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Twang to Trombones: Top 20 Picks for AmericanaFest 2017

When Wynonna and Lee Ann Womack drag queen impersonators are NOT the highlight of the night, you know you need to be at these shows. AmericanaFest has something for every music fan.

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John Moreland's Feeling Some Big Bad Luv

With a voice like early Springsteen and lyrics that put this Tulsa songwriter right up there with the Boss, John Moreland’s new album, Big Bad Luv, is gonna make your sad bastard ass get up and dance.

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Sadler Vaden Became Their Muse (Podcast)

Sadler Vaden inspires songwriters to reach their full potential, but he hopes they never get there.

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Brace Yourself: An Interview With Allen Thompson

Two members of Allen Thompson's band broke their backs last year. Brace yourself for their new sound.

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Country Fried Rock: Town Mountain Interview

Town Mountain rides the Southern Crescent all the way to Louisiana, making an album where award-winning bluegrass players boogie.

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Country Fried Rock: An Interview with Golden Eels

Neil Golden played for bands ranging from Elf Power and Japancakes to Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy. His debut album as Golden Eels is Periscopes in the Air.

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Country Fried Rock: Kevin Gordon Interview

What happens when you love people whose beliefs conflict with your values? Kevin Gordon digs deep into Southern family dynamics in Long Gone Time.

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No Longer Hiding Behind the Booze: An Interview with Caleb Caudle

Caleb Caudle's upcoming album, Carolina Ghost, reveals his first collection of songs fully developed since getting sober.

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Country Fried Rock: Aaron Lee Tasjan Interview

Aaron Lee Tasjan tells stories that make Hayes Carll, Todd Snider, and Kevn Kinney jealous.

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Country Fried Rock: Patrick Sweany Then

Patrick Sweany used to live in an apartment so close to the bar next door that he could call over and order a drink, then open his window and lean out to pick it up.

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Country Fried Rock: T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate, Diamond Rugs)

T. Hardy Morris keeps the touchpoint of the Meat Puppets when critiquing his new songs.

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Country Fried Rock: RayLand Baxter Interview

RayLand Baxter hails from royal Russian lineage or Nashville songwriter royalty -- or not.

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Country Fried Rock: Caleb Caudle Interview

There's a steamy pathway from North Carolina to New Orleans and back, that pulls songwriters seeking and running away from their problems.

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Country Fried Rock: Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham of Social Distortion

Social Distortion launches a 25th anniversary tour this week, playing their 1990 self-titled album in its entirety -- the album that introduced me to country music.

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Country Fried Rock: Justin Townes Earle Interview

When you are named for one of the most revered songwriters in American folk music, people expect you to either live up to the honor or crash and burn. Justin Townes Earle has done both in his lifetime.

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Country Fried Rock: The Mastersons

The Mastersons are much more than the opening act as they write songs for their own band and are sought-after writing partners and players for their friends and legends. Coming out from behind the scenes musically was a little more of a transition than they anticipated.

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Country Fried Rock: Todd Grebe and Cold Country

Alaska native, Todd Grebe, knows about Cold Country -- not just the weather, but his band. After years playing music more influenced by bluegrass than country, his buddy and band mate decided to pick up a Telecaster. The ensuing songs and record took the band back to Nashville, to record with several #CFRalumni.

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Country Fried Rock: Dex Romweber

Dex Romweber may feel that his age is catching up with him, but that hasn't stopped him from making the music he loves one bit.

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Country Fried Rock: Jacob Furr

After his young wife's death from a brain tumor, songwriter Jacob Furr hit the road of his native Texas for some windshield therapy.

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Country Fried Rock: Folk Family Revival Interview (Podcast)

Folk Family Revival's three brothers and their buddy released Waterwalker, a giant leap into psychedelic rock for these folkies from Texas.


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