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  • The ultimate Americana Labor Day playlist

    The ultimate Americana Labor Day playlist

    For most Americans, Labor Day is a three day weekend, an opportunity to get one last grill-out with family or friends, or a chance to catch some deep discounts at the mall. But when Labor Day was first made a national holiday by President Grover Cleveland in 1894, it was to commemorate the blue...
  • Scythian hosts Appaloosa Fest Labor Day weekend

    Scythian hosts Appaloosa Fest Labor Day weekend

    Scythian, a rising force in Americana music, hosts its first ever music festival on Labor Day weekend in Front Royal, Virginia, about an hour west of metropolitan D.C. Itself a blend of musical styles that includes Celtic, Gypsy and Bluegrass elements, Scythian has invited a similarly diverse group...
  • Donna the Buffalo featured at Levon Helm Studios Midnight Ramble

    Donna the Buffalo featured at Levon Helm Studios Midnight Ramble

    Donna the Buffalo, one of the most popular bands on the Americana scene, returns to home base, playing at The Barn at the Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY on Sept. 4, 2015. During his later years, Helm, former leader of The Band, gathered musicians around him at his home in upper NY State and...
  • If you like country duets, you'll love '13 Days' by The Hummingbirds

    If you like country duets, you'll love '13 Days' by The Hummingbirds

    When you're a music fan, it's amazing how many music discoveries just seem to find their way into your life. Well, loyal reader, if one of those discoveries (perhaps from reading this review) is The Hummingbirds, rest assured that the discovery is a good one. With its album 13 Days, this Americana...
  • 'Roses and Cigarettes' is a pretty Americana album

    'Roses and Cigarettes' is a pretty Americana album

    If you're a fan of music, there are probably a lot of times when you seek new music. Other times, new music finds you. The latter was the case with the self-titled album by Los Angeles Americana duo Roses and Cigarettes. You should consider yourself lucky whether you find this album or it finds you...
  • Gareth Dunlop opened the show.

    SHEL comes home to Nashville for a show at City Winery

    It's been a busy period of time for SHEL since they first turned heads almost two years ago at the 2013 Americana Music Festival. Since then, the Holbrook sisters have moved from Colorado to Nashville full-time, toured the world, found significant CMT rotation with their video for the song “Freckles...
  • 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...
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