Category: Americana Music

Review: Maia Sharp at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville

By Ken Paulson—Maia Sharp teamed with guitarist Linda Taylor in a surprisingly rocking set at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Maia told the audience they wanted to prove you could rock without drums, a bass guitar – or guys. They backed it up. Much of the evening’s set was drawn from Maia’s upcoming album Change the Ending. It sounds very…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

New @BenTaylorHQ album "Listening" coming in August. http://t.co/B5z5COkx 'Oh Brother' single streaming at @rollingstone #americanamusic # Nashville singer, songwriter Kevin Gordon opening for Todd Snider | http://t.co/OWePEBZX http://t.co/uatk9BZc # JD McPherson, WIllie Nelson top Americana Music Assocation radio airplay chart #Americanafest #Americanamusicnews http://t.co/moALBoGk # New to Americana music chart: John Fullbright’s From the Ground Up, Brandi Carlile’s Bear Creek http://t.co/moALBoGk…

Richard Thompson, Booker T. Jones to be honored at Americana music festival

Americana Music News –Richard Thompson and Booker T. Jones will be honored with lifetime achievement awards from the Americana Music Association at its 11th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the organization announced. Jones and Thompson will be honored in the instrumentalist and songwriting categories, respectively, and will join Bonnie Raitt, previously…

New to chart: John Fullbright, Brandi Carlile

Americana Music News – The top two slots in this week’s Americana Music Association radio chart hold steady, with JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers and Willie Nelson’s Heroes running 1-2. New to the chart this week are John Fullbright’s From the Ground Up at #33 and Brandi Carlile’s Bear Creek at #40. Most added this week to Americana music radio:…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Two generations of songwriters: Steve and Jubal Lee Young http://t.co/wga2Cy9Y @JubalLeeYoung #songwriters #Americanamusic # Great set by Sara Jaroscz at Bonnaroo. Really building a following. # Highlights of the final day of @Bonnaroo: @TheBeachBoys, @SarahJarosz,@OurnameisFun,@Bon Iver and @TheDDWs. And the rain held off! # .@TheBeachBoys magical at @Bonnaroo, plus fine sets by @SarahJarosz and Deep Dark Woods. @TheDDWs #Americanamusic #…

New Ben Taylor album “Listening” due in August

Americana Music News – We haven’t seen Ben Taylor play since he performed on a Cayamo cruise three years ago, but he’s clearly been busy. New album Listening is set for release on August 14 and you’ll find a free stream of the soulful single “Oh Brother” at the Rolling Stone site. Upcoming tour dates: July 5 – New York, NY…

JD McPherson, Willie Nelson top Americana music chart

JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers moves to the top spot on the Americana music radio chart, followed closely by Willie Nelson’s Heroes.  Justin Townes Earle,  on top of the chart for many weeks, drops to third with Nothing’s Going to Change The Way You Feel About Me. New to the chart: Kin: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell at…

Beach Boys, Sarah Jarosz, Deep Dark Woods at Bonnaroo

By Ken Paulson The final day of the Bonnaroo festival was amazingly eclectic,and the rain held off. That’s as good as it gets. The Beach Boys are not an Americana band, but they’re arguably the American band. Their 50th anniversary appearance was astonishing. Yes, they show their age and Brian Wilson seemed a little unsettled and lost, but the harmonies…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Review: Chris Richards' "Goldenwest" @CRfromWI http://t.co/H4cwSC78 # Doing Guthrie right: New EP from @mikeandruthy http://t.co/H4cwSC78 # Jerry Reed, the original "U.S. Male." New collection is a revelation. http://t.co/H4cwSC78 # New to Americana music chart: Grant Peeples, @Jerry Douglas, @RhettMiller http://t.co/DxyiUx4s # Congrats to @Dawestheband for being nominated as "emerging artist of the year" in Americana music http://t.co/l431WLsy @Americanafest # Young…

Film review: Troubadour Blues

By Paul T. Mueller If you’re looking for revelations, Troubadour Blues may leave you disappointed. There’s not too much in the way of new truths in Tom Weber’s independent documentary about singer-songwriters. Most of it comes down to (A) these folks do what they do because they love it, not for money or fame, and (B) what really counts is…

New to Americana chart: Grant Peeples, Jerry Douglas, Rhett Miller

Justin Townes Earle remains at the top position in Americana music radio with Nothing’s Going to Change The Way You Feel About Me, with JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers in the second slot. New to the Americana music chart: Grant Peeples’ Prior Convictions at #37, Jerry Douglas’ Traveler at #39 and Rhett Miller’s The Dreamer at #40. Most added on…

Reviews: Jason Heath, Jerry Reed, Mike + Ruthy, Stilson Greene

Quick hits in Americana, folk and country music: Packed for Exile – Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls: When you hear that a band named itself after a passage in the Old Testament, you don’t expect the energetic, often raucous mix of folk and American found on Packed for Exile. There’s a lot of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions here, songs with…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Plowboy Records Forms With Eddy Arnold's Grandson at Helm http://t.co/SI4t01AK via @TheBootDotCom # What is it about outdoor venues that make people think they can talk loudly throughout a concert and no one can hear them? # 3-minute interview with Kevin Gordon about his latest album "Gloryland" http://t.co/4yXnVJ8d @KevinGordonmuzk #NashvilleMusic # This Wednesday at the @FamilyWash in Nashville : Kevin…

2012 Americana Music Awards nominees announced

The 2012 Americana Honors and Awards nominees were announced today in Los Angeles. They’ll be presented at the Ryman Auditorium on September 12 during the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. The nominees: ALBUM OF THE YEAR Here We Rest – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Steve Earle The Harrow &…

Punch Brothers join bluegrass music cruise

The inaugural Mountain Song at Sea, a bluegrass festival on the ocean, just added the Punch Brothers to a line-up that already includes  the David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, the Kruger Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, The Travelin’ McCourys, Shannon Whitworth, Della Mae and Town Mountain. The cruise…

Review: Rick Nelson’s “Complete Epic Recordings”

By Ken Paulson — Rick Nelson was best known as a teen idol whose family starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, one of the most popular television shows of its era. But he was also one of those rare artists whose best work actually came after his hit-making and television star years. His early hits hold up well…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Lots of snide comments about Mick Jagger on SNL from young tweeters. Did we mock Frank Sinatra? # Two very good -and very different – albums from @ToddSnider http://t.co/H6eQ9KjH #JerryJeffWalker #Americana music # 34 years ago today, Buddy Holly Story premiered in Lubbock. Historically flawed film, but turned a lot of us onto Buddy's music. #BuddyHolly # How did the…

Review: Eljuri’s “Fuerte”

By Joe Ross Eljuri is Cecilia Villar Eljuri, an Ecuadorian singer-songwriter and guitarist who now makes her home in New York. Her world-beat music conveys great strength on her sophomore album Fuerte. It’s been several years since she released En Paz (In Peace) to both U.S. and Mexican audiences. The force of her universal truths and global rhythms brought her…

Elizabeth Cook tour dates announced

Elizabeth Cook is back on tour, appearing  tonight in Albuquerque, along with husband Tim Carroll and Bones Hillman. She’s also scheduled to perform on Late Night with David Letterman on June 13. Future concert dates: May 24 – KTAOS Solar Center – Taos, NM May 25 – Meadowgrass Festival – Colorado Springs, CO May 27 – Cabaret – Sparks, NV May…

Review: David Naiditch’s Douce Ambiance: Gypsy Jazz Classics

By Joe Ross My first introduction to chromatic harmonica came as a young teenager in the 1960s when I picked up a Music Minus One LP called Blues and All That Jazz featuring world famous harmonica virtuoso Cham-Ber Huang from Shanghai and New York. While many learn harmonica by ear, Mr. Huang’s material was bonafide instruction that brought me many…