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Passing The Car Test: A review of "Superhighway" by The New 76ers

The wonderful indie film Once explores a transformative week in the life of an Irish busker portrayed by musician Glen Hansard.  During this week he meets an immigrant woman who partially inspires him to write and record a demo of original songs.  A pivotal scene in the film comes after the studio work and the musicians head out and about in Dublin, Ireland to see if the recording passes “the car test.”  It’s explained in the film that if you get in your ride and it sounds… Continue

Added by Brian Durham on April 12, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Roots Music Twitterati 140!

Tis' the season for social media list-making. You might have seen Billboard's Top 140 for Music Biz folks, perhaps even Time Magazine's list, but after many hours of preparation, coordination and chatting with some of the coolest people in bluegrass and social media, I proudly present to you...


Many people don't think bluegrass and roots… Continue

Added by Jon Goldmann on April 12, 2011 at 4:30am — 28 Comments

Review: Tom Glazer - A Treasury of Civil War Songs (Smithsonian Folkways, 1973/2011)

Tom Glazer - A Treasury of Civil War Songs (Smithsonian Folkways, 1973/2011)

In remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, Smithsonian Folkways has reissued Tom Glazer’s 1973 collection of wartime songs. Many of these compositions are so deeply ingrained into the American musical lexicon that listeners have all but stopped thinking… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on April 11, 2011 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Rebecca Pronsky - Viewfinder

The opening song on  Brooklyn native, Rebecca Pronsky's second album, Viewfinder, is an instant attention-getter and country hit. "Hard Times" aptly introduces the album’s solid country influence and overall theme of lost innocence,  doubt and relationships. Its strong and rather menacing twangy opening guitar line and galloping rhythm intensifies the serious warning that could apply to a friend or as a smart and relevant allegory on the current… Continue

Added by April Wolfe on April 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Tim Posgate Discusses Banjo Hockey and Sorry Cousins

One of the best aspects of being a music blogger is having the opportunity to easily interact with readers and other writers.  Having access to the knowledge and expertise of an entire community is always appreciated, but  I was especially grateful for this digitized world when a reader (Ron Myhr) recently turned me on to an artist that is quickly becoming a mild obsession.  The artist is Tim Posgate, and I've… Continue

Added by Dustin Ogdin on April 11, 2011 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Album Reviews: Bill Callahan, Southeast Engine, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Bill Callahan


(Drag City, 4/5)

Bill Callahan is a man who may walk slowly, but each of his steps are carefully calculated, and taken with the utmost certainty. His new record, Apocalypse, is the fourth release under his own name.


For much of the 1990's, Mr. Callahan released a number of expertly written albums as Smog, culminating with his excellent A…


Added by Chris Mateer on April 11, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Jonny Corndawg: Down On The Bikini Line's Kickstarter Campaign

I often feel very lucky that many of my favorite musicians are separated by only a few degrees.  And I feel even luckier that many of them prefer each others company and are in fact close friends.  Not only does this make for consistently amazing musical marriages onstage and in the studio, it also keeps this…


Added by Dana Blaisdell on April 11, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Top 10 Reasons To Support Record Store Day

April 16, 2011

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make…


Added by Easy Ed on April 11, 2011 at 3:00pm — 29 Comments

CW Soneking Hokum Blues

CW Stoneking

Hokum Blues

King Hokum Records KHR003


Traditional Country Blues from the deep, deep South (Australia!)

Christopher William Stoneking was born in Australia in 1974 and still lives there today, but he couldn’t sound more ‘authentic’ if he’d been next door neighbours with Leadbelly and Robert Johnson in deepest Mississippi in the 1930’s.


Everything about the UK release (on Stoneking’s own label) of CW’s debut album creaks of the…


Added by Alan Harrison on April 11, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Win a weekend at the 2011 Wakarusa Festival

NOTE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winners - Jeff Strowe and Ryan Wilks Koenig - both of whom will be blogging from Wakarusa 2011! Thanks to everyone who entered, and stay tuned to our contests page for more contests to come!


The Wakarusa Festival boasts a pretty…


Added by No Depression on April 11, 2011 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

Pete David & the Payroll Union, "Underfed and Underpaid" EP

How is it that one of the best undiscovered Americana acts hails from the Motherland instead of the upstart colonies? Out of Sheffield, England, comes Pete David & the Payroll Union with their ambitious new EP, the title of which comes from the opening track "St. Lawrence River," which tells the tale of a British soldier in the French and Indian War (what the Brits refer to as the Seven Years War). The titular reference is to the soldier's plight, which… Continue

Added by Kevin Oliver on April 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

All Spots To Black: the Guys Behind Your Favorite Bands Step Out Front

Talk to anybody in the music world about Philip Krohnengold and the first words out of their mouth will likely be, “the secret weapon.” Yes, partially because it sounds cool, but mainly because it’s true. The guy is a fixer. Need your album to sound better? Get Phil. Need your tour to…


Added by Peter Grumbine on April 10, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Interview: Jason Isbell Tells The Story Behind His New LP: "Here We Rest"

This week Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit release their excellent new album Here We Rest on Lightning Rod Records. The new record finds Mr. Isbell and his crew sounding assured, confident, and boldly expanding their sound in a variety of new directions. The result is the finest and most cohesive album by Mr. Isbell. It is an effort that is easy to revisit and a hard one to push aside. …


Added by Chris Mateer on April 10, 2011 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

eMusic April

* Louie Bluie Film Soundtrack by Howard Armstrong. About 30 years ago, my pal Alec turned me on to a fun little LP called Martin, Bogan & Armstrong. It was an old African-American string band recorded in the early '70s.

It wasn't "blues," there there were some bluesy tunes there. It wasn't "jug band." These guys were… Continue

Added by swt on April 10, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Music Review: David Lowery, The Palace Guards

Originally published on Blogcritics.


In one of those odd coincidences that seem to presage something momentous but are probably more common than they seem, I had been listening to a podcast of a 2008 concert by Victor Krummenacher and his band on Americana Rock Mix when David Lowery's new solo album, The Palace Guards, arrived in the mail.  If you believe in signs, well, here was definitely a sign.  Of course, the podcast had been sitting on my iPod for several…


Added by Jack Goodstein on April 10, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

What Prophet A Man To Mess With Waylon's Dreams?

Been catching some not-so-subtle hints around the house that digging on good-looking women singer types all the time is getting old.  The Rosanne Cash, Kelly Willis and Alison Krauss blog posts are each okay by themselves, but the implied suggestion from the lovely wife is that cumulatively it's starting to look like I've got schoolboy crushes on these beautiful, talented women.  The appearance of female-singer crushitis is not helped by my morning drive time with Elizabeth Cook on XM/Sirius…


Added by Mando Lines on April 9, 2011 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Interview: Brian Roberts of Ha Ha Tonka Talks "Death Of A Decade"

The buzz and overwhelmingly positive praise of Ha Ha Tonka's new album, Death Of A Decade has elevated the band to a higher tier of success among faithful fans, new listeners, and music critics alike.



It's an exciting time for Ha Ha Tonka, and judging from my conversation with Brian Roberts, the band's vocalist and guitarist, the group is committed to pushing forward with their tireless work…


Added by Chris Mateer on April 9, 2011 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

"I've Got a Mind to Give Up Living"

Songs that become standards are like a rorschach test for a musician, and while working on my book Crossroads, which will focus on the interactions between the genres of blues and rock, it’s been both fun and instructive to listen to various versions of the same song.  “I’ve Got a Mind to Give Up Living” is a slow minor-key blues, and one of the great pleasures of my life has been performing it with my band the Comfy Chair.  I knew the song from the Butterfield Blues Band, and Steve Burgh,…


Added by John Milward on April 9, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #114 with Danny Click, Jude Johnstone & The Band of Heathens

FTB #114 features the new album by DANNY CLICK called Life Is A Good Place.  Also new music from SHANNON McNALLYJUDE JOHNSTONE and THE BAND OF HEATHENS.  The full playlist is posted below.  Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads and… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on April 9, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

First listen reviews: Amy Speace, Matraca Berg, Ian Moore, Danny Schmidt, and The Wailin Jennys

It's been some time since I've pulled from my stack of review copy CDs and done a round of first listen reviews for you folks. So long, the CDs which now populate my stack are - many of them - from artists I already know will be of interest to me. For this reason, I think 2011 is going to be a pretty impressive year for new releases. We've already gotten that Buddy Miller Majestic Silver Strings disc and Abigail Washburn's City of Refuge, both of which I feel confident…


Added by Kim Ruehl on April 9, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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