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Sunday Selections: February 7, 2016

55 minutes agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

We just kind of can’t with this year’s ACM nominees. 2015 was a terrific year for country music, but you’d never know it from the often inexplicable and just as often indefensible slate of nominations that the Academy of Country Music put forth this week. Show More Summary

2016 SPBGMA National Bluegrass Awards

Tonight’s 42nd annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville didn’t come off completely without incident. About halfway through the show, MC Jeff Weaver from Rarely Herd took a tumble off the back of the stage, grabbing and pulling down several of the curtains in the […]

2016 SPBGMA International Band Championships

The results are in from the 2016 International Band Championships held during the annual SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. Bands are invited to compete from all over the US for this prestigious competition that awards $10,000 in prizes to the top ten finishers. Bands compete in three […]

D60 reso-guitar missing from SPBGMA

13 hours agoMusic / Country : Bluegrass Today

It’s the worst nightmare for a picker. You borrow an instrument to take to a festival, and it turns up missing. Now you not only have no instrument, but have to face explaining the loss a trusting friend. That’s the situation here in Nashville for Alex […]

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel Surprise Fans at the Austin’s Broken Spoke 2-4-2016

If you were lucky enough to be in the crowd at the legendary honky-tonk broken spoke in Austin last night to see Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel you were treated to a special guest appearance. Willie Nelson made a surprise appearance and he entertained the crowd with many of the classics they recorded [...]

Watch Out! Willie Nelson – “Someone to Watch Over Me” [VIDEO]

On this beautifully filmed black-and-white video Willie Nelson revisits the classic “Someone to Watch Over Me,” the Gershwin standard he first recorded on the 1978 blockbuster album of pop standards ‘Stardust.’ the album that evolved Willie from country singer to American balladeer. Show More Summary

Rootin’ Tootin’ Cam Newton

Here’s a video for all you bluegrass lovin’ football fans out there, guaranteed to ignite controversy among those planning to take in tomorrow’s Super Bowl contest. It comes from Maine bluegrass songwriter Stan Keach, showing his passion for the Carolina Panthers and their spirited quarterback, Cam […]

Sammy Shelor gets key to the City of Martinsville

Sammy Shelor, banjoist extraordinaire and leader of the indomitable Lonesome River Band, was surprised last week when he was presented with the Key to the City of Martinsville, VA. Shelor was performing with some buddies of his at Mtn’ Jax Restaurant & Pub in Martinsville, […]

Single Review: Reba McEntire, “Just Like Them Horses”

It's hard to put into words how exquisitely beautiful this record is. But if you're familiar with Reba McEntire's body of work, I'll start by saying this. It could be dropped, as is, into the middle of the For My Broken Heart album and not only fit in, but elevate that collection.

Single Review: Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind”

There are a lot of great songs about parents wishing their kids find happiness and success. Some, like "I Hope You Dance," have even become standards.

John Henry video from Hogslop String Band

We all know that bluegrass people can be compulsive, but when it comes to recreating things the traditional way, nothing beats old time musicians for their enthusiastic obsessions. Witness The Hogslop String Band, who had their current promotional photos created using tintype, where the subject is exposed onto to a […]

Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to Graham Talent

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, initially formed when longtime bassist Bill Yates was still alive, has signed with Graham Talent Group for representation. The band exists to retain the sound of the many classic Country Gentlemen songs, and offer an opportunity for today’s audiences to experience […]

Dave Adkins named Eastman Guitar endorser

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Dave Adkins has been announced as the newest endorser for Eastman Guitars. Eastman is currently building one of their E20D Dreadnought guitars for Dave, which is expected to be presented to him in the next few weeks. Adkins says that he is proud to […]

Highland Park Optimist Club – Kitchen Tapes (Demo EP) – 2016

2 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

So this is the first time I’ve ever written about a demo and we don’t write about EPs (except when we do) but this one grabbed me. I almost didn’t write about it even though I’ve literally listened to it at least once a day since it was released. There’s two reasons for that, Highland […]

On This Day #45 

On this day …. On February 5, 1959, Starday Records purchased the masters to Charlie Moore’s recordings No Grave (Is Gonna Keep This Soul); Over in Gloryland; When They Crucified My Lord and Why Is Mother Buried. The four Gospel songs were recorded the previous […]

Readers’ Pick: Let Me Get By by TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

2 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, Let Me Get By beats out BUDDY MILLER AND FRIENDS, Cayamo Sessions at Sea as your favorite for the week of January 29, 2016. 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. Readers’ […]

Jeffrey Foucault #1603

3 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Jeffrey Foucault’s (pronounced Folk-alt) latest album, Salt As Wolves, brings the #CFRalum (previously featured here) back to his rock and blues roots. The title references Shakespeare’s character, Iago, from Othello, but the songs reflect Foucault’s personal life more than any of his other albums. As he prepares for the European leg of his tour supporting […]

Miss Piggy and Kermit Cover John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves”

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

The ‘The Muppets’ show too a wonderful rootsy turn the other night when Miss Piggy and Kermit Cover “In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine. The song is the title cut from Prine’s 13th studio album released in 1999, and is a standout duet with Iris DeMent. Kermet and his diva are having fun with [...]

Cifersky and Kozak – February Mountain Tour 2016

Richard Cifersky and Ondra Kozak have shared this music video they produced to help promote their upcoming February Mountain Tour 2016 in central Europe. The two super pickers are among Europe’s best, and have performed in many of the top bluegrass bands over there. The duo (banjo/guitar) […]

Episode 107: W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show Podcast (The Black Lillies, The Cactus Blossoms, & The Milk Carton Kids)

3 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

The Music Featured On This Weeks Episode Is From The Following Albums: The Black Lillies – Hard To Please (2015) The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming (2016) The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey (2015) More Summary

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