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

DAN LAYUS - DANGEROUS THI...

DAN LAYUS - DANGEROUS THINGS

Dan Layus (from the album Dangerous Things)

Dan Layus has channeled his chart topping band, Augustana, into a solo career with his release Dangerous Things. Rather than simply furthering the Rock/Pop success of his band recordings, Dan Layus gives the album an intimacy with songs that tenderly let go with love (“Call Me When You Get There”), view future hopes through the eyes of youth (“Enough for You”), drink from a glass half-empty reality (“Only Gets Darker&rd...

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BLACKBERRY SMOKE - LIKE A...

BLACKBERRY SMOKE - LIKE AN ARROW (2)

Blackberry Smoke (from the album Like an Arrow)

Classic Rock gets put into a ghetto. When the style was the new kid format, what defined the sound was the way the songs were put together, the sampling of rock’n’roll, Blues, Soul, Country, and Folk. Southern Rock followed the same path, stretching out the music’s potential by expanding the songs into long, sweeping jams. Blackberry Smoke freely borrow from the same use of song structure., using touches and textures from the p...

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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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NEW VIDEO FROM THE ETHER

NIKKI LANE - HIGHWAY QUEE...

Nikki Lane is revving her engines for an album release in early. She hits the road to show off a song as she releases the title track as a single and offers a visual of the making of a true “Highway Queen”.

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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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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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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

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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SUGAR RAY AND THE BLUETON...

SUGAR RAY AND THE BLUETONES - SEEING IS BELIEVING

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones(from the album Seeing is Believing)

The pleasure of playing the Blues is the prime mover on the latest album from Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Seeing is Believing. The New England-based band releases its seventh album on Severn Records, firing up and pushing out the music with a forceful flow that fill up all available space with the happiness that the boys in the band having in playing. They point out on the jump Blues of “Blind Date” that ‘if yo...

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CHICAGO FARMER - MIDWEST ...

CHICAGO FARMER - MIDWEST SIDE STORIES

Chicago Farmer (from the album Midwest Side Stories)

In short, the seventh album from Chicago Farmer, his latest release Midwest Side Stories, gathers togethers songs about hope, depression, job loss, meth, used cars, skateboards, farms, factories, and the environment. Cody Diekhoff, the man behind the Chicago Farmer moniker, provides commentary on social and political issues with the warble of a true believer, and the hard guitar strums of a rabble rouser. Midwest Side Stories begins with &l...

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FROM THE VAULTS

STEVE EARLE - GUITAR TOWN...

STEVE EARLE - GUITAR TOWN 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Steve Earle (from the album Guitar Town 30th Anniversary Edition on MCA Nashville)

Many folks feel age when they see their friend’s children grown at rapid rates. Music marks chalk lines on the doorframe with album release dates. Steve Earle’s Guitar Town turns 30, the celebration marked by with a re-issue that includes previously unreleased concert catches of the tunes from the album and beyond. Country music had a longtime crush on rock’n’roll, keeping mixed relation...

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JIMMY BUFFETT - A1A

JIMMY BUFFETT - A1A

Jimmy Buffett (from the vinyl album release of AIA)

The fifth album release for Jimmy Buffet put A1A on the map. Key West, Florida had fallen out of favor after a history of pirates, and refugees from both political and artistic persecution. Jimmy Buffet introduced a new generation of pirates flying under the radar, lighting the first bonfire to lead legions down to the southernmost point in the U.S. A1A was created by a Key West Country band and was a foundation stone in Jimmy Buffet’s...

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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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