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Jerry Castle's Rich Americana Roots on Display With "Pick Up Your Guitar" (premiere)

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jerry Castle releases the deeply focused and nuanced Midnight Testaments on 24 August. "Pick Up Your Guitar" is the album's new infectious single.

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Hiss Golden Messenger's 'Forward, Children' Offers "Beauty in the Broken American Moment"

Hiss Golden Messenger offer up a welcome serving of musical communion, and in the service of others, during a time when we all need consolation and reassurance. Forward, Children is a PopMatters Pick and aids a worthy cause: education.

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Daniel Romano's Outfit Demand More Than an 'Okay Wow' Response

Daniel Romano's Outfit would be the perfect act for a club outside the industrial park on a Friday night when paychecks are cashed, hard drinks flow, and all one wants to do is get lost in the loud music.

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The Claudettes Celebrate Love and Solitude With "24/5" (premiere + interview)

Eclectic Chicago quartet, the Claudettes, return with High Times in the Dark, which spotlights their musical ferocity and flexibility. Hear the new single "24/5".

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The Districts Grow Older and Wiser on 'You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere'

You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere is a sonic and lyrical breakthrough for the Districts, a record that's years beyond anything else in their catalog.

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The Lone Bellow Create Intimate Americana Chamber Pieces on 'Half Moon Light'

The writing on the Lone Bellow's Half Moon Light strives towards the essence of a thing – emotional conflict and tension, inward or interpersonal – and resolution.

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Los Lobos Rock the Fillmore for "Bill's 89th Birthday Bash"

From their early garage band days in East LA to national acclaim and ongoing status as a perennial Fillmore favorite, Los Lobos have truly become a cultural institution.

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Enjoy Yourself: An Interview with Todd Snider

Todd Snider's 2004 album, East Nashville Skyline, is getting a new lease on life with a new vinyl edition, but the veteran troubadour remains creatively restless and committed to his musical future. "I might sound like I know how life works but I don't. I know less about it all the time."

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Bruce Springsteen's 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' Calls Out to Us

Bruce Springsteen's 1995 album, The Ghost of Tom Joad, inherited and built upon some powerful 20th century American literary, political, and pop culture themes. Can we hear its haunting call in these times?

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The Drunken Hearts Roll Up Their Sleeves for Wild Ride on 'Wheels of the City' (premiere + interview)

After stirring up a blend of bluegrass, outlaw country and hardscrabble Americana at their Denver-based outpost, the Drunken Hearts go for broke on Wheels of the City and discover more daring influences on the way to their desired destination.

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Bobby Hawk Keeps It Simple on "Salt and Liquor" (premiere)

Americana artist, Bobby Hawk's "Salt and Liquor" is a sprawling reflection featuring "ten thousand violins and a tuned down guitar in an Irish pub as big as the Grand Canyon".

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Micky and the Motorcars Drive Forward with the Steady Americana of "Road to You" (premiere)

The opening cut from Texas roots rockers Micky and the Motorcars' upcoming album is the classic Americana jam of "Road to You".

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited's Doug Clifford and Stu Cook Discuss Woodstock and Retirement

Doug Clifford and Stu Cook look back on the bright-burning Creedence Clearwater Revival Woodstock set from August 1969, and talk about the decision to get off the road after 25 years as Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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Mail the Horse Blend Catchy Roots Rock with Solemn Reflections on "Sweet Red Lies" (premiere)

New York roots rockers Mail the Horse still play with youthful abandon, but "Sweet Red Lies" and other songs on their eponymous LP focus inwardly on the post-party blues.

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Blues Cruising Samantha Fish Takes Joy Ride of Her Life on 'Kill or Be Kind' (album premiere + interview)

"Playing more for the song," Samantha Fish feels right at home dealing with various shades of blues in New Orleans, and proves it with a sneak preview of her sixth studio album.

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Mark Mulcahy's 'The Gus' Is an Elusive and Mysterious Delight

Taking inspiration from the short fiction of George Saunders and featuring guest appearances from Rain Phoenix and J. Mascis, Mark Mulcahy condenses ten brilliant and baffling short stories into barely a half hour of music.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival Finally Release Their Woodstock Performance

Fifty years after the iconic Woodstock festival, fans finally get to hear Creedence Clearwater Revival's storied set.

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The Revivalists Perform "Oh No" at Muscle Shoals' Legendary FAME Recording Studios (interview)

The Revivalists revisit the pivotal song from Take Good Care. Guitarist Zack Feinberg chats about music history, the Rolling Stones, and paying respects to musical elders.

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Winnow's 'Light the Match' Is Aflame with Gritty Roots Rock (album stream) (premiere)

Longtime folk music collaborators Joey Frendo and Jared Meeuwenberg shine as Winnow, their rocking new Americana project. Hear their new EP, Light the Match.

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Former 'Nashville' Star Clare Bowen Brings Show of Strength, Hope to Debut Album

Portraying promising singer-songwriter Scarlett O'Connor on Nashville, Australian Clare Bowen learned a lot about the Music City … and herself. Bowen tells us about her journey in this extensive interview.

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Americana's Josh Rennie-Hynes Reconciles Our Past with Our Future on "Chapter" (premiere)

An initial taste of his upcoming album, Patterns, Americana artist Josh Rennie-Hynes recognizes the beautiful mystery of life in "Chapters".

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Deliver the Goods at the Fillmore

An overdue career milestone is achieved as Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real fill their headlining debut at rock's most sacred venue with great new material and classic rock gems.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Takes Listeners on a Journey with 'The Traveler'

Blues rock's Kenny Wayne Shepherd incorporates all of his Southern influences and a few surprising covers on his dynamic new record, The Traveler.

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Hollis Brown's 'Ozone Park' Is a Fun, Upbeat Record

Hollis Brown return to form on their first full-length record in four years. Ozone Park is worth the wait.

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Nils Lofgren Celebrates Love, Loss, Friendship Via 'Blue With Lou'

Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young collaborator, Nils Lofgren's Blue With Lou is a career high that frequently recalls his early work with Grin, while rising to new, majestic heights.

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Howe Gelb's Latest Is a Welcoming Call to Gather Around

Listening to Howe Gelb's Gathered is like being at a dinner party with Gelb at the head of the table, telling stories, offering his sagacity, and taking the listener on clever lexical excursions.

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The Felice Brothers Want Us All to 'Undress'

The Felice Brothers take the bromide "the personal is the political" and stand it on is head and have it stick out its tongue so that the political becomes personal on Undress.

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The Flesh Eaters Offer Observations on Sobriety, Fanaticism With "Miss Muerte" (premiere + interview)

Legendary Los Angeles punk supergroup, the Flesh Eaters issue a new video ahead of touring, while vocalist/founding member Chris D. discusses outfit's ongoing evolution and future.

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Ryan Bingham Dazzles with Troubadour Charm at the Sweetwater

Solo acoustic "Songs & Stories" format proves a winning formula for Ryan Bingham, the Texas-raised singer/songwriter with California charisma.

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The Effortless Charm of John Hiatt Is Alive and Well on 'The Eclipse Sessions'

Legendary singer/songwriter John Hiatt's 23rd studio album, The Eclipse Sessions, is a sharp, eclectic collection of songs.

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The Drunken Hearts at Grandoozy: Colorado-Based Band Continues Prime Climb to Top

After the unexpected death of his drummer, Drunken Hearts frontman Andrew McConathy renewed his commitment to music with four fellow outsiders who found a home in Denver while becoming one of the best little bands in Colorado. Now it's time for the rest of America to listen up.

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Jerry David DeCicca Hits the Road in "Burning Daylight" (premiere)

Jerry David DeCicca duets with Eve Searles on his rollicking new road song, "Burning Daylight".

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The Band of Heathens Resurrect Ray Charles' "Heaven Help Us All" As a Timely Message of Unity and Justice (premiere)

On "Heaven Help Us All", the Band of Heathens create a warm, soulful, gospel sound that feels like the big hug we all need right about now.

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Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles Deliver Love Song With a Sweet Twist Via "House on a Hill" (premiere + interview)

Sarah Borges' songs remind us that simplicity and clarity can be more impactful than clever metaphors and the complicated machinery that accompanies most pop singles today.

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Larkin Poe Among the Wanted Women Singing in the Reign at 2018 Ride Festival

Playing off a film released earlier this summer, let's just call this Telluride music event the Year of Spectacular Women, with five female-fronted acts including Grace Potter and Sheryl Crow setting an example for others to follow.

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Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls Tell the Story of "In Love With My Gun" (premiere)

There are some who have had enough of handgun violence. Roots rockers Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls engage the gun debate in "In Love With My Gun".

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