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  • Michelle Mandico's vocals captivate on the new album 'Ptarmigan'

    Michelle Mandico's vocals captivate on the new album 'Ptarmigan'

    If you listen to enough music, you're bound to be pleasantly surprised by an artist or album that may not be in your musical wheelhouse. Whether or not you're a fan of folk, you can't help but be captivated by Michelle Mandico's voice on the new album Ptarmigan. The title track is a good showcase...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to catch Shakey Graves’ live show

    Alejandro Rose-Garcia, better known by his stage name, Shakey Graves, performed with a full band at least part of the show for Tucson fans at the Rialto Theatre on June 20. Triple-digit heat did not stop the singer and his band from donning a suit and tie for the performance. Opener Lauren Ruth...
  • Pharis and Jason Romero impress with 'Sweet Old Religion'

    Pharis and Jason Romero impress with 'Sweet Old Religion'

    Some music is fine as background. Some groups make you focus on the music because they create such intricate songs. On the new album Sweet Old Religion, Juno-award winning duo Pharis and Jason Romero are musicians that make you take notice of everything that goes on in their songs. When you listen...
  • Don Gallardo explores Americana music on 'Still Here'

    Don Gallardo explores Americana music on 'Still Here'

    Americana is a pretty broad term when it comes to music. While it may not be the most descriptive term, sometimes it is the best one for an artist or album because the music encompasses so many varieties of American music. Still Here by Don Gallardo is an album that is true Americana because it is...
  • Interview: Lukas Nelson talks latest record and more at Country Thunder

    Interview: Lukas Nelson talks latest record and more at Country Thunder

    Lukas Nelson, son of legendary country singer Willie Nelson, is very busy these days. Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, have been touring and recording with Neil Young for the last three years or more. They recorded The Monsanto Years with Young and when they are not on the road with Young...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to catch Shelby Lynne’s live show

    Shelby Lynne is a singer/songwriter whose music is almost impossible to label in a particular genre. Lynne spent years trying to fit in the Nashville music scene, but thankfully, she evolved from the Nashville ‘spit and polish’ into more of a post outlaw renegade who has a lot to say about the human...
  • Alison Krauss announces 2018 tour, including co-headlining dates with Willie Nelson

    Alison Krauss announces 2018 tour, including co-headlining dates with Willie Nelson

    Alison Krauss has announced a 50-show North American tour set for this spring and summer, and she’ll be joined for 17 of them by fellow country artist, Willie Nelson & Family. The lengthy tour, which is scheduled to start in Tulsa, Okla. on May 16 will see the country/bluegrass singer and multi...
  • John McEuen book, The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey 

    Interview: John McEuen, formerly of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, talks new book ‘The Life I’ve Picked’

    John McEuen, one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, has over 50 years of experience in show business and is considered an expert pioneer of the banjo and mandolin fusing bluegrass, folk, rock and country music. He recently released an album of bluegrass/folk music with his dream...
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    5 reasons to see Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band live

    Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band performed on the second day of the Pot of Gold Festival on St. Patrick’s Day. The beer flowed freely as the ‘Deadhead’ fans poured in the Rawhide Center in Chandler, Ariz. It was a day of Americana, blues and country music. AXS was able to catch the two and a...
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    5 reasons to see John McEuen and the Circle Band live

    John McEuen was one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB) in 1966. The original California acoustic band was made up of a group of musicians that included Jackson Browne for a very short stint. McEuen replaced Browne when he left to pursue a solo career. NGDB went through many...
  • JD Wilkes releases the unpredictable 'Fire Dream'

    JD Wilkes releases the unpredictable 'Fire Dream'

    If you know JD Wilkes from Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, you know that his music can be a little difficult to fit neatly into a category. That is still the case on his new solo album Fire Dream. When you hear the intro of the title track that kicks off the album, you might be reminded of Tom Waits...
  • Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band and Rebelution among 2018 Pot of Gold Festival headliners

    Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band and Rebelution among 2018 Pot of Gold Festival headliners

    Music fans are anticipating a very diverse lineup this year at the Pot of Gold Festival that takes place March 16-18 2018 in Chandler, Ariz. at Rawhide. Announced headliners are Russ, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band and Rebelution. There are many more high profile, amazing acts scheduled...
  • The Wood Brothers get groovy on 'One Drop of Truth'

    The Wood Brothers get groovy on 'One Drop of Truth'

    If you're familiar with The Wood Brothers, you know that you can expect tight and catchy Americana melodies as well as harmonies that grab your attention. On the new album One Drop of Truth, you get plenty of everything you'd expect from this band and some that you might not expect. "Happiness Jones...
  • Ben Miller Band brings a punk spirit to Americana on 'Choke Cherry Tree'

    Ben Miller Band brings a punk spirit to Americana on 'Choke Cherry Tree'

    Some bands don't fit nicely into one narrow category. You could easily place Ben Miller Band in the Americana category, but that's a pretty vague categorization - especially for this band. When you see the title of the first song is "Nothing Gets Me Down", you might expect an upbeat song. That's not...
  • Grace Basement blends indie rock and Americana on 'Mississippi Nights'

    Grace Basement blends indie rock and Americana on 'Mississippi Nights'

    For bands these days, it's not easy to develop a sound unlike other bands. On the new album Mississippi Nights Grace Basement may bring other bands to mind, but they do it without sounding completely like anyone else. It's hard not to be drawn into the lead track "Rising Sun" - especially if you're...
  • Interview: Pete Bernhard of The Devil Makes Three discusses upcoming tour

    Interview: Pete Bernhard of The Devil Makes Three discusses upcoming tour

    The Devil Makes Three is a band that incorporates bluegrass, country, and rock and roll into a unique and enjoyable sound. By phone Pete Bernhard (guitar, vocals) discussed the band's most recent album and upcoming tour. AXS: You had pretty specific guidelines for the songs on Redemption and Ruin...
  • Great songwriting drives 'Laughing with the Reckless' by The Contenders

    Great songwriting drives 'Laughing with the Reckless' by The Contenders

    When you see the term Americana, you only get a general idea of the kind of music you're about to hear although it could be bluegrass, country, or even alt-country. On the new album Laughing with the Reckless, The Contenders play Americana music that is pretty well steeped in country and rock...
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    Photos: Shawn Colvin’s ‘A Few Small Repairs’ 20th Anniversary Tour

    Shawn Colvin has created her new tour based on her 20-year old certified platinum album, A Few Small Repairs. Celebrating older, more successful music seems to be a trend with many bands these days. Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds Tour and Pearl Jam’s Binaural tour immediately come to mind. This tour is...
  • Hope Dunbar tells starkly vivid stories on 'Three Black Crows'

    Hope Dunbar tells starkly vivid stories on 'Three Black Crows'

    When you listen to some singers, you can't help but be amazed at how they can tell a story that makes you feel like you're experiencing what's being described. Hope Dunbar shows that ability on her new album Three Black Crows. The album begins with "Charlottetown." This is a great introduction to...
  • Review: Whitney Rose invokes 'Rule 62' on new album

    Review: Whitney Rose invokes 'Rule 62' on new album

    Whitney Rose is an artist who has always worn her influences openly. Earlier this year, the Canadian singer paid homage to her adopted home with the EP South Texas Suite. Now she's reunited with The Mavericks' Raul Malo, who produced her debut LP Heartbreaker of the Year, along with co-producer Niko...
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