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Adam Steffey checks in

We caught up with mandolin ace Adam Steffey over this past weekend, after learning that he had been in the studio tracking for a new solo project. But he didn’t want to talk about that. He’s all fired up about the upcoming Boxcars release, Familiar With […]

Episode 287 – Wheezing

2 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

SPECIAL PATREON/DONATION THANK YOU TO JEFFREY FIELDS, BRYAN CHILDS, JENNI O’MALLEY, GARY STAFFORD, JOHN MONDICK, and JASON FINCH  FOR THEIR SUPPORT! A new week, a new episode full of great new music. I’m still wheezing and coughing, but I pulled it all together. Enjoy! Download this episode HERE Music in this episode: – Modern Romance AND Falling Down by […]

If I could just get that first line…

People in Nashville have often heard it said that everyone there is a songwriter. This is probably true, and if you’ve spent any time listening to country radio in the last several years, you’ve no doubt heard quite a few songs that sound like they […]

Professor Louie & the Crowmatrix – Music From Hurley Mountain

3 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Americana music encompasses many different strains of homegrown sounds. Professor Louie and the Crowmatrix have tapped into a number of those sounds on their compelling new album, Music From Hurley Mountain. Denizens of Woodstock, NY,...Show More Summary

Allen Mills recovering from back surgery

Wonderful news from the great Allen Mills. The Lost and Found bass player and vocalist this past 42 years is resting comfortably at home recuperating from a second back surgery in the past 6 months. And at 78 years of age, Allen told us that […]

GPS-8 personal monitor from Galaxy Audio

Bluegrass performers have long experienced frustrations with stage monitors. Being able to hear yourself on stage is always crucial for a solid show, and not every quality picker and singer is a whiz when it comes to sound reinforcement. Many acoustic groups have moved into using in-ear, wireless monitor […]

Phil Leadbetter departs Dale Ann Bradley

After three years traveling with Dale Ann Bradley, reso-guitarist Phil Leadbetter has announced that he will be leaving her band to start on a new project. He says departing is especially tough for him, as Bradley was such an encouragement to him when she hired Phil late […]

Harry Clark – 2nd luckiest mandolinist alive?

If it wasn’t for Caleb Lindsey taking a chain saw to the face on Saturday and coming through it with just a scar, we might be talking about Volume Five’s Harry Clark as the world’s luckiest mandolinist. Imagine returning to your car after an evening with […]

The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

As a follow-up to 2014’s well-received Dancin’ Annie, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie has released a compilation album of the group’s favorite Gospel tracks from their previous albums. The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie pulls from the group’s three previous albums for […]

Watch Out! John Moreland Performs ‘Break My Heart Sweetly’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

John Moreland made his television debut last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and if you thought he’d change things up for the event you’d be mistaken. No full bands or Nudie suits, just Moreland perched on a chair in work pants and t-shirt, picking his Martin acoustic and plumbing his psyche in [...]

Pretty Polly video from Michael Daves

Nonesuch Records has released this static video with track audio from Michael Daves’ upcoming album, Orchids and Violence. The concept of this record is Daves’ idea to include two discs, one with a dozen mostly traditional bluegrass tunes played in his rough and ready, old […]

Billy Faier passes

Billy Faier, known for his distinctive banjo arrangements, his radio programs, and his radical politics died on January 29, 2016 at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, TX. He was 85 years of age when he passed. Faier had recorded a number of influential banjo […]

Caleb Lindsey – luckiest mandolinist alive

Can you imagine anything more frightening than learning that someone you care about has suffered an accident with a chain saw bucking up and striking them in the face? Every image that comes to mind is too gruesome to consider. And yet Caleb Lindsey, the […]

Episode 106: W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show Podcast (Jeffrey Foucault, Joey Kneiser, & John Moreland)

4 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

The Music Featured On This Weeks Episode Is From The Following Albums: Jeffrey Foucault – Salt As Wolves (2015) Joey Kneiser – The Wildness (2015) John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat (2015) More Summary

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

4 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

One of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, gave a lecture in the late 80’s looking back on his body of work. He saw a theme of “lightness,” which he tried to define as something not quite like levity or flippancy, but like getting the same impact out of removing things as you do by adding […]

Cowan, Darin & Brooke take over City Winery

This past Saturday night (January 30) modern bluegrass music held forth at Nashville’s City Winery. The occasion was a concert by The John Cowan Band, which on Saturday included Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Tyler Collins, Graham Russell, Shad Cobb, and Ed Toth from The Doobie Brothers. […]

Travers Chandler and Steven Dowdy link up

Not long ago mandolin player Travers Chandler announced that he was dis-banding his group Avery County and starting a new band with long-standing friend and guitarist Steven Dowdy. Avery County’s last personal appearance was in October of last year and while they had some bookings for […]

Monday Morning Video – Patterson Hood “The Righteous Path”

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

The Drive-By Truckers put out a mighty fine live album late last year. Their guitars were a blazin’. We’re gonna take a quieter approach this week, however, with Patterson Hood’s solo acoustic take on “The Righteous Path.”

Sunday Selections: January 31, 2016

The final week of January was a big one for Aubrie Sellers, who gave her first television performance, released her first album, and appears poised for an outstanding 2016. Elsewhere a fairly light news week which includes a short but solid list of new releases as well as troubles for Jamey Johnson, Tyler Farr and Katie Armiger.

Gallows Bound at Gruene Hall – January 24, 2016

A couple of years ago, I pulled up to a little neighborhood bar in Philadelphia to play a show. The headliner that night was a group of young adults from Winchester, VA called Gallows Bound. Six folks decked out in t-shirts from their favorite punk bands, tattoos, piercing and the like. Walking in, I received […]

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