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Dustbowl Revival's "Queen Quarantine (A Home Recording)" Is a Cheeky Reproach of COVID-19 (premiere)

Inspired by John Prine, Dustbowl Revival's latest single, "Queen Quarantine (A Home Recording)", approaches the COVID-19 pandemic with wit and good humor.

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Sam Doores Brings New Sounds to Americana on His Solo Debut (album stream + interview)

Deslondes member Sam Doores goes solo during down time from the band. His new album upsets expectations about the nature of Americana music in 2020 and yet maintains strong ties to Doores' roots.

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BeauSoleil's Michael Doucet Steps Out with Lâcher Prise for "Water Water" (premiere)

Cajun music legend and BeauSoleil founder Michael Doucet releases a video for "Water Water", recorded with his new adventurous, roots music quintet, Lâcher Prise.

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Dustbowl Revival Explore the Personal and Political on 'Is It You, Is It Me'

Dustbowl Revival's Is It You, Is It Me undertakes the personal and political. The Americana ensemble are candid in their responses to divisive political conversations all the while setting their missives to masterful instrumentation.

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Brother Dege's Profound Roots on Display via "The Early Morn" (premiere)

Americana's Brother Dege teams with Irish dobro man Tom Portman for in-studio performance of "The Early Morn".

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'If You're Going to the City' Illuminates the Cerebral Artistry of Mose Allison

Too adventurous for blues, too raw for jazz, Mose Allison danced on the ivories in both worlds, tipping his hat to singer-songwriter pop along the way. A new tribute album reveals the many avenues worth exploring of one of the most singular voices in music.

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Kacy & Clayton's 'Carrying On' Is a Profound Meditation on Geographic Connection

Folk duo Kacy & Clayton explore the power of geographic connection and the awareness they develop when separated from their roots on Carrying On, their Jeff Tweedy-produced sixth studio album.

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Mike Duke Steps Into the Spotlight

Sometimes the story of how an album came to be is as fascinating as the music itself. Southern roots music artist Mike Duke draws from a deep well of influences and pours his heart and soul into everything he plays.

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The 20 Best Americana Albums of 2019

Our Best 20 Americana albums of 2019 are a multicultural, polysexual, cross-genre lineup of cool Americana music that, as with the best parts of the American promise, pays tribute to the musical wells from which they spring but also takes the artform wherever their rugged individualism and talent-rich hearts lead them.

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Dustbowl Revival Embrace Their Nomadic Character via "Runaway" (premiere)

Dustbowl Revival's "Runaway" is from their upcoming album, Is It You, Is It Me, releasing in January. "It feels like a movie song now, big and lush and searching, and I love that," says the band's Z Lupetin.

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The 20 Best Folk Albums of 2019

Folk in 2019 is an image of inclusivity and unity in the face of international political upheaval. It's most captivating in its moments of sheer, heart-bearing authenticity and ensnares with new musical bearings introduced by some of its foremost innovators and newcomers to the scene.

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Ethel Mae Bourque's 'Chansons de la campagne' Is an Important Musical Artifact of Louisiana (album stream) (premiere)

Lost Bayou Ramblers founder Louis Michot pays tribute to friend and mentor Ethel Mae Bourque with a touching collection of recordings that capture her inimitable spirit and the spirit of Louisiana.

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Hot Club of Cowtown Return with Charm and Wit on the Western Swing Infused 'Wild Kingdom'

Hot Club of Cowtown's Wild Kingdom may not redefine the Western swing genre, but damn it all if it isn't a good time.

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"Caveman" Finds Hot Club of Cowtown in a Whimsical Mood (premiere + interview)

"Caveman" is "part Monty Python and part Bob Wills", but it's all Hot Club of Cowtown. The beloved Texas trio return with a new album, Wild Kingdom, on 27 September.

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Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon Put Down Roots As a Collective Enterprise on 'Solstice'

Luther Dickinson and a remarkable group of roots music vocalists explore their own pasts on the vibrant new Americana collaboration, Solstice.

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Levee Bandits Share Remix of Lost Bayou Rambers' "Granny Smith" with "Granny Mae" (premiere)

This vaporwave rendition of Lost Bayou Rambers' "Granny Smith" is remixed by Imagine I Am and is part of larger project to preserve and evolve the music and culture of Southern Louisiana.

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'A&R Pioneers' Highlights Unsung Pivotal Figures at the Birth of Recorded Pop Music

Well before artists were their own entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs became rock stars, A&R pros improvised a blueprint for the workings of the modern music industry.

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Lost Bayou Ramblers Spin-Off, Michot's Melody Makers Issue Debut With 'Blood Moon' (album stream + interview)

With Lost Bayou Ramblers approaching a possible hiatus, lead singer and fiddler Louis Michot brings us a whole new batch of fun and fiddlin' that marries the historical to the contemporary.

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The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Pierce Through the Darkness with "You Can't Steal My Shine" (premiere)

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band deliver a hand-clapping, foot-stomping hymnal with "You Can't Steal My Shine".

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Roxanne Potvin Takes Control with "All It Was" (premiere)

Canadian singer/songwriter Roxanne Potvin's new EP brings together a wide range of roots-pop influences, as on "All It Was".

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Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore Offer a Tour of the Country with 'Downey to Lubbock'

The invigorating blend of traditional blues, country, folk, and more on Downey to Lubbock shows Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore finding common ground.

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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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Sugarcane Jane: Dirt Road's End

Dirt Road’s End is a guidebook that simulates a fusion of past and present, as interpreted by two musicians blessed with a clear-eyed perspective and the ability to bring it all about.

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Steph Cameron: Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady

Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady is the kind of platter that, if all goes to plan, is going to make Steph Cameron a little less sad-eyed and lonesome when she takes the stage at a concert hall near you.

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Old Time Machine: Old Time Machine

There is a startling maturity to the Old Time Machine sound, and there’s a consistency of vision to be had across these nine tracks.

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In the Heart of Country Music in the Heart of the Country

How the Midwest remade country music in its own image -- and without even trying.

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Pine Hill Haints: Welcome to the Midnight Opry

An otherwise worthy batch of full-spectrum roots music that suffers from slipshod production.

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Scott Miller & the Commonwealth: Reconstruction

Since Scott Miller's turn as frontman of seminal 1990s alt-country luminaries the V-Roys, he's been perfecting -- in both sound and lyric -- the South-as-microcosm template.

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The Marleys and Mind Control

The efforts of major corporations to disarm their consumers is a reminder that music used to be judged by how it made the listener feel, not how many times it was downloaded.


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