a group some of us interns recently saw, and 2017 Roots N Blues artists like Band of Horses and Pokey Lafarge. Specifically, the following five songs are personal favorites:
POSTED ON: August 11th, 2017
I’m a man of many interests. Most are pretty standard to the typical millennial, college student. I like to draw, play the occasional video game, and socialize with friends, all when I’m not studying for my classes of course! – LOL
One of my favorite hobbies is making elaborate Spotify playlists. I will legitimately spend hours on end working on a playlist that nobody will probably ever listen to besides me. I’ll add songs only to delete them; I’ll move songs up only to move them back down again. So, you could imagine I was super jazzed up when I was told to make a “What we’re listening to” playlist for our blog.
I thought rather than taking this blog post to talk about how great each song on my playlist is — which they are — or talk about how crazy talented all of the artists featured on the playlist are — which again, they are — I thought: Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to create an incredibly way too in-depth, step-for-step guide on how to make the ultimate playlist? The answer to that question is yes, so let’s dive in!
After much pondering on how to start this guide, I thought of three unique pillars to help us judge the greatness of a playlist: Length, Flow, and Arc. Let’s take a deeper look at how each pillar can be used to judge our personal compilations of music.
POSTED ON: July 28th, 2017
Hello all you people. Do you like music? I’m guessing that you PROBABLY do, but the more important question is do you like GOOD music? I’m also guessing you would say to me, “But Michael, isn’t that subjective?” to which I would say, “Normally yes but not when we’re talking about my music.” Don’t believe me? You’re flat out 100% unequivocally wrong and you should be ashamed. In penance for this dishonor upon yourself and your family, I am prescribing a hearty dose of my personal playlist. Its wide-range of musical tastes will always provide you with fresh, unadulterated goodness pulling from the new, the old, and everything in between.
POSTED ON: July 12th, 2017
When an artist I love releases a new album, I always try and listen to it completely — start to finish, sometimes in one sitting. But occasionally, life happens. Maybe you forgot to listen to it. Or you zone out in the middle of listening to it and don’t really process how good the album really is. Or in some cases, you overlook an incredible song. That’s what happened to me with this song. Read More
POSTED ON: March 30th, 2017
The opening of each Mavericks song is closely followed by a recurring conundrum: to salsa or to line dance. In their newest single “Damned (If You Do),” the Miami bred group does not eliminate this decision making process. With more than twenty successful years in the music industry and an incredible performance at last year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ under their belt, the Mavericks continue to deliver.