With no support act on this tour, Eve Selis and her band split tonight’s concert into two sets and surprised the audience by opening with She with its’ anthemic chorus that had fans singing along and punching the air, right from the get go.
The smiliest woman in showbiz then apologised if she appeared a bit ‘stiff;’ as she was suffering from a back ache from the 200 mile journey to get to the venue, which had been something of an adventure; as they’d got lost several times…Continue
Added by Alan Harrison on June 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Go Jane Go is a trio. Go Jane Go is a record. Go Jane Go is Kieran Kane, David Francey, and Lucas Kane. As Kieran says below, the album is as close to a field recording as you can get indoors. The sense of camaraderie is palpable when listening to the songs unfold. Both Kieran and David have pretty serious songwriting chops; this album represents some very tasty tunes. Queue up the first song on the CD and settle in and enjoy—you’ll feel like you’re hanging with the guys at…Continue
Well Adela & I have been travelling - not as much as some hard-core road bands - but we do our fair share. We like to take our time, wander the backroads, setting up shows that allow us to travel more of the old highway systems than the new interstates.
Did you know: North-to-south highways are odd-numbered, with lowest numbers in the east and highest numbers in the west. Similarly, west-to-east highways are even-numbered, with the lowest numbers in the…Continue
Added by Adela & Jude on June 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
For Americana/folk artists, there is a fine line between raw-and-unadulterated and recorded-in-my-friend's-cousin's-basement. To fall on the positive side of that line is every musician's goal. And to find the sweet spot right on that border, where natural acoustics put you in the room with the artist. and honesty comes across with every phrase... Well, that's a place many musicians only dream of.
But, Lance Whalen has made his home there.
His new 4-song EP, Sweet Sugar Pie,…Continue
Added by Caroline Bowman on June 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Jason Isbell has proven time and time again that he is a true wordsmith and when it comes to writing songs there are few that can match his lyricism. In his early days it was songs like "Danko/Manuel", "TVA", and "Decoration Day" that clued listeners in to his talents. Using his words, Isbell is able to paint a vivid picture with songs that allow listeners to see the story unfolding in their head. Listening to songs…Continue
This Is American Music (TiAM) is a record label that is more of a family than a business. Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to music they are all business but the folks involved let their love of great tunes shine through which, in my opinion, is one reason they have become so successful. Started by Corey Flegel, and a close…Continue
Added by Chris Martin on June 18, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
When I hear the word “Texas”, I immediately think of “big” or “oil”, or “Longhorns” or “Lone star”, or “rich”. When I hear “Texas fiddle”, Texas dance music or “Swing” comes to mind, like the twin and triple fiddles of the Texas Playboys with Bob Wills calling out behind the vocals of Tommy Duncan singing “San Antonio Rose”, something like that. Well when I received The Old Texas Fiddle by Austin based fiddler/artist, Howard Rains, I sort of expected to hear some of the bouncy…Continue
Added by Ernie Hill on June 12, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
The Handsome Family talk to Alan J Taylor in steel town (Sheffield, UK.)
After over twenty years together, husband and wife duo, Brett and Rennie Sparks are still bouncing off each other like a pin ball game. I caught up with ‘The Handsome Family’ on a dark rainy night in Sheffield, just prior to their gig at the Greystones.
Brett was relaxing in a leather chair and Rennie was attending to her make up…Dark hair framing her pale face as she applied deep red…Continue
Geordie Folk Troubadour grows older, gracefully
I first encountered Martin Stephenson in 1984 on the night of my one and only attempt at being a roadie; as the original incarnation of the Daintees were second on a bill of four local acts at the world famous Balmbora’s Music Hall in Newcastle. All four bands were on the same local record label and went on to varying levels of success with the bottom of the bill group being Prefab Sprout performing in public for the…Continue
Added by Alan Harrison on June 12, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Warren Hood is a member of the incredibly amazing Texas music scene. He has pedigree. He has style. In fact, he has many styles as is evidenced by his latest CD, The Warren Hood Band. In the mood for Americana, tune right in. How about some bluesy swing-like tunes? Yep. Look no further. Throw in some smoky folky songs and you’ve got an even richer concoction. There’s something for everyone on this recording…and it’s all good. Trust me.
What was it like…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on June 10, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
It’s OK in my book if you come late to the party, just as long as you eventually get there. Like me, you most likely have a laundry list of artists that you didn’t get exposed to until a little farther along in their career. For me, Willie Nile is one of those singer/songwriters that never flew into my radar until 2006 with his brilliant Streets of New York album that came just about twenty-six years after his debut. Ouch! Like a fine wine, some artists seem to…Continue
Lucky Bones are a four piece band based around Dubliner Eamonn O’Conner who cites Dylan, Waits, Springsteen and Van Zandt as influences; but then again so do thousands of others; so, thankfully the graffiti and street-art inspired artwork of the album cover…Continue
Added by Alan Harrison on June 10, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
There’s an exciting, semi-secret music scene going on in Belfast, and it owes more to the Americana movement than it does to traditional Irish Folk music. In the last year, albums by Bap Kennedy and Anthony Toner have stood alongside anything by their contemporaries in Nashville, and another four or five singer-songwriters have been winning plaudits when supporting some household names on recent UK Tours.
When a Steve Earle concert sold-out in hours, a musician, a manager…Continue
In this episode I talk about the complications that have befallen me for the Anniversary Party, and introduce some great new music to you guy. Enjoy!
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Music in this episode:
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Added by Americana Rock Mix on June 6, 2013 at 5:15am — No Comments
Americana – as the big tent pitched by the Americana Music Association – is its own conundrum. Drawing an audience that’s decidedly 30+, it embraces an eclectic group of artists who have massive critical acclaim and yet have yielded no major superstars. Indeed, many of the hallmark artists are over 50; even the younger, break-out artists fail to bring younger fans in mass to the oeuvre.
So how does one weigh its value? In a world of dollars and cents, market shares and…Continue
I had the pleasure of attending the One-Day NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) at the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston. RISA (Rhode Island Songwriters Association) coordinated the event with the help of NERFA. In addition to several panels about marketing, radio, recording and mastering, we were privileged to hear the ten showcasers who won the juried spots.
First up was Heather Styka, freshly…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on June 2, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Ding! Ding! Round 2 of new records showing up in my mailbox is about a debut album that knocked my socks off as soon as it began playing. The Nashville based Escondido is the collaborative effort of Jessica Maros and Tyler James who released their debut record The Ghost of Escondido at the end of February.
The pair met while James was recording a mutual friend of theirs at his home studio. While everyone was mixing drinks in the kitchen, Maros…Continue
Added by Jay Minkin on June 2, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
I was pleased that Bill Hurley, the editor from The Alternate Root magazine suggested I write a story about how I came about writing some of the songs I do that are about coming home from war. The article appeared this last Memorial Day with the title: Memorial Day - From a Veteran, Advocate and Songwriter. I've revised the original draft to clean up the typos and error and wish to place it here in it's entirety.
I’d never really thought until recently about writing a story…Continue
Added by Walt Cronin on May 31, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Oh fuckin eh. Is it May already? And mid-May at that?
I had hoped to get to this sooner but see I been holed up in a tiny rural Oregon music classroom that my husband n I painted purple back in '10 on the hottest day of the year with 5 gallons of Walmart's finest. I had heard that purple has a calming effect and that it inspires creativity.
Yeah, I'm a music teacher. Battle hardened and pissed.
We got an 80% poverty rate in our school district. Best horn…Continue
23rd May 2013
Concerts at Sage Gateshead are run with military precision, and when the ticket says ‘Start 7.30’ that actually means there will be music at 7.31. After 9 years, this still catches many music fans out, and fans were still drifting in as husband and wife duo the Mastersons were ending their outstanding opening slot.
Chris and Eleanor, who went on to make up half of the Dukes and…Continue