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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…

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Added by hyperbolium.com on July 27, 2014 at 1:00pm — 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…

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Added by Bill Conrad on July 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 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…

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Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 27, 2014 at 8:30am — 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…

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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…

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

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…

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

Getting to Know Zak Smith -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

Zak Smith is from New Jersey and proud of it. There’s an incredibly large musical legacy in that state and Zak works hard at maintaining his place within it. As one music critic pointed out, “Zak Smith proves his worth with passionate vocals and concisely written songs from the gut.” What more could you ask for?  Not much. 

Zak Smith 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…

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Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — 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…

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

Chris O’Connell - Be Right Back (Album Review)

The art of feeling a song’s essence  -- color, range, control, and style -- and giving it all to you is the domain of the great jazz singers, like Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan; and the great pop singers, like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt. Chris O’Connell has a voice that carries you up with her when it soars, soothes you with a mother’s loving croon, brings out the rockin’ rabble in you, and…

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Added by Martha E Ture on July 24, 2014 at 11:30pm — 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,…

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Added by Kelly McCartney on July 26, 2014 at 1:30pm — 17 Comments

Freight Train Boogie Show #264 features new music from Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes

FTB Show #264 features the new album by Old Crow Medicine Show called Remedy.  Also new music from Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts.  Here's the direct link to …

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Added by Bill Frater on July 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Getting to Know Russell Kaback - Falcon Ridge Emerging Aritst

The great thing about music is that there are so many different influences. When you mix a bunch of them together, you get a totally new sound. A little bit of soul vocals, a dash of jazzy instrumentation, a heap of reggae beats, and a sprinkling of folky lyrics, combined together, equals the music of Russell Kaback. He’s got a unique sound going down, that’s for sure.

Kaback is one of 24 emerging artists chosen for this year’s …

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Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 23, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Vancouver International Folk Festival Day Two (Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC - July 19th, 2014)

While Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Festival focuses on main stage performances, the rest of the weekend on the sprawling festival grounds of Jericho Beach is as notable for its smaller workshop performances. This was especially true this year. This particular Saturday started with the official public announcement of Joan Baez's cancellation. Perhaps in some kind of karmic sympathy, the day's weather forecast -- originally a bit ominous -- took a turn for the…

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Added by Skot Nelson on July 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)

The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revolutions. Hence the triptych of songs titled “Jack Kerouac,” “Leo Tolstoy” and “Walt Whitman,” on Joshua Powell & the…

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Added by Justin Wesley on July 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldman , Shaker Village’s VP of Marketing and Development Jennifer Broadwater, and Delight Hanover of Alias Records helped put…

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Added by Sad Songs Keep The Devil Away on July 24, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Five Questions: Bry Webb

After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it's not without some edge. After all, you can take the boy out of the rock, but you can't take the rock out of the boy. The take-away, though, is that Webb takes on both music and parenthood seriously,…

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Added by Kelly McCartney on July 24, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Dan Blakeslee - Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind (Album Review)

Dan Blakeslee’s new record Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind was recorded in the eaves of an old, beautiful theatre in Providence, R.I. I don’t think any record could genuinely illustrate that fact quite as well as this one. The songs on this record bring you to that place. The environment that these songs were birthed from seeps through the sounds and textures, and the stories told on this record. It truthfully is a thing of…

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Added by Red Line Roots on July 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Pop Presidents: Nixon

One of the things that should prompt a thankful pride in all Americans is how our country’s presidents so often and so willingly reach for the hot handle of responsibility. In fact, a famous president once said, “The buck stops here.” This series, “The Pop Presidents,” seeks to honor an aspect of the last eleven president’s responsibilities that is often overlooked – presiding over the growth of pop music, specifically the genre known as rock and…

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Added by John Ellis on July 18, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Jessie Bridges Lets Her Music Breathe (Interview)

Hailing from a family where music has always held a prominent presence can offer a valuable head start when it comes to picking up an instrument. But, it is what you do with the instrument that really counts. In Jessie Bridges's case, she has channeled her burgeoning musical prowess into an inflicting new recording that she has recently taken on the road. The album she has been out promoting is titled Let It Breathe and it follows a 2010 EP,…

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Added by Brett Leigh Dicks on July 22, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Getting to Know Roy Schneider -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

Roy Schneider has presence.  It’s impossible to dismiss him when watching him on stage.  His music makes a powerful impact on the listener. As one music critic says “Roy Schneider fits in the same bag with such classic singer-songwriters as Guy Clark, John Prine, Steve Goodman and Townes van Zandt.” That’s some bag!  Add the keyboard and vocals contributed by Kim Mayfield (Roy’s wife) and you’ve got a winning combination.

Having…

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Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 22, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

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