Category: Americana Music

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…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Whatever happened to Spanky and our Gang? http://t.co/MnihlHkY # Rick Nelson's sons on their father's legacy http://t.co/NCIkXGpH # It's @LyleLovett at #1 chart debuts by @AndrewBird, @CufftheDuke, Joe Pug http://t.co/IPUL1RjZ # Preview of opening night at @tinpansouthfest http://t.co/ATO19Y6J # Opening night @Tinpansouthfest: @michaelmcdermott, Roger Cook, Larry Weiss and Peter Yarrow http://t.co/GINQz6rn # Tonight at @tinpansouthfest: Jimmy Webb, Felix Cavaliere and…

Review: Levi Lowrey’s “I Confess I Was A Fool”

by Paul T. Mueller –Let’s hope that Levi Lowrey’s debut CD, I Confess I Was a Fool, is at least partly a work of imagination and not completely autobiographical. It’s easy to imagine that the excesses he writes and sings about so well might cut short his promising career, if not his life, and that would be a real loss…

Tin Pan South Festival: Opening night preview

You’ll find great music in Nashville’s clubs all this week as they host the annual Tin Pan South Festival, a celebration of songwriters. Venues all over town feature singers and songwriters, typically in the round in groups of four. The performances are short on flash and high in talent. The 2012 festival kicks off tonight. Among the evening’s highlights: 6…

Concert review: Spanky and Our Gang

by Terry Roland –The new Spanky and Our Gang played to a sold-out audience at Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, California this month, not so much a reunion as an acknowledgement of the way Americana music connects us to our past and to each other. With the exception of Elaine ”Spanky” McFarlane, the original players are gone. They included Oz…

Review: Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball”

by Terry Roland Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball is the antithesis of his nearly 30 year-old Born in the U.S.A.  As a writer, he has always highlighted the dark edges and ragged truth found in an America that has more kinship with John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie than Ronald Reagan. While this earlier classic was in many ways just as dark…

Lovett, Scott top chart; Janiva Magness debuts

It’s been a relatively stable week on the Americana Music radio airplay chart, with Lyle Lovett again holding on to the top position with Release Me, followed by Darrell Scott’s  Long Ride Home. There’s only one new album on the chart this week, with Janiva Magness’ Stronger For It entering at #36. Tommy Womack’s fine Now What!  is back on…

Review: Chelle Rose’s “Ghost of Browder Holler”

By Ken Paulson —Ghost of Browder Holler is a striking new album by Chelle Rose, a Nashville-based singer and songwriter with roots in Appalachia. Songs like “Browder Holler Boy,” “Caney Fork Tennessee” and “Weepin’ Willow on the Hill” reflect those rustic origins but it also sounds like copies of Beggars’ Banquet and Let It Bleed made their way into the holler.…

Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore – Longtime Friends in the Blues

By Joe Ross The emotion, power and intensity of pure and heartfelt Chicago blues are the elements of Long Time Friends in the Blues featuring vocalist Tail Dragger (aka James Y. Jones) and harmonica player Bob Corritore. The two bluesmen met in early-1976 on Chicago’s west side when they performed at a tribute to Howlin’ Wolf on the day after…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Check out @tinpansouthfest, the pre-eminent songwriters fest. Great songs by the people who wrote them. http://t.co/eqhDVAQA # Review: @Charliefaye's fine "Travels with Charlie" #americana http://t.co/yIsPIfG8 # On @Americanafest chart: @LyleLovett at top, plus @justintearle, @raywylie @springsteen,@thesteelwheels http://t.co/jk5DvdUY #

Review: Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers

By Joe Ross Nathan James likes to call his genre of music “Washtar Soul.” In 2010, he created an instrument called the Washtar Gitboard that connected a carved guitar neck to a travel-size washboard. He’s also wired and outfitted the gadget with LED lights from an auto parts store and plays a 3-string instrument (Tri-tar) built from a washboard and an…

Charting: Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Todd Snider

Lyle Lovett’s Release Me shot to the top of the Americana Music Association radio airplay chart, edging out Darrell Scott’s Long Ride Home by just seven spins. New to the chart: Justin Townes Earles’ Nothing’s Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now at #11, Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Grifter’s Hymnal at #22, Todd Snider’s Agnostic Hymns and Stoner…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Review: The Hobart Brothers with Lil' Sis Hobart, featuring @susancowsill_1, @freedyjohnston, @jondeegraham http://t.co/Izb6WU63 # New on chart: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joan Osborne,Sugar + the High-Lows http://t.co/8m2bdT0r # This weekend: Bruce Springsteen video from the Apollo Theater – Death to My Hometown http://t.co/m3p9sNh8 #BruceSpringsteen # Review: The Steep Canyon Rangers' "Nobody Knows You" http://t.co/vfkRhiZ4 # Bruce Springsteen and the E Street…

The Steep Canyon Rangers’ “Nobody Knows You”

By Joe Ross— Years ago, I predicted that by the time the members of the Steep Canyon Rangers were thirty, they would be well-known far and wide for their brilliant performances and excellent recordings. Now this tight unit from western North Carolina could be one of the most recognizable bands in bluegrass today. Besides having talent and youthful appeal, their…