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?”
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:”
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.
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
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.
Ashley Cleveland, a 3-time Grammy winner for rock gospel, has just released ‘One More Song,” a powerful and personal album that mirrors the honesty of her memoir “Little Black Sheep.” She talks about her once-tumultuous life and music in this episode of the Americana Music Podcast.
Interview with Doyle and Debbie stars Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton, who embody this unusual country duo with a singular back story. It seems that Doyle, a regional country star with enormous personal baggage, is mounting his comeback with his “third Debbie.” Yes, it’s drawn from Shakespeare.
One of our favorite events of the year is the annual Folk Alliance International conference. There can’t be any place on the planet with more talent per square foot.
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.”
Episode 2 of the Americana Music News podcast featuring Gordy Quist of the Band of Heathens. Recorded on board Sandy Beaches cruise 2018. Subscribe on iTunes.
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.
Fans who bought tickets to the Jan. 26 show by Joe Ely and Terry Allen at Houston’s Heights Theater might have expected an entertaining song swap. They got that, and so much more
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:
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Brian Pounds, the Austin-based singer-songwriter,whose credits include a finalist slot in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk songwriting contest and an appearance on “The Voice” a few years ago, leans more toward country than folk on his new nine-song set.
Willie Nile was clearly battling a respiratory bug, but he soldiered on in his show at the City Winery tonight, delivering an energetic and sometimes inspirational set.
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.