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 —
With the second No Depression bookazine officially releasing this week, we thought it would be fun to hold a little trivia contest. Whoever answers the most questions correctly wins a copy of both bookazines.
No Depression #77, Instruments of Change
officially releases on Mar. 16, and centers around the various ways the phrase "instruments of change" can be interpreted. This includes looking at the musical instruments employed by folks like Dock Boggs, Chris Thile, and Bob… Continue
Added by No Depression on March 14, 2009 at 11:00am —
There is a lot of hub bub out about the web replacing the traditional music label. This news has been heralded by many indie artists (myself included) as the savior of our kind. The web has leveled the playing field between artist and corporation, empowering us indie musicians to make our own destiny within the music business by connecting directly with our fans. While this is true, and I am a huge fan of the tools the web has to offer, I want to stress something to my indie colleagues - the… Continue
Added by Hang Jones on March 12, 2009 at 10:24am —
Some days I feel a fire in my belly and nothing can get in my way. I am writing the best songs of my life, I am playing them with the best musicians out there, I am in love, I am loved, I've got two feet lickin' dogs: All is right with the world. The problem is, keeping fuel on a fire in a world that doesn't have enough kindling to go around. While I believe nothing easy is worth doing, the apparent impossibility of doing things against the grain is at best daunting, and at worst akin to… Continue
Added by Hang Jones on March 12, 2009 at 10:23am —
In case you wondered what Neko Case was up to – that would be #3, on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Here's the scoop from the folks at her label, Anti-:
Pretty good for someone who used to work in the kitchen at Hattie's Hat in Ballard.
In other news about people… Continue
Added by PB on March 12, 2009 at 8:00am —
Wang Dang Sweet Soundboard:
Just waaaay over-the-top announcing:
Um...how many scarves should I tie to the stand, Mr. Tyler?
...and should I *always* be drunk on stage, Mr. Tyler?… Continue
Added by tous on March 12, 2009 at 5:30am —
Strange set of circumstances this evening led me back to the music of Richard Buckner, who most of y'all are probably reasonably familiar with, even if he's flown fairly under-the-radar the past few years (or maybe I've just been out of that particular loop). The trail began with Vic Chesnutt; I was searching for an online site which had a full stream of his song "Florida", and found it on last.fm
(frequently a useful… Continue
Added by PB on March 11, 2009 at 8:30pm —
One things the Country Music Television folks do right (well, mostly) is the Crossroads series. This episode will feature Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson and premieres March 23rd on CMT.
Added by TwangNation.com on March 11, 2009 at 5:34pm —
I noted a few days ago that Todd Snider had signed with Yep Roc and would have an album coming out with the North Carolina-based label soon. Today brings further information on that record, courtesy of a press release from the fine folks at Shore Fire Media:
TODD SNIDER SOLVES YOUR ECONOMIC WOES WITH 'THE EXCITEMENT PLAN,' NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY DON WAS, OUT JUNE 9TH ON YEP ROC
He's taken on Conservative Christians, hippies, Republicans, and frat boys. Now… Continue
Added by PB on March 11, 2009 at 2:05pm —
The folks at Shout! Factory have lately expanded a bit from their reissues base to do new releases once in a while -- and they've just announced plans for a self-titled solo disc from Rhett Miller, due out on June 9. Here's the official press release and track listing:
March 11th -- New York, New York -- Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and Old 97’s front man Rhett Miller will release a collection of new songs on June 9th, his fourth solo album and the first on… Continue
Added by PB on March 11, 2009 at 9:38am —
I've seen a lot of people comment on this site (and the other one
) about how much they miss the print version of ND. So I thought it might be fun to run a little humpday comment contest. Here's the rule: tell us about an artist to whom No Depression introduced you. The 100th comment wins five back issues of your choice and a copy of the ND CD. No duplicated comments, please.
Added by No Depression on March 11, 2009 at 9:22am —