JC Shepard's Blog Posts Tagged 'Americana' (16)

The Cantrells at the Library: My Americana Myth of Home

I wandered again through my home in the mountain

Where in youth's early dawn I was happy and free.

I look for my friends, but I never could find 'em.

I found they were all rank strangers to me.

-"Rank Stranger" (traditional)

There's an element of home woven into traditional folk and country music.  Celebrations of family and home, laments for homes left far behind (across the sea or across the years), gospels of our…


Added by JC Shepard on October 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Drive By Truckers - Go Go Boots for Valentines Day '11


The Drive-By Truckers drop their new album Go-Go Boots (release 14 Feb 11 U.K.; 2/15/11 U.S.) next week just in time for Valentine's Day.  They have posted a series of videos on Youtube ahead of the event.


As usual, it looks like the Truckers have put together an uplifting…


Added by JC Shepard on February 9, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Live at Mountain Stage

I have enjoyed the Mountain Stage radio show for a long time, but it's not broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio.  The Mountain Stage Podcast has come to the rescue, featuring an expanded version (sometimes close to 3 hours a week) of the radio show delivered direct to iTunes.  The artists vary a bit—recent artists have included… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on January 28, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

JC's Americana Favs of 2010 (sorta, kinda)

Cut back on my music purchases this year, so the list is a bit more mainstream Nashville than usual (sort of, kind of). Just decided not to stress about it this year (sort of, kind of).  Still some good sounds out there.  Here's my favorite albums I heard in 2010, in no particular order.

Patty Griffin, Downtown Church. Patty is a must-get for me, it's just some of her albums take…


Added by JC Shepard on December 30, 2010 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

A Visit in the Wayback Machine: Carol of the Drums

For your holiday enjoyment:

Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me, pa rum pa pom pom…


Added by JC Shepard on December 14, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Markus Rill: A Riff on a Tweet

I stumbled on Markus Rill this week. Or rather, I should say, Markus Rill stumbled across me, over on Twitter. I tweeted about a European alt.country festival and he tweeted back.

I checked out his links....

He's good. Reminds me of Tom Waits, what little… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on August 3, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Do You Really Think Hank Done It This Way?

I'm really feeling this tune today. This week. This year.

It's the same old tune, fiddle and guitar Where do we take it from here

Rhinestone suits and new shiny cars

We've been the same way for years

We need to change
Some days I'm feeling Hank. Some days I'm feeling it… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on April 29, 2010 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Festival Season and the Northern State of Mind

Been awhile hibernating in my Northern State, but soon I hope festival season will be upon us.

I've been drooling over the line-up at Merle-fest, coming up soon. Soon as in Southern State height-of-spring end-of-April optimism that a Northern Boy like me can not fully understand nor appreciate.

April in the North is still a time of transition--it can be 80*F one day, and frost that night. I like my place, don't… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on April 15, 2010 at 11:08am — No Comments

JC's Americana Best of 2009

Americana is such a great wide fraternity that I am seldom satisfied with the majority of year end "Best of" picks. The tree grows broad and wide over American roots music.

However you made your way here, perhaps you've seen a few of my commentaries this year on Americana, roots music, and the fall and decline of western civilization. If you just googled in thanks for visiting. This… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on January 9, 2010 at 12:54pm — No Comments

It's Not About Me: Cadillac Sky on Mountain Stage

Bryan Simpson from Cadillac Sky talks about the band and their music during their visit to public radio's Mountain Stage. Not the best quality stage sound on the video, but nice insight on where these young guys are and where they think they're going.

C-Sky came out of the Southern bluegrass scene in the last couple years with a sophomore… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on November 21, 2009 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

David Thompson & Ben Winship: Fishing Music II

I want to say a lot of great things about Fishing Music. In this case, at least, less is more.

Fishing Music I, Snake River Records, 2003

Fishing Music…


Added by JC Shepard on September 28, 2009 at 7:18am — No Comments

Bill and Kate Isles, Fort Belmont Rendezvous, Jackson, MN 12 Sept 2009

I'm gonna leave the city, I'll be ridin' on that train

If I don't leave the city, I might lose my brain.

-Matching Baggage

Bill Isles reminds me of his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota. The port city at the head of Lake Superior stands nestled into the crags of the harsh North Shore, not so much built as grown out of rock, sweat and tears. It is a Detroit sort of city, a weathered shadow of better days gone by, yet full of Minnesota vim… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on September 24, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

J.T. Earle: Where this path winds

Justin Townes Earle, "Midnight at the Movies" from Bloodshot Records on Vimeo.

I'm increasingly impressed with what I'm hearing from Justin Townes Earle. Young J.T. has alot to live up to, and to my ears he's delivering. Combine some of the best features of his namesake,… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on July 10, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

I Saw The Light Come Down: Graham Lindsey and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Graham Lindsey put together a new album that went into general distribution earlier this year, We Are All Alone In This Together. I reviewed it in a… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on May 8, 2009 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Tom Brosseau as a Postmodern 'Posthumous Success'

TOM BROSSEAU "Kiss My Lips" (dublab VisionVersion) from dublab on Vimeo.
Tom Brosseau is a Dakota boy working his way up in the SoCal music scene. Think Bob Dylan channeling Jimmie Rodgers. Tom has a new album coming… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on May 4, 2009 at 3:41pm — No Comments


I blame No Depression. For everything.

I was a casual music listener before No Depression. I liked country music. I liked rock and roll. I bought CDs now and then. I tuned into whatever was on country radio. I was the picture of ignorant bliss.

Then I found No Depression's magazine and life has never been the same.

Quickly I was drawn in by… Continue

Added by JC Shepard on April 17, 2009 at 10:02am — No Comments


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