Half Stack’s Pete Kegler talks ‘Wings of Love,’ quarantine music and country roots

Photo by James Juarez Cowboys have long sat at the center of the mythos of colonized America, serving simultaneously as a relic of the past and a potent symbol of self-reliance. In a chaotic time, it would seem that the collective consciousness has also sought refuge in the dusty past. Even five years ago, the general wisdom was that cowboys were a conservative symbol. But in recent years those judgements have softened, and with them the animosity towards country music. I spoke with Pete Kegler, the lead singer of Oakland’s Half Stack, who agrees that country music is [...]

The Painted Horses’ sophomore record has a familiar richness

This month, Santa Cruz-based the Painted Horses released their second, self-titled album and it is a collection of folk rock songs we are delighted to have found. Following the release of their debut album Ponderosa Pines, The Painted Horses has pushed the band into a new level of musical mastery with songs that are a little more upbeat but sticking to their roots. Like a more country version of M. Ward and Elvis Perkins with a touch of the Wallflowers (especially opening track “Spokane”) Horses at times feels more folk, at times more country and all the times: pretty good. [...]

Aw Hell, Half Stack’s new EP is here

Howdy partners. We’re delighted to announce that Half Stack just released Aw Hell, their latest EP, and hell is it a delighter. They’ve kept their classic Americana style and grown with some surprising and refreshing twists here and there. It’s a sweet and sad collection of country rock meets psych rock and even some poppy touches here and there. Tunes like “Goner” have guitar solos and steels that we’re digging on. “Know You Well” is doing some new things we’ve not heard yet. The swaying pop-touched melody and catchy hooks are paired with the sweet vocals of a sweet lady. [...]

Andrew Duhon brings solid country to Milk Bar

Country fans unite! This Saturday, Throwin' Bo's presents another Milk Bar show that we’re pretty pleased for. Headlining the evening is Andrew Duhon, the Grammy-nominated artist rolling out from New Orleans. This fellow is one of the rare country rock folks that you can’t find on the mainstream country stations with, as Rolling Stone says, a “soulful croon.” He’s a modern country man with solid messages and—unlike some of his modern country brethren—none of that cheesy stuff some of his peers are rockin’ out. He’s solid country rock with a warm rich voice that doesn’t overdo it. The video for [...]

Night Moves bust moves at Bottom of the Hill Sept 19

Photo credit Elise Tyler This Thursday, September 19 Night Moves is gracing the Bottom of the Hill stage. Their latest album, Can You Really Find Me(produced by Spoon's Jim Eno) came out last June and it’s a diverse collection that showcases the range of these fellows. Tracks go from alternative indie rock to Tom Petty-ian moments and some country twangs and harmonies that we can get behind. “Keep Me In Mind” has some of the sweetest harmonies on the album, reminiscent of Crosby Stills & Nash. If you need a little taste of their humor, check out their video for “Strands [...]

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