New bluegrass bands emerge all the time. The routine goes right back to the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland fantasy movies — “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” — or the garage rock bands of the ’60s and ’70s. As with […]
The morning the Americana Honors & Awards nominations were announced I was reading Manohla Dargis’ piece in The New York Times on Agnès Varda, the influential film director who had just passed away. Varda, who directed some of the most […]
Beginning in the 18th century, immigrants from Britain, Scotland, and Ireland made their way across the ocean and into the backwoods and mountains of America. They brought with them their customs, culture, and music, which included both ballads and reels. […]
In 1962, the legendary George Wein, who had produced the Newport Jazz Festival, was invited to New Orleans to create a similar jazz festival. As he writes in the foreword to the stunning new book and 5-CD box set Jazz […]
The Through the Lens column has featured artists on the verge as selected by ND photographers twice before, and as the last was about a year and a half ago, it’s high time I did it again. The thesis being that since ND photographers […]
Like most fans, I got a kick out of The Milk Carton Kids’ send-up of Americana’s “big tent” philosophy at last year’s AMA Awards Show with their song “What Even Is Americana Anyway?” But I’ve never really had a problem […]
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you missed it last week, you can read The Reading Room’s interview with Ani DiFranco about her new book here. Many, if not most, music memoirs are simply tiresome, with the authors reveling in the minutiae of endless […]
A couple of weeks ago during a long ride in the tour van, my bandmate Mali looked up from her phone to ask the van at large if we’d heard of a song called “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas […]
While New Orleans was preparing for the 50th anniversary of its Jazz & Heritage Festival, Australia’s leading roots music fest celebrated its own major landmark. A humble but daring experiment took place in Australia, near Byron Bay (about two hours south […]
While I know many people enjoy reading about concerts after they’ve happened, I find the prequel more interesting to write about. And so it is that I find myself furiously keypunching away at this week’s column because in just a […]
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