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  • William the Conqueror will release its album next year

    Listen: William the Conqueror debuts 'Bleeding on the Soundtrack'

    Music fans often get caught up trying to classify music into one genre or another. With some artists, genre doesn't matter as much as the craft of the song. On the new single "Bleeding on the Soundtrack," U.K. trio William the Conqueror shows that it can craft a good song no matter how it's...
  • Malcolm Holcombe tells gritty stories on 'Come Hell or High Water'

    Malcolm Holcombe tells gritty stories on 'Come Hell or High Water'

    Sometimes when you hear an artist for the first time - even if you know nothing about the artist - you just know that the voice belongs to someone with an encyclopedia of life experience. Malcolm Holcombe displays one of those voices on the new album Come Hell or High Water. The first lyrics on...
  • Finnish duo Tuomo & Markus explore Americana on 'Dead Circles'

    Finnish duo Tuomo & Markus explore Americana on 'Dead Circles'

    A philosopher might question whether a Finnish duo can make Americana music. On the new album Dead Circles, Tuomo & Markus prove that it is indeed possible. The album begins with "Over the Rooftop," a song that immediately brings Simon and Garfunkel to mind. The intro features some good picking...
  • Watch: Belle Plaine premieres the breathtaking 'For All Those Who I Love'

    Watch: Belle Plaine premieres the breathtaking 'For All Those Who I Love'

    Videos are often produced to catch the viewer's eye no matter the genre or tempo of the song. Other times a video focuses more on the sound and perfectly fits the mood of the song for which it is made. The latter is the case with the live performance of "For All Those Who I Love" by Belle Plaine...
  • Moonless Night will be available Sep. 7

    Album premiere: Freddy & Francine release 'Moonless Night'

    Some bands have the ability to capture attention even if they don't do anything over the top. On the new album Moonless Night, Freddy and Francine show their ability to enchant a listener with simple, melodic sounds.   The EP begins with "Half a Mind," which has an undercurrent of a Sam & Dave...
  • Hot Buttered Rum is still going strong with 'Lonesome Panoramic'

    Hot Buttered Rum is still going strong with 'Lonesome Panoramic'

    Any band that can stay together for nearly two decades must be doing something right. Hot Buttered Rum is such a band, and the band does plenty of things right on the new album Lonesome Panoramic. "You Can Tell" is the opening track of the album, and it's hard not to be reminded of The Wood Brothers...
  • 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...
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