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Marisa Anderson is a Portland, OR-based songwriter and guitarist who explores the complex fabrics of American folk, blues, and country. At 19 she left college to walk across the country (and in her words, "didn't stop for 19 years"). Marisa was a founding member of The Dolly Ranchers, before embarking on her own solo career. Her solo debut, Holiday Motel, was an Outmusic nominee for…Continue
Posted by Chris Mateer on December 9, 2013 at 8:00am
On episode 169 of the Americana Music Show, Rick Shea talks about covering Hank Williams, producing The Good Intentions, and taking train trips in Mexico when he was a “broken-hearted kid.” He also sets up and plays three tracks from his album, Sweet Bernadine.
Also on this epiosde, newgrass from The Avett Brothers, gothic folk from The Paper Hill Casket Company, bluegrass from The Railsplitters,…Continue
Posted by Americana Music Show on December 9, 2013 at 12:30am
1. Most of us wouldn't be able to explain why we love the person we do. There are so many reasons, and yet something intangible that pervades the core of true love. We can communicate without speaking, with a touch, Pun intended, there is almost no need to say anything as to why this song is so well respected. I appreciate songs that approach emotional territory in a plainspoken way. I think it is harder to do this without coming across cheesy -- the reason why many writers hide…Continue
Posted by Jeff Giddens on December 8, 2013 at 7:00pm
A quick look at some soon-to-be released CDs that dropped through my letter box the other day. A review is not necessarily an endorsement, but I don't write about things I actively dislike. Life's too short and I don't want to trash someone who has worked very hard to produce something even if it is pants, as we say in England, meaning rubbish.
So here are three that passed the "Not Pants" threshold:
UnCovered by Beth Nielsen Chapman…Continue
Posted by musicJJMG on December 8, 2013 at 10:30am
Yo La Tengo played a fine gig at the De la Warr Pavilion last night, and one which seems to be getting better in retrospect.
It was excellent in parts – and transcendentally superb in places.
But it was hobbled by their chosen set structure and some of its longeurs left me looking at my watch.
They chose to play the first half mainly sitting down with acoustic guitars. When there were drums, Georgia Hubley used brushes on a…Continue
Posted by Peter Wrench on December 8, 2013 at 1:00am
"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and besides it annoys the pig." Robert A. Heinlein
Every year about now, I get tempted to engage in some porcine education. From my lofty perch as a sometimes blogger and devoted Americana/Folk fan, I feel the need to explain my music to The Recording Academy voters. It never fails, year after year. The Grammy nominations come out and I think, what the hell were they thinking? How in the world could they have missed that…Continue
A t first glance, the idea of Belgians playing bluegrass makes as much sense as Texans doing Morris dancing - it might happen, but do we really want to see it? In this case - the Belgian one - the answer is a surprisingly definite yes.
The band in question is called The Broken Circle Bluegrass Band, but it's…Continue
5. Daniel Romano, Come Cry With Me
To be honest, I don’t know why I like Romano. There’s the obvious: his voice, songs that reach into earlier eras of country and resurrect the naked, vulnerable emotion of singers like Gram Parsons. Come Cry With Me feels almost hipster self-aware – like Romano knows what he’s doing and who he’s channelling and it could be silly, but it’s the only logical pathway for what he has to say.
4. Kelly Willis and…Continue
Posted by Gillian Turnbull on December 7, 2013 at 9:30am