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35 Years Ago Music Wept with the Passing of a Charismatic Genius

It was a bittersweet event. We had third row seats to the show at Lisner Auditorium but we were still sad.  You see, we loved Little Feat in the D.C. area. I mean really loved that band.

The band knew it too.  The best way to explain it, the example I always tell people, is that when I first saw the band it was April of 1976 and they could have easily sold out the Capital Centre -- a 21,000 seat basketball/hockey arena which was just a couple years old.  Instead,…

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Added by Plain Sense on June 29, 2014 at 6:30pm — 15 Comments

Jerry Jeff, Todd Snider and Jerome Lawrence

“They say a neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. And a psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.” – Jerome Lawrence

I would add that a writer is the one who can no longer afford the rent. Know what I mean? Therapy…

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Added by Rags and Bones on June 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hannah Aldridge Cuts It With More Than Razor Wire

Despite being a regular reader of ND, I have to confess I don't read everything. So the review of Hannah Aldridge's album Razor Wire, a couple of months back, passed me by (I'm now ashamed to admit).

My wife and I turned up at the King's Place concert hall in London on 23rd June to see Holly Williams (who was excellent, needless to say, playing a set…

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Added by Carl Parker on June 29, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Wide Open": An All Original Testament to the Immense Talent of Guitartist Jimmy Thackery

If my math is correct, "Wide Open" marks the 22nd album released by Jimmy Thackery both during and since leaving the legendary D. C. based blues band, the Nighthawks to pursue his own career with various side projects like the Assassins, duos with the likes of John Mooney and David Raitt and fronting his backup band the Drivers.  At 61 years young, Thackery shows no sign of slowing down with one of his strongest efforts in years and even more…

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Added by Plain Sense on June 29, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

An Interview with Jillpoke Bohemia Creator Shawn Cote, Conducted by Himself

I have never been quite happy with either of the interviews I’ve done to promote Jillpoke Bohemia--one for a local television news piece, the other for a podcast.  Never much good at thinking on my feet, I always seize upon  things I should have said--or could have said more eloquently--after the fact.  It seems obvious then that the ideal interview of someone such as myself would be one conducted by the interviewee himself--in this case, me. Sure,…

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Added by Shawn Edward Cote on June 29, 2014 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Will Kimbrough, Rodney Crowell and Jedd Hughes Gain New Fans in San Francisco and Seattle

A family vacation to California ended with a fantastic, soulful night at Slim's in San Francisco June 21st, followed by a lively show at The Triple Door in Seattle June 24th. The timing couldn't be better.  Our son Jacob graduated from high school; he received a camera as a gift; our California family happened to be home the same week as Will Kimbrough,…

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Added by aplscruf on June 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Ted Z and the Wranglers - Like A King (Album Review)

Orange County, Calif., is not a place for Americana and grassroots music. That is what I so truly believed, growing up there and failing to find the scene. The O.C. hosts surf rock groups, ska rock, and various 1980s cover bands, but certainty not the Americana and folk music I have grown to love so much.  

 I was surprised and quite frankly shocked when I first discovered an O.C. indie Americana group named Ted Z & the Wranglers. I was quickly disproved. Ted Z & the…

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Added by Kershona Mayo on June 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bob Schneider & Hayes Carll: The Original Kings of Musical Comedy

Hayes Carll and Bob Schneider are both hirsute troubadours who live in Austin, Tex. They each have sons who are approaching middle school age, and have wryly — but accurately — dubbed their current co-headlining jaunt The World’s Greatest Living Songwriters of All Time Tour.

Their similarities end there, more or less. Last night, at Seattle’s ornate Triple Door -- a jewel box of a…

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Added by Mike Seely on June 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The Loudermilks - Self-titled (Album Review)

If you're going to name your band after one of the most revered harmonizing duos in country music, you'd best be up to the standard set by the originals. Charlotte, N.C.'s the Loudermilks -- named after the Louvin Brothers real surname -- get the job done.

It's not brothers Alan and Chad Edwards' first foray into country. As Lou Ford, the brothers tore it up on the alt-country circuit from '96 till they self destructed in 2003.

The new incarnation came together in…

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Added by big boy on June 28, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Drake White, Will Hoge Bring The Power at Nashville Dancin' (Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 2014)

A hazy summer evening in Nashville was a perfect setting for some amazing music. After kicking off his set with "Simple Life," Drake White let out a loud "oooommmmpaaa," "playing on the river tonight Nashville!" Drake White if you don't know him, is a soulful singer from Alabama and brings so much passion and power to his set that he's garnered the nickname "Stompy," as he literally 'stomps' a hole in the stage. He set is so high powered he melted my notes from the show. …

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Added by Chuck Schultz on June 28, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Shadowboxers Keep It Sharp at 3rd & Lindsley (Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 2014)

Setting the tone and taking the stage to Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough," The Shadowboxers looked as sharp as they sounded last night at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley. Kicking off the evening with the soulful…

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Added by Kelly McCartney on June 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 (Album Review)

His voice heralded the birth of soul: a velvety smooth croon anointed with gospel fire that dealt with matters of the heart. One of the first to make the crossover leap from gospel to rock -- no matter what he sang -- Sam Cooke's voice still stayed rooted in the spirit.

This collection has been around for a while, first released in '03 as a CD/Super Audio CD hybrid, culled from recordings made during his six-year tenure with the Soul Stirrers, starting in 1951 until his…

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Added by big boy on June 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Vaneese Thomas - Blues For My Father (Album Review)

“Haven't you heard I got the blues?” Vaneese Thomas asks on “Southern Central Blues,” the opening cut from her latest, Blues For My Father. If you haven't heard her, its certainly not because of the quality of her voice. Vaneese has got that Thomas thang, that gospel /soul punch that sister Carla and daddy Rufus worked so well, a funky Stax rumble snuck in alongside their churchy roots.

But blues don't cover what Rufus Thomas' youngest daughter is putting down here.…

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Added by big boy on June 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Jeff Tweedy Plays Two Nights In Austin, TX – 6/20 & 6/21/14

It may come as a surprise to many that it’s taken Jeff Tweedy till 2014 to record a solo record, but evidently the time has come -- his solo debut Sukierae is due in September. Sharing these new tunes with his legions of ever-loyal Wilco fans is clearly the objective of Tweedy’s current tour, which made its way to Austin for two shows this week. The first was a taping on the esteemed PBS show Austin City Limits, and the second was a regular performance at the Texas Union…

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Added by Neil Ferguson on June 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Sean Watkins - All I Do is Lie (Album Review)

I’ve been a fan of Nickel Creek since before there was a Nickelback to mistake their name for. Curse all you people for thinking I might confuse quality hybrid bluegrass with, well, whatever it is that Nickelback does…all I know is it all sounds the same. But, I digress.

I think Sean Watkins may be one of the most underrated pickers in the bluegrass community today. I mean, the guy is in a band with a gal with one of the most gorgeous and unique voices in the business, who…

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Added by Red Line Roots on June 27, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Red Line Roots "Locals Covering Locals" Recording Project Is Officially Released

Today everything has come to a head. All 11 tracks from the Locals Covering Locals project have been released and are out there for the world to listen to, to download for absolutely no cost, and to share and enjoy as much as they wish to do so. It’s a 1/2 sigh of relief for me. All the work that so many people have put into this is finally out there to experience. All those emails, the wrangling of folks,…

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Added by Red Line Roots on June 27, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Howlin' Brothers - Trouble (Album Review)

Nostalgic bluegrass, folk and blues with a shot of modern vitality



The Howlin' Brothers continue to combine a formidable collection of Americana sounds, including country, folk, blues, bluegrass, gospel and Dixieland, with the moxie of street performance. Their latest works even harder to stop passerby in their tracks with banjo country, harmonica-and-slide… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on June 26, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison - Our Year (Album Review)

Two great sounds that sound great together



This married pair has appeared together on stage and on one another's solo releases, but it's only in the past few years they've focused on working regularly as a duo. Their duets on tribute albums, and what at the time seemed a one-off project in 2003's…

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Added by hyperbolium.com on June 26, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Jeffery Halford & the Healers - Rainmaker (Album Review)

Jeffery Halford and the Healers have been around a while. With a string of fine blues-rock albums the San Francisco-based band reflects the kind of musical fortitude and collaboration that brings to mind the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Al Kooper and Barry Goldberg.  Their latest album,…

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Added by Terry Roland on June 26, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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