Articles tagged americana

28 Apr 2015 // 1:06 AM

Brown Bird: Axis Mundi

Brown Bird's final album finds them expanding their sound without sacrificing their personality. And using drums played with hands, not just foot pedals.

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Martin Sexton: Mixtape of the Open Road

Mixtape of the Open Road is as cohesive and dynamic as the road itself.

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Pokey LaFarge: Something in the Water

The music sounds old, as if it was meant to be played on a 78 rpm turntable, but without the scratchiness.

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John Moreland: High on Tulsa Heat

John Moreland proves there's nothing sanctimonious about singing the truth on High on Tulsa Heat.

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Chris Stapleton, Country’s ‘Baddest Voice’, Defies Categories

Chris Stapleton (formerly of the SteelDrivers) is readying the release of his debut solo album, Traveller, due May 4, and he’s continuing to swim against the country tide.

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Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.

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21 Apr 2015 // 9:54 AM

The Honeycutters: Me Oh My

A tempest formed on a Thursday night, Me Oh My unfurls throughout the weekend, leaving nothing but wreckage come Sunday.

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Country Fried Rock: Mic Harrison and the High Score

Knoxville, Tennessee country legend Con Hunley, collaborated with roots rock regional favorites, Mic Harrison and the High Score, on a special 7" for charity with Waynestock.

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The Gibson Brothers: Brotherhood

Eric and Leigh Gibson continue to innovate with a collection of bluegrass covers dedicated to fellow bands of brothers.

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20 Apr 2015 // 1:04 AM

Bombadil: Hold On

Hold On is full of perky, precocious and thoroughly engaging intent, an album with a more experimental nature that doesn’t diminish ample accessibility. Consider it a must-hear, even if for its sheer ingenuity alone.

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The Last Tycoon - “Ballad of the Bloodstained Bible” (audio) (Premiere)

What happens when you buy a $50 dollar banjo off of Craigslist? If you're the Last Tycoon, you write an ominous tune in the vein of Tom Waits called "Ballad of the Bloodstained Bible".

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Country Fried Rock: James McMurtry Interview

Some people label James McMurtry a political songwriter; in his view, he's just an observer.

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Calexico: Edge of the Sun

Seeds of experimentation and collaboration planted long ago bear some of the best fruit of Calexico's long career.

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Folk Family Revival: Water Walker

Americana's band of brothers expand their sonic horizons in Water Walker.

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Eilen Jewell - “My Hometown” (audio) (Premiere)

The jazzy folk noir of "My Hometown" finds singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell paying tribute to her hometown of Boise, Idaho.

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MilkDrive: Places You’ve Not Been

MilkDrive becomes an Americana band to watch with their genre-defying new release full of pop-ready jams.

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8 Apr 2015 // 12:25 PM

April Verch: The Newpart

All in all, The Newpart represents Verch in tip-top musical shape, albeit in ex post facto force.

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Country Fried Rock: Bones of JR Jones Interview

At a dreary March gig one Wednesday night in the Catskills, the Bones of JR Jones performed for five people. What could have been his worst gig of the year turned into the one where he met a benefactor who funded his first album.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian’s Misfortune

Perhaps this is the true ruffian’s misfortune: one mellows with age. Hubbard tries to pretend otherwise by snarling and playing blues licks.

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Will Hoge: Small Town Dreams

Will Hoge is rapidly positioning himself between those two pillars of populist rock, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp.

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