If you're a struggling musician I suggest you take a look at the career of Jim Lauderdale. Between early setbacks as a Bluegrass banjo player, and being marginalized in Music Row there were plenty of opportunities to chuck his guitar in the gutter and call it quits. But he persevered and used his songwriting as a musical dowsing rod to move him always forward toward unexpected and exciting places.
If the Americana genre didn't already exist it would have to be created for…Continue
Posted on May 11, 2013 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments
The Easter Day podcast (aka episode 12) is now hot off the presses straight Casa Twang.
there are some great cuts here, from rootsy-waltz of Amanda Shires’ Bulletproof, the Lone-Star groove of Shinyribs (aka Gourd’s Kevin Russell) the hybrid Bluegrass of the David Mayfield Parade and the sweet Americana-meets-Japan sounds of Pirate’s Canoe, and much more for your listening pleasure.
We close out the selection with a great Hank Williams cut, perfect for Easter…Continue
Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:00am
It seems like I say it every year - so here goes, another bumper year for Americana releases blah blah. but it's true!
I've been sitting on a list of about 50 releases all of which could easily be included in a top 10 list of the best of 2012
until the last final minute of a slef-imposed deadline to keep from crapping up my holidays. I had to make a stand.
Here it is.
I finally threw the arbitrary "Top 10" structure out the window and doubled down and…Continue
Posted on December 20, 2012 at 6:30am — 16 Comments
Posted on November 27, 2012 at 9:30am — 28 Comments
A leading voice in of an oft neglected branch of Americana , Gothic and insurgent country, the beautiful and talented Rachel Brooke inhabits the forlorn and high lonesome like few contemporary artists can. Brooke has a way of stylistically casting the modern world in sepia and playing with shadows, and her latest cut The Black Bird from the upcoming 3rd full-length album A Killer’s Dream is no exception.
The animated video for "Black Bird," directed and…Continue
Posted on November 18, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments