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Blog Post Archive

Tom’s Picks: Best of 2017

10 hours agoMusic / Country : Twangville

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD, Barefoot In The Head This was the year I fell in love with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. I’m not sure what took so long as they’ve had six studio releases and several live recording leading up to this one—they are on fire. This also marks the second year in a row that I went […]

Fall Music Clean Up

20 hours agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Here it is the end of the year and I was going back through all the great music I’ve heard this year and found 3 CDs that never worked their way up to a full review, but for one reason or another they hung around in my playlist.  So as you sit there turkey-drunk and […]

Mayer’s Picks – More Favorites from 2017

2 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Here, in no particular order, are a few more favorites from 2017. New MistakesTerra Lightfoot Letters Never ReadDori Freeman Other Love SongsFront Country Boy Crazy and Single(s)Lydia Loveless Transient LullabyThe Mastersons The World We BuiltThe Wild Reeds Youth DetentionLee Bains III and the Glory Fires Tomorrow ForeverMatthew Sweet Life Is FinePaul Kelly This Is My […]

Mayer’s Picks – Best of 2017

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Another year is winding down, which means that it is time for the ubiquitous best of year lists. Without further ado, here are my picks for the best albums of 2017. #10. BAND OF HEATHENS, Duende The Heathens plugged in their guitars more so than previous albums without losing any of their Texas Americana allure. […]

Monday Morning Video – Roger Clyne

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

How about some good ol’ rock and roll to start the week. As the man says, “Baby, I do love Rock and Roll.”

Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2017

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

‘Laughing With The Reckless’ by The Contenders edged out ‘Brand New Day’ by The Mavericks in what has to be our most competitive end of year Readers’ Pick poll to date. Thanks to all who voted. Look for our annual Authors’ picks coming soon.

True North – Open Road, Broken Heart

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

Kris Kristofferson famously wrote that “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”  Kristen Grainger, lead singer & songwriter for True North, writes a corollary, “you call it leaving, but she calls it freedom”, on One Way Ticket, the opening track on their latest album.  While Me And Bobby McGee was about the journey […]

Monday Morning Video – Leeroy Stagger

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

Leeroy Stagger has been consistently putting out some fine releases for nearly 15 years. He’s never been one to pull his punches and Love Versus, his latest album, is no exception. He pays tribute to the “prophets” of punk (“Joe Strummer and Joey Ramone”), contemplates racial disharmony and violence (“Living in the Future”) and questions […]

Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2017 Poll

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

It’s that time of year and we want to hear from you what your favorite new album of 2017 was. We’ve narrowed the choices to fifty by selecting from your favorites throughout the year in our weekly Readers’ Pick poll alongside your nominations and a few critically acclaimed additions. Now it’s time to vote. As […]

Mayer’s Playlist for Fall 2017, Part 3

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

(This Ain’t) An Original Sin, Will Hoge (from the EDLO Records release Anchors) Nashville-based singer-songwriter Will Hoge possesses the twin powers of lyric and melody, a talent that is finely displayed on Anchors. From a lyrical perspective, the album overflows with yearning, disappointment and self-reflection. “You can try to fight the truth, but time will […]

Dori Freeman/Letters Never Read

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

I’m not sure how I stumbled across Dori Freeman’s latest release. Facebook marketing maybe? A friend listening on Spotify? An email I accidently clicked on instead of deleting? Whatever the method, I’m grateful that I did, as she has turned out to be one of my favorite discoveries of 2017. After listening to the first […]

Mayer’s Playlist for Fall 2017, Part 2

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

No Heart Left Behind, Hannah Aldridge (from the Rootsy Music release Gold Rush) “I take my heartache with a little bit of ice,” announces Muscle Shoals-raised Hannah Aldridge on “Burning Down Birmingham,” one of several stand-outs from her latest release. Electric guitars lead the charge, sometimes chugging with an insistent stoicism and other times unleashing […]

Monday Morning Video – Justin Currie

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Justin Currie continues to quietly — really too quietly — put out exceptional albums. He could teach a masterclass in how to write a song with blunt honesty and emotional punch. Here is a favorite from This Is My Kingdom Now, released earlier this year.

Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2017 Call for Nominations

3 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

For the next week, we’ll be taking your nomination to supplement our Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2017 poll. The rules: You get one nomination — choose wisely. If you mention more than one, we’ll only take your first mention. Nominate by adding a comment to this post. It has to be a full length album — no EPs. That usually means more than […]

Peace, Twang, and Turkey Grease: A 2017 Thanksgiving Toast to Chip Frazier

3 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Chip Frazier pictured second from left in green shirt. Here we are again… Thanksgiving 2017, y’all… which means we’re celebrating 12 years of Twangville’s existence. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing a Thanksgiving toast each year to thank our contributors, our community, and the artists who give us something to listen […]

Josh Ritter and Good Old War in Northampton

3 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

  It’s not easy to get an overnight sitter and get out to a show these days, but when we had the chance to see Josh Ritter play again we made the many arrangements for our two kids and made a night out of it. Both acts were amazing. The lion’s share of the crowd […]

Monday Morning Video: Todd Thibaud

3 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

I spend so much time listening to new music that it’s easy to forget about the classics and old favorites, so I love it when a casual conversation sends me back into the archives. Boston’s Todd Thibaud has one of the most consistent — and consistently good — catalogs of any in my music collection. […]

Mayer’s Playlist for Fall 2017, Part 1

3 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Don’t Tell Me to Smile, The Mastersons (from the Red House Records release Transient Lullaby) The husband and wife team of Chris Masterson and Bonnie Whitmore continue to refine their sound on the glorious Transient Lullaby. The duo thoughtfully explore the foibles of contemporary relationships with a studied blend of thoughtfulness and realism. The arrangements […]

Readers’ Pick: Live at Red Rocks by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

3 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

You picked Live at Red Rocks by Denver-based folk rock band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, as your favorite new release for the week of November 10, 2017. Poll Results New Releases Did we miss something? If you feel a new release is missing from our current poll, please let us know in the comments. […]

The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men – Roll With It

3 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Somewhere a little to the west of the early Beatles and a little east of Tom Petty is a sweet spot of rock and roll that pleases just about anyone with a soul.  It has catchy melodies and familiar guitar chords that’s generally upbeat, even if the subject matter isn’t particularly light.  I’m not going […]

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