January 2011 Blog Posts (281)

Rodney Crowell Proves That You Can Go Home Again

It is always an event when Rodney Crowell returns to his hometown of Houston, Texas. While his songwriting and performances have taken him at times to the top of the music world, he has never forgotten where he came from.


Over the years, Rodney has written many songs with references to his childhood stomping grounds of East Houston. "Telephone Road", "Wandering Boy", "Rock of My Soul", "Ain't Living Long Like This" and "Highway 17" are standouts.  




Added by chris sweeney on January 31, 2011 at 8:28pm — 1 Comment

Folks Festival Announcement, New Releases Warm Up Ice-Cold Colorado

Colorado’s in the deep freeze on the last day of January, but the nice folks at Planet Bluegrass warmed our souls today. They announced part of the lineup for the three-day Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado this August.

Especially looking forward to seeing Brandi Carlile for the first time, along with… Continue

Added by Michael Bialas on January 31, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Review: Kate Jacobs - Home Game (Small Pond, 2010)

Kate Jacobs - Home Game (Small Pond, 2010)

The girlishness in Kate Jacobs’ voice has always been perplexing. She sounds relaxed navigating the bossa-nova of “On My Monitor,” gliding along Astrud Gilberto-cool as she recounts the news of a young girl’s abduction; the everydayness of her delivery underlines the bland reaction one develops to the incessant nature… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on January 31, 2011 at 5:59pm — No Comments

The 318 was a Gas...thanks everybody

Greg, Tim, Bob and I had a great time at Excelsior's 318. What a gem of a spot for music. The -10F didn't scare anybody off. Of course not-it's Minnesota in January. SRO is always better. Thanks everybody-I coulda played Magnolia all night long.

Added by Biff Robillard on January 31, 2011 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Roy Zimmerman: Music for These Hopey-Changy Times


Alright...up until Saturday night I'd never heard of this dude. The wife and I were in a recreation center in the northern reaches of San Diego County with a couple hundred left-leaning, old hippie and now totally gray haired "progressives" or as they used to be known...liberals. An annual event that is a salute and quasi-award show to the local newspaper's letters to the editors, this anti-everything-on-the-right group took a musical break with a guy and his…


Added by Easy Ed on January 31, 2011 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

NoteFromMt.Pleasant - London Music blog & info site

Some friends & I have just opened this site for business. Come have a look & use us for future planning of your trips to London. http://ning.it/i6eBCw

We will be posting tips & info for touring musicians - how to get London gigs in front…


Added by Andy on January 31, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Fleet Foxes Announce new album and tour - Free MP3 from new album out May 3rd

Fleet Foxes Announce the Release of Second Album, Helplessness Blues, Out May 3rd, 2011 

& Tour Dates in North America, London and Europe


MP3 of the title track… Continue

Added by Kyla Fairchild on January 31, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Chris Smither and Michael Troy on WCUW-fm's "In the Tradition" Tuesday 2/1

Broadcasting at 91.3fm and streaming at wcuw.org


From 5 to 7pm eastern Russ selects old-time music.

During the 7-8pm hour Chris Smither and Michael Troy will be Jeff's guest by phone, and their music featured.

WCUW article - …


Added by Jeff Boudreau on January 31, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Over the Rhine: We Try to be Tender with All of Our Might

Reposted from Now This Sound Is Brave.

A confession: this is the first time I've really listened to new Over the Rhine material in over a decade. When I first heard OtR, they were a four-piece (with Ric Hordinski on guitar and Brian Kelley on drums), Linford Detweiler had long hair, Karin Berquist was shy and Karin and Linford were not yet married. My ex and I were going to a show to see the… Continue

Added by April Fecca on January 31, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Remembering: The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man"

by Nick DeRiso

A Bob Dylan song reimagined into something like the Beach Boys, and also something like the Beatles -- and nothing like folk music -- propelled the Byrds to their first No. 1.

Oh, and started the folk-rock movement. Among other things.

It begins with Roger McGuinn's guitar, sustained and bright, which was then paired alongside a complex harmony where McGuinn… Continue

Added by Something Else! Reviews on January 31, 2011 at 5:00am — 32 Comments

Karen Dalton - The Genius of Feeling



Nicholas Hill is a man we should be doubly grateful to. He is the hero in the rediscovery of a great lost singer, and in the process helped inspire a notable contemporary country performer. In the early 1980s he became interested in Karen Dalton, a forgotten 60s Greenwich Village troubadour, and managed to track down several copies of her two albums in second-hand vinyl shops. One of these he gave to Lucinda… Continue

Added by Frank Carney on January 31, 2011 at 3:30am — 22 Comments

"Gold Rush Goddess" - Melody Walker on writing an eco-feminist old-time folk song with an Afro-Cuban twist

Song Story #1: Gold Rush Goddess

by Melody Walker


About a year ago, after a long night of art-walk busking with my lady-folk trio the Vintners Daughters, we found ourselves looking for refreshment with some friends in the form of a downtown Eureka, California bar. The ever popular Shanty was…


Added by Melody Walker on January 31, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Shawn Mullins 'Light You Up' CD review

Shawn Mullins

Light You Up

Vanguard Records 78133-2



Good time Rocking West Coast Country at its finest.

My lack of a Degree in American Music History has let me down again, because I had no idea who Shawn Mullins was until I began researching him for this album review.

He has been nominated for a Grammy and had a Platinum selling album yet I’d never heard of him even though this is his 16th album in 20 years!



Added by Harrisonaphotos on January 31, 2011 at 1:00am — 17 Comments

You ever wonder what that song would sound like if....

I'll warn you from the outset that this post is slightly off-topic. None of the artists featured herein would normally be found on No Depression and wouldn't be even if these versions of their songs were legit. Still, through the magic of Twitter I recently (meaning 20 minutes ago) discovered a guy named Andy Rehfeldt who as a hobby (career?) turns today's pop songs into something slightly heavier while also turning edgier material into something safe for the Radio Disney…


Added by Adam Sheets on January 30, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Todd Snider's "The Storyteller": a review, an interview and a new genre defined

Todd Snider's Live: The Storyteller (Aimless Records 2/1/11) delivers a double disc dose of folk music that matters.  Todd has the rare ability to share a story in a song  with both a liberal twist and a touch of humor. He disarms the audience with his self-deprecating "Eighteen Minutes Speech" when he declares: "I might share some of my opinions with you over the course of the evening, I'm not gonna…


Added by Hal Bogerd on January 30, 2011 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

Nellie McKay in Bluegrass Land

Nellie McKay is not your normal vegan cowgirl.


When you think of Kentucky, you immediately think of Bill Monroe and Loretta Lynn. As well you should. But, you could not tell that from the SRO crowd at  Natasha's downtown bistro and performance space in Lexington on Saturday night when Nellie took the stage in gold lamé and cowboy boots as the band played "Purple Haze." When she stopped twisting and turning and sang, "'Cuse me while I kiss the sky" the…

Added by Amos Perrine on January 30, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Playlist KPFA Across The Great Divide Sunday January 30, 2011 guest Chris Strachwitz

Playlist for Across The Great Divide

Sundays 11am-1pm

January 29, 2011

KPFA 94.1 & KPFB 89.3 Berkeley


KFCF 88.1 Fresno


1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

Kevin Vance, substitute host & producer


want to hear it? click on:…


Added by Kevin Vance on January 30, 2011 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Pickwick - Live From the Basement


Whenever I want to make sure I'm keeping up with the best new bands in Seattle I turn to Abbey Simmons and her popular Sound on the Sound blog. She's always got her ear to the ground and is often among the first to champion talented up and comers in town. She was instrumental in breaking The Head and the Heart, who have become Seattle's…


Added by Kyla Fairchild on January 30, 2011 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Announcing: The Battling Bands in NYC's 2nd Annual Battle of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Bands

It's on, y'all!


This February 19th, at 8pm The Steam Powered Hour will host our second annual Battle of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Bands at Theatre…


Added by Robert Stribley on January 30, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

John Wesley Harding, considered as a novelist

Blame it on poor planning and the tyranny of the storage unit. Undue optimism. The boxes of unread books I might wish to plunder during these months of exile, awaiting completion of the house into which they will be unpacked, those boxes lurk somewhere in an over-filled storage unit and cannot be retrieved.


And so upstairs at the family store to shelves where advance readers copies sit, pawed over again and again until desperate eyes lit on Wesley Stace’s third novel,…


Added by Grant Alden on January 30, 2011 at 6:48am — 2 Comments

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