A quiet start to the year, but that shouldn’t last long. JOSHUA RADIN, Onward and Sideways edges out CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, The Balcony as your favorite for the week of January 6, 2015. Readers’ Top Picks JOSHUA RADIN, Onward and Sideways (2) CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, The Balcony (1) Don’t forget to vote in […]
Brad Paisley Moonshine in the Trunk Paisley’s last four albums have established a pattern of something slightly progressive or challenging (American Saturday Night, Wheelhouse) followed by a course-correction back toward baseline (This is Country Music, Moonshine in the Trunk). While … Continue reading ?
When you gather a group of sad bastard malcontents, like we have done here at 9B, you can’t expect that they’ll agree on everything. In past tears some albums stood out enough to take the top spot all on their own but last year there were just so many amazing albums that the crew couldn’t [...]
“Girl Crush” Little Big Town Written by Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose Beyond their lush four-part harmonies and their incorporation of Fleetwood Mac’s influence into the country idiom, perhaps Little Big Town’s greatest talent is choosing singles that … Continue reading ?
There’s nothing like starting the week with a classic: George Jones singing “She Thinks I Still Care” (with a brief cameo from Johnny Cash).
“Little Red Wagon” Miranda Lambert Written by Audra Mae and Joe Ginsburg The bizarre handling of the singles from Miranda Lambert’s Platinum continues unabated with the arrival of “Little Red Wagon.” After leading off with far-and-away the two worst tracks … Continue reading ?
If you were listening to New West Records’ An Americana Christmas sampler over the holidays, you would have heard tracks from the likes of Dylan, Cash, Emmylou and other Americana legends. Tucked in alongside those songs was a catchy little … Continue reading ?
Welcome to 2015, folks: meet the New Year, same as the Old Year. But even though the calendar which binds and contains us was installed by Pope Gregory XIII to make sure that Easter stays on the Spring Equinox (the better to celebrate with you my dear), it doesn’t mean we have to throw away [...]
I make lots of lists. Mostly lists of things I have to get done. It calms me to do this and makes anything seem possible if I put it on a list. It’s even more satisfying when I get to scratch something off the list. In keeping with that, here’s my Best of 2014 list, […]
You may recall that I’ve covered Dirty Bourbon River Show in the past. I love these kids. Their music isn’t directly in my normal wheelhouse but I can’t help but dig it. So when Noah asked me if I wanted to do an exclusive preview for a track off of their new album, well I [...]
There is already an impressive collection of releases on the docket for 2015, with plenty more sure to follow. Here are a handful that the Twangville crew are eagerly anticipating. What albums, whether on this list or not, are you most excited to hear? ABSENT FATHERS by JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE(13 January on Vagrant Records) Earle […]
Woody Guthrie “Train Blues” from Bed On The Floor MC5 “Borderline” from Kick Out the Jams Woody Guthrie “Mean Talking Blues” from Bed On The Floor Drag the River “Kelly Country” from Hey Buddies…. Tami Neilson “Running To You” from Dynamite...Show More Summary
As usual it was a tough year to pick the top albums. This year was particularly tough; in that there were a number of top notch releases, but no clear standouts. Thus the conundrum, how to separate albums that are all deserving and uniquely their own. Here is an attempt to rank my top ten. […]
Maybe you know the D’Angelo story, maybe you don’t, but here is the short version. He put out two records at the height of the neo soul movement and had a couple of hits, “Brown Sugar” and “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”, that garnered radio, video and critical acclaim. Voodoo, the second album was hailed [...]
On one song from his upcoming bluegrass-inspired album ‘Happy Prisoner,’ Robert Earl Keen travels a more solemn road than the one he usually cruises down towards forever. Keen covers the classic 19th century folk/gospel number ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, which with beautiful deft documents a plaintive soul’s journey across life’s path rife with temptation and tribulation. All [...]
Last night David Letterman continued championing Americana and roots music in the New Year by inviting Lera Lynn (“From Nash-VEGAS Tennessee!” Letterman announces as a inside joke with his maestro sidekick Paul Shaffer ) to the Late Show stage. Lynn may make her home in Nash-Vegas now, but she’s a Houston, TX girl by birth. [...]
As we wait for 2015 to gain steam, enjoy a playlist of cover songs and tributes from 2014 which includes a Sturgill Simpson cover of When in Rome’s 1998 hit The Promise and a Lydia Loveless cover of Kirsty MacColl’s 1979 hit They Don’t Know. Sturgill Simpson, The Promise Lydia Loveless, They Don’t Know (live) Covered Dishes (2014), […]
We lost a legend when Joe Cocker passed away on 22 December. Cocker possessed one of the quintessential voices in rock and roll, a singer who quite literally took ownership of every song he sang. Dave Mason wrote a wonderful piece about Cocker on his Facebook page: When I wrote Feelin’ Alright, it had a […]
2015 is off to a sad start for country music as a whole, and the Grand Ole Opry in particular. From the Tennessean: Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy Dickens, the Grand Ole Opry’s most beloved and diminutive ambassador, died … Continue reading ?
Gainesville’s Pseudo Kids are built off the many talents of songwriters Fletcher Yancey and Scott Kaufmann. They’re crowned by the incredible rhythm section of Chris Hillman (of Morningbell, Deputy) on bass and Michael Claytor on drums. They’re sound can seem hyper and flighty at first but it doesn’t take long to catch yourself consumed in one of [...]