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Sun209: The week in Tweets

Rolling Stones sax man Bobby Keys lets it bleed in new book | http://t.co/J2IG1EDc http://t.co/0oLtU45a # The @countrymusichof saluted Sonny Curtis, a rock pioneer, Cricket and successful songwriter today. http://t.co/wcF0Oj0G # Jay Farrar adapts Woody Guthrie's lyrics on New Multitudes http://t.co/GRoxUM86 # On @americanafest radio @darrellscott album "Long Ride Home" tops chart, @lylelovett has top debut http://t.co/3sT7pZXw # Lessons from…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Review: @somevelveteve's "No Law Against Talking" http://t.co/8AffuHGQ # Review of "Seed of a Pine:" Evocative new album by @davemcgrawmusic and Mandy Fer http://t.co/RIgRDS4r # Bonnaroo suspends ticket sales due to demand, technical difficulties | The Tennessean http://t.co/Eq5fiifH # Johnny Cash Museum unveiled in Nashville http://t.co/pS1GcrEp # Sun209 Review: @richiefuray band in concert http://t.co/XBORPiut # New on Americana chart: @Amoslee, @Elliottbrood,…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Most covered song on @Cayamo 2012 is "Love Hurts." # On @Cayamo , Loud and Rich reunite for first show in a year with covers of Marty Robbins and Bob Dylan. # Celebrating the Skeletons, Morells and the Symptoms http://t.co/HThH2wEV # Wow. 4 days ago, we saw @thecivilwars on @Cayamo http://t.co/rvnRZNqD. Tonight they're bridging Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift. #Grammys…

Cayamo Week in Tweets

Celebrating Leo Kottkes’ debut album http://t.co/fvzY2lia # Opening night on @Cayamo: Brady and Manning vs. Lovett and Hiatt. # There are big names on @Cayamo – John Prine, Lucinda – but we’re also looking forward to some newcomers, particularly @thebellebrigade # Monday on @Cayamo: @thecivilwars, @sarawatkins,@thebellebrigade, Loudon Wainwright and Richard Thompson Trio. # We’ve spent a lot of time at…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

New Townes Van Zandt biography captures his spirit and legacy http://t.co/QpwyXcCe # Feb. 3, 1959: Remembering Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. http://t.co/vlUte1wF # Sun209 will be reporting from @Cayamo this week. Watch for news and photos. http://t.co/Q1ICrTZT #cayamo #

Sun209.com tweets

John Prine, Lucinda Williams, the Civil Wars headline Cayamo, an Americana music festival on a cruise ship. http://t.co/IvtbSAVJ # Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Don Schlitz to headline benefit at Bluebird Cafe in Nashville #Nashville music http://t.co/pHZ8nxb7 # Musical Apps for the iPhone http://t.co/xkG6wZBC via @WSJ # Danny Barnes’ cover of “Bang A Gong” is 3/4 T Rex, 1/4 Power…

Americana Music Festival preview: The 1861 Project

The upcoming Americana Music Festival in Nashville will feature a number of free shows open to the public. Prominent among these is an Oct. 15 performance of songs from the 1861 Project, a new album that recounts the civil war through song. From the original Sun209 review: This ambitious, engaging and yes, educational project chronicles the Civil War through the perspectives…

Will Hoge, Wilco surge on Americana Music Chart

The top five spots in this week’s Americana Music Association Chart remain unchanged, with the Jayhawks, Robert Earl Keen, John Hiatt, Gillian Welch and Guy Clark ranked one through five. Will Hoge’s “Number Seven” jumps from #26 to #13. Fresh off two triumphant nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Wilco enters the chart at #21 with “The Whole Love.”…

D.J. Fontana to be recognized as “Nashville Cat”

The Nashville Cats series of conversations with pivotal country, rock and Americana music artists continues Oct. 22 at the Country Music Hall of Fame, as Bill Lloyd interviews legendary drummer D.J. Fontana. Fontana was the drummer on Elvis Presley’s earliest hits and appeared on almost 500 Presley recordings. He was also a prominent session player and has recorded with a wide…

Jayhawks top Americana chart

The Jayhawks, with founding member Mark Olson on hand for the first time since 1995, have the top album on the Americana Music Assocation chart this week. “Mocking Bird Time” (Rounder) replaces Robert Earl Keen’s “Ready for Confetti” after a one-week run at the top. New to the top ten is Ry Cooder’s “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down”…

Del McCoury featured in new in-studio video series

Three years ago, Steve Fishell, a one-time member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band and later a producer of a number of cool country and Americana acts, launched the Music Producers Institute in Nashville. It was a studio with a twist. Fishell’s business model gave artists an economical way to record a new album, while inviting recording students and fans to…

Jackie DeShannon: “When You Walk in the Room”

“When You Walk in the Room,” Jackie DeShannon’s first album in 11 years, is a remarkable retrospective of songs she wrote and others she made famous. DeShannon is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but you have to wonder why she’s not also in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Like Carole King, she wrote songs for some of…

Mark Twain: Words and Music

It’s been a good month for Americana music fans who love history. First came the fine 1861 Project , which chronicled the Civil War. New today is “Mark Twain: Words and Music,” a fundraising project for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home in Hannibal, Missouri. We haven’t heard the two-CD package yet, but the spoken word and music set features a…

Robert Earl Keen’s “Ready for Confetti” tops Americana chart

Robert Earl Keen’s “Ready for Confetti” hits number one on this week’s Americana Music Association Chart. That’s no surprise. The album first appeared on the chart a month before release and its climb has been relentless. John Hiatt’s “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns” falls to third after a long run at the top. Elsewhere in the top ten, the Jayhawks…

This day in Americana music: Gram Parsons died in 1973

Sept. 19: On this date in 1973, Gram Parsons died of a drug overdose at age 26. His recordings spanned just seven years, but his melding of rock and country was hugely influential, and established a foundation for what we now call Americana music. From his role in the Byrds and “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” to the founding of the…

On this date: Hank Williams’ birthday in 1923

Sept. 17: On this date in Americana music, Hank Williams was born in 1923. His impact on country, rock and Americana has been enormous, particularly in terms of songwriting. It’s appropriate then, that some of today’s top songwriters are paying tribute to Williams by taking lyrics found in a notebook on the day he died, and completing the songs. Billy…

Americana chart: Ry Cooder, John Doe among new entries

Today the new Americana Music Association Chart showed Matraca Berg still in the Top 20 with her “The Dreaming Fields” album. Tonight she sang her “You and Tequila” (number four in this week’s Billboard country charts) on stage at the Ryman Auditorium along with Grace Potter and Kenny Chesney. That’s a pretty good Monday. The chart remained largely unchanged this…

Americana Music Lifetime Achievement winners named

The Americana Music Association has named Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Jerry Douglas and executive Rick Hall as this year’s lifetime achievement award winners, and will recognize them on Oct. 13 at its annual awards ahow at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Also to be honored: radio host and journalist Bob Harris, who will receive the AMA’s trailblazer award.

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Ryman Auditorium

The biggest surprise for most attending tonight’s Grace Potter show at the Ryman was opening act the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Give a mini-skirted rocker credit for counter-programming. You don’t expect to hear string tunes from the 19th century or an Ethel Waters cover at most rock shows. The audience seemed pleasantly surprised – and mesmerized. The show was outstanding. During…

“The Old Magic:” Free streaming of new Nick Lowe album

Nick Lowe’s new album “The Old Magic”  is due out on Sept. 13, which means heightened visibility and promotion. Lowe appeared at both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grammy Museum, and has done quite a few media appearances, including a guest DJ role on “All Songs Considered.” Now Yep Roc is offering the chance to stream the…