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The 10 Best Americana Albums of 2007

If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 21 June 2012 (Day 1)

Mandolin wars, fire on the mountain, Levon love, and John Fogerty: The 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival brings the heat in Colorado.

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Americana May Be Country, But Country Is Rarely Americana

Like punk rock and heavy metal, country music has a formula and violating that formula is a kind of betrayal, a heresy for which one may not be forgiven. In Americana, such betrayals and unexpected turns are often welcomed.

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Various Artists: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2 CD Deluxe Edition)

The Coen Brothers' beloved soundtrack of '30s-era Americana gets an upgrade with unreleased tracks.

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Gabe Dixon: One Spark

Piano man takes aim at pop stardom.

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Old Country Comfort: How the British Might Save American Music (Again)

The British saved rock 'n' roll, reignited the blues, and may just make country music more American.

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Desitively Bonnaroo: Reporting from the Land of Dust and Music (Part 2)

You are at Bonnaroo. You do not sleep. You are not a wimp.

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Alison Krauss and Union Station: Paper Airplane

Paper Airplane features ample ghostly romance and impeccable melodic arrangements, but it doesn't challenge the formula.

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Top Five Tunes That Should Be Covered by Alison Krauss and Union Station

Each of these songs, in my mind, would fit Alison Krauss and Union Station’s unique blend of bluegrass traditionalism and progressionist spirit.

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Potential Grammy Nominees for Song of the Year?

This is a look at likely contenders for the Song of the Year, which is a composer/songwriter’s award.

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Could These Be the Nominees for the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

This year’s list of nominees will be released on Tuesday, September 28th, with over 500 selected industry insiders choosing which five acts will be honored.

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Keeping Some Dirt Under the Grass: John Hartford and the Roots of Newgrass

At a time when country music was shining like a new dime, John Hartford and his collaborators were digging into old time music to find something new.

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Alison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More

While Krauss' most obvious gift is her ethereal voice, her relationship with the material truly makes her a timeless artist.

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Who Says Country Can't Hip-Hop?

Poverty, crime, disenfranchisement, sinning, saving, and no-account women: Stereotypical subjects of the average country song, or the average hip-hop song?


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