Category: Americana Music

Sun209: The week in Tweets

At the @Ryman tonight, Marc Cohn suggested that it could have been "Walking in Nashville" if he had come to Music City first. #Nashville # Great show by @TheBonnieRaitt at @TheRyman tonight, with plenty of shout-outs to Nashville folks, including John Prine. # Review: Great show from @TheBonnieRaitt at @TheRyman last night http://t.co/kRWk0QGz #nashville #blues # Review: We loved @MarcCohn…

Todd Snider’s salute to Jerry Jeff Walker enters chart

Todd Snider’s Time As We Know It, his tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker, is the top new entry on the Americana Music Association airplay chart this week, breaking in at #33. The Dunwells are the only other debut, with Blind Sighted Faith at #40. Still at the top of the chart: Justin Townes Earles’ Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You…

Review: Marc Cohn in concert at the Ryman

We’ve seen Marc Cohn in concert a few times, but he’s never been better than last night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Actually it was a bit of a surprise that he was there at all. The night before, he had cancelled a show in nearby Franklin, TN. Cohn apologized to anyone who had tickets to that show, and said…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Surprising rock and roll set, Pretenders cover from @wynnonamusic at @Grammys block party in Nashville. #grammysblockparty #nashvillemusic # Now I get it. Great set by @LukeBryanOnline at @Grammys block party in Nashville. # . @LukeBryanonline, @Wynonnamusic and Mavericks at Grammy Block Party in Nashville. http://t.co/XH7ThtHT # .@_KennyRogers joined by @kim_carnes and Don Schlitz in intimate evening at the Country Music…

Reissues: Mark Lindsay: The Complete Columbia Singles

By Ken Paulson Mark Lindsay: The Complete Columbia Singles is a another fine reissue from Real Gone Music. “Reissue” may be a misnomer here. Although most of the material has been released before, collcting these largely overlooked singles in one place would have been a daunting challenge for any record collector. This is a singular collection in more wys than…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Review: @tptroubadors "Goodbye Normal Street" out next month http://t.co/6YYkR05z # Glad to see photos of the Beach Boys tour, but where are the reviews? Not much written to date. http://t.co/DqzIi4px # Today's the last day to get early bird discount for the @americanafest. Always a terrific conference, festival. http://t.co/xc09Ic77 # The @Alabama_Shakes leap into the @americanafest chart at #14 #americanamusic…

Willie Nile’s “One Guitar” at center of charity effort

Willie Nile’s anthemic “One Guitar” is at the core of a new charitable initiative. The concept is to encourage hundreds of artists from a wide range of genres to record the song, with all proceeds going to the TJ Martell Foundation and a charity of the artists’ choice. You’ll find details at the “One Guitar” site. It’s no surprise that…

Review: Bill Lloyd’s “Boy King of Tokyo”

By Ken Paulson –Bill Lloyd’s new album Boy King of Tokyo is a vibrant and hook-laden collection, rivaling the earlier and excellent Set to Pop and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Lloyd took a cue from musical heroes Todd Rundgren and Paul McCartney by playing every instrument on the album. The high-octane title track was inspired by Lloyd’s early…

Charting: Alabama Shakes, Nanci Griffith, Jason Eady

The Alabama Shakes jump into the Americana Music Association airplay chart at #14 this week with Boys and Girls. Other chart debuts: Nanci Griffith’s Intersection at #34, Jason Eady’s AM Country Heaven at #36, Hank Williams III’s Long Gone Daddy at #37 and Madison Violet’s The Good in Goodbye at #39. Most added this week: Paul Thorn’s What The Hell Is…

Review: Dar Williams’ “In the Time of Gods”

By Ken Paulson — Dar Williams on her new album In the Time of Gods: “I thought why don’t I really freak out my record company and make a whole album about Greek mythology?” Note to Dar: This has a similar effect on music writers. In the Time of Gods works on a couple of levels, the first being the…

Turnpike Troubadours’ “Goodbye Normal Street”

By Ken Paulson —Goodbye Normal Street, the Turnpike Troubadours’ third album, boasts driving roots and country music, strong narratives and a disproportionate number of songs about really bad relationships. From the aptly titled “Wrecked:” “But you wrecked it all/ you wrecked my heart/you wrecked our house and you wrecked my car.” “Good Lord Lorrie” suggests a bit of the Band,…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

"Red Bird Girls" in stereo is a stunning collection of classic girl group recordings from @realgonemusic. Quite a find. http://t.co/58FTs8RD # Sun209 Review of @RF_FamilyBand and Jesse Dayton at @ifest http://t.co/diWF8wHM # It's a year out, but the @Cayamo cruise has just announced the booking of Lyle Lovett and Keb 'Mo. # Looking forward to "Reincarnation," Tim O'Brien's Party of…

Mountain Song at Sea: Bluegrass cruise set for 2013

We’ve raved about Cayamo, the annual cruise featuring top Americana artists. Now Sixthman, the company behind Cayamo, has announced a new cruise called “Mountain Song at Sea,” featuring top bluegrass performers. Already booked: The host Steep Canyon Rangers, The David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, the Kruger Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Review: Keith Moody's contemporary brand of classic rock. http://t.co/czGVWLOx # New to #Americanafest chart: @tbtduluth, @akaDrJohn, Mastersons http://t.co/7lOAho1C # Dick Clark (and Lloyd Thaxton) gave me my early rock 'n' roll education. Rock on TV was once a special event. # Record Store Day includes releases by Byrds, Gene Clark and Dillard and Clark. Cool. # Bill Lloyd and friends…

New to chart: Trampled By Turtles, Dr. John, Mastersons

Lyle Lovett remains steady at the top of the Americana Music Association  Airplay Chart with Release Me, holding off Justin Townes Earle’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me. It looks like a long run ahead. New to the chart this week: Trampled by Turtles’ Stars and Satellites at #25,  Dr. John’s Locked Down at #27 and the…

Review: Matt Harlan’s “Bow and Be Simple”

By Paul T. Mueller –Ever wonder where songs come from? At a recent in-store performance at Cactus Music in Houston, Texas singer-songwriter Matt Harlan described the genesis of one of the best tracks on his latest CD, Bow and Be Simple. Headed east toward Louisiana early one morning, he watched the sun come up in a profusion of colors. The…

New to chart: Yarn, Bonnie Raitt, JD McPherson

Lyle Lovett is on top of the Americana Music Radio airplay charts again this week, and is actually picking up momentum, with a total of 486 spins of tracks from Release Me. New on the chart this week: Yarn’s Almost Home at #34, JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers at #38, Bonnie Raitt’s Slipstream at #39 and Sirens by Sons of…