One thing I've heard a lot about since ND went out of print was that people were sorry to see it go, since the magazine was responsible for introducing so many great artists to readers. So, in that spirit, I handed it to our Twitter followers
this afternoon (and, by extension, Facebook
) and asked you guys to share with us names of unknown artists we all need to check out. I gave you bonus points for linking… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 28, 2009 at 1:30pm —
I came to Greg Brown through unconventional means. I was in my "What is this folk music stuff people are telling me I play?" phase, to which I've alluded here before. I was maybe 19 and the phrase "folk music" made me nervous, lest it destroy any cool cred I'd amassed up until that point. I was buying up CDs from the folk music section at the record store, choosing artists based on two very hard and fast credentials:
1) They looked like someone I might want to hang out with.
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 27, 2009 at 12:00pm —
I have to say first off that, while it cracked me up, I didn't really believe Beyonce could possibly sing that bad
, unless her monitors were out of wack or the sound in the Today Show plaza was so absurdly unbalanced that she couldn't hear her accompanists, etc. If there is any pop star in whose talent I have total faith, it's Beyonce.
But I don't want to talk about Beyonce. I want to talk about… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 24, 2009 at 10:00am —
I dragged myself out of the house this morning to work in a coffee shop, thinking that would help me focus. In the last half-hour, the background music has given me some new song by U2, which was just good enough to pull me out of my determined-to-be-productive-after-all mindframe. I emerged in time to hear Jill Sobule do "Where is Bobbie Gentry" (I get it, but when I realized it was Jill Sobule, I felt disappointed - like she could do better than that), followed by some mediocre cover of… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 23, 2009 at 10:00am —
When I was in college, I was half of a singer-songwriter duo. People called what we did "folk music," and I'd never considered that phrase before. It was 1995 - incidentally the same year No Depression printed its first issue. There was an internet and a Yahoo! search function, but it wasn't where you went to find information. The internet, at the time, to me, was essentially a tool for chatting with strangers and emailing the couple of people I knew who regularly checked… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 20, 2009 at 1:00pm —
A few weeks ago, I told you I'd be doing these random Top 5 lists from time to time. Perhaps you recall my first subject was Dolly Parton
. I've been looking at that Willie & the Wheel ad from the corner of my eye on this page for days now, and it's needled its way so far into my brain that I have no other option at the moment than to share my favorite Willie Nelson songs of all time. Feel free to… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 16, 2009 at 9:35am —
Just got a bit of news from Rounder Records in ye olde email today, announcing a new disc forthcoming from bluegrass superqueen extraordinaire Rhonda Vincent. The album, due June 16, is to be called Destination Life
and will feature the multi-award-winning touring line-up for her band the Rage. Vincent co-wrote three of the tunes herself, including the album opener.
She also pulls out traditionals like "Eighth of January," which I happen to love. Thinking it would be great to… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 13, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Just a quick public service announcement here, y'all.
You may have noticed there's a new music player on this site - it's in the left column between latest activity and photos from the community. You may have also noticed that there are only four tracks in there right now. That's because it would take days to go through the entire community and check everyone's profile to determine who has used the Quick Add music player to put their songs on their member page.
So, if you… Continue
Added by No Depression on April 9, 2009 at 1:03pm —
I recently went to my first Telluride music festival. I left with my wife from San Diego in our little Toyota Prius; the original model which felt like you were driving in a tin can and when you passed (or were passed) by semis, the car would buck and shake from the wind vortex. It was a two day trip and by the time we arrived my ass was completely sore (the seats felt like they were wood covered by a thin cushion).
Of course, the music was great but the atmosphere was even better.… Continue
Added by Theodore Calvo on April 7, 2009 at 3:09pm —
The first time I saw Justin Townes Earle live was here in Seattle at the Tractor Tavern two years ago. He was opening for someone else, although I don't remember whom. As was true of his return to the storied Ballard bar last night, Earle easily out-shined the headliner. Since then, he's probably played a couple hundred dates at bars, clubs and festivals. I caught him at least four or five times at Pickathon last summer, where each performance was a little better than the last. Once again, last… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 7, 2009 at 12:53pm —
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winners were Arley Ann Laman (LA) and Joe G (Bakersfield). Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered! Keep your eyes here for more contests, as well as other info from the roots and Americana music community.
Here's a quick and easy contest for you.
We're giving away a pair of tickets to see John Prine in Los Angeles on April 17 and another pair to see him in Bakersfield, Calif., on the 21st. Rules of… Continue
Added by No Depression on April 6, 2009 at 6:00pm —
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to our winners, James Reich and Steve Leftridge, who will each be blogging from Telluride '09. Keep it here for their reports from the field.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
is a destination festival… Continue
Added by No Depression on April 1, 2009 at 10:00am —
If you haven't tapped in yet, Leonard Cohen's Live in London
album is streaming for free all this week on NPR.org
. What follows here is by no means my official review of the disc, whatever that is. It's simply my first impressions as I stream it this morning. Typically, when reviewing an album, I'll listen to it many, many times to make sure I hear everything, get everything, make sure it has a… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on March 26, 2009 at 9:30am —
Should this be a blog post or a forum post? I can never tell.
And now, without further ado, the first official announcement of confirmed bands for Twangfest 13!
Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles
Daddy (featuring Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack)
I'm pretty sure more bands will be announced closer to the fest.
Individual ticket… Continue
Added by Christopher Knaus on March 25, 2009 at 7:14pm —
It was billed as the Dave Rawling's Machine with special guest Gillian Welch and it took a few weeks surprisingly to sell out. The show was held at SF's famed Great American Music Hall which served as a bordello back in the day.
The show included lots of new material not unlike that which we've come to expect and enjoy in the past. Some highlights included "Monkey and the Engineer" made famous by the Grateful Dead's 1980 acoustic incarnation, "This Land is Your Land" including the… Continue
Added by Mr Edyoulis on March 25, 2009 at 3:12pm —
I ventured out on a Monday night recently to see the Felice Brothers play their haunting, quiet & breathtaking songs. Boy, was I surprised! I didn't check youtube prior to the show. It was an all-out rock and roll extravaganza. They had the usually laid back midwest crowd dancing and singing the entire set. I fell in love with their s/t record while on a trip to Alaska last summer. I since picked up their first record and both have become favorites from the last year. I also see that they… Continue
Added by Derek Cantrell on March 25, 2009 at 11:42am —
Blackjack David is the greatest alt country disc of all time. Mr. Alvin has the soul and honesty of Merle Haggard without the baggage of popularity. His songs speak of that dark underbelly of life and relationships that are both sad and heart warming. This masterpiece will never be duplicated and despite a fine body of work since then, the bar is too high to ever surpass.
Added by Donald McKay CaldwellJr. on March 25, 2009 at 11:30am —
As I was poking around the interweb for cool things to post on Songs:Illinois
(more info here
). I came across news of a new record from former V-Roys member Scott Miller
. Since he is no longer on Sugar Hill it may be more difficult for him to get the word out about his new fan… Continue
Added by Craig Bonnell on March 25, 2009 at 7:43am —
I was not trying to be apologetic. The last time i saw Dylan, over ten years ago, the cd, Time Out of Mind had not been made and he ran up a long list of faux pas' on stage...playing too loud and too long, pounding on some "hits" and reworking some material into indecipherable rock messes. So, when i heard Time Out of Mind I was blown away by his understanding and his ability to make manifest codependent and failed love relationships. The next cd caught me off guard with its "country stylings"… Continue
Added by Jack Wallingford on March 24, 2009 at 2:34pm —
An audacious title about an audacious man and a tumultuous time by Boston writer James Sullivan. In fact the title was so compelling, I felt the need to read it almost immediately. But it only took a few pages for me to get bogged down in the minutiae that was 1968 Boston race relations and politics. The book attempts to focus on Brown's Boston Garden concert the day after Dr. Martin Luther Ling was murdered. Along the way we're treated to a meandering bio of the godfather of soul. Nothing… Continue
Added by Les on March 14, 2009 at 9:13pm —