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Getting to Know: All Sons and Daughters

Posted by Greg on Mar 30, 2017 in Music

One of our favorite records from 2016 here at Step Inside This House (SITH) was Poets and Saints from Nashville worship band All Sons and Daughters. Lead singer and co-songwriter Leslie Jordan recently took time out of a busy schedule to answer a few questions. Read more…

 
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Ones to Watch: Nashville’s New Respects

Posted by Greg on Mar 17, 2017 in Music

It’s always a great thing to receive an unexpected surprise at the most opportune of times. While battling a pretty severe head cold last week, the debut EP Here Comes Trouble by Nashville quartet The New Respects found its way to the Step Inside This House headquarters. Knowing absolutely nothing about the band, curiosity was instantly piqued. Heck, their publicist even threw in a free t-shirt. We’re digging this. Read more…

 
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Ha Ha Tonka Shines on Latest Release

Posted by Greg on Mar 10, 2017 in Music

Now that spring is finally creeping its way into the frame, it’s time to find some tunes to welcome the vernal season. Enter Ha Ha Tonka’s effervescent and near flawless fifth album Heart-Shaped Mountain. Packed with ten instantly hummable efforts, Heart-Shaped Mountain is as strong an effort as any released this year. Read more…

 
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Travis Linville Finds His Stride

Posted by Greg on Mar 7, 2017 in Music

There’s something utterly sublime and deeply potent about Travis Linville’s slow-burning new record Up Ahead. Though its extremely sedate in its pacing, its memorable numbers (of which there are many) linger long after the final seconds and announce Linville as a major play in the very crowded Americana scene. Having spent much of his career as a sideman (most notably for Hayes Carll), Linville’s fifth release is easily his best and so far one of this year’s best to date. Read more…

 
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Son Volt’s latest is good but not Farrar’s best

Posted by Greg on Mar 7, 2017 in Music

Twenty years removed from Son Volt’s landmark debut album Trace, St. Louis singer-songwriter Jay Farrar is still at it. Though the band has changed hands multiple times since the 1997 album, he’s still hard at work trying to recreate that very same magic. Some critics have panned Farrar for writing the same album time and time again, and while that isn’t exactly incorrect, any time Farrar releases new music it is something pretty special. Read more…

 
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Scott H. Biram Roars on New Disc

Posted by Greg on Feb 26, 2017 in Music

Anyone who has been following the career of Austin singer/songwriter Scott H. Biram knows he’s never been one to shy away from songs about faith. Additionally, he’s never been one for hired studio hands either. So it is no surprise, that his latest, The Bad Testament (Bloodshot Records), released this past Friday, features more songs about faith and very few, if any, studio hands. Read more…

 
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Top 20 Films of 2016

Posted by Greg on Jan 25, 2017 in Movies

Now that the Oscar nominations are out, it’s time for me to put together my list. Now admittedly, I did not gat around to seeing as many films as I wanted to this year and unfortunately have yet to see many of the major movies garnering awards attention but hey there are only so many hours in the day. Foremost of those omitted and not yet seen are: Arrival, Moonlight, Silence, Hell or High Water and Lion. So perhaps this is a flawed list but below are the top 20 films I saw this year.

1. La La Land
2. Manchester By The Sea
3. Toni Erdmann
4. Fences
5. Patriots Day
6. Sully
7. OJ Made in America
8. Hacksaw Ridge
9. Jackie
10. 20th Century Women

11. Hidden Figures
12. Nocturnal Animals
13. A Man Called Ove
14. Hail Caesar
15. Hunt for the WIlderpeople
16. The Witness
17. Hooligan Sparrow
18. Captan Fantastic
19. Florence Foster Jenkins
20. Loving

 
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Top 30 Albums of 2016

Posted by Greg on Jan 24, 2017 in Music

Well, I’m a bit late on this, but this blog just got reactivated after a two year hiatus. Forgive me. I’ll do my best to try and write in here more regularly. Listed below is my Top 30 albums of the year. Okay, I’ll admit it: I have not heard every album released in 2016, even the many buzzed about ones. However, I have listened to quite a few and below are the top 30 albums that most impacted me during 2016. Feel free to chime in below in the comments section. Reactions are more than welcome.

1. Lori McKenna – The Bird and the Rifle.
2. Dawes – We’re All Going to Die
3. Maren Morris – Hero
4. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
5. The 1975 – I like you when you sleep….
6. All Sons and Daughters – Saints and Poets
7. Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
8. Aiofe O’Donovan – In The Magic Hour
9. Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent
10. Margot Glaspy – Emotions and Math

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Coldplay’s Ghost Stories

Posted by Greg on Jun 30, 2014 in Music

Ghost Stories, the new album from British chart-toppers Coldplay is by far the band’s weakest lyrical album. Then again, Chris Martin has never been a master wordsmith/lyrical charmer. But for all the lyrical deficiencies, the band’s new disc is sonically their most daring and at times, one of their most rewarding. But, make no mistake about it, Ghost Stories is more than anything, a Chris Martin solo record. Nowhere on the disc does it feel like Coldplay as a band are contributing. Oh sure there’s a rhythm section and guitars but who can really hear it amid all the humming of the machinated noises and studio tricks that absolutely drench this album. If you told me Martin recorded this in his bedroom, I’d be hard pressed to think otherwise. Read more…

 
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Charlie Strong at Texas

Posted by Greg on Jan 8, 2014 in Sports

Far be it from me to call myself an expert about college football, but every now and then something catches my eye and makes me wonder. There is no doubt that former Louisville head coach Charlie Strong is a first-rate football coach, but he won at Louisville in a conference with only a handful of top-flight coaches and rosters. Folks like Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy and Art Briles are proven winners and have been stalwarts in the Big 12 for at least the last half-dozen years. Add what Kliff Kingsbury is doing in Lubbock and Strong has his work cut out for him. Read more…

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