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
Jimmy Lumpkin lives in a cabin on the edge of a swamp in Summerdale, Alabama where trees grow tall in the murky water of the Fish River and leaves break sunlight into shade. It is also where Lumpkin and his southern blues jam band Trigger Root pick out new guitar licks, write songs, or drink a beer. Inside, Dave Howell’s drums are tucked under the loft stairs between the kitchen and den. Mics hang down from the rafters, and…Continue
Added by The Southern Rambler on October 16, 2013 at 8:30am — 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
This week, the Caldo Verde label released Mark Kozelek and Desertshore, a new 10-song collection co-written by guitarist Phil Carney (formerly of Red House Painters), pianist Chris Connolly, drummer Mike Stevens, and Sun Kil Moon vocalist Mark Kozelek.
While Kozelek guested as producer, vocalist, and…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on August 21, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
There are two kinds of people in this world: true believers who know Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb to be the country/pop equivalent of Lennon & McCartney and non-believers who've yet to see the light. For the latter, the brilliance of Campbell's voice and the dynamism of Webb's compositions presented in this tastefully produced session should be enough to convert even the most stubborn of the realm. For the former, "Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb In Session..." serves as…Continue
Added by Michael Verity on December 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
For those who believe real country music has fled Nashville, the recent CMA Awards would do little to ease your notion. Bombast, smoke, lasers and lots of the arena rock are the anti-thesis of steel-soaked, fiddle-laced songs built on melody, submerged in big emotions and turned with hooks that can’t be forgotten.
But for the true believers and in-the-knowers, a handful of insiders and old school players have conjured 45 RPM, a last Wednesday of every month celebration of classic…Continue
Added by Holly Gleason on November 8, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
If you know anything about the Boston music scene, you have undoubtedly heard Jimmy Ryan’s name mentioned. He’s one of the most in-demand session players in town and plays a mandolin like there’s no tomorrow. His song “John Brown” is often covered by Session Americana and Pesky J. Nixon. It’s a show-stopper of a song. Anyone who can write a song about a nineteenth century abolitionist and give it so much soul is someone who earns my respect.
Jimmy has recorded with Warren Zevon,…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
ALL THE LABOR is the definitive documentary about Austin, Texas roots/Americana legends, The Gourds. The film will introduce viewers to the energy and excitement of the band’s live performances while painting an intimate portrait of these talented songwriters and musicians at the top of their game. Production began in August 2011 with an expected completion date of January 2013. ALL THE LABOR is a production of Big Sky Pictures, LLC, in association with High Plains Films.…Continue
Added by Doug Hawes-Davis on April 29, 2012 at 8:55pm — No Comments
This week, The Steep Canyon Rangers released their new album, Nobody Knows You, via Rounder Records. New listeners may recognize the band's name as Steve Martin's touring bluegrass band, who also recorded with him on his latest album, Rare Bird Alert.
I would guess that there are many hardcore bluegrass fans who have been listening to the band's records over the years, as well new listeners who may be looking to explore the…Continue
Silos' front man Walter Salas-Humara’s hair is now laced with silver, but the Florida ex-pat has lost none of the romantic tendencies that marked the Cuban songwriter/singer’s songs from the Silos’ earliest days. Also, a visual artist specializing in dogs, the appropriate place to decamp for South by Southwest was the backyard of Yard Dog Gallery, who’d hosted some of the week’s best parties.
Like the dBs, who had fans clogging the sidewalk outside their BD Riley’s Friday night show…Continue
This Land Is Your Land
Jimmy LaFave + Eliza Gilkyson’s Woody Guthrie Dream
Nora Guthrie’s father would’ve been 100 years old this year, yet somehow the music he left behind remains timeless and timely. It’s a notion she savored at the Prelude Music: Woody Guthrie Tribute – which served to warm-up the audience for Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address at the 2012 SXSW – telling the crowd, "These days are exciting times … My Dad would’ve loved to been here for this. This is a very…Continue
You sneak up on Session Americana. Oh, not literally, as you can discover them in an ever-widening circle of clubs and festivals, three studio records and one live set, and on a new, as-yet-untitled 10-song release due this spring (listen to early mixes of "Easier " and "Goldmine" below). But, after…Continue
Added by Bob Moses on March 5, 2012 at 11:09am — No Comments
The Grand Ole Opry on a Saturday Night
Good Bye To Ghosts, 63 Year Members + One Very Special Debut
There are very few things as American as the Grand Ole Opry on a Saturday night. Once upon a time, beamed across the middle of the country on the powerful WSM-AM 650, it was a unifying force of entertainment for the have-littles and down-homes. Today, for all of its controversial changes, it’s more…Continue
By 1942 he’d been…
by Terry Roland (Reprinted with permission of FolkWorks )
Oral traditions have long been the way we've handed down our stories, our characters, the dreams we've dreamed and our tragedies. Even in the end, with technology being what it is, it still may come down to one person talking to others with something urgent to tell them, some lesson learned, some human comedy. I think…Continue
Added by Sloane Spencer on May 3, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments
Greetings from South By Southwest
The G&S Lounge is not a pretty place. Not even close, Ceilings too low and in the pre-happy hours, they don’t even engage the myriad neon signs to extract that buzzing crayola light to deaden the pressboard ceiling and beat-up alternating black and white industrial tile floor. This ain’t anywhere a poseur’s gonna go, but it’s about as real as it gets, a bar that time and poseurs forgot.
ROOTS ON THE RAILS HOLIDAY DISCOUNTS ON
JANUARY AND APRIL 2011 WEST COAST MUSIC/TRAIN TRIPS…Continue