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  • Donna the Buffalo hosts Midnight Jam at MerleFest

    Donna the Buffalo hosts Midnight Jam at MerleFest

    The Saturday night Midnight Jam is one of the most highly anticipated events at MerleFest every year. This year the jam is hosted by one of the roots festival’s most popular bands, Donna the Buffalo. With a huge groove, a multi-genre approach and tons of energy, DtB, as the band is called by fans...
  •  The top 10 best Jonathan Richman songs

    The top 10 best Jonathan Richman songs

    Jonathan Richman is an American singer/songwriter from Natick, Massachusetts. He is best known for the songs "Roadrunner," "Lydia" and "I'm Just Beginning to Live." Richman has recorded twenty-two studio albums as a solo artist and as the leader of the Modern Lovers. Presented here are ten of his...
  • Ten emerging acts on the MerleFest lineup

    Ten emerging acts on the MerleFest lineup

    MerleFest, the annual homecoming for roots artists coming up April 28-May 1, 2016 in Wilkesboro, NC, has an enviable record for introducing new talent during its 29 years. Artists discovered at the festival include many of today’s hottest acts, including the Avett Brothers, Tift Merritt, Gillian...
  • Murder by Death comes to Vaudeville Mews on April 1

    Murder by Death comes to Vaudeville Mews on April 1

    Indie rock/Americana band Murder by Death will make a tour stop at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on Friday, April 1. Virginia musician Tim Barry (of Avail) will serve as tour opener. Doors at the venue will open at 8 p.m., and the music will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $17 in...
  • MerleFest takes its show on the road

    MerleFest takes its show on the road

    MerleFest, the annual celebration of roots music held in Wilkesboro, NC, is reaching out to its fans with a preview tour featuring three of the groups who’ll be appearing in the 2016 festival. The On the Road tour will visit clubs in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee during the month of March...
  • Asheville songwriter Jane Kramer releases new music video, album

    Asheville songwriter Jane Kramer releases new music video, album

    Asheville, NC singer/songwriter Jane Kramer released her second album on Feb. 26, 2016, as well as a music video of the title track “Carnival of Hopes.” The video premiered in Elmore Magazine, which praised Kramer’s “nostalgic, profound” lyrics and smooth vocals, as well as her Appalachian sound...
  • The Felice Brothers embody contemporary Americana

    The Felice Brothers embody contemporary Americana

    The Felice Brothers are a folk rock/roots rock band formed in 2006 in the Catskill Mountains area of New York. James, Simone and Ian Felice along with their friend Josh "Christmas Clapton" Rawson moved their base of operations to NYC and began busking in the subway stations to bring their organic...
  • Americana band Great American Taxi will be performing two shows in February

    Americana band Great American Taxi will be performing two shows in February

    Great American Taxi is an Americana rock band from Colorado. They are best known for their unique style of music which was created by former founding member singer/guitarist Vince Herman who founded the band in 2007 after leaving Leftover Salmon. Great American Taxi has released three studio...
  • Houndmouth will be touring Oceania in March to promote their new album

    Houndmouth will be touring Oceania in March to promote their new album

    Houndmouth is an American folk rock band from New Albany, Indiana. They best known for the hit single "Sedona" which has received a considerable amount of airplay during the past several months. Houndmouth has released two studio albums, their latest is 2015's Little Neon Limelight. Currently the...
  • Katie Garabaldi says ‘Follow Your Heart’

    Katie Garabaldi says ‘Follow Your Heart’

    Katie Garabaldi‘s most recent release overflows with love. With a title like Follow Your Heart would anyone expect otherwise? For those of you still not familiar with the artist, Katie Garibaldi is a San Francisco Bay area-based indie singer/songwriter and guitarist and winner of (among other...
  • The best Americana EP of 2015

    The best Americana EP of 2015

    The old saying goes “good things come in small packages”. While most of the attention in 2015 was given to full-length Americana releases by artists like Chris Stapleton and Della Mae, there was plenty enough quality in the EP release department to prove that old adage true. From relative...
  • MerleFest 2016 announces initial lineup

    MerleFest 2016 announces initial lineup

    MerleFest, the annual roots music festival begun by the late, great Doc Watson, has released its initial lineup of talent, topped by John Prine, the Dave Rawlings Machine, the Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Scythian, the Kruger Brothers, Jerry Douglas, Donna the Buffalo and Becky Buller. The...
  • Cory Reinisch of Harvest Thieves:  “5 Songs I’m Thankful For!”

    Cory Reinisch of Harvest Thieves: “5 Songs I’m Thankful For!”

    Harvest Thieves is a sensational band from Austin, Texas that plays country, folk, Americana and features singer/guitarist Cory Reinisch, bassist Dustin Meyer, vocalist, keyboardist and mandolin player Annah Fisette, Coby Tate on guitar and Wes Cargall on drums. The Austin American-Statesman said of...
  • Vance Kotrla of Sci Fi Romance: “5 Songs I’m Thankful For!”

    Vance Kotrla of Sci Fi Romance: “5 Songs I’m Thankful For!”

    Sci-Fi Romance is an alt-folk/Americana band from Los Angeles, led by singer and songwriter singer-songwriter Vance Kotrla, and his collaborators Jody Stark (cello), Mr. Mike (drums, art), Johnnie Kotrla (bass), Kurt Bloom (drums) among others. The debut album, …and surrender my body to the flames...
  • Review of Jenna Longmire CD 'Resistance'

    Review of Jenna Longmire CD 'Resistance'

    Once in a while an artist and a CD come along that is so refreshing that you didn't realize how much you needed it until you heard it. That is what happened when Resistance was slipped into the CD player. Twelve tracks, each one a breath of fresh air. Buying a copy of this CD is highly recommended...
  • In photos: The Honeycutters perform at the Double Door Inn

    In photos: The Honeycutters perform at the Double Door Inn

    The Asheville-based Honeycutters brought their Appalachian honky-tonk sound to Charlotte, NC in October. A full and rowdy house at the Double Door Inn were on hand, dancing, singing along, and demanding an encore. The show featured songs off the group’s latest album Me Oh My, released in April 201...
  • The soul of Martin Sexton

    The soul of Martin Sexton

    Singer/songwriter Martin Sexton began his musical journey as a teenager playing rock and roll in local cover bands. In his early twenties he left his hometown of Syracuse, New York and began a period of street performing, busking around Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1991 he self...
  • SESAC presents Nashville Music Awards honoring songwriters, publishers

    SESAC presents Nashville Music Awards honoring songwriters, publishers

    Nashville’s CMA Week kicked off on Nov. 1, 2015, with the presentation of the annual SESAC Nashville Music Awards, honoring songwriters and music publishers in the Country and Americana genres. The invitation-only black tie event held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was attended by more...
  • Rose's Pawn Shop will be performing a few dates this December

    Rose's Pawn Shop will be performing a few dates this December

    Rose's Pawn Shop is an American folk rock band from Los Angeles, California. They are best known for the songs “What Were You Waiting For," "Staring At the Door" and "On the Brink." Rose's Pawn Shop has released three studio albums, their latest is 2014's Gravity Well. Currently the band is...
  • New festival at Union Grove features roots music mashup

    New festival at Union Grove features roots music mashup

    From Sept. 25 to 27, 2015, the Ancient Tones - New Sounds Festival will bring musicians from the Americana, Bluegrass, Celtic and Old Time music scenes together to explore the common roots that run through these different, yet related genres. The festival will be held at the VanHoy Farms Family...
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