Category: Americana Music

2017 Americana Music Awards and Honors show

By Ken Paulson – The Americana Music Association’s Annual Awards and Honors event is always  a special evening, but there was a special sweetness about it this year, much of it involving John Prine.  First there was Prine’s presentation of the Trailblazer Award to Iris Dement with an obvious fondness. Deeply touched, an emotional DeMent thanked John for being her…

Americana Music Festival’s gala night

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…

Concert review: Mystery Loves Company

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.

Power Pop redux: Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene on tour

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…

New stuff we like: Twitter edition

Notable new releases: Loved past @dustbowlrevival work; new self-titled CD sleeker, more soulful. Recommended. Listen here. — 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…

New releases: Slaid Cleaves, Calico

Due 6/23: Slaid Cleaves' "Ghost on the Car Radio" extends his rich body of work. @slaidc — Americana Music News (@KenPaulson7) June 11, 2017 New release: Calico's latest channels Joni Mitchell, Mamas and Papas. @Calicotheband — Americana Music News (@KenPaulson7) June 11, 2017

2017 Americana Music Awards nominees announced

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.)