The Americana Music Association has already announced the nominees for its 2013 awards, scheduled to be held Sep. 18, 2013, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. As they do each year, the AMA awards will kick off four days of conference and festival, during which artists, media, radio, promoters, and fans mingle throughout Nashville, discussing…Continue
Posted on June 11, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment
After a spring full of their own shows, collaborating with various symphony orchestras, plotting their next album (due sometime in 2014), and working on separate solo projects, the Indigo Girls are hitting the road with Joan Baez this month. The string of performances is sure to be an incredible showcase, considering Baez's remarkable career both in folk music and activism - a torch the Indigos have carried smartly and strongly throughout their careers.
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Posted on June 3, 2013 at 7:00am
Once upon a time, I bought an Edie Brickell album from a used record store at a flea market in Orlando. The disc, A Picture Perfect Morning, had come out a few years earlier, on the heels of her two big pop hit albums Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars and Ghost of a Dog, back when grunge and riot grrrls were happening on one end of the spectrum and Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul were happening on the other.
Edie Brickell was a puzzle to me. Cowboy…Continue
Posted on May 29, 2013 at 9:00am — 11 Comments
I'm writing a book about Zilphia Horton - the small-town Tennessee music teacher from the 1930s-'50s who influenced Pete Seeger and Rosa Parks, fueled the labor and civil rights movements with music, and gave us universal anthems of empowerment like "This Little Light of Mine" and "We Shall Overcome." Learn more.
After studying classical music my whole life, I spent eight or nine years moving around the country, hopping from music scene to music scene, touring, and trying to make a living as a singer-songwriter. Then, in 2003, after a very long and fascinating ride on a Greyhound bus, I moved to Seattle and decided to try writing about the music I play and have grown to love.
In addition to managing this community site for No Depression, I'm the About.com Guide to Folk Music. I was, from Feb-Oct 2008, Editor of Seattlest. My work has appeared in Billboard, at Rollingstone.com, NPR.org, in Seattle and CityArts magazines, The Mountain XPress, and a handful of other publications.
If anything on this site seems out of wack, confusing, wrong, or missing, please let me know. And, if you have any ideas about how we can make this community better, I'm always open to those.