The life of a contemporary indie musician is fraught with uncertainty, not least of which is, “How am I going to pay my rent next month?” The evolving realities of the music business have shifted the onus of generating income from recordings to performing and Chuck Prophet, with the Mission Express, has been on his version of the never ending tour for years now, crisscrossing the US and Europe and building a reputation as one of the hottest, tightest, most imaginative, and…Continue
In the final show of Ben Harper's fall solo acoustic tour, he single handedly brought down the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. One guy. A whole bunch of instruments. A completely rapt (and totally diverse, from race to age to gender) audience. You know it's going to be good when there's a standing ovation just because someone walks on stage.
That Disney stage creates kind of an in-the-round experience, as they fill the seats behind the stage as well, and all the…Continue
John Oates, member of the number one selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, has teamed up with Grammy Award winning Americana artist, Jim Lauderdale, to write the new single off of his current solo project, Good Road To Follow. The song, which Oates describes as “psychedelic Americana,” will be released October 15. Co-produced by Oates and Tim Lauer, the recording features a variety of…Continue
Yarn has been playing together since 2007 and have released at least an album’s worth of music each year. They’re decided to go back to their roots and unplug a bit and see what happened: the result is their latest CD, Shine the Light On, which is being released on September 10. Was lucky enough to get a preview of the music and have to admit that it’s pretty tasty: it’s intimate, it’s full of great harmonies and instrumentation, and it will definitely delight Yarn’s avid fans,…Continue
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Shitting on the Eagles is basically a national pastime for hard-core Americana fans. In fact, while there are several brilliant artists that alt-country loyalists are apt to bond over, dislike of the Eagles may be the single most prevalent and unifying force.
Yet while there is ample cause to loathe the Eagles, the band's raw output…Continue
‘Oh, I cut my hair?’ questioned Ron Sexsmith during his first headlining appearance at this prestigious venue, but a fan had actually shouted out to him ‘I’m glad you’re here!’ That summed up perfectly the sentiments of the rest of tonight’s audience, which included Sexsmith’s parents who had travelled from Canada to see their son perform.
I sat in the Stalls and the people around me were so attentive throughout and like me, hung on every note of this twenty-eight-song show. In the…Continue
When the Country Music Association made the decision that network tv time was too valuable a commodity to devote to the Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees, something had to be done. After all, the men and women being inducted into the Hall are the foundation of the genre, architects of the sound and innovators in what is largely considered to be America’s most listened to format of music. Rather than accept being taken off the CMA Awards as a demotion, Elizabeth Thiels, Kyle Young and the…Continue
This week marks the release of two spectacular recordings of very different breadth and scope celebrating the 50th Anniversary of New Orleans' Preservation Hall: The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection box set and the live album St. Peter & 57th St.
The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection is an expansive 4-CD, 58-track box set spanning the history of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band since 1962. This incredible box set traces the…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on September 27, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
Living On A Song
Nashville Film Festival
People are bitching about the demise of country music, but they’re missing the point. At a time when everybody is overly styled, making the rounds and doing the marketing, they missed the point of what made the oeuvre great: people lived hard, put their hearts out there and harvested the pain and the passion with a ruthlessness that often left ravaged relationships in their wake.
Not that it’s about strafing…Continue
Orchestral sounds are all the rage with indie-rock bands these days, and do not think that veteran alternative rockers Death Cab for Cutie would miss out on that trend--Ben Gibbard and Co. have just begun a tour that will highlight their music to date, with the support of Magik*Magik Orchestra. The San Francisco-based orchestra played on their latest album Codes and Keys (released last Spring), and join them on this newly kicked off tour, which brought the band…Continue
Added by Shauna C. Keddy on April 22, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments
This week featured album on The Health & Happiness Hour is Hillfolk Noir - Radio Hour . Playlist below also available our Concert Special for the week, with Kuschty Rye
(Des Horsfall & Andy Mckerlie) + and Erin Hall-Gardiner recorded on 27th March and 25th March 2012 in Dingwall at The Greenhouse.
Added by The Medicine Show on March 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
In these days of Linda Chorneys and Lana Del Rays, it's getting increasingly difficult to deal with the criteria used to nominate someone, and in which category even, whether for halls of fame or for the likes of the Grammy Awards. There are clearly ways to "play the system" if indeed there still exists a system to be played. You have to know your way around the Casino.
And when it comes to "lifetime achievement awards," which would also include induction into halls of fame,…Continue
Added by Will James on February 20, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
By: Dan King
Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Del McCoury Band - American Legacies
Record Label: McCoury Music
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Collaboration. The dictionary defines it as people from different origins working together toward a common goal.
Collaboration is what made America great. On “American Legacies,” The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and…Continue
Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on January 23, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Matt Jennings blew through L.A. this last week, opening for Bombino at The Mint, and it was remarkable. Remarkable, I say! I've loved Matt's music and its international flavors for years (He's from Minnesota too. We pretty much all get each other ...), and it's about time you all get to know and love it too.…
Added by CJ Gronner on December 13, 2011 at 11:39pm — No Comments
Nomination Proposal to the CMA to Induct Gram Parsons Into the Country Music Hall of Fame; Reprinted on His 65th Birthday
(submitted as hard copy with List of Supporters to CMA, 9/19/08, on the 35th anniversary of Gram's death and available updated to them now 24/7 online)
Based on the criteria established and promulgated by the Country Music
Association in regard to an individual's nomination for induction into the
Country Music Hall of Fame…
Added by Will James on November 10, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments
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I discovered Austin Lucas a couple years ago, but I had yet to see him live. When I heard he was going to be at the intimately set Blue Moon Café in Shepherdstown, WV, with his brilliantly talented back-up band The Bold Party and opening acts Matt Kline (of The Fox…Continue
Added by Dear Ben Nichols on September 1, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
The 73rd National Folk Festival is excited to announce eight more performing artists, among the 30 groups that will appear on stages throughout Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at this free-to-the-public festival Sept. 2-4. This event is the longest running celebration of traditional music and arts in the nation and will call Nashville home through…Continue
Added by Kim Fowler on July 14, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments