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Pirates Canoe: One For The Pain In My Heart

Pirates Canoe: One For The Pain In My Heart

Pirates Canoe: One For The Pain In My Heart By Brian Rock Pirates Canoe and their debut album, One For The Pain In My Heart, defy easy classification. The lead song, “On Being Unknown,” begins with beautiful, Norah Jones style vocals layered over soothing, Manhattan, cocktail-jazz rhythms. “Guitar Blue” follows with a straight-from-Appalachia feel; complete […]

Way Over Yonder in Santa Monica

Way Over Yonder in Santa Monica

Way Over Yonder in Santa Monica By Jake Tully Day two of Santa Monica’s 2nd annual Way Over Yonder fest saw what may very well have been largest gathering of L.A. County’s finest folk and Americana music fans. Held in the same location on the Pier as the city’s famous Summer Twilight Series, Way Over […]

Ryan Adams Shows His Age

Ryan Adams Shows His Age

Ryan Adams Shows His Age By Jake Tully It’s been quite some time since Ryan Adams has released an album so evidently helmed with his own creative license. It’s no surprise that Adams is a far superior producer of content when making music on his own terms, but this time it’s transformative. Ryan Adams is […]

Justin Townes Earle “Single Mothers”

Justin Townes Earle “Single Mothers”

Justin Townes Earle “Single Mothers” By Courtney Sudbrink, Editor With a new label and a new wife, Justin Townes Earle has spent the past year in transition.  After a public feud over artistic integrity with would-be label Communion Records (started by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons), Earle has found a new home at Vagrant […]

Jump In, It’s Swimmin’ Time

Jump In, It’s Swimmin’ Time

Jump In, It’s Swimmin’ Time By Jake Tully Between relentless NPR touting and popularity driven from overnight Spotify showcasing, it’s easy to get inundated with Americana duos in present times. However, despite the encroaching fear that one might miss the boat with the next best partners from down South, Charleston husband and wife duo Shovels […]

Los Angeles is the place for Americana in September

Los Angeles is the place for Americana in September

Los Angeles is the place for Americana in September By Gerry Gomez The Los Angeles area is a magnet to a lot of great shows in September and it’s not even Rocktober yet! Make your plans now and get out to see some of the great local acts sharing the stage with national groups, legends […]

TJ East: Video Premiere of Jumbo Brown “Ain’t Nothing Wrong”

TJ East: Video Premiere of Jumbo Brown “Ain’t Nothing Wrong”

Video Premiere of Jumbo Brown “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” By Mark Lennon “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” is the first single off of Brooklyn based Jumbo Brown’s upcoming album American Primitive (December 2nd). Jumbo Brown is a band of country boys livin’ in Brooklyn, creating sing-along Country Blues songs about drinking and debauchery and giving you that backwoods, […]

Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons’s Prospect Hill Fat Possum/Music Maker By Michael Verity As a founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons’ stock in trade has long been the indigenous music of the American south. With Prospect Hill, he continues his examination of Americana’s deepest roots, from ragtime to blues to spirituals to the […]

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers

Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers By Michael Verity There’s a smiling optimism and a healthy dose of good humor on Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers, the first collection of predominantly new material to be released by the country legend in 20 years. All 14 tracks are all new recordings, nine of which were written by […]

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo

Legendary Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Brings Texas to Buffalo By Mark Lennon Billy Joe Shaver will be playing The Sportsmen’s Tavern Tuesday July 8 at 8p. Any classic country junky has heard Honky Tonk Heroes, Waylon Jennings’ landmark album or heard Johnny Cash’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal.” Shaver’s career has been the […]

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy

Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Remedy By Dixon Milner After almost fourteen years in Nashville, Tennessee, Old Crow Medicine Show has finally come out with a record firmly rooted in their Mid-South home. While previous albums like Tennessee Pusher and songs like “Wagon Wheel” mention the Music City, OCMS’s new album Remedy actually reflects living […]

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music By Jake Tully On Sturgill Simpson’s latest release, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the country singer-songwriter finds himself at odds sounding reminiscent of Alan Jackson in his Don’t Rock The Jukebox heyday while all the while blended with a slight tinge of psychedelia. It’s not to say that Metamodern is […]