Americana Music Festival’s latest line-up

The Americana Music Festival and Conference is just weeks away and the line-up is deep and diverse. Here are the most recent additions for the festival, set for Nashville from Sept. 12 through 17. The latest additions: A.J. Croce   Amelia White and The Blue Souvenirs    Amy Black    Belle Plaine    Big Star’s Third Live    Billy Strings    Blackfoot Gypsies   Blair Crimmins and…

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

Class reunion: The original Alice Cooper band

It’s been more than four decades, but I still remember seeing the Alice Cooper “School’s Out” tour. Complete with guillotine, they rocked Chicago Stadium. And there they were tonight, the band’s original members reuniting to deftly play “Eighteen,” “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” in Nashville at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

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.)

Preview: Conroe Americana Music Festival

he Conroe Americana Music Festival set to debut May 5-7 in Conroe, Texas. The event, described by the promoters as “a grassroots premier festival featuring a mix of Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Folk, Texas Country, Roots Rock, Blues, and Americana music,”