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…Continue
Hailing from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, VA, the Honey Dewdrops are Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. Together, writing and singing in the veins of folk and old country music, Laura and Kagey have been touring the country over the past 4 years and have appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, gained Folk Radio notoriety with a #1 album and have shared the stage with musical greats such as Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mary Gauthier, and Matt Flinner…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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SUNSET COWBOYS: KINKY FRIEDMAN & BOB DYLAN—A BURRITO FIESTA ON SUNSET STRIP
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…Continue
“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.
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…Continue
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'…Continue
This week the Tompkins Square label is releasing Oh Michael, Look What You've Done: Friends Play Michael Chapman. The collection features an impressive lineup of artists, all paying tribute to the music of Mr. Chapman, while adding their own unique stylistic sensibilities to the source material. Contributors to the project include Meg Baird, Black Twig Pickers, Lucinda Williams, Thurston Moore, Hiss Golden…Continue
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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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Alan J Taylor on May 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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by Kim Ruehl, for FolkAlley.com
Following the well-laid tracks of contemporary Appalachian revivalists like Carolina Chocolate Drops and the late, great everybodyfields,…Continue
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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.…Continue
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…Continue
Johnny Dowd Band
The Cluny II, Newcastle
Thursday 24th May
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…Continue
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