Ruby Boots Americana Music News

Ruby Boots in Nashville this Saturday

One of the most intriguing artists we saw at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City last weekend was Ruby Boots, a West Australian singer-songwriter with a real rock edge. We’re confident she was the only performer at this folk music conference who led people to say “Does that sound like T.Rex?”

The Mastersons' "Transient Lullaby"

The Mastersons’ “Don’t Tell Me to Smile”

You couldn’t walk  more than a few steps at last weekend’s Folk Alliance International Conference without seeing someone wearing a “Don’t Tell Me to Smile” button. It’s a statwment for the times, but also doubled as a bit of promotion for the new Mastersons video of the same name. From “Transient Lullaby:”  

Tanya Trotter and John Paul White on Cayamo 2018.

Cayamo 2018 review – A week of high points

Any weeklong music festival tends to turn into a blur of overlapping shows, and this year’s Cayamo festival-at-sea was no exception. The annual charter cruise, held aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pearl and produced by NCL subsidiary Sixthman, featured 40-plus performers and something like 100 shows over the course of six days and seven nights.

Scott Miller on Cayamo 2018

Quotable Cayamo

Some of the most memorable onstage comments on the Cayamo 2018 cruise:
“Good God, you are a morose bunch.” – John Prine, commenting on some of the songs suggested by passengers for his all-request show

Show #6 Bill Lloyd’s new “It’s Happening Now”

Bill Lloyd, along with partner Radney Foster, were fresh voices in country music as the duo Foster and Lloyd. Today Bill skews more pop and rock than country, as evidenced by his ambitious new album “What’s Happening Now,” Bill talks about the Foster and Lloyd years and his career since then in this Americana Music News podcast. 

Show #3 Chip Taylor and his new release “Fix Your Words”

There’s a good case to make that Chip Taylor is a godfather of Americana music. His ’70 albums – particularly “Chip Taylor’s Last Chance” – foreshadowed the genre to come. Chip has had an astonishing career as a Hall of Fame songwriter (“Wild Thing,” “Angel of the Morning”), as a partner with Carrie Rodriguez and as  a solo artist of great integrity. In this conversation on Grammys weekend in New York, Chip tells us about his latest album “Fix Your Words.”

Jim Lauderdale on Cayamo

Cayamo Music Cruise 2018 preview

Cayamo 2018, a “festival at sea” focused on singer-songwriters, celebrates its 10th anniversary (and 11th sailing) beginning Feb. 4. More than 40 performers – some solo, some with bands – will provide the entertainment, which at times will span more than 12 hours a day of continuous shows.

Tyler Childers Tour Dates 2018

We’re already marked our calendars for a pair of special shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 19 and 20 for the double bill of Tyler Childers and Margo Price, two of the most buzzed-about artists in Americana. We’ve long known and admired Margo’s talents, but we first saw Childers this year when he came to the Americana Music Festival and did an outstanding guest set for WMOT Roots Radio.

He has a busy touring year ahead, beginning with concert dates in Europe:

Jan 18
John Dee
Jan 19
Jan 20
Folk Å Rock
Jan 22
Jan 23
Jan 25
Het Zonnehuis
Jan 27
Jan 29
Komedia Studio
Jan 30
London Omeara
Feb 1
Jimmy’s NQ
Feb 3
Tron Theater
Feb 10
Bulls, Bands, & Barrels
Feb 11
Sun Space
Feb 20
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb 21
Bowery Ballroom
Feb 22
Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
Feb 23
The Sinclair Music Hall
Feb 24
Higher Ground
Feb 27
World Cafe Live-Philadelphia
Mar 1
Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar 2
 Stage AE
Mar 3
Magic Bag
Mar 4
The Horseshoe tavern
Apr 7
 John T. Floore Country Store w/ Turnpike Troubadours & Charley Crockett
Apr 28
 Stagecoach Festival
May 11
Beaver Dam Amphitheater w/ John Prine
May 12
 Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University w/ John Prine
May 19 and 20
Ryman Auditorium w/Margo Price
Jun 9
 The Taft Theater w/ John Prine
Jun 14 – 16
Blue Ox Music Festival
Eau Claire, Wis
Be sure to check Childers’ website for updates.


10 Special Moments on Sandy Beaches Cruise 2018

Delbert McCinton’s 24th annual Sandy Beaches Cruise has come to a close after a full week of varied and outstanding musical performances, including shows by the Mavericks, Marc Broussard, Marcia Ball, Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, Band of Heathens, the Howlin’ Brothers, Paul Brady, the McCrary Sisters, Paul Brady, Danny Flowers, Wayne Toups and many more.