It’s time for the mid-summer classic and many well-deserving artists deserve their day in center field. In 2012, John Fullbright released his debut record From The Ground Up, that brought much love to the then-24-year-old singer/songwriting phenom hailing from Okemah, Okla. Honored with my Male Artist of the Year selection, this firecracker kid with a piano, guitar, and harmonica hit stages across the country playing a roaring set of original tunes. After receiving…Continue
Orange County, Calif., is not a place for Americana and grassroots music. That is what I so truly believed, growing up there and failing to find the scene. The O.C. hosts surf rock groups, ska rock, and various 1980s cover bands, but certainty not the Americana and folk music I have grown to love so much.
I was surprised and quite frankly shocked when I first discovered an O.C. indie Americana group named Ted Z & the Wranglers. I was quickly disproved. Ted Z & the…Continue
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Otis Gibbs jokes around the house that he has done everything he can to remain obscure without realizing it. He has been hitting the pavement for the last 12 years, traveling through America and Europe, performing original music and garnering fans along the way. It’s true with just about everything that when luck, timing, hard work, and perseverance all converge at the crossroads, something special and magical happens. Well, all those things happened when the mail showed up with a…Continue
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On Thursday, May 8, Dan Bern - resplendent in a circa-1979 Pittsburgh Pirates cap, with 75 of his best friends - turned up the heat at Club Cafe on the hottest night that Pittsburgh has enjoyed since last fall. There's a set list, scrawled in purple ink on the back of discarded credit card receipts. But rather than tell you about the songs, I'm going to describe how it felt to watch the peripatetic troubajoyeur spin his silky tales and elicit lusty sing-a-longs.
Five Years ago I had the pleasure of talking with legendary singer-songwriter, Jesse Winchester. Our conversation was beyond pleasant. We connected and found a great time of laughter together. I'm still no veteran when it comes to interviewing artists, especially those I admire. But in 2009, I was just plain green. He was kind, funny, open and self-effacing about his own legacy.
Jesse Winchester and especially his first…Continue
Born in Massillon, Ohio where every newborn boy has a football with the high school colors placed in their bassinet, Patrick Sweany was instead drawn to an electric guitar and rock and roll. He went to Kent State University and played clubs; continuing to live in the area until leaving for Nashville in 2009. Like many others, there was only so much you could do singing the Rust Belt blues around Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown. Nashville was calling and folks like…Continue
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Rarely do I go in depth on a record release that is a reissue, live, or tribute album. But two such albums featuring Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne are getting special treatment this week.
Originally aired as a live pay-per-view event on October 16, 1992, Columbia Records threw Bob Dylan a 30th anniversary bash at Madison Square Garden with one of the most impressive lineups in the history of rock and roll. My VHS tape has long worn out and trying to locate a copy…Continue
Attending the Americana Music Association in Nashville from September 17 through 22 is much more than just about the music. It’s about reconnecting with old friends and fostering new ones. It’s about good comfort food and local beer. It’s about revisiting old haunts and exploring new hidden gems. So sit back and relax … this will be a very long story.
Hitting the open road at eight-thirty in the morning from Akron, my partner in crime Dale Elwell and I made our way down…Continue
The roots of Americana continue to grow and branch out as the movement goes beyond the fiddle and pedal steel. New artists and new sounds push the envelope to expand the genera mixing even more influences for a recipe that a grill master basting a brisket would envy. Nashville is no longer the home for Outlaw and tabloid country western music. With Akron native son Dan Auerbach calling Music City home, he has established his Easy Eye Sound recording studio as a sandbox when not…Continue
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
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It was announced earlier today that folksinger Richie Havens died of a heart attack in New Jersey. He was 72. In 1969, when he sang out, "Freedom," to a half-million people at the historic Woodstock Festival, it was more than just a moment of musical tribalism, as it has often been characterized. It was a…Continue
With just three months 0f 2013 in the history books, it's shaping up to be a quality year for Americana records. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Records of the Year (So Far).
10. Bobby Bare - Darker Than Light
Bare's first album in seven years is a collection of 16 songs drawn from a list he's kept for the better part of his 50 year career. There are murder ballads, songs of the sea, interpretations of rare classics and readings from the rock and roll songbook. The…Continue
Groovin' in to it's 10th annual festival, Wakarusa 2013 is bound to muster up an intoxicating pulse to soothe your desire for a serene summer escapade. Getting lost within the combination of nature and music, ranging from jam bands all the way to electronic, it's advised to make an appearance at the four day venture. Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, Mulberry Mountain will surely tickle your fancy.
I have many festivals under my belt, but this is my first time attending…Continue
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The Ohio thread continues in this edition of liner notes as Kim Richey, the sweetheart of Zanesville and Kettering, will be releasing a wonderful new album titled Thorn In My Heart on April 16th. I first heard about Kim from magazine publisher Wayne Green…Continue
Griffin House Returns to Form With The Release of Balls
I have a confession … I’m a homer. I love my sports teams almost as much as I love the singer/songwriters that come from Ohio. A story on Griffin House back in 2008 during the Flying Upside Down tour took me behind the music and the life of the Springfield, Ohio native. A college degree from Miami of Ohio in 2002 in English Literature and Writing, his thoughts were to enroll in graduate school, but…Continue
Let's see...we have individual lists for best albums, favorite albums, top 10 from the frequent contributor's and the reader's top 50. We don't have anything for producers, engineers or guitar techs. And we missed an opportunity to come up with the best banner ads that Kyla sold this year, although I'll nominate the in-house pitch to buy the No Depression posters which are all really quite nice.…Continue
This is Ed, not Bruce. I just wanted to take a moment before I share Springsteen's words with you to say that I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming election here in the US. Yesterday after the second presidential debate, I was inspired to put down my own thoughts, but I backed off because this is really just a music site, although politics certainly seep into the posts from time to time. On the other hand, No Depression is also a community. And a world community at that,…Continue
For a song as big and boisterous as any in their repertoire, this departure of Boeing 737 sounds like an all-together new thing when gently cushioned back and forth…Continue
Added by Brendan Kane on September 21, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
I'm pleased to announce that this installment of Songwriter's Showcase features The Barr Brothers. You may recall that I featured one of their songs, "Lord I Just Can't Keep From Cryin'" as Song o' the Day a little while back.
In case you're unfamiliar with this up-and-coming phenomenon, here's a little backround on Brad and Andrew Barr. Yes,…Continue
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No Depression South By Southwest Show
Continental Club, March 14, 2012
The Trishas * Schuyler Fisk * Amanda Shires
On the first official night of the music portion of Austin’s South By Southwest, it is only fitting that alt-country Bible No Depression would have its annual showcase. After all for well over a decade, No Depression chronicled the state of Americana, explored the depths of roots music and stood as the place for intelligent discourse for indie…Continue
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