Best of Indiana: Roots-Rock in 2010

At Rockforward, we live right in the middle of Indiana,  and fan our reach outward from Indianapolis.  Here’s the best of what we heard this year from (mostly) Hoosier roots-rock artists.

2010 Local Roots Rock/Americana Album of the Year
Cara Jean Wahlers/”Goodnight Charlotte”How did this quiet, intelligent, duet-like release from an acoustic guitar player and cello player get to the top of my roots-rock/Americana list full of worthy candidates?  Especially coming from a guy (me) who unabashedly enjoys the gritty side of loud guitars, drums and a sweet Hammond B-3?  It happened because this is a deserving place for “Goodnight Charlotte”, as Wahlers’ and Grover Parido’s cello quietly cuts into your heart with hauntingly beautiful music and lyrics that evoke black and white movies. Continue reading “Best of Indiana: Roots-Rock in 2010”

NYC 80’s roots-rockers The Del-Lords recording new album

In the 80’s, The Del-Lords, roots-rockers from NYC, fused an electric mix of rock, rockabilly and East Coast country music. They carried the story further with energetic live shows. And now, 25 years after their kinda-heydey, they’ve released “Under Construction”, an EP of the rough mixes from their new album, presented as a work-in-progress. (find it on their website).

Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (who is cool if only for his work with Dan Baird and The Bottle Rockets – but he’s also a founding member of the Del-Lords), the project is one of dozens that Ambel has been working on. He posted the band links to hear his work on his website. Continue reading “NYC 80’s roots-rockers The Del-Lords recording new album”