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Watch Out! Sturgill Simpson: “Turtles All the Way Down” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

2 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

Last night Sturgill Simpson performed his trad-country, psychedelic-tinged song about chemical enlightenment. As always, the man and his fantastic band, nailed it. With appearances on David Letterman and Conan it’s becomes a of late night talk-show gauntlet by the reluctant savior of country music. It won’t be long before Sturgill Simpson is a household name. [...]

Dixie Hall Diagnosed with Brain Tumor; Brad Paisley to Appear on College GameDay; Parker Millsap Releases “Truck Stop Gospel” Video

1 hour agoMusic / Country : The 9513

Chris Jones of Bluegrass Today reports that “a source close to Tom T. and Dixie Hall has disclosed that Miss Dixie has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, and is suffering from dementia as a result.” Dixie, one of the most-recorded songwriters...Show More Summary

Friday Five: Frankenstein’s Monster

4 hours agoMusic / Country : The 9513

Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus was published nearly 200 years ago, but it remains a vital part of pop culture (a new movie version starring Daniel Radcliffe and Sybil from Downton Abbey is slated to come...Show More Summary

Mayer’s Playlist for October 2014, Part 2

yesterdayMusic / Country : Twangville

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH And the War Came, by Shakey Graves Austin-based Alejandro Rose-Garcia — Shakey Graves — makes a mighty fine racket. His live performances, generally just him on the stage playing guitar and percussion, are captivating. And the War Came is the rare studio album that captures this energy while simultaneously showcasing the […]

GhostTunes Previews New Garth Album; Sturgill Simpson Plays The Tonight Show; CMT Debuts New Angaleena Presley Video

yesterdayMusic / Country : The 9513

Larry Cordle, Doc Hopkins, and Pete Stamper are part of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. They’ll be inducted on April 10. (via press release) If you’re at work, you should probably put on headphones before you listen to Dean Miller’s masturbation song. Show More Summary

Podcast – Ajax Diner Book Club, 10/27/14 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

For reasons I can’t understand, I haven’t been able to embed the podcast player into the post like I normally do. But you can listen to the podcast by going HERE   or LISTEN HERE Maggie Bjorklund “Dark Side Of The Heart” from Shaken The Fox Hunt “Knoxville Girl” from America’s Working So We Don’t Have Too Peter Buck “Life [...]

Podcast – Ajax Diner Book Club 10/27/14, KRFC Fort Collins CO

Maggie Bjorklund “Dark Side Of The Heart” from Shaken The Fox Hunt “Knoxville Girl” from America’s Working So We Don’t Have Too Peter Buck “Life Is Short” from I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again Langhorne Slim “Crazy Elephant” from When...Show More Summary

NYC Gets Country Fest; Tompkins Square Records Celebrates Nine Years; Angaleena Presley, Nadine Hubbs Discuss Country Music Classism

2 days agoMusic / Country : The 9513

Jewly Hight did a fantastic piece for Wondering Sound in which she talks with Angaleena Presley and scholar Nadine Hubbs (author of Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music) about class and country music. Your other piece of mandatory reading:...Show More Summary

McDougall – Self Titled

2 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

News of a new McDougall record is big news around these parts. We’ve written about him multiple times (here and here) and he’s been played on both radio shows. A one-man band that alternates between guitar and six-string banjo with heavy doses of bass drum and hi-hat mixed in, McDougall’s true talent doesn’t come from [...]

Sean Costello – In The Magic Shop

2 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Sean Costello was a great talent who left us too soon. After taking the blues world by storm, Costello was found dead of an apparent overdose in his Atlanta hotel room on April 15, 2008, the day before his 29th birthday. After his death, his family confirmed that the troubled artist had suffered from bipolar […]

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

3 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

First things first, I’m a total novice when it comes the music of Will Oldham (Palace Music, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, et all.) so don’t expect a thorough diagnosis of the new Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy record, Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues in relation to earlier works. I’ll save that for a more astute review. I [...]

Ryan Bingham Announces New Album, ‘Fear and Saturday Night,’ Streams New Song ‘Broken Heart Tattoos’

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

2015 is shaping up to be another great bounty year for Americana and roots music and singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham has just sweetened the pot. Bingham’s follow up to 2012’s “Tomorrowland,” and his fifth studio release, entitled “Fear and Saturday Night” will be released on Jan. 20 Bingham described the new album to wsj.com as a [...]

George Strait to Perform at CMA Awards; Ryman Undergoes Renovations; New Album Releases

3 days agoMusic / Country : The 9513

George Strait will perform at the CMA Awards next week; it will be his 24th performance on the CMAs. Next Tuesday, go get newly updated ebook versions of Peter Guralnick’s Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm & Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom and his Sam Cooke book, Dream Boogie. Show More Summary

Readers’ Pick: Aviator by Stoney LaRue

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

You picked Aviator by Stoney LaRue as your favorite for the week of October 21, 2014. Readers’ Top Picks (last 4 weeks) Boxers by Matthew Ryan (20) Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams (9) Aviator by Stoney LaRue (7) And The War Came by Shakey Graves (7) Rock & Roll Time […]

Watch Out! First Aid Kit – “Stay Gold” [VIDEO]

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

Love great vocal harmony? Me too. First Aid Kit have the kind heavenly resonance that occurs only with sibling close harmony singing. And it shines most brightly on their song “Stay Gold.” The folk-pop Swedish duo have released a new music video for the song. Directed by Alex Southam and shot on the Swedish island [...]

Class of 2014 Inducted Into CMHOF; Stream Neil Young, Bob Dylan Releases; New Music Videos

4 days agoMusic / Country : The 9513

The Country Music Hall of Fame formally inducted Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman and Hank Cochran with last night’s medallion ceremony. Rumors are flying that Ronnie Dunn might be the next artist to sign with Nash Icon. (Reba signed with the label last week.) E145 pal Peter Cooper interviewed Taylor Swift for The Tennessean. Show More Summary

Monday Morning Video: James Brown on the T.A.M.I. Show

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Here’s the legendary James Brown delivering a performance for the ages.

Watch Out! Gravel Kings – “Boozgeois Blues” [VIDEO]

6 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

Fort Pierce, FL.- based Gravel Kings found a fitting and welcome place to film the video for their song “Boozgeois Blues,” the song’s namesake and hometown bar Boozgeois Saloon. The song is a tuneful and rollicking folk-pop gem that both celebrates and bids adieu to the place and folks featured. From the band: “Most the [...]

Fats Domino Documentary Debuts at New Orleans Film Fest; Kenny Chesney Returns to the Road; O’Donovan, Pikelny Collaborate

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst interviewed Joe Mullins about keeping bluegrass alive on the radio. (warning: autoplay) Ryan Bingham will release Fear and Saturday Night on January 20. Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal premieredShow More Summary

Paul Craft Passes Away; Little Big Town Inducted Into Grand Ole Opry; New Music Videos

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

Just two weeks after his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Paul Craft passed away last Saturday at the age of 76. Read the obituary Peter Cooper wrote for The Tennessean. Grand Ole Opry historian Byron Fay recently...Show More Summary

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