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Sept. 8: Jimmie Rodgers’ birthday

Sept. 8 in Americana music: Jimmie Rodgers, known as the “father of country music,” was born on this date in 1897. He’s also arguably the father of roots and Americana music and his work has had a profound impact on generations of artists. He was one of the first three inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and later was inducted…

Guy Clark’s 70th birthday: A concert and album

Some of the biggest names in roots, folk and Americana music will be on hand to celebrate Guy Clark’s musical legacy on Nov. 2 in Austin. “Wish I Was In Austin: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Guy Clark,” which benefits the Center for Texas Music History, will feature performances by Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Radney Foster,…

Ollabelle and Guy Clark move into Americana music top ten

Ollabelle and Guy Clark are new to this week’s Americana Music Association chart, with their new albums ranked seventh and eighth respectively. The marketing and merchandising around the Guy Clark live CD “Songs and Stories” has been fascinating. It was available as an MP3 for one day on Amazon for $3.99, but you can also buy the CD, an autographed…

Revisiting “O Brother” with deluxe edition

“O Brother Where Art Thou?,” the soundtrack to the 2000 George Clooney film that drove a surge in interest in roots and Americana music, has been re-issued in a deluxe 10th anniversary edition, with a disc of bonus songs, most of which were produced in the original T Bone Burnett sessions: “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” (Colin Linden),  “You Are My…

Uncut: The records that shaped John Hiatt

The October 2011 issue of Uncut features John Hiatt on its “My Life In Music” page, inviting Hiatt to list the records that helped shape his life and musical tastes. The first pick, “Elvis Presley’s take on Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky” particularly intrigued us. (Yes, that’s the B-side of Sun 209.) “I love the way it straddles two…

New acts added to 2012 Cayamo line-up

The bookers for Cayamo have been busy. Newly-added acts for the floating Americana music festival set for February 2012 include Joe Purdy, Bobby Long and Deep River. They join an impressive line-up that includes Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Keb’ Mo’, John Hiatt, Buddy Miller, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Greg Brown, the Civil Wars, Sara Watkins, James McMurtry,…

Update: 2011 Americana Music Festival performers

The Americana Music Association just released an updated list of performers who will perform at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville Oct. 12-15. The biggest new name is Lucinda Williams, who will be part of the Honors and Award show at the Ryman Auditorium. Other additions to the festival line-up include: Amanda Shires, Ben Sollee, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rolling…

Tommy Womack previews upcoming album “Now What!”

  Tommy Womack and the Rush to Judgment closed out its “residency” at the Family Wash in Nashville last night, previewing songs from his upcoming album, set for release in January 2012. It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since “THERE I SAID IT,” a funny, melodic and disarmingly honest album. The new album “NOW WHAT” looks to…

In the Media: The 1861 Project

We reported earlier this week on “The 1861 Project,” an Americana music take on the Civil War.Peter Cooper of the Tennessean profiled Thomm Jutz , a songwriter and performer on the f the project, in an article today: “If you want to know anything about the American Civil War, you should probably listen to the German guy. “War swaths over people…

Americana Music chart: Keen’s “Ready for Confetti” soars

Robert Earl Keen’s fine new album (reviewed here this week) “Ready for Confetti” moved into sixth on this week’s Americana Music Chart, while the top five places were unchanged, with John Hiatt, Gillian Welch, the Jayhawks, Kasey Chambers and Joe Ely in the top five spots. New to the chart: The Bottle Rockets’ “Not So Loud” at 40. (Pictured)

Austin City Limits to showcase Americana Music Festival

The Americana Music Festival has finally found a home on television. In their efforts to build awareness of Americana music, Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly and his staff have long sought a way to showcase the genre and its stars to a national audience. The Tennesseean reports today that the festival awards show will be broadcast live on…

Schuyler, Shamblin, Bettis, Brooks and Jackson to enter Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation announced today that Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, John Bettis, Tom Schuyler (pictured) and Allen Shamblin are its newest inductees. (Full disclosure: Sun209: Americana Music Journal editor Ken Paulson is on the hall’s board and cast a ballot for nominees.) The hall’s press release: The five new inductees will be welcomed into the elite…

David Olney dons his “Boots”

OK, it’s the least likely music video ever, but the sight of David Olney surrounded by mini-skirted dancers while he sings a Nancy Sinatra hit is pretty irresistible. Lee Hazelwood wrote “Boots,” so it’s not a stretch for Olney to channel Hazelwood’s rough-hewn voice here. It’s goofy and we like it. In other Olney news, the fine singer-songwriter did an interesting…

Americana Music Festival announces artists

The Americana Music Festival, scheduled for Oct.12-15, 2011 in Nashville, is unveiling more details about the performances: From the AMA’s press release: “More than 100 of the genres’ trailblazers and rising stars will perform in the talent packed showcases that draw music lovers from all over the world. Among the first round of artists announced are: Gurf Morlix, Foster &…

Band Perry to headline the Ryman Auditorium

That was fast. The Band Perry, a very young band with a very popular album, has been booked to headline the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Feb. 20, 2012. Tcikets will go on sale on Aug.26. From the Ryman website: “While TBP has previously graced the Ryman stage during the Grand Ole Opry and other multi-artist events, this will be…

Cayamo Road Trip wraps up

Cayamo is an Americana music festival on a cruise ship, and we’re fans. That’s why we were intrigued with its current road show promotion, traveling by bus to a number of markets to promote Sixthman cruises. Chuck Cannon was the headliner on the final show of the tour, closing things out in his hometown of Nashville. Cannon has always been…

All Things Considered visits Fox Hollow

NPR’s “All Things Considered” recently featured “I Love: Songs of Fox Hollow,” the Red Beet tribute to Tom T. Hall and his classic kids’ record. You’ll find the audio report here and the Sun209: Americana Music Journal review in our archives.

Nick Lowe at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Nick Lowe, a remarkable songwriter and performer who rose to fame as a member of Brinsley Schwarz and as a New Wave artist and producer, will appear at the Country Music Hall of Fame at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, in an interview setting. It’s a treat to see him in any format, but the Country Music Hall of…

Hiatt tops Americana Music charts again, Jeff Bridges makes debut

John Hiatt’s “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns” topped the Americana Music Association chart for a second week, with Gillian Welch and Kasey Chambers remaining in the second and third slots. The Jayhawks and Joe Ely round out the top five. New to the chart this week: Guy Clark’s “Songs and Stories” (28), Jeff Bridge’s solo debut (34) and Pokey LaFarge…