Here are some photos of live music from the Americana Music Association Festival and Conference earlier this fall. It was a great networking event and I had many interesting interactions. It also served as a fine introduction to some of Nashville’s best music venues...The Basement/Grimey’s, Cannery Row, The Station Inn and, of course, the Ryman Auditorium. It was also a pleasure meeting No Depression editors Kyla and Kim and others involved in the community. Crossing paths with…Continue
Added by Demos Papadimas on November 17, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Central Valley born and bred Gary Tackett's DREAM as a 10 year old was to "play guitar on a Merle Haggard record". "That was my only dream". "Not to be a policeman, fireman, or doctor, but to be a sideman for Merle Haggard (Be one of the Strangers featuring Norm Hamlett, Roy Nichols, Mark Yeary, Biff Adams, Jimmy Belkin, Tiny Moore). Gary's dream came true on October 16th 1989 when Merle's keyboardist Mark Yeary called…Continue
Added by Gary Tackett on November 14, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Today is kind of a big day for me in my tiny piece of the world. A year ago, I promised myself I'd do something positive. I'd create a show that features some of my favorite musicians telling road stories, tall tales and anecdotes. No music and no one plugging their new record. Just lighthearted talk where the host (me) shuts up and stays out of the way. I had no idea what I was doing, but I dove in head first and taught myself along the way. I loved the idea of speaking directly…Continue
In 2007, Billy Bragg founded the Jail Guitar Doors organization in England, named after The Clash song about Wayne Kramer of the MC5, who served time for cocaine offenses, but Bragg didn't know it was about Kramer. In 2009, Bragg and Kramer met up for a show at Sing Sing prison, and Kramer both told him he was the song's namesake, and decided to start up Jail Guitar Doors USA. They give guitars to inmates, who then learn and have a skill to…Continue
Added by CJ Gronner on September 9, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
The mid-seventies were a busy time for master keyboardist and jazz/rock icon George Duke. The projects he involved himself in that were the most visible at that time were his many recordings and tours with Frank Zappa, and his own band with drummer extraordinaire Billy Cobham.
I had seen both Duke and Cobham perform live, but separately – George with Zappa and Billy with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Both were simply incredible musicians and spellbinding to…Continue
The offspring of two famous musicians prove their worth independently on this commendable effort
I came to this music on “Wreckin’ Yard” not knowing anything about Stevie Agnew and his band. And that’s a good thing, because as time went by I learned more and was pleasantly surprised.
I don’t usually read biographies or research other critics reviews of an artists’ music because I don’t want to be influenced by what they might…Continue
Added by John Apice on May 1, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
FTB podcast #208 features the new album by NEW AMERICAN FARMERS called Brand New Day. Also new music from BILLY BRAGG, WAYNE HANCOCK and ANNIE KEATING.
Here's the direct link to listen now!
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Jack Carty first caught my attention earlier this month when I came across his wonderful tune “She’s Got A Boyfriend.” This self-deprecating uptempo lament about losing a girlfriend to another holds an ingratiating charm that suggests a young, lovelorn Billy Bragg.
Investigating further, I discovered that Carty is an up-and-comer singer-songwriter from Down Under. Since 2009, the impressive twenty-something troubadour has released an EP and a pair of full-length albums. Both…Continue
Added by Michael Berick on March 25, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
By Tom Semioli
"Well it is art if they say it is…" Anthony Haden-Guest.
Music often makes for strange bedfellows. The above-quoted iconic writer Anthony Haden-Guest and noir folk artist Lorraine Leckie would strike most American citizens as polar opposites. He: the legendary reporter, poet, writer and cartoonist renown for his chronicling of socialite life (and death) in New York City in the wild and crazy 1970s. She: the dark princess of the contemporary Greenwich…Continue
Added by Tom Semioli on March 17, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
On Stranger In My Land (Bloodshot Records), Aborigine singer-songwriter Roger Knox delivers a collection of folk tunes that are rare, unrecorded, and/ or handed-down by his peers and predecessors. Knox is joined by an incredible roster of guests including Bonnie Prince Billy, Kelly Hogan, Dave Alvin (X, Blasters), Sally Timms, Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers), The Sadies, and Andre Williams.
As if all…Continue
Lugging the sound of Appalachian around like a travel worn tattered old suitcase plastered with travel stickers, containing the basic necessities a traveler needs to keep thier roots close, and ample space for things collected through weary wanderings, Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats build on those roots of mountian music with a cross section…Continue
Added by Popa Tunes on January 28, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
One of the things that already tops my list of "things I miss most about living in Brooklyn" is the reading time during my daily commute. So until moving to Portland this past August, the NYC subway (MTA) is where I have absorbed most of my reading material since I moved there in 2004. Burying my face in a book on the subway was not only a great way to wake up in the morning on my way to work, but it also served as the ideal method of mellowing out on my way home.
On one level it sounds like dogged persistence paid off. Billy Martin is in San Fransisco doing a drum clinic, the young organist Wil Blades whose built a name for himself at the Boom Boom Room thinks he can swing a duo money gig together, presses the manager, and apparently he passes the muster. "We just got up there and played, there was no preparation we didn't really have time for any of that with Billy coming in to do these clinics there just wasn't any time. So we basically…Continue
Added by Luke C. Bowden on November 22, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments
On September 18th, Thrill Jockey Records released the new solo album by Freakwater's Catherine Irwin. Little Heater is Catherine's first solo album since 2002's Cut Yourself A Switch, and her first record since Freakwater's Thinking of You (2005).
Little Heater features collaborations with such artists as Tara Jane ONeil, Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince…Continue
If the opening track is any indication of how far Greg Fleming has come in his career this is the achievement. Wow.
Greg has had many wonderful songs through the years – but, this is certainly something to be proud of. Usually it takes a few listens to get into an LP and then pick excellent tracks but this lead off track is like getting knocked out in the first round.
Marbleheaders are all proud to call Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl two of their own. Daring is the much heralded and influential composer of the soundtracks for John Sayles’ films. Jeanie is a renown folk and jazz singedr. Both comprise the duo, Daring and Stahl. “Marblehead Morning” is the most well-known song they have recorded. It was a staple on folk radio in the 1970s. Mason and Jeanie were part of what became dubbed as The Passim All Stars. In addition to Mason and Jeanie, the All…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on August 27, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
First published on OurStage, an MTV/CMT Partner
Talking to Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of Arlo and granddaughter of Woody, you’d never know she is folk music royalty. Even though her relatives have created some of the most enduring songs in the American music catalog—everything from “This Land is Your Land” (written by Woody…Continue
Once again, I’m taking this week off. But, my buddy Ryan Estes (@RadioEstes) from the fantastic podcast 8th Grade Ball is taking over for me this week. For those of you with eclectic tastes, Estes jumps around the genre and plays a little outside the box with what you would normally hear on the show, making this episode one of the best you’ll hear.
Also check out…Continue
Added by Americana Rock Mix on May 30, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments
There was a time when some people wrote song and some people sang songs. The two rarely mixed. In that era of Tin Pan Alley and the songwriting mills, Curtis Stigers would have been a demi god. As he displays on Let's Go Out Tonight, he can take well written songs and wring every bit of melody and emotion out of them. Songwriters would be inventing ways to get Stigers to record one of their works.
But those days of songwriters churning out one song after another in the hopes…Continue
Added by Jason Linder on May 2, 2012 at 1:04pm — No Comments
When I last spoke with Thrill Jockey Records recording artist Luke Roberts, we focused on his early musical experiences and development, as well as the writing and recording of his first album, Big Bells and Dime Songs. (You can read that interview here)
For this interview, Luke and I pick up from where we left off from…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on March 20, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments