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No JusticeSecond Avenue: Since 2005, No Justice has dominated the Oklahoma and Texas music scenes both on the stage and through the radio waves.  The band’s previous album Live at Billy Bob’s Texas allowed them to wander across the U.S. playing more than 200 dates a year.  The lead single from the new album, “Love Song” is described as a story of love lost written from a small-town perspective. Using their small-town roots as both inspiration and recording grounds they never stray far from the alt-country/rock-country sound that got them noticed in the first place.  They’ve shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Robison, Billy Joe Shaver, Pat Green, Jack Ingram and many more.

5.0 McRiprock’s


Horse OperaSounds Of The Desert: Heavily influenced by the 1950’s/1960’s country music (read: honky tonk) with a bit of an edge completes the sound of this band firmly based in classic country.  Born in Austin, Horse Opera is made up of veteran musicians that came from the punk and rockabilly genres and graduated to country. Classically playing Texas beer joints and dance halls to get their legs, they have just stumbled onto their first studio record. The band boasts traditional arrangements with lyrical accompaniments that include all sides of the human condition.

4.5 McRiprock’s


Miranda DodsonChange a Thing: Simple, pure, alt folks with a bit of progressive edge greets the listener of Miranda Dodson.  Dodson chose a producer for her album that was first and foremost an artist (Robert Harrison of Future Clouds & Radar & Cotton Mather).  With Harrison’s experimental approach and Dodson’s pretty, hypnotic vocals it’s clear that the match was a good one. Although this is Dodson’s first full-length record, she has recorded previously with self-releases.

5.5 McRiprock’s


OuachitaSelf-Titled: This album is pure. Driven by roots with a deep soul and foot firmly planted in the Southern Rock movement. The music is a medley of hard core Southern Rock, Blues and a bit of R&B.  They call it Southern Rock n’ Soul. The album features LZ Love singing background on a few songs on the album.

4.0 McRiprock’s


The Literary GreatsOcean, Meet the Valley: A darker and deeper turn by The Literary Greats on this album make it a piece of work to listen to time and time again. They had a single goal when they teamed up with their engineer and producer, Chris Grainger—bring out the best in each other. With ten long days of recording they took their year of life, loss, love and dreams and put out a record that reflects just that Additionally, they held high vintage sounds by using 1970’s era equipment. Their website states, “take the raw energy of the Pixies and mix it with the understated themes of early Kenny Rogers and you get something like this.” We couldn’t agree more. And we like it.  A lot.

5.5 McRiprock’s


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