On episode 181 of the Americana Music Show, The Sioux City Kid talks about escapism in the Pacific Northwest, his obsession with Howlin' Wolf and Blind Willie Johnson, and his surprise in Wichita Falls. He also plays three tracks from his…Continue
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Valerie June had a huge year in 2013 with the release of her debut album, Pushin’ Against A Stone, which was flawlessly produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and ranked highly in numerous “best of” lists. As the new year gets going the Tennessee native’s relentless tour schedule shows that she has no intention of slowing down. Given the buzz surrounding June, it was no surprise to see such a large turnout to catch her early opening set for Sharon…Continue
Legendary singer and songwriter Gene Clark’s life is revisited in the long awaited documentary film “The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark.” Clark can be heard in archival interviews throughout the movie along with family and friends. "Triumphs and Tragedy" is set in a similar pattern to previous documentaries that have been released of unsung heroes (see Docs on Nilsson, Phil Oches, Gram Parsons etc) or obscure artists and performers or films…Continue
Rod Picott has been friends with Slaid Cleaves since they first met in the 2nd grade in the Maine town of South Berwick where they both grew up. Slaid left South Berwick went to Tufts University and eventually ended up moving to Austin, Texas with wife Karen in 1991, where he has lived and recorded since then. Picott left Maine and spent a few years in Colorado, before moving to Nashville in 1994. Where spent several years playing at local clubs and sharpening his skills as…Continue
Every year for the past five years, we have taken some time at the end of February to thank you all for showing up; to give shouts out to our bloggers and the people who post videos, comment, subscribe to our newsletters, follow us on various other social media outlets, support us with advertising, and so on. This year, we decided to wait a few days before sharing our gratitude and marking the special occasion of our fifth anniversary as a community-focused website, because…Continue
The last time John Murry came to Newcastle he and his band had were all laid low with the flu, a fact that Murry reminded us of at the start of his solo appearance tonight. Nevertheless the band soldiered on to deliver an understated but heartfelt performance; that belied their dilapidated states and possibly even added poignancy to the songs about addiction, loss and betrayal. Tonight Murry had come alone; simply a songwriter and his guitar for an ‘intimate’ evening among…Continue
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On May 2nd, 1836, 59 Texian settlers signed a declaration of independence from Mexico, creating the Republic of Texas. May 2nd has since been celebrated as the Lone Star State day of independence honoring a spirit of individualism and pride that remains to the day.
Few states embody that spirit of independence as singularly (and brazenly) as Texas. Texas is the only…Continue
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again ‘I love house concerts!’ Seeing a musician of the calibre of Diana Jones play to an audience of thirty fans in the comfort of a private home just can’t be beaten! The Turners Hill House Concert series was celebrating its 50th show and who better to celebrate with than Jones who was making her fifth visit – she has practically become ‘one of the family’.
Jones’ latest album MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA RECORDINGS is a collection of songs…Continue
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Jimmer's solo debut The Would-Be Plans marks the return of a great American songwriter. As attested by The Rave-Ups' brief ascendancy in the late 80s and early 90s, originality can be heaven and hell. But the world may be catching up to this talented Pennsylvanian who came to Los Angeles around the time Reagan went to Washington, and forged a style so distinct that labels like cowpunk never stuck.
If Jimmer's voice has aged, it's hard to hear except where it serves…Continue
A quick look at some new releases. My modus operandi is not necessarily to endorse a piece of work, but bring it to people's attention. But I don't write about things I actively dislike. Life's too short and I don't want to trash someone who has worked very hard to produce something.
Footnotes by Ward Thomas: What business two 19-year old twin sisters from the posh English county of Hampshire have putting together a rollicking country/Americana…Continue
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John Hiatt is certainly one of the most prolific songwriters of all time having penned hits for Bonnie Raitt, B.B King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey and Three Dog Night. His skill with multiple genre’s including rock, country, blues and soul, solidifies his status as one of the founders of modern Americana, and a true songwriters’ songwriter.
His twenty second album is a unique collection of seventeen songs, at least two from each of the 8 albums released between 2000-2012…Continue
"It was cold / and the money was tight" opens Revival, one of Jamestown Revival’s more popular songs. It was a fitting sentiment for a Vancouver show that came on the heels of a few days of snow in city that’s not used to it. Vancouver’s not known for good turnouts on weeknights, but this looked to be an exception. When I arrived at about 9:00, the Biltmore Cabaret…Continue
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Speed the Plough
The Plough & The Stars
Speed the Plough was a band that ought to have been far more famous by now. With four albums to their credit -- spread across a productive 30 year career -- this New Jersey outfit demonstrated their penchant for superb song craft as part of their extraordinary output. Sadly, that glorious invention fell mostly on deaf ears and an indifferent public. It’s appropriate then that The Plough & The…Continue
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There is a point, when listening to a music created with a specific vision where looking back connects us to the present and the shows us the road to the future.Continue
Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, Indestructible Machine, Lydia Loveless comes out rockin' and swingin' with her fourth album, Somewhere Else, which is by far my favorite release of 2014. I have a feeling Somewhere Else will be a strong contender standing its ground firmly in the pantheon of many end-of-the-year-best-of lists. And, I'm willing to put good money on it. Somewhere Else is a damn good album showcasing…Continue
FTB Show #246 features the music from a California Gold Rush story written by Eric Brace & Karl Straup called Hangtown Dancehall. The album also features Kelly Willis, Tim O'Brien, Mike Auldridge, Fats Kaplin and more. Here's the direct link to…Continue
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The Drive-By Truckers have always been a favorite here at ND. They appeared on the cover of the print magazine back in 2003 and have been featured in its pages nearly a dozen times in as many years. This week, they're releasing their 12th studio record, English Oceans, and we've teamed up with the fine folks at ATO Records to give away two copies to two lucky ND Community members.
After a year and a halfish of calling Portland, OR my new home, I am now finally connecting with the vibrant music scene here. In an effort to spread the word on some of these exciting artists of the greater Northwest, I am going to be posting a new series of interviews focusing on their work.
I am thrilled to kick off these regionally-focused features with an interview with Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks, otherwise known as …Continue
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After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back. Temporarily, anyway. It’s been all work and responsibility here in the Turnbull house. I feel a bit like the mounds of ice at the end of my driveway, frozen up and rounded over by icy winds. Certain people might call me hard-bitten, but like the ice, you have to just tap at my exterior a bit and the warmth will flood out.
And on that not-so-subtle note, might I bring the discussion around to sex.
I saw this video the other day on CMT:…Continue
Dan Navarro is a musician’s musician—not only does he write some awfully tasty tunes, play guitar with the best of ‘em, but he’s an advocate for all his musical colleagues. He’s got their backs. Dan has served on the board of Folk Alliance International and is very active and outspoken about all things related to musicians’ rights pertaining to their ability to make a living wage.
Dan’s music is written with a lot of heart. It’s honest. It’s real. This interview below…Continue