Zach Broocke: “Enjoy the Ride”

Americana Music News —In a town full of co-writers, Zach Broocke has chosen to make Enjoy the Ride Solo Writes 2001-12 all his own. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has compiled a collection of his solo compositions from an 11-year span, melding unreleased material with some of his best work from past albums and EPs. It’s a smart step for a talented…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Terrific show by@theWaymores at Puckett's in Franklin, TN last night, closing with "P.S. I Love You." # Review: Steve Poltz’s “Noineen Noiny Noin” http://t.co/sRyOAy26 # New to Americana music airplay chart: Mary Chapin Carpenter, @BoDeans #americanamusic http://t.co/RmhKuLOB # The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks. http://t.co/5UjU12De via @rvrb #americanamusic # The Harmed Brothers' new music: folk-rock, Americana magic – SFGate http://t.co/7XEsfaXK…

Review: “O’ Be Joyful” by Shovels and Rope

By Ken Paulson–On the new Shovels and Rope album, O’ Be Joyful, there’s a recording of a club manager admonishing the audience to listen to the band and not talk. That shouldn’t have been a problem. It’s very hard to talk with your jaw dropped. Shovels and Rope are just that surprising. The Charleston, South Carolina duo of Cary Ann…

Sept. 7 set for Allen Thompson Band release

Americana Music News: There’s much to like about the Allen Thompson Band’s Salvation in the Ground album, due for release on Sept. 4. This East Nashville band covers a lot of terrain musically, with strong songwriting at the core. Our favorite tracks:”First Apology,” “Payback” and “Love One Another.” You can see the Allen Thompson band live at the following Nashville-area…

Review: Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison in concert

By Paul T. Mueller–Titles are easy to throw around, and sometimes they’re just so much music-biz hype. Not so in the case of Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. Partners both on and off the stage, they have been called “The First Couple of Texas Country Music” and “Americana royalty,” among other things. At McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston on June…

New to Americana chart: Mary Chapin Carpenter, BoDeans

Americana Music News –  The first five positions in this week’s Americana Music Association radio chart remain stable, with Willie Nelson’s Heroes,  JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers and Paul Thorn’s What the Hell Is Goin’ On? in the top three positions. New to the chart this week are albums by veteran performers with deep and impressive bodies of work. Mary Chapin Carpenter’s…

Americana Music Festival releases 2012 line-up

Americana Music News – The Americana Music Association has announced an impressive line-up for the Americana Music Festival & Conference September 12-15 in Nashville , with more performers to be named later. As usual, the roster includes a good mix of accomplished veterans and emerging artists. Among the biggest names: Billy Joe Shaver, the Punch Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Sara Watkins,…

Review: “Steve Poltz’s “Noineen Noiny Noin”

Americana Music News: We first saw Steve Poltz in 1998 after the release of One Left Shoe. It was pretty clear from the performance that this was a talented singer and songwriter who would be sticking around. What was less clear was whether he would build on the success of writing the pop hit “You Were Meant for Me” and…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

Review: Jack Saunders and Robbie Saunders showcase new album. http://t.co/THR9siRB @tweedeq # Revew : JD McPherson and Broncho at Cains Ballroom http://t.co/c8Z1Xf0Q via @tulsaworld # We finally had a chance to hear J.D. McPherson’s “Signs and Signifiers.” Wow. Suddenly it's 1957. http://t.co/ElOAW0pZ # Willie Nelson tops Americana music airplay chart, @shovelsandrope, Chris Smither, Honeycutters debut. http://t.co/64pKSykS # Good news: "When…

Review: New Christy Minstrels 1962-1970

By Ken Paulson –The New Christy Minstrels, a highly commercial folk ensemble formed in 1962, is perhaps best known today for the musical achievements of alumni, including Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and Gene Clark. Former band members went on to play in the Byrds, the Association and the First Edition, a measure of the rich recruiting done by founder Randy…

Don Williams tour dates set

Americana Music News– Don Williams, fresh off  the release of new album And So It Goes, is about to embark on a summer tour, beginning July 12 in Wisconsin. The tour dates: 7-12     Rhinelander, WI – Hodag Country Festival 7-14     Craven, SK – Craven Country Jamboree 7-16     Billings, MT – Alberta Bair Theater 7-18     St. Cloud, MN – Paramount Theatre…

Review: Maia Sharp at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville

By Ken Paulson—Maia Sharp teamed with guitarist Linda Taylor in a surprisingly rocking set at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Maia told the audience they wanted to prove you could rock without drums, a bass guitar – or guys. They backed it up. Much of the evening’s set was drawn from Maia’s upcoming album Change the Ending. It sounds very…

Review: The Trishas’ “High Wide & Handsome”

By Ken Paulson –The Trishas’new album is called High, Wide & Handsome, but could easily have been sub-titled (And deep in talent.) That applies to the young women comprising the quarter – Savannah Welch, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Jamie Wilson – as well as a remarkable array of talented collaborators. The Trishas boast tight harmonies and a fresh sound,…

New to Americana chart: Shovels & Rope, Chris Smithers, Honeycutters

Americana Music News – Willie Nelson’s Heroes moves into the top position on this week’s Americana Music Association radio chart, edging out JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers and Paul Thorn’s What the Hell Is Goin’ On? New to the chart this week are O’ Be Joyful by Shovels and Rope at #29, Chris Smither’s Hundred Dollar Valentine  at #34 and…

Review: J.D. McPherson’s “Signs and Signifiers”

By Ken Paulson –JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers has topped the Americana music airplay chart for the past two weeks, and for good reason. It’s a refreshing collection of first generation rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues that  sounds like it could have been recorded at Sun studios in 1957. Like the early Blasters records, this taps into rock’s…

Review: Jack Saunders with Robbie Saunders

By Paul T. Mueller –In the beginning, at least, the atmosphere in the Old Quarter Acoustic Café in Galveston  on the evening of June 15 wasn’t exactly the quiet, attentive ambience you might expect at a CD release show by a respected artist. Far from it – Jack Saunders’ show had more the feel of a rowdy Friday night in…

Sun209: The week in Tweets

New @BenTaylorHQ album "Listening" coming in August. http://t.co/B5z5COkx 'Oh Brother' single streaming at @rollingstone #americanamusic # Nashville singer, songwriter Kevin Gordon opening for Todd Snider | http://t.co/OWePEBZX http://t.co/uatk9BZc # JD McPherson, WIllie Nelson top Americana Music Assocation radio airplay chart #Americanafest #Americanamusicnews http://t.co/moALBoGk # New to Americana music chart: John Fullbright’s From the Ground Up, Brandi Carlile’s Bear Creek http://t.co/moALBoGk…