Tag: “John Prine”

2017 Americana Music Awards and Honors show

By Ken Paulson – The Americana Music Association’s Annual Awards and Honors event is always  a special evening, but there was a special sweetness about it this year, much of it involving John Prine.  First there was Prine’s presentation of the Trailblazer Award to Iris Dement with an obvious fondness. Deeply touched, an emotional DeMent thanked John for being her…

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.)

Review: Jason Wilber’s “Echoes”

Jason Wilber’s “Echoes” finds him performing songs by other writers. He’s covering a lot of ground here – Leon Russell’s “A Song for You,” the Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By,” Pink Floyd’s “Echoes,” Joni Mitchell’s “Edith and the Kingpin,” David Bowie’s “Oh You Pretty Things” and Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed.”

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…

Review: Bonnie Raitt in concert at Nashville’s Ryman

By Ken Paulson –Bonnie Raitt’s show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last night was as loose as they come and every bit as entertaining. Whether explaining that she hadn’t found time to do a set list, calling former band member Rick Vito to the stage or saluting Nashville’s songwriters, Raitt was casual, comfortable and in command. She drew heavily…

Review: Dar Williams’ “In the Time of Gods”

By Ken Paulson — Dar Williams on her new album In the Time of Gods: “I thought why don’t I really freak out my record company and make a whole album about Greek mythology?” Note to Dar: This has a similar effect on music writers. In the Time of Gods works on a couple of levels, the first being the…

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…

John Prine on Cayamo

By Ken Paulson Four of the best minutes in a week full of great music on Cayamo came as Iris DeMent joined John Prine on “in Spite of Ourselves,” their very funny duet from the album of the same name. Prine is always a professional, and his shows with Dave Jacques and Jason Wilber are well-paced, spanning his best work…

Cayamo 2012: A floating music festival

By Ken Paulson Cayamo, a  Sixthman music festival on a cruise ship, is about to launch from the Port of Miami, with a boat full of musicians and Americana music zealots. This is a distinctly different cruise, one on which the passengers give far less thought to destinations than their seat locations at dozens of different performances. The line-up boasts…

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…

Guy Clark tribute, Charlie Faye, Imelda May enter Americana charts

The Americana Music Association Radio Chart is back after a month-long hiatus, and Ryan Adams’ Ashes & Fire (PAX-AM/Capitol) remains at the top. Taking the holidays off is an odd call for an association promoting a genre that still needs to build its brand and visibility. And it’s not as though all those Americana stations just played Christmas music over…

Reviews: Dirt Drifters, Chris Isaak,Verlon Thompson, more

 By Ken Paulson – As we close out 2011, there’s still a stack of CDs we’ve been meaning to write about. Here’s a quick round-up of noteworthy 2011 Americana music releases: The Dirt Drifters – This Is My Blood:  We first came across the Dirt Drifters at a free-speech benefit in Nashville in 2009; they had tremendous energy on stage…