Band of Heathens tops Americana chart with “Duende”

Americana Music News – The Band of Heathens have just topped the Americana Music Chart with Duende, their fifth album. The album bumped Jamestown Revival out of the top spot.
We had the opportunity to visit with the band’s Ed Jurdi on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise two weeks ago:

Interview: Shawn Camp, World Famous Headliners

One of the most buzzed-about bands on the recent Sandy Beaches cruise was the World Famous Headliners. We talked onboard with Shawn Camp about the group’s new album and his colorful bandmates Al Anderson, Pat McLaughlin, Michael Rhodes and Greg Morrow.

Interview: Hemming on Sail Across the Sun

By Ken Paulson

Hemming may well have been the youngest artist on the Sail Across the Sun cruise (other than the School of Rock students), but won over audiences in her shows in the ship’s atrium.



Hemming is the alter ego of Candice Martello, a singer-songwriter based in Philadelphia. Her appearance on  Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project gave her solo career a jump start, and a debut album is in the works. She cites Cat Power and M. Ward among her influences.

We spoke with her just before the cruise ship left Miami.

Her thoughts on her music and emerging career:

Sun209 interview: Greg Trooper

Greg Trooper incidentWe caught up  with Greg Trooper on his return to Nashville after leaving the city in 2008. The Basement was packed with fans and friends, including a contingent from Boston. His almost two-hour show was a prime example of an artist capturing the room with just an acoustic guitar, striking songs,  irreverence and energy.

In one of our Three-minute Interviews, Trooper talks about the “tawdry” cover of his new album Incident on Willow Street and life as a touring artist:


We loved Incident. You’ll find our review here.

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3-minute interview: Will Kimbrough on two new releases

sideshow loveBy Ken Paulson

Will Kimbrough is on a roll with his solo album Sideshow Love and band project Willie Sugarcapps both in this week’s Americana Music Association airplay chart.

We talked to Will about juggling multiple musical ventures and the unique cover on Sideshow Love, due for release on Feb. 18.

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Interview: Tim O’Brien on his new album with Darrell Scott

Tim obrien By Ken Paulson

Americana Music News — Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott have teamed up again for an impressive new album called Memories and Moments.
This is their second studio album, with songwriting duties split between the pair, and a powerful new collaboration on  “Keep Your Dirty Lights On,” a powerful environmental message.
We had the chance to talk to Tim about the new album at the American Music Festival in Nashville.



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3-minute interview: Jim Lauderdale on Americana

lauderdaleJim Lauderdale has hosted the Americana Music Festival awards show for more than a decade and is one of the genre’s biggest boosters. His thoughts on the music and on his friend and collaborator Robert Hunter:

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Interview: Chip Taylor on “Block Out the Sirens of This Lonely World”

By Ken Paulson

Chip Taylor regularly attends the Americana music Festival and it’s always great to catch up with him. He wrote classic pop songs like “Angel of the Morning,” “I Can’t Let Go” and Wild Thing” and then carved out a country career in the early ’70s  that was truly a precursor to what we now call Americana. Here’s Chip on his most recent work:


Interview: Kim Richey on “Thorn in my Heart”

kim richeyBy Ken Paulson
Kim Richey has been all over the Americana Music Festival and it’s been great to see her showcase her fine new album Thorn in My Heart. Here’s a quick interview on the new album and her return to Nashville:

Interview: Randall Bramblett on “The Bright Spots”

bramblettSun209 – We caught up with Randall Bramblett at the Americana Music Festival. He played a great, but short set to open the evening at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville. Here’s Bramblett on his career and new album The Bright Spots:

Interview: Kevin Gordon and “Gloryland”

By Ken Paulson
Kevin Gordon is one of the most respected singer-songwriters in Nashville, which is saying something. Gloryland, his latest album, elicited rave reviews in the New York Times, USA Today and the Tennessean. Here he talks about the album and “Colfax,” a song about both his school marching band and courage in the face of adversity:

Larry Weiss on “Rhinestone Cowboy” and songwriting

Larry Weiss, the songwriter behind “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Bend Me, Shape Me” appeared at this year’s Tin Pan South Festival along with Roger Cook and Peter Yarrow. In this interivew, he talks about writing his biggest hits.

Kenny Vaughan on “V”

Kenny Vaughan on "Outlaw Country"

Kenny Vaughan, guitarist for Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives, had a nice run on the Americana music radio chart with V, his solo debut. He says Stuart encouraged him to record the album so he would have something to sell at shows. In this interview backstage at the very noisy Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Vaughan talks about how he put the album together and what a pleasure it is to work with Stuart:

Suzy Bogguss interview: Revisiting classic songs

Suzy Bogguss is appearing this afternoon at the Country Music Hall of Fame, performing Christmas music, songs she recorded with Chet Atkins and presumably material from her latest album, American Folk Songbook.

Songbook is an ambitious collection of traditional songs that have resonated with several generations. Boggus keeps it simple, singing warmly and with obvious affection for songs like “Shenandoah,” “Sweet Betsy From Pike” and “Red River Valley.” A companion book tells the stories behind the songs.

In this interview, Bogguss explains how the project came about:

Eric Brace interview: “I Love” is nominated for a Grammy

I Love: Tom T. Hall’ Songs of Fox Hollow is one of those rare kids’ albums that will enchant children and adults in equal measure. We reviewed it enthusiastically in April and it’s great to see this salute to Tom T. and the original Fox Hollow album nominated for a Grammy for best children’s album..
Eric Brace of Last Train Home and Peter Cooper co-produced the album.
Here Brace talks about the Grammy nomination and the people who made it possible:

Jim Lauderdale interview: Robert Hunter, Americana

Jim Lauderdale joined Suzy Bogguss, Will Kimbrough and Eric Brace in an in-the-round show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville last night. It was as engaging and entertaining an evening as that line-up suggests.
Lauderdale has been Americana music’s best friend, hosting the annual awards show at the Ryman auditorium, while also releasing some of the genre’s best music. His new album Reason and Rhyme just received a Grammy nomination for best bluegrass album.
We spoke with him after the show last night, while the room was still buzzing and folks were still loud, as evidenced by the background noise on this interview. Here Lauderdale talks about working with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and his great respect for Americana music.

Lisa Oliver-Gray’s solo debut: Dedicated to Love

Tommy Womack wrote an enthusiastic ode to Lisa Oliver-Gray and her first solo album Dedicated to Love on earlier this month.

He didn’t oversell it.

You can tell this was a liberating project for all involved. Lisa steps up front with a fresh and powerful voice and her DADDY bandmates and co-writers deliver songs that are largely buoyant and reassuring.

The album opens and closes with the joyous and melodic “Everybody Wants to Be Loved,” written by Womack and Tom Littlefield, celebrates a relationship that works on “I Can Count On You,” written by Lisa, Tommy Womack and Michael Webb, and honors a beloved grandmother on Lisa’s self-penned “Lucille.”

In other words, this is an album about real people and relationships, but with a decidedly positive perspective. The songwriting and the band, which includes Womack, Kimbrough, album producer Michael Webb, Tim Marks and Paul Griffith – are first-rate.

Here’s Lisa talking about her first solo album:

(Photo by Paul Needham)

Interview: Jonell Mosser

Jonell Mosser has long been known as one of Nashville’s finest and most soulful voices, but she’s never broken through to a national audience. That may change with “Fortunes Lost, Fortunes Told,” a new album that targets an Americana audience.
It’s not that much of a departure from her past work, but she’s now courting Americana radio, with good results.
The new album entered the Americana Music Association chart two weeks ago.
In this interview, Jonell talks about the natural transition to Americana and the fine band that backs her up.
Jonell Mosser (mp3)

Interview: The Vespers

The Vespers, a fine young folk and bluegrass band from Nashville, are scheduled to play their hometown at the Station Inn tonight.

They’re touring in support of “Tell Your Mama,” and raising money through Kickstarter to support their upcoming release “The Fourth Wall.”

We caught up with them at the Americana Music Festival this month. In this interview, Phoebe Cryar talks about the evolution of the band and its brand of Americana music.

Vespers interview (mp3)

Sun209 interview: Luther Dickinson on Gregg Allman

Luther Dickinson on Mojo Nixon's radio show

If there was an MVP at this year’s Americana Music Festival, it may well have been Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Black Crowes.
He was in the band for the extraordinary awards show, recorded a video playing solo at the conference, did a brief and terrific set on the Mojo Nixon radio show and played with the Allstars Friday night at the Cannery.
In this interview, Dickinson talks about the opportunity to back up Gregg Allman at the awards show and the Allstars’ new album “Keys to the Kingdom.”
Luther Dickinson (mp3)

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