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  • Americana pioneers The Jayhawks reunite (sort of) to revisit classics

    Americana pioneers The Jayhawks reunite (sort of) to revisit classics

    Were The Jayhawks ahead of their time or right on schedule? Certainly the Minneapolis country-rock outfit, which performs Thursday at The Fillmore, never got the attention it deserved during its original 1980s-1990s run, when the band's rootsy sound proved a little rustic for the booming alt-rock...
  • Kirsten Proffit is a singer-songwriter who makes pretty tunes

    Kirsten Proffit is a singer-songwriter who makes pretty tunes

    When you start exploring Americana and country artists in the Los Angeles area, you start to realize that there is an awful lot of pretty music being made in this part of the world. You could argue that the definition of pretty is cheapened if you start applying it too frequently. However, that is...
  • The Devil Makes Three heads to Denver in January

    The Devil Makes Three heads to Denver in January

    The Devil Makes Three is making an appearance in the Mile High City. And soon! The three-piece Americana band is about to kickoff on a nation-wide tour, and they stop off in Denver to play the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 24. The tour starts on New Years Eve in Burlington, Vermont and runs...
  • Echo Sparks to release new album in January

    Echo Sparks to release new album in January

    Ghost Town Girl, the new album from Echo Sparks, begins with "Broken Arrow," a song that is probably best described as pretty. This song features great harmony vocals that bring to mind the male-female duos of the past. The female vocal part takes the song to a whole new level of pretty. In addition...
  • Indie artist Linda Chorney delivers punchy interview after Grammy controversy

    Indie artist Linda Chorney delivers punchy interview after Grammy controversy

    Arguably, indie artist Linda Chorney’s known more for that 2012 Grammy controversy than her immense music — 30 years’ worth. That was the year Chorney got nominated for Emotional Jukebox as “Best Americana Album” alongside Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Lucinda Williams, and Ry Cooder, veterans in the...
  • Get to know talented singer-songwriter Exzavier Whitley

    Get to know talented singer-songwriter Exzavier Whitley

    If you heard about an artist from Compton, what kind of music would you assume that artist plays? Rap would probably be a good guess. After all, one of the most famous rap albums is called Straight Outta Compton. Well, Exzavier Whitley is from Compton, but he sure doesn't sound anything like NWA. In...
  • Ted Z and The Wranglers show good range on the EP Like a King

    Ted Z and The Wranglers show good range on the EP Like a King

    One of the great things about reviewing music is that you're always finding and exploring new music. Along the same lines, one of the great things about the music business right now is that it's easier than ever for a band to release a new album. Technology has made it so bands don't have to whore...
  • Phoebe Bridgers: one part folk, one part 90s rock

    Phoebe Bridgers: one part folk, one part 90s rock

    When you go to Phoebe Bridgers's ReverbNation page and listen to some of her tunes, one thing is immediately apparent from the intro of "Radar". Namely, that Bridgers is a talented guitarist. The intro to this song features some really solid picking on the guitar. And it sounds pretty effortless...
  • MerleFest 2015 tickets on sale

    MerleFest 2015 tickets on sale

    The 2015 edition of MerleFest, one of the world’s top festivals devoted to old time and bluegrass music announced its initial lineup and now has tickets on sale. Since the 2012 death of Doc Watson, the grand old man of guitar pickin’, the festival he founded to honor the memory of his son, Eddy...
  • Cool Your Jets by Patrolled By Radar is a solid Americana album

    Cool Your Jets by Patrolled By Radar is a solid Americana album

    Some people like music that is well polished while others like music with a little grit to it. Define grit however you like, but the thing about music with grit is that it doesn't sound like it has been attended to far too much by some ambitious producer. Another way to put it is that songs with...
  • Australian band Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes release 'Black Coffee' in the U.S.

    Australian band Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes release 'Black Coffee' in the U.S.

    Australian-based roots/Americana act Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes have just released their latest album “Black Coffee” in the U.S. The talented group, fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Lachlan Bryan, have created a fun, catchy, yet layered alt-country effort in “Black Coffee.” The country twang...
  • Bright moonlight in your eyes: a profile of Hank and Her Ponies

    Bright moonlight in your eyes: a profile of Hank and Her Ponies

    Hank and Her Ponies is an Americana band from Orange County. Bassist Ryan Bartholemy discusses the band's sound and evolution as well as what's next for the band. AXS: How do you describe your music for someone who has never heard it? Ryan Bartholemy: Hmm...maybe a tattered sheer wedding dress...
  • Justin Townes Earle’s brilliance more than apparent on ‘Absent Fathers’

    Justin Townes Earle’s brilliance more than apparent on ‘Absent Fathers’

    There can be no yin without yang…no light without darkness…no right without wrong. So when exceptional tunesmith Justin Townes Earle released his critically-acclaimed fifth studio album, Single Mothers, Sep. 9 of this year, the insightful music fans among us knew with certainty that its cosmic...
  • Tom Freund is an evocative singer-songwriter worth checking out

    Tom Freund is an evocative singer-songwriter worth checking out

    You have to give credit to an artist who is willing to branch out and try different things. Tom Freund is one of those artists. His first album was a collaboration with Ben Harper, which is a pretty good place to start. Since that album, Fruend has recorded a childrens album and a Christmas album in...
  • Run Boy Run to release 'Something to Someone,' play Halloween show at MIM

    Run Boy Run to release 'Something to Someone,' play Halloween show at MIM

    One of the premiere Americana bands on the scene today comes from right here in Arizona. And Phoenix area fans have a chance to see Tucson-based Run Boy Run --- fiddle and guitar player Matt Rolland, cellist and singer Grace Rolland, fiddle player and singer Bekah Sandoval Rolland, mandolin player...
  • The Far West plays earnest country music

    The Far West plays earnest country music

    Bands in a city like Los Angeles are a dime a dozen. That's nothing against the bands. In fact, it says a lot about bands here that they try to navigate their way through the countless bands that are trying to get noticed. Since bands are so plentiful, it can be a little overwhelming to try to find...
  • Christian Lopez Band, sharp new act on the scene, debuts first video on CMT

    Christian Lopez Band, sharp new act on the scene, debuts first video on CMT

    The Christian Lopez Band is led by a young man who is just 19 years old, but don't let his age fool you. Lopez is already a master singer/songwriter on the Americana/Alt Folk/Country Rock scene, as demonstrated by his group's debut EP, "Pilot," released just last week (October 14th) on Blaster...
  • Best of Street celebrates the street musicians of New Orleans

    Best of Street celebrates the street musicians of New Orleans

    It's probably easy for music reviewers to become jaded even though they constantly get to hear new music that they would not encounter otherwise. The trouble is that reviewers receive a lot of music that sounds like a lot of other music. That being said, sometimes as a writer you come across...
  • Get to know local Americana band Hank and Her Ponies

    Get to know local Americana band Hank and Her Ponies

    If you've ever read the words of your humble narrator, you'll know that a recurring theme is that bands should have a unique and memorable name. Hank and Her Ponies is a band that has most certainly done that. Suffice it to say that you won't get a lot of irrelevant similar results when you do a...
  • The country-infused rock-n-soul of The Damngivers

    The country-infused rock-n-soul of The Damngivers

    The Damngivers is an Americana band from Long Beach. It blends elements of country, Americana, rock, and soul. Gerry Gomez (guitar, vocals) discusses the band's sound, the Americana scene in Southern California, and the best setting for listening to the band. AXS: How do you describe your music for...
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