Showing posts with label Fifth on the Floor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fifth on the Floor. Show all posts

Sep 27, 2013

Best Albums of 2013: 3/4 Report

1. John Moreland - In the Throes

2. Jason Isbell - Southeastern

3. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

4. Drew Kennedy - Wide Listener

5. Austin Lucas - Stay Reckless

6. The Band of Heathens - Sunday Morning Record

7. Run the Jewels - s/t
(free if you click "Get It Now")

8. Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose

9. Shooter Jennings - The Other Life

10. Fifth on the Floor - Ashes & Angels

Jul 1, 2013

Best Albums of 2013: Halfway Report

6. Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose

7. Son Volt - Honky Tonk

9. Fifth on the Floor - Ashes & Angels

10. Quaker City Night Hawks - Honcho

Honorable Mentions: Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park, Run the Jewels - s/t, JJ Grey and Mofro - This River, Jimbo Mathus - White Buffalo, QOTSA - ...Like Clockwork, Water Liars - Wyoming.

Jun 17, 2013

New Video: Fifth on the Floor

This came out a few weeks ago, but I had no idea... so it's new to me. From Ashes & Angels (only 5.99 at the link!), here's Fifth on the Floor with the new video for "January in Louisiana."

May 9, 2013

May 2, 2013

Fifth on the Floor's Justin Wells Says Farewell to The Possum

From Saturday's Moonrunners Music Festival, here's Justin Wells of Fifth on the Floor with a wonderful tribute to George Jones.

May 1, 2013

Festival Rundown: Moonrunners, Chicago, IL

By Jeremy Harris
(Non-editor's note: This is so long and interesting, I'm not going to bother editing. Blame any mistakes on Jeremy's intake at Moonrunners! -Trailer)

Before any details were even released for the Moon Runners Fest I was already full of excitement just imagining who I thought would probably be there. Many of the acts I was hoping for ended up being announced as time passed on. Many others I never would've thought of along with several I had previously overlooked also helped round out an overpacked one day lineup of some of the finest underground and quickly rising talent out today. The event took place at Reggie's in beautiful downtown Chicago. Reggie's is actually made up of several places (rock club, merchandise shop, record store, rock club, rooftop bar, and music joint) that are separated just enough to prevent sound from mixing from one stage to the other. The biggest downfall of MRF was the fact that some acts overlapped each other and you couldn't catch it all. I did however hear enough music to appease me for some time to come and of course I'm only going to provide commentary on the acts that I could get enough of a show to get a proper feel for. The following are my thoughts on these bands in the order I was able to watch them.

Carmen Lee
Carmen Lee and the Tomorrow River Two
These talented folks were the perfect band to get things started at 11:00 am. Carmen has a strong voice and look that instantly takes you back to the days of the 50's rockabilly queens of the past. Her fast pace and varied vocal range along with the old timey sound and aura provided by her bandmates got all those lucky enough to arrive early in the move around and drink beer mode. Instantly I knew I had made a wise decision to drive 6-1/2 hours one way.

The Dirty Generals
If you like a strong sounding edge of country with good rock beats mixed in kind of band, you'll dig The Dirty Generals. They have a very strong sound that doesn't sound like anyone else but has influences from southern rock of the past that really filled up the smaller music joint stage quite well and had most people at least tapping a toe. While the overall sound was great, there wasn't any one lyric or song that grabbed me but unfamiliarity is probably the most to blame for that.

Lonewolf OMB
I had some past experience of Lonewolf in the form of two tracks in my iTunes library and knowing he was a one man band. It didn't take long to be impressed by him and realize the recordings I have don't do a bit of justice to his talent. His growling voice and exceptional guitar and banjo playing are really something to marvel at. His voice lends itself to the blues as well as anyone else you'll ever find while his overall stage presence and energy would be hard to rival. In the end you're left with a feeling of amazement and thrill for what just took place.

Aran Buzzas
One man and his guitar laying it all out for everyone to enjoy. Ranging from low down classic sound to catchy tunes that are on the verge of comedy. Aran had the ability to have at least one song everyone could relate to in one way or another. I probably heard at least 3 people say "I think that song is about me" throughout his performance. I was lucky enough to talk to Aran before and after his show and he comes off as a genuine guy that's very happy just to be doing what he loves. He seemed to appreciate every person that said hello and every merchandise sale he made. I was lucky to purchase Aran's album that became available that very day at the festival. I've yet to listen to it but my hopes are high.

Ol' Red Shed (changed name to Coondog & The Stumpjumpers at some point between the schedule printing and their performance)
This is the band you've never heard of that could make an impact on FM county radio. The first thing I noticed was a superb country music voice mixed with superb instrumentation. The second thing was some of the country cliches we all know so well. While it wasn't overbearing, it was there. Fortunately I don't remember a single truck mention but there were a few name drops and this is how country I am moments. Overall they have the sound and hopefully get a shot at growing with their careers. Catch a show if they get close to you.

Pearls Mahone
Pearls was on the smaller music joint stage and also recording an album live at the festival of her set. As soon as I heard and saw her I was reminded of the movie Crybaby and some of the female characters in the movie. A super strong and classic voice that kept me entertained as I had my first of many run-ins with the Reggie's $10 all you can eat buffet while sitting at the bar. The crowd response was awesome and I'm sure that will help make the live recording that much better.

Robert Dean
I was lucky enough to talk to Robert a few times before he jumped on stage for his spoken word set. A great guy that was pretty nervous leading up to his first performance ever. After talking to him, there was no way I wouldn't be in the front for this. Robert came out and hit it out of the park all the way through his set. My opinion may be influenced some by the fact that I agreed with nearly all his rants and raves but I do believe even if you didn't agree, you would've been entertained by his numerous stories and life experiences that occupied the gaps between the rants and raves. I came away from MRF with two things from Robert Dean: an autographed novel for my wife and an appreciation for anyone who can speak their mind in front of drunk strangers and make them into his friends.

Last False Hope
Last False Hope
I'm going to be honest. I have probably heard every Last False Hope song that has been released to the public. I wasn't a fan of most of it but had a feeling they would be special live but I had no idea of what was about to take place. I like to think I have a pretty broad taste in music and have been to countless shows and festivals at arenas, bars, amphitheaters, state parks, houses, schools, stadiums, garages and bowling alleys to see everything from (heavy metal band) Lamb of God to the crappiest pop acts available and everything in between. Take all of that into consideration and then add this newly discovered fact. Last False Hope is THE GREATEST LIVE ACT I'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED. You don't expect a band that is being led by a mandolin player and contains a banjo and fiddle to kick your ass quite so hard but it sneaks upon you quickly. What are these guys anyways? Bluegrass/metal, country/punk or just alt country? Who cares! It is real music that is coming from the heart and not trying to fit some stupid corporate mold. I probably asked 20 people after the festival was over who their favorite act was and all but one said Last False Hope without hesitation. If you've never been lucky enough to catch a show you need to change that as soon as possible. From the moment the band takes the stage to the very end, they throw down like they will never have another chance. My damn neck still hurt from thrashing my brains around like a maniac. One of the cooler moments of the whole festival may have been when Nellie Wilson joined Last False Hope on stage for a song that will be on their upcoming album and blowed everyone away. Good lord this woman can sing. Damn do I wish her solo performance on the Record Breakers (this is the name of the record store that is a part of Reggie's that was home to some of the smaller acts) floor didn't overlap Fifth on the Floor so I could have caught her show.

Owen Mays & The 80 Proof Boys
It would be hard to find a better group of musicians than the individuals assembled on the stage during this performance. Owen traveled the road between county and bluegrass with violent swerves in both directions. My only complaint from this particular show would be that the group's energy doesn't always match their talent but very few acts would be able to achieve the level of energy that would require.

T. Junior
T. Junior
I was lucky enough to meet T. Junior before his show and he is such a nice guy. He also was probably the third or fourth person to recognize me from my twitter profile picture. I'm still uncertain what this says about my looks but I have a pretty good idea that it's not a good thing. Once "The Man In Gray" was on the stage his talent was overwhelming. A great guitar player with a soft yet powerful voice whom had the ability to mimic his album sound nearly perfectly while interacting with the crowd between every song and maintain a very strong stage presence, especially for an acoustic guitar act with no backing band.

Fifth on the Floor
My award for greatest moment of the entire night goes to Fifth on the Floor and lead singer Justin Wells for a special tribute to Mr. George Jones. Justin walked onto the stage along with his acoustic guitar and softly stated. "Yesterday my favorite country singer of all time passed away. Let's all take a moment of silence for George Jones." Then something magical happened. Justin sang a song I've heard him do several times, (although never quite like this) "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" by Mr. Jones and bring countless individuals to tear including myself and Wells. This was definitely the most powerful and heartfelt cover version I've heard of any song in a long time. As soon as the song ended, the band joined him on stage for a very powerful performance of their song "Burning Nashville Down" which ended with lead guitarist Matt Rodgers rendering his slide guitar useless for the night with a broken string. Overall this was the best of several FOTF shows I have attended. I could tell the band knew this was a very important show for them and everyone in the building. One guy standing near me had traveled from Georgia mainly to see FOTF for the first time and I overheard a few others say they had never heard of them before but were buying every album at their merch table after the show.

CW Ayon
Due to an overlapping schedule I was unable to catch much of this show but what I did take away was the fact that this man has a great blues voice and can play the guitar as well as any other you'll find. Several people were raving about his performance afterwards and throughout the night.

Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band
You would really have to dig deep to find a group of performers that could all just stand shoulder to shoulder on a stage and deliver kickass music any better than this fine group of individuals. From the very beginning it was a take no prisoners approach that never wore down. Unfortunately this was also the point in the night where the $10 buffet started rearing its ugly head. Through this, I also found out there was a larger amount of people between me and the restroom than expected. After resting my legs in Reggie's restroom that has some crappy black lights in all the fixtures, I realized there was no chance of me returning to my spot at the front of the stage for this show but I had enough of an encounter to know I'll try to catch another show of their's as soon as I can.

The Calamity Cubes
The bathroom trip wasn't a waste of time after all since the Music Joint Stage had just welcomed the Calamity Cubes and also offered a place to sit without a hole in the middle of the seat. I could quickly tell that these guys love music and hate their instruments. Man did they abuse those things with a violent display of energy that fit the smaller performing area perfectly and had the crowd jumping. They also weren't far from that damn buffet table that was calling my name again. I call that a win/win situation.

Hellbound Glory
Somehow I was able to make my way back to the front of the stage at this point just in time for T. Junior to find me and ask for directions to the buffet and an overly hydrated female to attempt to lick my eyeballs. (Yep, people like her make it to every festival) The crowd quickly made their way back to the stage with little time to spare before the band took the stage. Leroy Virgil and the band played nearly every song a fan would want to hear. (Unless you were that one drunk asshole that kept yelling "Malt Liquor" like a stuck record) The most amazing thing about the band's time on stage was probably the fact that they had just met their bassist for the show that day and he kept up quite well. My only complaint is that they all seemed a little tired and were lacking proper energy but Leroy's songwriting skills compensate for a lot in my opinion.

Banjer Dan
"Banjer" Dan Mazer made the most of his night. Not only was he one of the 80 Proof Boys joining Owen Mays on stage but he also used his time on the Record Breakers floor as a performance/banjo course with Q & A between songs. Dan is a superb banjo player and comes off as a very nice individual as well. He also kind of looks like Cecil from that Adam Sandler movie "Mr Deeds".

Scott H. Biram
If you ever need proof that stage presence and energy do not require moving around or even standing look no further than the "Dirty One Man Band from Texas". The power that comes from this man and his equipment is nothing short of amazing. The crowd was absolutely nuts during his whole show. At one point  a (I'm sure she's just lovely) fine young lady tossed a beer onto the stage near Scott and his equipment. He made a slight remark during the song and then afterwards simply stated "Throw a beer at my $10,000 music equipment again and I'll kick your ass you big tittied bitch". Ok, maybe that wasn't so simple after all. Security quickly rushed the stage to grab the woman but Scott lied and said he had taken care of it and she had left while she continued to stand in the front row but held her drink a little tighter. Mr. Biram continued to amaze everyone as he jumped from song to song and guitar to guitar while not missing a single beat and making the best of his time. The show ended with Scott flipping a switch that caused a repeat of a mid range frequency that pounded the crowd. One last middle finger and exit stage right.

Shooter Jennings
11:00 says the schedule. Kiss my ass schedule says Shooter. Oh well, I've been standing for 12 hours so what's another 47 minutes waiting and leaning on the barricade separating me and the stage. Shooter and his current band entered the stage to a massive roar of the packed crowd and kicked the night off with "Hard Lesson To Learn" from his latest album before running though some of the songs off of his older albums and keeping a great mix of songs throughout the night.

The amount of energy Shooter maintained through his set (after he had walked around in the crowd most the night) was only rivaled by the extremely drunk lady that was screaming his name the whole time while trying to offer him a drink. God am I glad he didn't give in and take it unless that would've shut her up. In that case, damn you Shooter for not shutting her up. Just as you would think it can't get any cooler than this Shooter starts in on "The White Trash Song" and is joined by Scott H. Biram just in time for Scott's verse in the song. Then just like that they were gone. No Scott, Shooter or a band. All gone! It's over. Oh wait, I almost forgot I'm up front and can see the setlist which has five more songs listed. And........ they are back. Shooter takes his place at the keyboard and does a great performance of "Wake Up" from the Black Ribbons album which included every last sound effect played live by mostly Shooter himself and rolled right into "Sweet Savannah". A few more great songs and then, POW! "The Gunslinger" is blasting in my face. Live! This song sounds so cool live and really picks up at the end with Shooter at one time playing his guitar, keyboard and some sort of synthesizer type thing all at once. The bass was hitting so hard the building was shaking and my entire body was pounding as the entire crowd joined me in a frenzy. After leaving the stage the crowd exited the room quite quickly and I was lucky enough to get invited backstage to meet Shooter and talk for a short time. Shooter is 100% a super nice guy and luckily has a good sense of humor. (making fun of him on FTM through several postings is what got me invited back to begin with.) He was nice enough to introduce me to his wife and tattoo artist friend and show me the awesome tattoo he's in the process of on his back (Trailer, start photo shopping your guesses now).

A few things I gathered from the show:
While the debate over whether rock is dead or not will go on, one thing that is evident is the fact that the soul of the punk rock fan was alive and well in Chicago on this day. No matter what genre terminology you would like to use to classify these artist as, one thing is certain: There was definitely a youthful angst amongst most the acts and fans no matter the age or geographical place of dwelling. While the types of music displayed at the event differed greatly in sound from each other they all share a common bond of being real and from the heart. I doubt we have witnessed the last of not only the festival, but also several of the acts performing at this great display of quality over commercialism. Countless times I heard the phrase "We will all be bragging about being here for year one at Moon Runners Festivals for years to come." According to Robert Dean, this will cause us all to be hipsters in a few years. And to the dude from Georgia with the backpack, we all know it was you farting all night up front at the Rock Club Stage.

While some memories of MRF1 (as us hipsters to be call it) may fade, some things I'll never forget are the friends I have gained, the soreness of my feet after being on them for 14 hours and $10 for a 14 hour buffet is a good idea that night but not so much the next morning.

My apologies to:
Lou Shields, Nellie Wilson, Jake Cox, Possessed by Paul James, Rachel Brooke and James Hunnicutt for missing your performances this time but I hope to see you down the road.

Photos by Jeremy Harris
Videos by various Moonrunners attendees

Apr 17, 2013

Justin Wells: The FTM Interview

Interview conducted by Jeremy Harris

Recently I caught up with singer Justin Wells (with a little help from bass player Jason Parsons) from the band Fifth On The Floor to ask him some questions that all inquiring minds were dying to hear before the band's show at Tootle's Pumpkin Inn located in Circleville, Ohio.

FTM: How's the current stretch of the tour (that's ongoing)?

Justin: It's going really good. I think we've done about 80 miles so far. It's been real grueling, we played last night and then we're also gonna play tonight. So.... we're playing two nights back to back. You know the bands starting to fall apart a little bit. Aaron (drummer Aaron Graham) had to check out for a little bit and Parsons (bass player Jason Parsons) has been talking in tongues so we're all ready to go home.

FTM: I thought talking in tongues usually waited until the end of the show.
How much of a relief is it to finally have your album (Ashes & Angels) out on shelves?

Justin: I wasn't aware that is was on shelves.

FTM: That's where people put it after they buy it.

Justin: Yeah, after they return it. No man, it's great. We started working on the thing in January of last year and writing a good year before that. It's a big relief and glad it's out and people are enjoying it. We want people to keep buying it. Buy two copies if you don't already have them.

FTM: With the Moonrunners Festival coming up, are there any acts you would like to see that you've not seen before?

Justin: I was thinking about staying sober so I could see Fifth On The Floor to be honest with you.

FTM: That would be a first and you know a few of their songs.

Justin: I seen Scott H. Biram play a couple of times and he's always a real treat and I'm looking forward to that. The same with Last False Hope because those guys are all good friends of mine. Really just all of it. I've never seen Possessed By Paul James and that should be awesome. I'm just gonna try and stay sober.

FTM: Have you ever had a problem with standing up fast and your ears popping?

Justin: Uh, not but I don't stand up real fast. I don't really do anything real fast. I don't know if you've noticed.

FTM: Yeah, I've been walking with you.

Justin: It's taking us 30 minutes to cross the street. (entire interview conducted within a 1 block walk)

FTM: What was it like playing on the Grand Ole Opry with George Jones?

Justin: Uh (laughs)

FTM: Oops, my bad. I thought you were Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke.

Justin: (much more laughing) Yes!

FTM: Ashes & Angels is a great album. I love it. But how much longer will we have to wait before we get a Nelly remix version?

Justin: Nelly is not available unfortunately so we're going to be bringing in LL Cool J since he's making a foray into country music.

FTM: He's done worse already.

Justin: We're currently working on "Distant Memory Lizzand"

FTM: In the standard form of measurement, what size hat do you think your poop wears?

Justin: My poop? (ha ha ha) My poop. Well today it has been wearing about a 5 gallon hat.

FTM: What's the dumbest question you've ever been asked in an interview?

Justin: Uh, what was that question right before this one?

FTM: What's the worst drink a fan has ever bought for you?

Justin: The easy answer is J├Ągermeister. A more complicated answer is, out in like Iowa and Kansas we found this string of shows where people would bring us this brandy shit. It was like blackberry brandy. That was pretty nasty and this one particular one they're all drinking brandy and this guy gives me this shit and I don't remember what it was called. Parsons might remember. It was menthol flavored. I don't think it was legal to sell or own.

FTM: In one sentence, how would you describe the average Fifth On The Floor fan?

Justin: Despair, period.

FTM: Well I guess that's one sentence.
I've noticed that a lot of your pictures you post on twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are very fuzzy. When we get done can I wipe off your phone camera for you? I think it has some pocket fuzz or something on it.

Justin: It's not fuzz but yeah I would use gloves.

FTM: What would be the dream act for you guys to open up for?

Justin: Oh man, that's a tough one. High up there would be The Allman Brothers Band or Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty). Most of my dream acts aren't around anymore. I would love a chance to open for Shooter Jennings because he's not an outlaw and we're not either. So I just kinda think we could start a new movement of just law. Not outlaw, just law.

FTM: That leads right into my next question. How would it have turned out differently if instead of Dennis Rodman, you had visited North Korea?

Justin: (laughs) I would like to think that they would sacrifice at least their first born to me to sooth me.

FTM: So you're going to be the bad guy to them (the people of North Korea)?

Justin: Not even the bad guy as much as this benevolent force of nature. Kind of like Galactus. I would eat their planet.

FTM: If you could pick one country singer or band to eliminate, who would it be? They will never sing or touch an instrument again.

Justin: This is the most difficult question so far.

FTM: You can not say Fifth On The Floor.

Justin: Eliminate just one act that I despise. That's a tough one man. You're talking about in country music? I'd say in country music I'd have to eliminate LL Cool J. Yeah, that's who I'd get rid of.

Parsons: I second that.

FTM: What is your favorite brand of skinny jeans?

Justin: (laughs) Hey Parsons can you field this one? Let's ask Parsons.

FTM: Tag, Parsons you're in. What's your favorite brand of skinny jeans.

Parsons: (long silent look of confusion)

FTM: Is that your favorite brand that you're wearing or would you like to go with a different brand?

Parson: What are skinny jeans anyway? I don't understand the concept of them.

Justin: Tag, I'm in.

FTM: How often do you guys get negativity on twitter like pointing out that you suck?

Justin: We let management field all of that shit because we've got better things to think about. I mean, we've been on this tour for 2 day and we're kinda nuts deep in our careers and can't be looking back at ex-girlfriends and shit.

FTM: What's your favorite key to play "Wagon Wheel" in?

Justin: Yes...... The one with a capo. The key of Hootie.

FTM: Is this the worst interview you've ever done?

Justin: Yeah. Ol yeah. Absolutely. I don't like you people.

FTM: Mission accomplished. Brantley Gilbert or Rascal Flatts?

Parsons: Brantley

Justin: I'd say Rascal Flatts because I'm not very good at shopping.

Parsons: Can it be a cage match to the death between them?

Justin: A little known fact is we actually opened up for Brantley Gilbert years ago and that dude is a mother (f'n) outlaw. That dude is the dude that Shooter is singing about in "The Gunslinger."

FTM: Well that ties right into my next question. If you had to give up one thing would it be your height or your facial hair?

Justin: Golly! Uh, is weight an option?

FTM: No, that's too easy.

Justin: Honestly I could give up either one of those things and still be a guitar god. (the entire band is now laughing. Justin is not.)

FTM: On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love the band Florida-Georgia Line?

Justin: (a long moment of silence) Parsons, do you want this one?

Parsons: I have not heard a single note they've played. I thought they were a cover band down south. I'm serious about that.

Justin: Just don't call them outlaws.

Parsons: I was just told that they were a real band?

FTM: Believe it or not we actually have some fan submitted questions. First one is from Jason A. from Georgia. "How do you expect people to believe you're a real country band when you don't sing about trucks?"

Justin: Uh Jason, we wrote the song ...f'n "Georgia"

FTM: Maybe he's never heard that one. Blake S. from Texas (Editor's note: Blake S. is from Oklahoma) would like to know "What would it take to get you to join me in a drinking contest and how many wine coolers do you think you could handle?"

Justin: My beard could kick your forehead's ass anytime and any day.

FTM: Amy H from Ohio "Can you pick up toilet paper and milk on your way home...... Uh oops. That was my wife texting me. My bad.

Justin: (laughter has now turned to squealing)

FTM: Toby K from Oklahoma "I've listened to y'alls albums and I can't tell if you're for the troops or the taliban, please clear this up."

Parsons: We've all got beards but hell man.

Justin: Our new album is called "Ashes & Angels". Does that not answer your question?

Parsons: It's the symbolism, the symbolism.

Justin: Shhh.

FTM: Shooter J from California, New York, Tennessee or wherever he's at right now wants to know "Will you help me get something off of the top shelf?"

Justin: (the entire band has now arrived to laugh) Man Shooter, I'll be glad to help you anytime I can if you'll just take off the f'n sunglasses when you're inside.

FTM: Good enough man. Thanks a lot.

Justin: Yeah, thank you. That's awesome, I want to do another one.


Fifth on the Floor's latest album, Ashes and Angels, can be purchased here or the usual outlets.

Mar 13, 2013

Album Review: Fifth on the Floor - Ashes and Angels

A thumping bass drum and Justin Wells' gritty "Yep!" fire the starting volley and Ashes & Angels is off to the races with as pure a southern rock album as you're gonna hear in 2013. Fifth on the Floor pulls no punches, ripping through the opener, "Whiskey," with a rollicking drum bed, racing fiddles and Wells' one-of-a-kind barroom pipes.

"Shotgun's" limp-horse trot takes the album's second track through a tale of a sin and rust filled town that offers no outs. "Ain't nobody leavin', but dammit, everybody's hell-bound" sings Wells in his unmistakable rasp. You're not to be blamed if the word "badass" comes to mind multiple times while enjoying this album.

"Burnin' Nashville Down" is an imposing, intelligent screed against Music City that avoids all the cliches and buzzwords of the typical song of this ilk. It's an aggressive anthem against corporate country that provides a slight glimmer of hope in that "there's still a lot of soul left to save."

Along the way, Wells trades off lead vocal duties with both bassist Jason Parsons ("Angels in the Snow" "Same Old Thing") and guest vocalist Rachel Brooke ("Wine") on a few tunes, but Fifth on the Floor never loses its signature sound in the transition. While mixing in bluegrass, boogie and outlaw country, Fifth's fabric is always held together by the thread of southern rock. This is a tight and talented group of musicians playing right in the pocket of a recognizable voice built over three albums and scores of live dates.

Ashes & Angels is an unfashionably unadulterated gem of southern rock goodness that proves the soul of the genre hasn't been killed by time or the dilution by commercial acts like Three Doors Down or Kid Rock. Fifth on the Floor is real, raw and hopefully sticking around for a long time to come.

Ashes & Angels is available for purchase at iTunes and Amazon (and live shows!).

Mar 5, 2013

Best Albums of 2013 So Far: March

Well, now that we're a full 2 months into the year, I've had enough time with some new music to come up with the first "best of" (in my opinion) list of 2013. It looks to be another banner year, folks.

1. Shooter Jennings - The Other Life (Mar. 12)
(Review coming soon)

2. Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose

3. Jimbo Mathus - White Buffalo

4. Son Volt - Honky Tonk

5. Fifth on the Floor - Ashes & Angels (Mar. 12)

6. Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck - Eden

7. The Stone Foxes - Small Fires

8. Night Beds - Country Sleep

9. Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis - Cheater's Game

10. Chris King - 1983


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