BOO RAY - SEA OF LIGHTS

BOO RAY - SEA OF LIGHTS

Boo Ray (from the album Sea of Lights) - Nashville...

AMA FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE GIVEAWAY

AMA FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE GIVEAWAY

Americana Launches Grassroots Marketing Initiative...

MEET SUSTO

MEET SUSTO

SUSTO - One song, one video, one back story - Stag...

TOP 50 ALBUMS 2016  JAN THRU JUNE - PART 1 #1 THRU #25

TOP 50 ALBUMS 2016 JAN THRU JUNE - PART 1 #1 THRU #25

The selection of always the most difficult for our...

TOP 50 ALBUMS SO FAR 2016 - PART 2 #26 THRU #50

TOP 50 ALBUMS SO FAR 2016 - PART 2 #26 THRU #50

The selection of always the most difficult for our...

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

SHOVELS AND ROPE - LITTLE...

SHOVELS AND ROPE - LITTLE SEEDS

Shovels and Rope (from the album Little Seeds)

The Little Seeds sown on the latest release from Shovels and Rope present the duo as farmers watering disenchantment for the status quo in “BWYR”, growing tall tales on the distorted crunch of a street beat with “Buffalo Nickel”, recalling past crops in the story of “Mourning Song”, and harvest history in the legend of The Band’s keyboardist Garth Hudson in “The Last Hawk”. Michael Trent and C...

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WHISKEY MYERS - MUD

WHISKEY MYERS - MUD

Whiskey Myers (from the album Mud)

Whiskey Myers are an earthbound band. Lyrically, the words are taken from the day-to-day lives in the human experience. There are no escapes into fantasy, the songs are raw and real. The Texas-band have a natural touch with a holy trinity of ingredients that fuel their engine of Southern Rock…Country, Blues, and Rock’n’Roll. The band send out a prayer on Mud, their recent release, guitar licks giving air to angel wings carrying a message t...

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THE DEVIL MAKES THREE - R...

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE - REDEMPTION AND RUIN

The Devil Makes Three (from the album Redemption and Ruin on New West Records)

The process for recording Redemption and Ruin, the recent release from The Devil Makes Three, was more than just entering the studio and hitting the play button. The band had a goal, the songs needed to fit into one or the other of the two title categories. Redemption and Ruin is a collection of covers that The Devil Makes Three carefully curated, the goal being tunes either leaning towards the darker side of Sunda...

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NEW VIDEO FROM THE ETHER

WILLIAM CRIGHTON - JESUS ...

Australian singer-songwriter, William Crighton, transports through a psychedelic suburbia with “Jesus Blues”. The track is from his recent self-titled release with a video directed by Pier Carthew. The director sees the scenes as ‘an evangelical trip into hard-knock suburbia'.

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KELLY PARDEKOOPER - 4AM

Outside scenes mingle with studio time and vintage gear as Kelly Pardekooper strums a tune. Kelly clocks the time at “4AM” for a track from his recent release, City at Night.

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COTTONDALE SWAMP - LEAVE ...

Cottondale Swamp play with a Southern touch to their Americana as the band chronicles old Florida and the seedy underbelly of the United States southernmost state. The video for “Leave me on the Suwanee” showcases the title track from the recent Cottondale Swamp release.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

DOUG MACLEOD - LIVE IN EU...

DOUG MACLEOD - LIVE IN EUROPE

Doug MacLeod (from the album Doug MacLeod – Live in Europe)

Chronicling a life in the Blues, Doug MacLeod presents a live performance album as his recent release. Doug MacLeod – Live in Europe is man and guitar. With his National guitar in his arms, Doug MacLeod keeps the time with his left foot, giving the Blues room to move on the album. Live in Europe finds Doug MacLeod in a ‘town in Holland whose name I can’t pronounce’ as he offers his original tracks on the...

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WHEELER WALKER, JR - REDN...

WHEELER WALKER, JR - REDNECK SHIT

Wheeler Walker, Jr (from the album Redneck Shit)

This album took a few listens to fully absorb, which you will understand when you hear it. I can safely say the first listen was interrupted by my own frequent bursts of hysterical laughter. Clever lyrics start you down the fun filled journey of the backroads of Wheeler Walker, Jr’s rural America. The title track, “Redneck Shit”, does a good job of setting the pace for the rest of the album. The haunting country waltz, “...

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SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE S...

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS - THE ELECTRIC PINECONES

Southern Culture on the Skids  (from the album The Electric Pinecones)

The genesis of The Electric Pinecones traces back to first-generation success for Southern Culture on the Skids during the late 80’s/early 90’s. The Pinecones were an alter-ego for the Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based band, set up to play as a guilty pleasure that allowed the musicians to indulge their need for West Coast psychedelia, Folk, Country. The band went back to the set lists for the song roster ...

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FROM THE VAULTS

WAYFARING STRANGERS: COSM...

WAYFARING STRANGERS: COSMIC AMERICAN MUSIC - VARIOUS ARTISTS

Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music (from Various Artists on Numero Group) - Country Rock as a term was a function of the music industry to understand and market the mix of musical styles in bands like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, The Band, Grateful Dead, Mother Earth, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and host of other groups that saw genres as a buffet where they pick and choose rather than commit to just one choice. Musically, it was that freedom in sound that prompted Gram Par...

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GOD DON'T NEVER CHANGE, T...

GOD DON'T NEVER CHANGE, THE SONGS OF BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON - VARIOUS ARTISTS

Various Artists (from the album God Don’t Never Change , the Songs of 'Blind' Willie Johnson on Alligator Records) - The songs of ‘Blind’ Willie Johnson have crossed over the threshold from church hymns out into the secular world, though the initial fervor that Willie put into his Gospel Blues is present once again on God Don’t Never Change, The Songs of ‘Blind’ Willie Johnson. The music of Willie Johnson has proved that it cannot be stopped by the calendar ...

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TIM BUCKLEY - WINGS, THE ...

TIM BUCKLEY - WINGS, THE COMPLETE SINGLES 1966 - 1974

Tim Buckley (from the album Wings: The Complete Singles 1966 – 1974 on Omnivore Recordings)

The voice of a choir boy and the sly smirk of a bad boy. In the Folk era, Tim Buckley put both the angel and devil on his shoulders behind the microphone. Tim Buckley was born on bare stages…coffee houses, basement clubs, and church halls. At the outset, he was a man and a guitar. His studio work added instrumentation, with A-list producers of the era behind the boards as Paul Rothchild, J...

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MAKING THE LIST

TOP 35 ROOTS SONGS SAYING...

TOP 35 ROOTS SONGS SAYING THANKS

Thanksgiving might be the most selfish holiday. The end of the year season brings gifts which may be more me-me-me than ho-ho-ho yet it does not have the personal focus of the third Thursday in November (in the United States.). Breaking the words apart, the day is simply for giving thanks. Not religious praise or adoration; a look at what you have done, how you treat others and how close you have strayed towards humanity. It is one day when you can enjoy guilt free pride in accomplishments. In...

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TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEONA...

TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEONARD COHEN  (1934 - 2016)

Top Ten Reasons We Love Leonard Cohen (9-21-34 to -11-7-16)

The written words of Leonard Cohen came from the pen of a man who considered himself a poet and novelist. His writings began in the 1950’s and kept Leonard behind a typewriter until Folk music became the vehicle for his art. Leonard Cohen moved to NYC to work as a musician, playing live at the urging of Judy Collins, who had a hit with “Suzanne” from his first recording, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967). The words of L...

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TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEON ...

TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEON RUSSELL

Top Ten Reasons We Love Leon Russell (4-2-42 to -11-13-16)

The keyboard work and vocals of Leon Russell put the Oklahoma musician on the radio under his own name though his true work in the music industry was backing other artists on stage and studio. Leon began playing in a band at fourteen years old with his band The Starlighters. Alongside other Tulsa, OK teens such as J.J. Cale, Chuck Blackwell, Leo Feathers, and Johnny Williams, the group was influential in tin 1958, becoming a member in...

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