Victoria Williams has probably always been an acquired taste. Critic Robert Christgau gave three of her first four albums a B+, A- and A-, but his embrace of her talent was guarded. “Her roots are in Cajunland, so naturally she sings like a cross between Dolly Parton and Yoko Ono.
Joe Ely's one of Texas' sons of Townes Van Zandt, like Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock writing acoustic country blues with a counterculture sensibility. Ely always had the strongest rock 'n' roll streak of three, and is the most convincing true country singer as well.
Peter Simon recalls the Baton Rouge music scene roughly half a decade ago, describing a bleak offering of cover bands and little else musically. But since that time, Baton Rouge has worked up a local artist scene that's starting to leak into New Orleans, and Simon's group Minos the Saint is part of the pack.
Portland-based rock act Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside has a frontwoman who tells it like it is. She writes rock ‘n’ roll music that is peppered with sarcasm and anger, innuendos and not-so-subtle confessions. “There are some naughty songs on the record,” Ford says, laughing. “Most of the time, I just end up being really blunt.” Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside play One Eyed Jacks on Sunday night.
Siblings and bandmates Rob and Rachel Kolar of L.A. gypsy-folk rock outfit He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister didn’t always agree on music. “I was into punk rock when I was younger, so I would blast bands like Rancid and The Clash,” Rob Kolar says. “Rachel would ask if we could we put on something else on, and I’d be like, ‘Well, this is my favorite band.’ She was into more mainstream music.