Articles tagged americana

“Music Requires a Journey Out of You”: An Interview with John Cowan

New Grass Revival frontman John Cowan talks to PopMatters about the tricks of being a singing bass player, the new developments in folk music, and the career-spanning feel of his latest record, Sixty.

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“We Just Kinda Broke All the Rules”: An Interview with Lucinda Williams

Throughout her long and legendary career, Lucinda Williams has garnered a reputation for dismissing any notions of rules, expectations, or boundaries.

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17 Oct 2014 // 1:06 AM

Ry Cooder: Soundtracks

Rhino’s seven CD retrospective box set Soundtracks covers off the bulk of Ry Cooder’s ‘80s film work. Interesting and varied, this is a worthy re-issue.

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10 Oct 2014 // 1:04 AM

Field Report: Marigolden

Field Report have crafted a near-masterpiece of pain and triumph within the deckle-edged leaves of Marigolden.

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The Fauntleroys: Below the Pink Pony EP

Lower East Side rock 'n' roll from four well-known faces.

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The Lone Bellow Drop a New Track, “Then Came the Morning”

The stunningly talented Americana group the Lone Bellow has just dropped a new single, along with an announcement of a new LP.

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The Mastersons: Good Luck Charm

A testament to the power of love and commitment and one of the best Americana releases of the year.

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Locust Honey String Band: Never Let Me Cross Your Mind

A warm and emotional record, this is the product of the band's collective knowledge and lives steeped in music.

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2 Oct 2014 // 1:04 AM

The Last Bison: VA

VA effectively charts a bold new course for the band that doesn't need to rely on folk rockers du jour.

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Lucinda Williams: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Both familiar and challenging, Williams' new record invites her audience to dance slow and close to a set of adult songs for adult listeners.

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Luke Winslow-King: Everlasting Arms

Luke Winslow-King furthers his explorations of pre-war American music on his latest for Bloodshot.

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Pauline Andrès - “Patsy Cline” (video / stream)

All Them Ghosts is smoky Americana by way of Germany.

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‘Producing Country’ Is Great Oral History

This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time.

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The Del McCoury Band and Hot Rize Talk Music and Share Tunes

In this amazing new video, bluegrass legends Del McCoury and Tim O'Brien chat about my hero Bill Monroe, the Del McCoury Band, and the importance of Hot Rize.

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Sons of Bill - “Brand New Paradigm” (audio) (Premiere)

Check out the latest tune from the Charlottesville alt-country/rock outfit Sons of Bill, the catchy and thoughtful "Brand New Paradigm".

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Counterbalance: Jason Isbell’s ‘Southeastern’

You should know compared to people on a global scale our kind has had it relatively easy. Jason Isbell gets that -- and a lot more as well. His 2013 release is this week’s Counterbalance.

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Hook & Anchor - “Concerning Spectral Pinching” (audio) (Premiere)

"Concerning Spectral Pinching," one of the standout tracks off of the Portland, Oregon, folk and Americana group Hook & Anchor's self-titled debut, is available to stream exclusively at PopMatters.

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30 May 2014 // 1:05 AM

John Fullbright: Songs

Songs is not so much a veering departure as it is a deliberately studied variation on a theme.

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Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis: Our Year

Robison and Willis deliver the goods on Our Year, a beguiling mix of plain Western harmony and swampy groove.

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21 May 2014 // 1:05 AM

Jolie Holland: Wine Dark Sea

With Wine Dark Sea Holland has put her own enduring stamp on American music.

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FKA twigs Outdoes Herself with 'Congregata' (Photos)

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"A regular FKA twigs performance is exciting. But her 'Congregata' event amps up the fervor ten fold, with more wild dancers, powerful lights and costumes.

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