Articles by: Fred Phillips

Sweet and Lynch – Only to Rise (2015)

Sweet and Lynch – Only to Rise (2015)

I worried going into Sweet and Lynch’s ‘Only to Rise’ about the way Michael Sweet and George Lynch would mesh. I shouldn’t have.

ARO, “Raining Gold” (2015): One Track Mind

ARO, “Raining Gold” (2015): One Track Mind

ARO is light years away from the squawky, attention-hungry hot messes that Aimee Osbourne’s sister Kelly has unleashed on the music world.

Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith: 30th Anniversary Edition (1984; 2015 reissue)

Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith: 30th Anniversary Edition (1984; 2015 reissue)

Judas Priest’s ‘British Steel’ and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ get the praise, but a new reissue of ‘Defenders of the Faith’ shows it’s their equal.

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Cantina del Diablo (2015)

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Cantina del Diablo (2015)

Jackson Taylor’s ‘Cantina del Diablo’ reminds us that underneath the fun-loving, boozy persona we often see, there’s a damned good songwriter.

Bob Wayne, “All About that Bass” (2015): One Track Mind

Bob Wayne, “All About that Bass” (2015): One Track Mind

This entirely unexpected Meghan Trainor cover doesn’t display the maturity of Bob Wayne’s last album. But it’s a fun and funny few minutes.

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998): On Second Thought

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998): On Second Thought

Sure, Marilyn Manson has a new record out, and we plan to get to it eventually. But first let’s recognize just how good ‘Mechanical Animals’ was.

Jamey Johnson, “Alabama Pines” (2015): One Track Mind

Jamey Johnson, “Alabama Pines” (2015): One Track Mind

Jamey Johnson has released his first new non-holiday song since ending a prolonged dispute with Mercury and launching his own label.

Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

A new Circle II Circle release whets my appetite for this summer’s Wacken, which will be headlined by the reunited Savatage.

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, “Whiskey Road” (2014): One Track Mind

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, “Whiskey Road” (2014): One Track Mind

This previously unheard song from former Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott proves to be a bittersweet listen.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Country + Southern Rock): Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Country + Southern Rock): Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson

Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson, Whiskey Myers and Whitey Morgan are included in Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 list for country and Southern rock.