Haiku of contrition:

Brandon Santini
And Jeff Jensen. Together.
Lived up to my dreams.

Artist: Tennessee Redemption
Album: Tennessee Redemption
Release date: September 2019

Cover of Tennessee Redemption album.
Cover of Tennessee Redemption album.

The deal. Albums can break your heart. Even ones you haven’t heard yet. Sometimes you want so much from a new release — you’re just so excited — that it’s tough for the artist to deliver on the expectations. …

Haiku of contrition:

Sean Pinchin’s Bad Things
Is actually good stuff.
Don’t trust the title.

Artist: Sean Pinchin
Album: Bad Things
Release date: March 1, 2019

Cover of Sean Pinchin’s Bad Things
Cover of Sean Pinchin’s Bad Things

The deal. As someone who came of age as a college radio DJ, I developed a certain distrust of anything too poppy. And even now, over twenty years later, I still reflexively bristle at anything with just a whiff of being too radio friendly. But maybe I’m finally starting to mellow. Because Sean Pinchin’s Bad Things is blues rock I’d be comfortable hearing on the radio (before iHeartMedia destroyed the form, of course).

Pinchin is Canadian, so perhaps the Americana label doesn’t apply, but the singer/slide guitarist certainly has a firm handle on the roots sound. He has a surprisingly sweet voice that works well against heavy blues grooves and howling slide that’s like a wolf during a full moon. Pinchin does a great job balancing familiar blues riffs against rock beats and uses an energy that’s practically metal. He also keeps things accessible, but not dumb, which is what sparked the radio thought. …

Haiku of contrition:

Time waits for no one.
Except Reverend Peyton.
They seem pretty tight.

Artist: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Album: Poor Until Payday
Release date: October 5, 2018

Cover of their album.
Cover of their album.

The deal. There’s the story, perhaps apocryphal, about a drunken W.C. …

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