Articles tagged bluegrass

10 Jul 2017 // 8:39 AM

20 Questions: Kasey Chambers

Australia's country great Kasey Chambers embraced her ambition on a new double-album, but still wants to be remembered as "being real in a very fake world."

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Ben Sollee - “Mechanical Advantage” (audio) (premiere)

Ben Sollee marries a Mexican huapango groove to progressive bluegrass in his new single "Mechanical Advantage". His new album releases August 11th.

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5 Jun 2017 // 2:20 AM

Bobby Osborne: Original

Bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne teams with an intergenerational contingent of admirers to produce a fine set of traditional country and bluegrass.

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Is Brilliant Appropriation a Contradiction? On Gillian Welch and Pastiche

The historical references the virtuosic instrumental work, and the stunning close harmonies all took intelligence and skill to master, but that doesn't mean that Time (The Revelator) should be beyond critique.

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Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite

Despite being one of the pre-eminent banjo players of the day, Noam Pikelny proves on his fourth solo LP Universal Favorite that even an established musician still has to put himself out there.

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7 Feb 2017 // 10:46 AM

20 Questions: The Accidentals

The 20-something renegades may be gearing up for a major label debut in 2017, but at the end of the day, they'll be good with some grilled goat cheese sandwiches.

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The Infamous Stringdusters: Laws of Gravity

They aren't reinventing the laws of gravity on this release, but the Infamous Stringdusters put out yet another masterful collection of bluegrass songs.

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Greensky Bluegrass: Shouted, Written Down and Quoted

Greensky Bluegrass' strong new album sticks close enough to bluegrass trappings to satisfy traditionalists while being adventurous enough to attract both jamgrass and progressive fans. That's an achievement in and of itself.

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All Acoustic Instruments and Kitchen Utensils: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band History With Jeff Hanna

With half a century of music and friendship, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues forward with Circlin' Back.

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3 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

Mandolin Orange: Blindfaller

The duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz enlist the help of a quartet of instrumentalists to help flesh out their acoustic-based bluegrass/folk on their lovely fifth album.

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Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms - “Innocent Road” (premiere)

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms meld together as a duo with the same naturalness as Chris and Morgane Stapleton.

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Chatham County Line: Autumn

Autumn is the definition of true, unadulterated bluegrass with only a few modern amenities tossed in for good measure.

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Mandolin Orange - “Hard Travelin’” (audio) (premiere)

Mandolin Orange's “Hard Travelin’” is a delightful mix of Americana, bluegrass and country.

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O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor: Coming Home

A true family affair and a triumphant return home for bluegrass legend Mark O’Connor.

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The Stray Birds - “Sabrina” (audio) (premiere)

The Stray Birds make beautiful Americana music, a lush sound characterized by tight harmonies and all-encompassing instrumentation.

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National Park Radio - ‘The Great Divide’ (album stream) (premiere)

The Great Divide is dance music in its most traditionally American sense: this is the stuff you waltz to around a campfire with your sweetheart.

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Sara Watkins - “Young in All the Wrong Ways” (Singles Going Steady)

"Young in All the Wrong Ways" showcases Sara Watkins sinewy, up-from-the-toes wail and knack for writing songs suffused with heart-wrenching sincerity.

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Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways

On her third solo release, Sara Watkins struggles to find a true sense of self following the end of a relationship, resulting in a multi-level transitional exercise in soul-baring and genre-hopping.

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15 Jun 2016 // 2:10 AM

Elephant Revival: Petals

Following the departure of a prominent band member, Elephant Revival holds its own with a restructuring on Petals.

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14 Jun 2016 // 9:54 AM

Marley’s Ghost - “Prodigal Son” (audio) (premiere)

Americana band Marley’s Ghost is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year with the new release The Woodstock Sessions, and we've got a track to whet your appetite.

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"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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