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  • 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...
  • 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...
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    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...
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