On episode 188 of the Americana Music Show, Jimbo Mathus plays tracks from Dark Night Of The Soul, talks about going from "sepia tones to ultrachrome" and the "crazy Mississippi white boy chain."
Also in this episode, indie rock from Bobby Bare Jr., heartland rock from Jonny Two Bags, country rock from Rodney Crowell, road tripo music from Chuck Ragan, soul from St. Paul & The Broken Bones, country…Continue
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Whether on the basketball court or onstage, when two supreme talents join forces, it tends to make things better. Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen, LeBron James needs Dwyane Wade, McCartney clearly needed Lennon, and Salt would be a run-of-the mill condiment without Pepa.
But there are exceptions to such…Continue
Reading of the death of former pro boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter today awoke an old memory which reminded me how lucky I was to have, what in retrospect, was a pretty cool father. I should add by "cool" I do not mean some kind of "over the hill hipster" who, in a desperate attempt at trying to stay relevant smokes pot or acts in some other immature, out of character way. No, I merely mean a father, that despite whatever busy schedule he may have, when he senses that something is…Continue
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After a successful solo outing, Aussie country singer Lachlan Bryan got his old band back into the studio and came up with this cracker of an album. It was released in the autumn of last year in Australia and subsequently picked up a major award as “Alternative Country” album of the year. Such acclaim means any belated praise from me is superfluous, but I’m keen to point out to Flyin’Shoes readers just how good this is.
I think you could ditch the “alternative” part of that…Continue
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Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun
The lead singer of one of Canada’s most influential rock bands gets together with one of the best live bands ever for a collaborative effort and the expected results could range anywhere from confusion to straight ahead awesomeness. Thankfully (and not surprisingly, given the players involved) the semi-eponymous result in this case is Gord Downie,…Continue
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It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Americanization.
In 1962, she attended a Brooklyn club called The Lollipop Lounge, where, on a dare, she took the stage and sang a song with a…Continue
Wayne Kramer is someone who's life story I'd very much like to read. From lead guitar in the Mighty MC5 to prison inmate to social activist (he recently interviewed Pussy Riot, and is constantly active in speaking out against such injustices) to new father, Kramer's life has an interesting story in every chapter. His latest record release (and first jazz album), Lexington, (from Kramer's own label,…Continue
Southern rock is a stylistic hodgepodge--a musical mutt. Yet in this gumbo pot of a country, its impurities and cross-breeding make it the most American genre of all. And with the Allman Brothers drawing down, southern rock's current standard bearer is Blackberry Smoke, a lofty perch they hardly jeopardized during a lively set last night at Seattle's Neptune Theatre.
Blackberry Smoke features five Georgia longhairs (sound familiar?) who don't fuck around. The…Continue
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Watching Kim Churchill take the stage is an experience in and off itself. Despite the fact that the Australian singer-songwriter plays alone, he’s not exactly a minimalist when it comes to gear. The multi-instrumentalist sits behind a kit that includes a couple of guitars, a kick drum, a kick tambourine, a set of chimes and a larger pedal board that my brain could keep track of. On second thought, “sits behind” isn’t really…Continue
Added by Skot Nelson on April 18, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Emily Elbert is one of those talents that doesn’t come around every day. I feel blessed to have gotten to know her over the past five or six years. At the time I was booking some shows for a wonderful bluesy singer-songwriter, Brooks Williams, who had some gigs in Texas where Emily was attending high school at the time. Emily wrote and told me how much she admired Brooks and wondered if he’d be open to having her open a show for him in Dallas. He listened to her music online…Continue
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Once again music lovers descended on the Hill Country for a weekend of fantastic music and wonderful weather. This year’s Old Settler’s Festival showcased a wide range of artists spanning an even wider range of genres. What brought everyone together was the enjoyment of this long-running festival that refuses to sell its soul to marketers in order to guarantee that each year’s experience is just…Continue
FTB Show #252 features new music from Laurie Lewis, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Fearing & White and Jesse Winchester. Here’s the direct link to listen now!Continue
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In ancient Greek and Roman stories, nectar—that sweet, golden, unadulterated liquid—provides sustenance to gods and goddesses. Nectar’s purity offers energy to those who imbibe its sweet liquor, but nectar’s sweet essence offers an elixir that heals and, for the inhabitants of the heavenly realms at least, drinking nectar also confers immorality upon them. It’s no wonder that the semi-human Tantalus decided he wanted a drop of that sweet honey; he’s punished for that deed, but his…Continue
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Seattle is increasingly becoming a bastion of alt country Americana bands vying to be the next big thing toting the Ballard Avenue sound. Red Heart Alarm have coined one of the best terms for their sound calling what they do “Gruntry,” explaining that it marries their native city’s Grunge legacy with the melodic twang of classic Americana/Roots music. The band employed iconic producer Jack Endino to record their second self released album Hammer Anvil…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on April 16, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
It’s looking to be a good year for what one might loosely term “alt country” albums with Scots acts the New Madrids and Red Pine Timber Company handing in excellent efforts so far. Time now to look to London to see what’s cooking down there and keeping their end up are The Redlands Palomino Company whose fourth album, Broken Carelessly is released this week. The Palominos are a classic UK “Americana” band with a sound that ranges from pedal steel…Continue
Added by Paul K on April 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Ever-bearded Tennessean troubadour Matt Woods’ second full length studio record, With Love From Brushy Mountain, is slated for a May 13, 2014 release. This comes as a follow up to his first full length, The Matt Woods Manifesto, a trying task in and of itself. Woods is hands down one of the hardest working singer/songwriters I’ve ever come across. He eats multiple month tours across the US for breakfast, trades songs for beer,…Continue
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With his second solo album safely under his belt Simone Felice is rapidly conforming his status as one of the finest purveyors of Americana around these days. Fortunately (for us) he remains somewhat under the mass radar allowing audiences to see him in intimate settings such as the hallowed King Tuts, a perfect space to see and hear his shamanistic offerings. A mesmerising performer tonight he possessed a leonine grace, prowling and genuflecting,…Continue
Seldom Scene issues its first Smithsonian Folkways album next week with guests including Emmylou Harris.
Mike Auldridge passed away in 2012, but the group includes founding member Ben Eldridge as well as Lou Reid, Dudley Connell, Ronnie Simpkins, and Fred Travers.
Here is a look at "My Better Years" the Hazel Dickens' tune from the album, "Long Time...Seldom Scene," which features new versions of 16 longtime favorites. …Continue
With his new album, Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it's a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he's a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic fashion.
As songwriters do,…Continue
Added by Kelly McCartney on April 15, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
While there are quite a few notable festivals that begin earlier than late April, many of us kick off the festival season by trekking to not your normal community college, the Wilkes Community College in the rolling hills of north central North Carolina where MerleFest has been held every year since 1988. Named in honor of Merle Watson who lived nearby, 2014 marks the second festival since Merle's father, Doc Watson, passed away. And as sorely his…Continue