MEET THE WALCOTTS

MEET THE WALCOTTS

Meet THE WALCOTTS 

Los Angeles, CA-based ba...

MEET ROREY CARROLL

MEET ROREY CARROLL

MEET ROREY CARROLL - Compressed down to tabloid he...

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...

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

RECKLESS KELLY - SUNSET M...

RECKLESS KELLY - SUNSET MOTEL

Reckless Kelly (from the album Sunset Motel)

Heroes are generally the people that stay standing, humans who ignore voices, real and imagined, and listen only what they hear in their head and hearts. Reckless Kelly have never walked a line in their music. The Austin, Texas-based band have defined the middle ground between Rock’n’Roll and Country by championing a sound that became their own brand. Cody Braun (fiddle, mandolin, vocals, harmonica) gave an idea of influence and intenti...

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LORI MCKENNA - THE BIRD A...

LORI MCKENNA - THE BIRD AND THE RIFLE

Lori McKenna (from the album The Bird and the Rifle)

The songs of Lori McKenna put day to day lives center stage as stars of the show. On her tenth album release, The Bird and the Rifle, Lori McKenna sings one for the girls, the dreaming girls, the lovelorn girls, as she takes a look at expectations in “Halfway Home”, weighing both sides of the coin on the scales of life’s possibilities and offers “Humble and Kind”, a Lori McKenna tune that hit number one on the ...

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ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO - BURN...

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO - BURN SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

Alejandro Escovedo (from the album Burn Something Beautiful)

Above and beyond talent, Alejandro Escovedo is a true believer. His songs have spanned decades, and his journey through genres has stayed connected to the source by Alejandro’s dedication to his trust in truth and his ability to translate his ideals into words and music. On Burn Something Beautiful, his recent release, Alejandro Escovedo expands on his work as a solo man behind the songs by teaming with friends and musical coh...

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NEW VIDEO FROM THE ETHER

TIFT MERRITT - HEARTACHE ...

Tift Merritt wrote Stitch in the World, her sixth album, on a friend’s farm in Marfa, Texas, at her California cabin and in NYC in the wake of several major changes in her life. Recorded in LA while Merritt was six months pregnant, Tift Merritt offers a video of “Heartache is an Uphill Climb” from the album, due January 27, 2017 on Yep Roc Records.

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STURGILL SIMPSON - CALL T...

Saturday Night Live smartly made their 2017 debut with the most talked about musician for 2016, Sturgill Simpson. For his part in the programming, Sturgill Simpson and band ripped the roof off the Grand Central Station stage set, rumbling louder than the train with their “Call to Arms”.

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CARY MORIN - DAWN'S EARLY...

Native American Bluesman, Cary Morin, returns to recording with a new album, Cradle to the Grave. He debuts the album with the song “Dawn’s Early Light”, and a video depicting struggles that continue in history.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

VARIOUS ARTISTS - HIGHWAY...

VARIOUS ARTISTS - HIGHWAY PRAYER, A TRIBUTE TO ADAM CARROLL

Various Artists (from the album Highway Prayer, A Tribute to Adam Carroll on Eight 30 Records)

Each track is quietly introduced as friends and fans gather to celebrate the songs of Adam Carroll with Highway Prayer, A Tribute to Adam Carroll. Ideally, the songwriter takes you out of the song, holding out an audio hand to walk you through a doorway into another life or leading you to mirror you can fall through to witness your own life as an observer. That is the art that pushes the pen of Adam...

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HAYLEY REARDON - GOOD

HAYLEY REARDON - GOOD

Hayley Reardon (from the album Good)

A weight of words and depth of meaning are a constant in the songs Hayley Reardon. Hayley turns twenty in 2016, her age surprising for the understanding of human nature that fleshes out the characters in her songs. Her recent release, Good, walks on a studied step into the title track as an album opener, the story meandering over a beat that gently borders the stop/start strums and phrasing of the tune. Hayley Reardon has a confidence in her songwriting th...

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DEX ROMWEBER - CARRBORO

DEX ROMWEBER - CARRBORO

Dex Romweber (from the album Carrboro on Bloodshot Records)

The train tracks that cross the cover Carrboro, recent Dex Romweber album release, are a fitting statement for the musician. Dex is a human jukebox of cool, collecting change for an audio world of Vintage rock’n’roll sounds that spin surf music (“Highride”), wobbly electric field Blues (“Lonesome Train”), rolling Rockabilly (“I Don’t Know”), and feedback fueled dreams of Americana...

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FROM THE VAULTS

DON RICH AND THE BUCKAROO...

DON RICH AND THE BUCKAROOS - GUITAR PICKIN' MAN

Don Rich and the Buckaroos (from the album Guitar Pickin’ Man on Omnivore Recordings)

Don Rich (Don Ulrich) was born in Olympia, Washington in 1941. He began playing the fiddle around age three and was in local bands while still in high school. Don’s group opened for Elvis Presley at the Tacoma Bowl in 1957 and he met Buck Owens while performing at a local venue in Tacoma, Washington where Buck was working in radio. The two became fast friends with Don Rich backing Buck on fiddle....

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BUCK OWENS AND THE BUCKAR...

BUCK OWENS AND THE BUCKAROOS - COMPLETE CAPITOL SINGLES: 1957-1966

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos (from the album The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957 - 1966 on Omnivore Recordings)

The early days of California Country are compiled by Omnivore Recordings on a double-disc release of Buck Owens, The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957 – 1966. When Buck was signed to Capitol Records in 1957 he and The Buckaroos had logged over a decade playing bars and honky tonks in Bakersfield, California and beyond. Like musicians down through recorded music history, Buck Owens...

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FIRST CAME MEMPHIS MINNIE...

FIRST CAME MEMPHIS MINNIE - VARIOUS ARTISTS

Various Artists ( from the album First Came Memphis Minnie) - Lizzie Douglas was born in 1897 in Algiers, Louisiana, a community within New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Music was close by to the young girl but the city she adopted as a home, and used to brand her music was further north in Tennessee. Memphis Minnie was the persona that set the name Lizzie was born with aside. Memphis Minnie was a Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a two decade recording career fr...

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MAKING THE LIST

TEN REASONS WE LIKE DUANE...

TEN REASONS WE LIKE DUANE ALLMAN

Duane Allman was gone before the music he made took over the world. The brothers Allman, Duane and younger brother Gregg, were from Macon, GA. Gregg got a guitar first but Duane learned quicker. The brothers went to Nashville for summers to visit grandma, seeing B.B. King and soaking up sound. As time went on Duane immersed himself in the guitar, quitting the high school to stay home during the days and learn his instrument. The brothers formed The Allman Joys moving the band to Nashville then...

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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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