By Ken Paulson Tonight is the annual Americana Honors and Awards Show hosted by Jim Lauderdale at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, a remarkable event deep in talent. Awardees include Van Morrison, Graham Nash and Iris DeMent, and that just scratches the surface. Of course, tickets are tough, but WMOT Roots Radio (full disclosure: I have conflicts galore) is hosting…
There are a lot of bands with a pretty familiar configuration – a couple of guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, maybe a fiddle or a steel guitar. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it’s refreshing to see a band exploring the possibilities of a different instrumental mix. One such is Mystery Loves Company.
Peter Himmelman’s “There Is No Calamity” is another fine album from a veteran artist who has plenty to say. But what floored us is the opening track “245th Peace Song,” arguably the most timely and perceptive song of the year.
Transient Lullaby, the most recent album by The Mastersons – singer/guitarist Chris Masterson and singer/multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Whitmore – reads as an account of the couple’s musical and personal lives.
Willie Nile may carried those Dylan comparisons for the longest time, in part because of a vocal resemblance. It’s not something he shies away from, as evidenced by “Positively Bob – Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan,” his new covers collection.
Americana Music News — An intriguing tour featuring two power pop icons rolls into Nashville tonight for a show at the City Winery. Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene are touring together in most cities. Sweet is touring in support of his new album “Tomorrow Forever,” his first since 2011. He’s made up for it with a 17-song collection. Here’s the…
Notable new releases: Loved past @dustbowlrevival work; new self-titled CD sleeker, more soulful. Recommended. Listen here. https://t.co/uHNMuQRbEh — Americana Music News (@KenPaulson7) July 3, 2017 Lots of Nick Lowe connections on new @JimLauderdale1 “London Southern, including great ’60s soul sound. “You Came to Get Me” is highlight. — Americana Music News (@KenPaulson7) July 3, 2017 Kudos to Dean Gitter for…
Due 6/23: Slaid Cleaves' "Ghost on the Car Radio" extends his rich body of work. https://t.co/WTxVAN0tKU @slaidc — Americana Music News (@KenPaulson7) June 11, 2017 New release: Calico's latest channels Joni Mitchell, Mamas and Papas. https://t.co/biPkpkJMhn @Calicotheband — Americana Music News (@KenPaulson7) June 11, 2017
The good times continued through the weekend at the premiere edition of the Conroe Americana Music Festival. Fair weather, a strong lineup and a relaxed vibe made for a fine experience for the hundreds in attendance in the small city north of Houston.
This is a very big weekend for Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. They’re playing two nights at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville – and they just have to drive across the river to get to their shows.
The Americana Music Association unveiled its nominees for the 2017 Americana Music Awards in a press event at the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s a nice mix of veterans (Rodney Crowell, John Prine), today’s mainstays (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) and emerging artists (Aaron Lee Tasjan, Margo Price and more.)
The inaugural Conroe Americana Music Festival got off to a promising start on Friday, May 5, in the charmingly restored downtown area of the small city north of Houston.