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Once upon a time, gospel had soul. From the fifties to the early '80s, gospel music was the mothership for soul men and women who started out in church. Since its launch in 1951, Nashville's Nashboro records was the go-to label for many of the artists who favored the jubilee style of gospel, featuring the call and response style that began to be featured in soul and r&b when some gospel singers were starting to cross over from singing about the Lord…Continue
Fans of The Swell Season, Mazzy Star, and even Trinity Sessions-era Cowboy Junkies now have a local band to get behind in Sea Stars. The duo, comprised of Katie Gray and Kurt Baumann, have gathered all the ethereal ambiance they can muster into their new, nine-song release, The Unknown. To put it simply: If Ojai could be compressed into sound, it would probably sound like Sea Stars — one part mystic, one part hipster, one part nature lover. And while the musical…Continue
Posted by Kelly McCartney on December 4, 2013 at 3:30pm
Robbie Fulks is a prolific artist that continues to be praised and respected by indie-classic-country fans with each new release he drops. His discography, although rooted in sharp-tongued wit and infectious classic country tendencies, almost always transcends expectations by even his most devoted fans, never mind the neat and tidy genre-classifiable record bins.
For his latest album, Gone Away Backward, Robbie Fulks put together a simplified lineup…Continue
Posted by Chris Mateer on December 4, 2013 at 2:00pm
I’m coming a little late to this release, but decided to write something because I began to listen to it more than once and that’s a sure sign that something's likeable and special here.
Released in October 2013 -- this is a rousing and melodic little collection -- with well-balanced male and female vocals.
The Dancing Hats has an aggressive approach similarly exemplified by bands such as Great Big Sea, the Oyster Band and Spirit of the West. The drums are just an…Continue
Posted by John Apice on December 4, 2013 at 1:00pm
The Mulligan Brothers self-titled debut album begins with a mournful fiddle supported by the steady undercurrent of bass and drums. As Ross Newell begins his haunting tale of forbidden plantation love, it is clear that the song will end in death and heartbreak, but well-written songs don’t need a catchy chorus or a happy ending to win over an audience or to be played over and over again.
She was born…Continue
Posted by The Southern Rambler on December 4, 2013 at 11:00am
With much fanfare and even more head-shaking (at least if you're a roots music fan), the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced Friday night.
Here are the nominees in the "American Roots" categories. A mighty fine bunch, but with some glaring (NO JASON ISBELL WTF OMG) omissions, as ever and always:
Best American Roots Song
BUILD ME UP FROM BONES Sarah Jarosz, songwriter
INVISIBLE Steve Earle, songwriter
KEEP YOUR DIRTY LIGHTS ON Tim…
David Berkeley epitomizes what was once commonly referred to as a traveling troubadour. Having made his home in a variety of places both here in the States and overseas -- we’re talking Corsica specifically -- he’s not only experienced a vast expanse of terrain with his family in tow, but also gathered enough inspiration to fill five studio album -- a sixth, a live recording, completes his canon to date -- and a book, 140 Goats and a Guitar, which accompanies his earlier…Continue
Posted by Lee Zimmerman on December 3, 2013 at 3:00pm
With the end of the year upon us now in a matter of weeks, the time has come to cast your vote for the best albums of 2013.
Each year, we turn the spotlight to you folks, to come up with a Top 50 list of the No Depression Community's favorite releases. While most folks in this community are likely to focus on Americana/roots music, in the past we've received and counted votes for artists as varied as Lady Gaga, Patti Smith, and Adele. If you're interested in pitching in for this…Continue