Author: Americana Music News

Americana music awards nominees Civil Wars book fall tour

The Civil Wars, Americana Music Association Awards nominees in both the duo and emerging artist categories, have scheduled a fall tour of the U.S. that begins in Birmingham, Alabama on Oct. 7. (They’re scheduled to appear Oct. 12 and 13 at the Americana Music Festival.) Joy Williams and John Paul White are an extraordinary success story. with “Barton Hollow” selling…

Marshall Grant of Johnny Cash’s Tennessee Two 1928-2011

The pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll and what we now call American Music are in their eighties now. It’s remarkable that Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino are still playing, but we’ve lost many other legends of that generation. Marshall Grant, the last living member of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, died on Sunday. His bass playing…

Jimmie Fadden on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Americana music

Jimmie Fadden reflected on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s many influences and how they helped shape the band’s own brand of Americana music in an interview with Timesdaily.com: “We have a lot of different interests in the band. It’s kind of what propelled us from rather obscure mountain music to Delta blues artists to more contemporary players. Just a variety…

Cayamo road trip scheduled

Sixthman, the company that stages the annual Cayamo music cruise, has announced a landlocked tour featuring performances by Cayamo artists. Chuck Cannon, Tim Brantley, Bronze Radio Return and Trailer Park Ninjas will play in various combinations over the month of August The schedule: Wednesday, Aug 3 – Miami, FL – Transit Lounge Thursday, Aug 4 – Orlando, FL – The…

Aretha Franklin returns to the Ryman

Tickets are now available for Aretha Franklin’s return to the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 pm. Franklin’s recent illness led many to wonder if she would ever grace this stage again; her booking is great news. As we wrote on Sun209 in November 2010, “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a crowd at the Ryman as excited…

Updated Cayamo line-up: Lucinda Williams on board

Lucinda Williams  has been added to the roster of the 2012 Cayamo cruise, a music festival on the ocean set for Feb. 5-12. Williams, whose most recent album is Blessed, joins a roster that includes Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Keb’ Mo’, John Hiatt, Buddy Miller, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Greg Brown, the Civil Wars, Sara Watkins, James McMurtry, Iris Dement, Shawn Mullins, Edwin McCain, Maia Sharp, The…

John Hiatt album, Ryman concert scheduled

John Hiatt’s new album Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns is due for release on August 2. Details from Hiatt’s website: “As an added bonus, a deluxe version of the album will be made available, which will include a special behind-the-scenes DVD, The Making of Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns and 24/96 High Resolution audio mix of the entire album… Dirty…

James Burton at the Country Music Hall of Fame

The legendary James Burton will be Bill Lloyd’s guest on the July 23 installment of “Nashville Cats” at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Burton drove Ricky Nelson’s early recordings and later was a pivotal member of Elvis Presley’s band. He also played on Dale Hawkins’ classic “Suzy Q” and Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” That’s as good a resume as…

New live set from Guy Clark

Peter Cooper of the Tennessean reports that Guy Clark will release a live CD recorded at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre. Songs and Stories is scheduled for Aug. 16. Two other Guy Clark live CDs are currently available:Together at the Bluebird Cafe with Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt, and an Austin City Limits performance (also on DVD.)

U2 salutes Johnny Cash at Nashville show

U2 surprised its Nashville audience last night with a performance of “The Wanderer,” a Zooropa song featuring Johnny Cash that had never before appeared in the band’s setlists. Bono spoke of his admiration for Johnny and June, promised to visit their hometown of Hendersonville on his next visit and did a pretty fair job of channeling Cash’s voice on the…

Philip Gibbs: Petroleum Age

Philip Gibbs is a topical singer-songwriter, although his topics come from past and present. He clearly loves his Texas heritage, as evidenced by songs like “Stephen F. Austin’s Blues” and “Sam Houston’s Blues.” But the highlight of his new album is the title song, “The Petroleum Age,” a jaunty protest song about the era of oil dependency. It’s written in…

Keep Austin Weird

Sun209 is based in Nashville, so we’re taking Austin’s claim of being the “”Live Music Capital of the World” with a grain of salt. That said, the line-up at the Keep Austin Weird Festival was truly impressive, particularly the bands that hit the stage in the late afternoon and early evening. There’s some of the Band in Deadman and Motown/Stax…

Shawn Mullins lights up Portland

By Lou Brancaccio — Folk rock singer Shawn Mullins played to a sold out crowd Saturday night at Portland’s historic Aladdin Theater on Milwaukie Avenue. He then headed to Seattle for what he thought would be the end of his West Coast tour swing. Not so fast. Mullins opted to come back to Portland on Monday night to the cheers…

Kathy Ashworth’s “Sicka Cicadas”

Kathy Ashworth, a Nashville singer-songwriter who spends a lot of quality time at the Bluebird Cafe, has just released “Sicka Cicadas,” a fun video that speaks for many. You’ll find it here. We suppose she’ll release it again in 17 years.

Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Martina McBride honor CMA

The Country Music Association was honored with the Dale Franklin Award by Leadership Music tonight, and some of the biggest names in classic and contemporary country music performed. Loretta Lynn kicked things off with “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Keith Urban covered Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” Brad Paisley performed Buck Owens’ “Tiger by the Tail” and Martina McBride did her own hit…

Grammy Block Party 2011

The Recording Academy held its 13th Annual block party in Nashville, and booked an amazingly diverse line-up, including the Civil Wars, Laura Bell Bundy, Old Crow Medicine Show, Chancellor Warhol and Royal Tailor. Industry crowds are not always the most attentive audiences, but the music was outstanding.

Celebrating protest music

I’m pretty sure the first “protest song” I ever bought was the Hedgehoppers Anonymous single “Good News Week,” a 1965 project by Jonathan King that sold surprisingly well in the Chicago area and not so well elsewhere. Of course, it wasn’t really a protest song. It was just a calculated effort to make a buck when topicality was in vogue.…

“I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive”

Steve Earle tells USA Today’s Jerry Shriver that the songs on his new album, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” focus on mortality: “They’re about mortality in the sense that, this is the one thing we all have to do. You know what they say about death and taxes. But you have the option to not pay taxes.…