Articles tagged americana

Lincoln Durham: Revelations of a Mind Unraveling

Touched by the Southern gothic as well as the big city idea of it, Lincoln Durham proves himself ready for wider attention on this latest and greatest.

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Margo Price: Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

Margo Price’s country stylings sound like whiskey compared with the watery product often associated with Nashville.

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Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

Phillips' “The Narrows” is self-assured alt-country from a songwriting veteran.

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21 Mar 2016 // 11:45 AM

Freakwater Lives for the Song

Freakwater have developed a sound that evokes old-timey traditionalists, rootsy punk combos, even country soul music without snugly fitting into any category.

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Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day

Parker Millsap’s smart musical choices and intense delivery here will bolster his reputation as one of the fresh young voices in the Americana genre.

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Penny and Sparrow: Let a Lover Drown You

The suspicious will sniff suspiciously at this record which seems to have been assembled from a storyboard rather than from chance. Ah well. There's still chemistry and enough songs to love that even the haters can't hate long.

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Various Artists: Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music 1968-1970

If you have ever dropped a reference to Gram Parsons or Townes Van Zandt into casual conversation, you are morally obligated to purchase this record.

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Richmond Fontaine: You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To

An Americana capstone, artists present and future should aspire to reach the heights of Richmond Fontaine's You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To.

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The Inimitable Quartet That Is Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive find the perfect foundation between unbridled soul and incredible technicality at Tucson's Rialto Theatre.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Americana (Second Edition)

It's not that rough to embrace this expertly curated 14-track slice of Americana.

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Soul Searching, Songwriting and Straight Up Hustling With Jim Lauderdale

It was a Sunday when Jim Lauderdale bumped into an old friend. Before he knew it it was Tuesday and he was on his way to making two new albums.

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Julie Rhodes: Bound to Meet the Devil

Exhibiting a combination of talent, soul, and grit often unmatched by debuting artists, Julie Rhodes seems poised to become a mainstay in the Americana blues music scene for years to come.

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Freakwater: Scheherazade

Eleven years after their last record, Freakwater proves they've still got it, and then some.

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Fairground Saints - “Can’t Control the Weather” (live video) (premiere)

Fairground Saints' virtuostic musicianship and heavenly harmonies drive their infectious brand of bluegrassy pop.

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The Lowest Pair - “Keweenaw Flower” / “When They Dance the Mountains Shake” (premiere)

The Lowest Pair produced so many great songs from their 2015 sessions, that the indie folkers decided to put out a duo of albums this year.

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1 Mar 2016 // 11:08 AM

The Ragbirds - “Breakdown” (audio) (premiere)

Ann Arbor, Michigan acoustic string band the Ragbirds may be based in the American Midwest, but from there they explore myriad sounds from around the world.

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Mountain Heart - “Addicted” (audio) (premiere)

Progressive bluegrass band Mountain Heart rove way beyond the confines of the bluegrass genre, adding a bit of soul ala the SteelDrivers and a bit of pure-bred country ala Chris Stapleton.

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26 Feb 2016 // 10:11 AM

Eli West - “You Asked Me To” (audio) (premiere)

Noted American roots artist Eli West creates an intriguing concept album based on the stories of his two grandfathers who were polar opposites.

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Bound to Meet the Devil: An Interview With Soul Singer Extraordinaire Julie Rhodes

Two years ago, Rhodes was working at an ice cream parlor. Now, she's on the verge of releasing her debut album, an 11-track opus of powerhouse Americana and blues with grit and political edge.

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24 Feb 2016 // 12:50 PM

Lake Street Dive: Side Pony

It may stand out from current trends, but trust us: you'll want to rock this Side Pony.

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Virtual Reality and Storytelling: What Happens When Art and Technology Collide?

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"Virtual reality is changing the face of entertainment, and I can see a future when I will find myself inside VR listening to some psych-rock while meditating on an asteroid.

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