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Adam Yount - Butcher Songs (Album Review)

Adam Yount's "Butcher Songs" delivers a collection of songs full of heart and folksy wisdom. The musicianship is top notch with enough fiddle, mandolin and sweet picking to pull you in and and strong lyrics to keep you engaged as a listener.

The rollicking River Raft is a terrific opener, evoking Mark Twain and setting the stage for Yount's deliciously understated humor with lines like "Gonna build me an old time river raft, roll right off of…


Added by Will Dollinger on July 29, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Jillpoke Bohemia: An Interview with the Author, Conducted by Himself - Part 2


Let’s talk about the music behind Jillpoke Bohemia.  Webcomics don’t typically have soundtracks, but one can imagine that a Jillpoke Bohemia…


Added by Shawn Edward Cote on July 29, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Getting to Know Wendy Cahill -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

Wendy Cahill has a voice.  She’s got a voice that is captivating and beguiling.  She’s got soul.  And like I said above, man-oh-man, she has got a Voice.  It’s raw and powerful and is definitely meant to be heard!

Wendy Cahill is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  The Emerging Artist showcase is always one of the highlights of the festival. The musicians are chosen by a three-member…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 28, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Post-Newport Earthquake: Watkins Family Hour

Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time. 

Sunday night there was a seismic shift. A movement of the tectonic plates. A tilting of the axis. Not in…


Added by Easy Ed on July 28, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Album Review)

“This music proves that a white man with white hair can really play the blues,” Pete Townsend says in the booklet that accompanies True To the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, the four-CD box set retrospective of Winter's career just out on Columbia /Legacy. But age had nothing to do with Winter's look or sound. Due to his albinism, Winter's hair was always white, and he played like this ever since he first came on the…


Added by big boy on July 28, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Americana Music Show Episode #200 Tribute to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill music scene

On episode 200 of the Americana Music Show, I pay tribute to local bands and songwriters in the Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC area. 

This week features over 30 local artists from the area including John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff, Lyn Blakey, Jefferson Hart and Ghosts of Old North State, Mandolin Orange, Jon Shain, Radar's Clowns Of Sedation, Kenny…


Added by Americana Music Show on July 28, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Setting the Captives Free

One morning I woke up and was plunged into psychological shock.  I had forgotten I was free.

-- Jack Henry Abbott - American Criminal and Writer

Recently while listening to Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, I began to wonder whatever happened to Glen Sherley.  Who was Glen Sherley you might ask?  Well the great man himself evokes Sherley's name in that classic…


Added by Les on July 27, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Chris Isaak's Life Beyond the Sun

In 2011, Chris Isaak took the long overdue step of recording an album at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn. It wasn't just any album, it was faithful interpretations of classic songs by his musical mentors and heroes: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. It didn’t take much of a leap of imagination to predict that the album would be something fine. It captures the spirit of those sessions from so long ago with respect, but also…


Added by Terry Roland on July 27, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Carolina Story – Chapter Two (Album Review)

Strong country duets from Nashville husband and wife

The empathy shared by great duet singers can take your breath away. The ways in which a duo's voices complement, compete and provoke one another, the weaving of a harmony line above, below and around a melody, and the connection of two voices as they race around banked curves make listeners eavesdroppers as much audience. The Nashville-based Carolina Story, Ben and Emily Roberts, is…


Added by on July 27, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Canada's "Tour Tax" is History

Next week Delta Moon will cross the border to Canada to play the Kitchener Blues Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, one of our all-time favorite gigs. Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, we'll play four shows in Kitchener. And that's it. We'll turn around and head back to the US.

In years past we've enjoyed playing club dates as…


Added by Tom Gray on July 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Waylon, John Prine, Kinky, Gram Parsons ... Come Together

Preface: This began as a foreword for a small collection of pictures and articles I am assembling for a book I plan to self-publish. As the memories piled on, the words accumulated into a short memoir and loose chronology of what happened in my life and on paper between 1967 and 1979. All of my No Depression offerings are referenced throughout this brief biography.

Stoney Burns, editor of Buddy Magazine (Dallas, Texas) was kind enough to let me use the…


Added by Bill Conrad on July 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Alvins Prove It Is Never too Late for Brotherly Love: Phil and Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones – Dakota Bar (Minneapolis, Minn. – July 26, 2014)

I knew going in it was going to be an emotional night at the Dakota Bar in Minneapolis.  Phil and Dave Alvin were performing together for the first time in Minnesota for a long time.  Had it really been nearly thirty years since they last played together here?  Having attended their previous shows with the Blasters at First Avenue and later warming up for Eric Clapton at the St Paul Civic Center, it seemed like it was just yesterday that the Alvins and their brash band, the…


Added by Plain Sense on July 27, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Dave & Phil Alvin & the Guilty Ones – Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, Minn. – July 26, 2014)

“My brother Dave is a triple threat and I’m so proud of him – singer, songwriter, and guitar player.” That’s what Phil Alvin told a July 26 sellout crowd at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Minn. The show was winding down but fans were totally pumped as the Alvin brothers exchanged pleasantries and showed no sign of their famed sibling rivalry after Dave split from the Blasters. If anything, the duo was good-natured and philosophical; especially Dave, who mentioned Phil’s brush…


Added by Karl Leslie on July 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Celebrating 40 Years of Schoolkids Records: An Interview with Owner Stephen Judge

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Watergate. That's not really anything to celebrate, it's not an accomplishment, and what's that got to do with music? Nothing. It simply marks the inevitable passage of time. But, 2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of Raleigh, N.C.'s Schoolkids Records, which is an accomplishment and is definitely something worth celebrating.

iTunes and streaming have cut into record…


Added by Hal Bogerd on July 27, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Getting to Know Matt Nakoa, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

There once was this kid named Matt Nakoa who grew up on a goat farm and went off to learn all he could at a prestigious music school in Boston.  While at the aforementioned college, he learned a lot about music but he also learned a lot about what it takes to live the life of a musician and play the kind of music that feels just right for him.  Apparently it’s working,…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 27, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Getting to Know Allie Farris, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

Allie Farris has been and will be a very busy festival performer this year.  She’s hopping all over the country with appearances in Texas, Colorado and New York.  As one critic says, Allie’s vocals are a “tour de force” and her musicianship is something else. After studying jazz at Berklee for a short time, Allie headed to Nashville where she had made a comfortable home base for herself and has gotten immersed in the songwriting scene there.

Allie Farris is one of 24…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 27, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Getting to Know the Levins - Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists

Huey Lewis and the News have been known to sing about “The Power of Love,” but it was “the power of music” that brought Julia and Ira Levin together.  Their collaboration is a mighty one and it sure feels like it was a union that was truly meant to be. As they state in the interview below, they are committed to making the world a happier place through their music. There’s no doubt that they are achieving their goal.

 The Levins are one of 24 emerging artists…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 27, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Birchwood and Big Sam's Big Night – The Funky Biscuit (Boca Raton, Fla. – July 25, 2014)

On Friday the 25th, The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida, had the second of their three anniversary shows. The venue was celebrating three years of being a music venue and boy did they have some good acts lined up for the three nights of their anniversary. Friday’s bands were Selwyn Birchwood Band as an opener, and for…


Added by Michael McDade on July 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ray LaMontagne at the Woods at Fontanel (Nashville, Tenn. – July 25, 2014)

Ray LaMontagne writes great songs and makes great records. And that's certainly no small feat. His live shows, though, while being technically and musically superlative, really don't leave the audience with a whole lot to hang on to other than the technique and the music. There's no personal engagement on LaMontagne's part. It's as if the whole thing is an absolute imposition, start to finish. Last time I saw him, he cussed a woman out for talking down near the stage. He,…


Added by Kelly McCartney on July 26, 2014 at 1:30pm — 21 Comments

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