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Red Heart Alarm - Hammer Anvil Stirrup (Album Review)

Seattle is increasingly becoming a bastion of alt country Americana bands vying to be the next big thing toting the Ballard Avenue sound. Red Heart Alarm have coined one of the best terms for their sound calling what they do “Gruntry,” explaining that it marries their native city’s Grunge legacy with the melodic twang of classic Americana/Roots music. The band employed iconic producer Jack Endino to record their second self released album Hammer Anvil…

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Added by Rick J Bowen on April 16, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Matt Woods – With Love From Brushy Mountain (Album Review)

Ever-bearded Tennessean troubadour Matt Woods’ second full length studio record, With Love From Brushy Mountain, is slated for a May 13, 2014 release.  This comes as a follow up to his first full length, The Matt Woods Manifesto, a trying task in and of itself.  Woods is hands down one of the hardest working singer/songwriters I’ve ever come across.  He eats multiple month tours across the US for breakfast, trades songs for beer,…

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Added by Sad Songs Keep The Devil Away. on April 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Jessica Rae - Freedom Avenue (Album Review)

Darn pretty Country music from a darn pretty lady

Jessica Rae took me by surprise on this; her second album; judging by her portrait on the cover; I was anticipating something twee and antiseptic; but right from the start with Holes in Your Shoes; she couples the gritty edge of her home town Chicago with the classic Country licks of her adoptive home Nashville to…

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Added by Alan Harrison on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance

Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P.

The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity, that placement was intentional. The 1986…

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Added by Folk Villager on April 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Health & Happiness Hour - Sara Grey in Session and conversation 16 April 2014

This weeks we welcome Folk Royalty in Banjo playing songstress, story teller and musicologist  Sara Grey. My guest this week is a direct line to the roots of the music and deep lover and top exponent of the flailing style of Appalachian banjo. An expert on the songlines that took our Highland tradition to the Americas, now she spends her time taking that music and the stories back home to the source and teaching students on both sides of the Atlantic divide the…

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Added by The Medicine Show on April 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Dropkick - Homeward (Album Review)

It’s always nice when an old friend , someone you haven’t seen for a while, turns up and reminds you of why you’re friends in the first place. And so it is with Lothian’s Dropkick who have handed in Homeward after a two year absence. Proudly flagging a quote from The Scotsman that proclaims them Scotland’s third best band (sadly a search didn’t come up with the winner and runner up) the Taylor brother’s band are back to a five piece with Ian Grier…

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Added by Paul K on April 15, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Redlands Palomino Company - Broken Carelessly (Album Review)

It’s looking to be a good year for what one might loosely term “alt country” albums with Scots acts the New Madrids and Red Pine Timber Company handing in excellent efforts so far. Time now to look to London to see what’s cooking down there and keeping their end up are The Redlands Palomino Company whose fourth album, Broken Carelessly is released this week. The Palominos are a classic UK “Americana” band with a sound that ranges from pedal steel…

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Added by Paul K on April 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Simone Felice - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow - 4/11/2014)

With his second solo album safely under his belt Simone Felice is rapidly conforming his status as one of the finest purveyors of Americana around these days. Fortunately (for us) he remains somewhat under the mass radar allowing audiences to see him in intimate settings such as the hallowed King Tuts, a perfect space to see and hear his shamanistic offerings. A mesmerising performer tonight he possessed a leonine grace, prowling and genuflecting,…

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Added by Paul K on April 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Dennis Knutson: A Blue Collared Songwriter

"He's got a heart like Mt. Rainier and a soul like a four bolt main. He writes songs like a deer would run or a fish would swim."--Roger Alan Wade



Dennis Knutson is an old fashion blue collared songwriter who writes songs for all the right reasons. Over the years Dennis has put together quite a resume of genuine craft from cutting his…

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Added by Jason "Mater" Robinson on April 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

First Seldom Scene Album in Seven Years: Exclusive Look

Seldom Scene issues its first Smithsonian Folkways album next week with guests including Emmylou Harris.

Mike Aludridge passed away in 2012, but the group includes founding member Ben Eldridge as well as Lou Reid, Dudley Connell, Ronnie Simpkins, and Fred Travers.

Here is a look at "My Better Years" the Hazel Dickens' tune from the album,  "Long Time...Seldom Scene," which features new versions of 16 longtime favorites. …

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Added by Jim Morrison on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Wesly Willis: A Retrospective

“Rock music pays off. Rock music takes me on a joyride. Rock music keeps me off the hell city bus. Rock music will always look out for me. But I will not let my torture profanity demon shoot it down." -Wesley Willis- 

During the middle of a  work week my cousin and I loaded up to witness a show at a club that half of my youth was occupied at Spartanburg's Ground Zero. This wasn’t to be a distinctive metal,…

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Added by Jason "Mater" Robinson on April 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

MerleFest - Wilkesboro, North Carolina - April 24-27 2014

While there are quite a few notable festivals that begin earlier than late April, many of us kick off the festival season by trekking to not your normal community college, the Wilkes Community College in the rolling hills of north central North Carolina where MerleFest has been held every year since 1988. Named in honor of Merle Watson who lived nearby, 2014 marks the second festival since Merle's father, Doc Watson, passed away. And as sorely his…

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Added by Amos Perrine on April 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Americana Boogie new releases for the week of April 15th... Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare Jr, Moot Davis, Secret Sisters, Ray Bonneville and more

BOBBY BARE JR.

Undefeated (Bloodshot)

Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he s the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, instead, he blazed a path of unique songwriting…

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Added by Bill Frater on April 15, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Five Questions: Kris Orlowski

With his new album,Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it's a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he's a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic fashion.

As songwriters do,…

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Added by Kelly McCartney on April 15, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Catie Curtis - Flying Dream (Album Review)

Curtis’ FLYING DREAM is carpeted wall-to-wall by songs that explore the many shades of ‘love.’

This year Maine bred Catie Curtis celebrates quarter-of-a-century as a recording artist. Commencing with the self-released, cassette-only album DANDELION (1989), Curtis’ studio recordings…

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Added by Folk Villager on April 15, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Album Review)

I’ve heard a lot of really unique descriptions of Lydia Loveless's new album, "Somewhere Else".  It’s always X + Y that supposedly equals a new sound.  None of them seem to capture the essence of the record for me.  On Loveless’s Facebook page, her sound is described as “Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar while cowboys and punks brawl out back”.  That’s a good one, but for my ears, even that falls flat.  If you want a… Continue

Added by Dirty Roots Radio on April 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q and A with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks are an edgy band.  Edgy in a good way.  From song to song you never know what kind of potion the band will cook up for the listener.  They are masters at so many different styles and when all is said and done, they’re just plain awesome.  Grooving modern vintage music is what they sometimes call their genre and that’s perfect.  It’s a little bit old and a little bit contemporary and it’s just fine by…

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Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on April 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Bridie Jackson and the Arbour - New Skin (Album Review)

Who knew that Choral flavoured Folk music could be this cool?

When I first encountered Bridie Jackson and the Arbour three years ago they were like a breath of fresh air blowing across a very stale and dusty Folk music scene; and nothing has changed in the intervening years; apart from them getting better.

For once it is genuinely difficult to point you to individual tracks as this is; as we used to say, a conceptual piece that is best heard in its entirety so…

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Added by Alan Harrison on April 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (Album Review)

Young folksinger finds a voice to match his impressive words

Even at the tender age of 22 Blair Dunlop already has all the hallmarks of a seasoned pro; fronting the reformed and regenerated Albion Band, touring solo virtually non-stop, winning plaudits and awards for his debut album in 2012; all of which all brings us to what they call ‘the difficult second album.’

So, can the young man meet the expectation of a doting public? It’s an emphatic yes, from me…

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Added by Alan Harrison on April 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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