NEM#87: Chris Cacavas Fronts His Depression

Chris rose to fame on keys for Arizona's country punks Green on Red from 1981–1987 and has since then been singer/songwriter/guitarist for 12 albums while still being a sought-after session keyboardist (e.g., with Steve Wynn, with whom he's currently touring). We discuss "Pale Blonde Hell" by Chris Cacavas and Junkyard Love from Pale Blond Hell (1994), "Do Me No Favors" from  Continue Reading …

NEM #44: Lys Guillorn: Freedom from Explanation

Lys is a Connecticut singer/guitarist with an eccentric country twang who's put out two albums, three EPs, and a rarities collection since 2003. Her lyrics and music highlight the difficulties in communication that go with the difficulties in being human. We discuss "M.K." from the I'm a Boy EP (Lys Guillorn and Her Band, 2017), "Silver" from Winged Victory (2013), and "When  Continue Reading …

NEM#11. Bob Manor: No Alt-Country for Old Men

Bob leads the Madison, WI band The Getaway Drivers; he shares the vocal duties with his wife Shiela Shigley. Though Bob has displayed a lot of affection toward old-timey, world-weary music since starting off his major songwriting efforts around 2000 at the ripe age of 28ish, The Getaway Drivers' new album Bellatopia is a conscious attempt to break with that, though Bob still  Continue Reading …