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  • Fairground Saints to release its self-titled album

    Fairground Saints to release its self-titled album

    Country and Americana music have a longstanding tradition of strong vocals - particularly strong harmony vocals. You can go right through the history of country music and point out examples like Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, and Emmylou Harris with anyone...
  • Todd Snider's 5 best lyrics

    Todd Snider's 5 best lyrics

    Since Todd Snider burst onto the scene in 1994 with “Songs from the Daily Planet”, he has been a leading artist in the Americana music scene, and one who has been instrumental in shaping the “East Nashville sound” -- so much so that he's been nicknamed “The Mayor of East Nashville” by fans. The...
  • Review: 'The Spirit Moves' by Langhorne Slim

    Review: 'The Spirit Moves' by Langhorne Slim

    “When I said you were strange, it was a compliment, you know.” So goes the final line of the first song, “Airplane”, from Langhorne Slim's newest release “The Spirit Moves”, out Aug. 7 on Dualtone Music. It's also a pretty apt one sentence review of this album. Since Langhorne Slim joined up with...
  • Warren Haynes announces tour dates in support of new solo album

    Warren Haynes announces tour dates in support of new solo album

    Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Warren Haynes has just released a new solo album, Ashes & Dust, via Concord Records. The album, a collaboration between the veteran jam-band guitarist and the fearless acoustic band Railroad Earth, is unlike any other project in Haynes career. The Asheville...
  • Jason Isbell's "Something More than Free" will be released July 17.

    Review: 'Something More Than Free' by Jason Isbell

    The problem with making a career defining, and some would argue genre defining, album as Jason Isbell did with 2013's “Southeastern” is eventually you have to follow it up, knowing it will inevitably be compared to your previous work. Now Jason Isbell is back with his follow-up, “Something More Than...
  • SHEL announces summer tour dates and London residency

    SHEL announces summer tour dates and London residency

    Sister group SHEL takes to the road this summer with tour dates at clubs and festivals in the U.S. and the UK. Beginning on July 7, the group will be the “Artist in Residence” at London’s famous Hospital Club. In advance of their second album, being produced by Dave Stewart, the sisters released a...
  • 10 best Emmylou Harris songs

    10 best Emmylou Harris songs

    Emmylou Harris is one of the very first entertainers who became famous by first name only and started the trend followed by many. If you say the name Emmylou, everyone knows you are talking about Emmylou Harris. Harris has released scores of music in her time and continues to record and perform...
  • Corinne West's ‘Starlight Highway’

    Corinne West takes the ‘Starlight Highway’

    California-based singer-songwriter Corinne West has just released her newest album, Starlight Highway. On this ten-track release West takes the lead on vocals, guitar and tambourine. She is backed by an assortment of artists including: Bruce Victor (guitar), Karl Sevareid (electric bass), Henry...
  • The self-titled EP by Dirty Little Blondes sounds like musical sunshine

    The self-titled EP by Dirty Little Blondes sounds like musical sunshine

    One of the ways a band can catch the attention of a potential listener is with a memorable band name. Dirty Little Blondes is certainly a memorable band name, and on this self-titled EP is one that will stick with you as well. If you had the inclination (and the time), you could research the most...
  • The new EP from Pi Jacobs, Hi-Rise Ranch, gets glowing review from AXS

    Pi Jacobs' new EP, Hi-Rise Ranch hits all the right notes

    The new six song EP from Pi Jacobs, Hi-Rise Ranch, is a masterpiece. Set for release on April 14, this EP is packed with toe-tapping, high energy songs from start to finish. From the first notes of "Want to Want to," the listener will be overwhelmed by the soulful, rootsy voice of Jacobs, the...
  • Amy Black coming to Sacramento's Luna's Cafe April 26

    Amy Black coming to Sacramento's Luna's Cafe April 26

    Amy Black is coming to Sacramento on April 26 and, as a first time appearance in California's capitol city area, her debut at Luna's Cafe will be an exceptional treat for those who love story-telling vocals that grab your attention, melt your heart and get your blood pumping. Amy hits the target...
  • Jackie Greene releases a new video, plays Saint Rocke

    Jackie Greene releases a new video, plays Saint Rocke

    If you were to look at the progression of Jackie Greene's career, you might think it was a movie script. He started as a teenage solo artist in Sacramento. After that, he co-produced his debut album with a member of Los Lobos. From there, he joined Phil Lesh & Friends. He had a stint as a...
  • Like Emmylou Harris, Pieta Brown is her own genre

    Like Emmylou Harris, Pieta Brown is her own genre

    Valentine's Day has come and gone, but it's still worth mentioning for a couple reasons that Pieta Brown debuted a video for "Flowers of Love" for the occasion. The first reason it's worth mentioning is that it's just a pretty song, and any time is a good time to add a pretty song to your life. Plus...
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit announce new tour dates: Americana honor story

    Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit announce new tour dates: Americana honor story

    If working with your honey makes everything taste that much finer, then the newly released collaboration from Americana Music Association Artist of the Year, Jason Isbell, and wife/fellow acclaimed singer and songwriter, Amanda Shires, promises to be sugar sweet. In between Isbell’s work on the...
  • The Avett Brothers: Triumphant concert at Tucson Music Hall

    The Avett Brothers: Triumphant concert at Tucson Music Hall

    The Avett Brothers are riding high on the resurgence of indie/folk Americana music in recent years and on February 5, 2015, Tucsonans got to experience this power house band once again! The Rialto theatre has presented this group at their venue twice in the past, but due the band’s increased...
  • Shovels and Rope will perform to sold-out crowd at Neighborhood Theatre

    Shovels and Rope will perform to sold-out crowd at Neighborhood Theatre

    Husband-and-wife duo, Shovels and Rope, are continuing their unique singing and musician talent with their sophomore debut, Swimmin' Time. Both Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent bring their own musical draw to their musicianship as a duo, and what evolves is a perfect concoction of musical...
  • Eric Lilavois releases songs from his upcoming album

    Eric Lilavois releases songs from his upcoming album

    When you talk to musicians, you realize that they do what they do because it's in their blood. It doesn't take long to figure out that this is a group of people not necessarily suited for sitting in a university classroom or a cubicle. That's not to say that they don't have the capacity (although...
  • Canton Symphony Orchestra to present The Speedbumps in concert

    Canton Symphony Orchestra to present The Speedbumps in concert

    In October of 2012 The Canton Symphony Orchestra first performed with The Speedbumps after the Symphony’s Executive Director, Michelle Mullaly saw them perform at a local venue. The show proved to be so popular that additional collaborations were arranged. The newest gathering of The Speedbumps...
  • Nate Richert is a talented Americana singer-songwriter

    Nate Richert is a talented Americana singer-songwriter

    Musicians have a lot of ways to catch a person's attention. One of those ways is with an interesting bio. (All of you music artists who don't have a bio, this is a really great reason to have one.) While a lot of bands have a bio that includes influences and venues played, other artists use it as an...
  • Swimming in a pool of our own: An interview with Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

    Swimming in a pool of our own: An interview with Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

    It's almost unfathomable, but it's true. The Jayhawks have been making music together for 30 years. Gary Louris discusses the band's beginnings in Minneapolis, the fortuitous phone call that helped the band get signed, and the album of which he is most proud. AXS: What do you think about being at...
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