Featured Blog Posts – May 2012 Archive (142)

Jason Isbell Reacts to his Americana Music Association Award Nominations

Jason Isbell has just received four Americana Music Association Award nominations but he needs at least one more --  an award for cool.

Like everyone else, Isbell has had his ups and downs. The problem, of course, is that famous folks have their spats publicized. In the years that I've known Isbell, starting way back in 2006 during his time with the Drive-By Truckers, he's never been anything but gracious and forthcoming. When his manager caught him on the road to offer  a…


Added by Nancy Dunham on May 31, 2012 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Freight Train Boogie Show #166 with Matt Harlan, Paul Thorn, The Gathering, Glossary & more...

FTB podcast #166 features the new album MATT HARLAN & THE SENTIMENTALS called Bow and Be Simple. Also new music from PAUL THORN, THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND and THE WANDERING. Here's the…


Added by Bill Frater on May 31, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

2012 Americana Music Association Award Nominees

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit scored big today, earning four nominations from the Americana Music Association for their album Here We Rest

Indeed, during a ceremony streamed live from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles today, actor John C. Reilly (Anchorman, Chicago) announced the nominees for the 2012 AMA Awards.

The announcement was preceded by performances from some of the finest Americana artists - Buddy  Miller, Robert Ellis, Jim…


Added by Kim Ruehl on May 31, 2012 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

Blogging Live from Wakarusa 2012: Arrival

I'm finally here! Entertainment at Wakarusa 2012 officially starts today, and things are busy up here on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas. It feels great to be back at the pristine campgrounds as the festival patrons pour in from all corners of the country. My drive here from Kansas was smooth, and mostly uneventful. The weather has been a bit stormy at night but not unruly, and the festival grounds are buzzing with excitement.  I think all of us share the anticipation of the next few…


Added by Amanda Williams on May 31, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Sunset Cowboys: Kinky Friedman, Bob Dylan & Co. (Circa '76)


By Bill Conrad

Who rents an apartment nine floors above the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, throws a house-warming fiesta that attracts stars of music and screen, then vacates the premises the next day?  Answer: the self-described “first full-blooded Jew to take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry,” and the same man who ran for governor of Texas in 2006—Kinky Friedman.

It was a lovely…


Added by Bill Conrad on May 30, 2012 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Alan Jackson: 30 Miles West, and Movin'

“So here I am on my stool tonight

Yeah, I’m practicing for the afterlife,

Cause when I’m nothing but a pile of bones

I’m gonna come back as a country song.”

“I meet a lot of teenagers,” Alan Jackson says. “It’s surprising how many like real classic country music… They go out and find it, even if they can’t hear it on the radio. They know.”

He pauses for a moment, half- laughs. He’s been here before.

“It’s funny,”…


Added by Holly Gleason on May 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Cowboy Grace – An interview with Willie Nelson

By Douglas Heselgrave

It’s the middle of the afternoon and for the past few hours Willie Nelson has been talking to reporters about his new album, ‘Heroes.’  For a writer, it’s not the ideal situation, and as I bided my time in the middle of the queue, I worried that by the time it was my turn to speak to Willie, he’d be burned out and his answers would be perfunctory and clichéd. But, I couldn’t have been more wrong, and I went away from our conversation realizing…


Added by doug heselgrave on May 30, 2012 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Congratulations, Bob

In the week after his 71st birthday, Bob Dylan receives the Medal of Freedom from President Obama. This is apparently the highest civilain award in the US, for those who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". 

One might think that the writer of songs like 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' and the 'The Ballad of Emmett Till'…


Added by Peter Wrench on May 30, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Doc Watson dies at 89

By now, you've probably heard music legend Arthel "Doc" Watson died last night at the age of 89. He was surrounded by friends and family near his home in North Carolina. 

I've been trying to think of how best to mark his passing - a musician who redefined the way an instrument was played, but who also always, without exception, delivered the music for the sake…


Added by Kim Ruehl on May 30, 2012 at 5:30am — 15 Comments

Town and Country discuss gay-marriage country song "Everybody Wants to Say I Do": Johnny Cash would have "loved it"

Q: "Everybody Wants to Say I Do" tackles the sensitive topic of marriage equality. How do you think mainstream country audiences will react to it?

Brian Woodbury [songwriter/producer]: That remains to be seen.

Rob Shapiro [singer/frontman]: I'm going to say that they are going to love it. Everyone. What's not to love? It's a singalong! I bet Johnny Cash'd love it. It has good lyrics, it tells several true stories, it quotes the Wedding March on a big Gretsch,…


Added by Stacey Zering on May 29, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Julia Stone Discusses Life as a Singing Single Again

Julia Stone, sounding nothing like the vulnerable, tortured artist who crafts music for everyone from hopeless romantics to lonely hearts, had something else on her mind besides love.

“I’m going ice skating tonight,” she says enthusiastically over the phone from London. “And maybe 10-pin bowling as well.”

That the carefree spirit was ready, willing and able to try decidedly different athletic activities — and find a place in…


Added by Michael Bialas on May 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Interview: Felice Brothers - Lean, mean and moody!

Ian Felice, lead singer of New York State’s Felice Brothers is pale and wan, his clothes hang off his coat hanger like shoulders. Not really the interview type, he visibly winced as I asked him about the cancelled UK Tour (Dec 2011). "Yeah, the Tour got cancelled because I developed shingles on my face. I went to see a Doctor in Berlin and they were really concerned ‘cos it was really close to my eye and apparently that can affect your eyesight. So they told me to rest and we had…


Added by Alan J Taylor on May 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Americana Boogie Music Releases for the week of May 29th include Rory Block, Dala, Lake Street Dive, The Honeycutters & more...

Here's the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 29th, from Americana Boogie. Not much out this week because of the US Memorial Day holiday. Lots of great stuff lined for next week though. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist's names link to their websites and the CD title links go either…


Added by Bill Frater on May 29, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin' The Devil's Cage -- Interview with Filmmakers Blake Judd & Keith Neltner

If you're not familiar with the music of the legendary Louvin Brothers, find a copy of their classic album "Satan is Real".  Look at it.  Study it.  Absorb it.  Then play it.  That album cover says it all.  It sounds like it looks.  A weency bit on the hokey side (only in the since that most vintage country sounds hokey to the modern ears of many jaded listeners).  But the starkness and sincerity overwhelms any small amount of…

Added by Dirty Roots Radio on May 29, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Hear It First at Folk Alley: The Honey Dewdrops ~ 'Silver Lining'

****Audio for this Hear It First feature is no longer available for streaming**

by Kim Ruehl, for FolkAlley.com

Following the well-laid tracks of contemporary Appalachian revivalists like Carolina Chocolate Drops and the late, great everybodyfields,…


Added by Folk Alley on May 29, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Album Review - Ciara Sidine "Shadow Road Shining"

Ciara Sidine

Shadow Road Shining

Self Released - Sidine CDLP001


Dublin songwriter with angelic voice contemplates giving up the day job – no contest - she should

Ciara is a well known literary editor who has worked on a number of best sellers.…


Added by John Jobling on May 29, 2012 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Lynn Taylor BarFly CD Review


Lynn Taylor

Good Dirt Records

By Grant Britt

May 22 , 2012

There's something about Lynn Taylor's voice that gets right under your skin. But it's an infestation you'll welcome if you're a fan of real country music. Taylor's vocals recall Wayne the Train Hancock, with a touch of John Prine. And if you mention Hancock, you need to include Hank Sr, whose ghost is floating above Taylor as well, dropping down into Taylor's vocals intermittently…


Added by big boy on May 28, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Johnny Dowd Band at the Cluny, Newcastle

Johnny Dowd Band       

The Cluny II, Newcastle

Thursday 24th May

Alan Harrison

Following a set that included The Hills Are Alive (With the Sound of Music) from the female Avant-Gardes duo Rayvon Browne; who play a National Steel ukulele, Gretsch semi-acoustic and keyboards; the Johnny Dowd band nonchalantly strolled onto the stage with no introduction before effortlessly easing into an atmospheric aural landscape of lo-fi…


Added by Harrisonaphotos on May 28, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Jon Cleary- Occapella CD Review


Jon Cleary

April 17, 2012

By Grant Britt

"Whatsomeover I play, it's got to be funky,” James Brown said in 1971, spreading the godfather's doctrine of funk worldwide from his New York headquarters with his hit “Make It Funky.” At the same time, a little further down south in New Orleans, Allen Toussaint was adding a hefty dose of funk to the Crescent City's second line riddims, arranging and producing Dr. John and the Meters. And a lot…


Added by big boy on May 28, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

New Music from the Other Canada – Spring 2012

By Doug Heselgrave

Staring Contest by Reid Jamieson

I’ve been completely sideswiped by Reid Jamieson and the songs on his new record and I’m trying to figure out why.  I’m pretty crusty when it comes to music and songs that are sung as beautifully as he sings them are often enough to send me running in the opposite direction.  But, I keep coming back to listen again to the Vancouver native’s third album and frankly, it sounds better every time I hear…


Added by doug heselgrave on May 28, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

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