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Eric Bibb – Blues People

6 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

Eric Bibb is one of a small number of elite blues musicians of his generation that define contemporary blues music.  Along with Keb’ Mo’, Otis Taylor, Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood and a handful of others, Bibb has assumed the mantle from the great Mississippi Delta artists of the  early 20th century and the post-World […]

Steve Earle To Release His 16th Studio Album, “Terraplane,” and Memoir in 2015

2015 is looking pretty bright roots music people. Steve Earle is again working with the current version of The Dukes – Kelly Looney, Will Rigby, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore – and will release his 16th studio effort “Terraplane” on February 17th. The album will also feature another great cover by longtime Earle collaborator Tony [...]

The Mavericks, Steve Earle Announce New Albums; Billboard to Count Song Streams; The Voice Wants Jason Isbell

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

I can’t decide if this is funny-funny or sad-funny: a producer from The Voice emailed Jason Isbell to see if he wants to audition for the show. Steve Earle & The Dukes will release a new album called Terraplane on New West Records February 17. Show More Summary


  “Here me now, and don’t forget, I’m not the man my actions would suggest.” – The Afghan Whigs   In 1994 when my friends were listening to Pearl Jam and Nirvana, I was listening to The Afghan Whigs and Pulp. Pearl Jam played for the masses and Eddie Vedder swung from the rafters. Nirvana [...]

Album Review: Walker and the Texas Dangers — Safety Third

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

Walker & the Texas Dangers may not be on your radar yet, but they will be. And you’ll be wishing you knew about them back when they were an unknown, motley, psycho pseudograss group. They’ve been “mildly impressing hipsters,” or so they...Show More Summary

Sturgill Simpson/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music; Todd Begins Looking Back on His “Best of 2014”

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

I had not heard of Sturgill Simpson until attending a Gamecock baseball game this past April. It was a cold day (luckily we had box seats) and I was talking with my friend Ryan, who I had invited along. Ryan and I don’t see each other often, but we’re always emailing and exchanging CDs and […]

Readers’ Pick: Lost on the River by The New Basement Tapes and Elvis Costello

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

You picked Lost on the River by The New Basement Tapes and Elvis Costello as your favorite for the week of November 11, 2014. Readers’ Top Picks (last 4 weeks) Storytone by Neil Young (11) Aviator by Stoney LaRue (7) Rock & Roll Time by Jerry Lee Lewis (6) Lost on the River by The […]

Monday Morning Video: Social Distortion

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

Here’s a vintage full-length concert from Social Distortion, captured live at CBGB’s in 1992. ‘Cause sometimes you need to start your week with a snarl.

Jonathan Fox Band – 20 Something Runaway

last weekMusic / Country : Twangville

The subtitle for the new Jonathan Fox Band record, 20 Something Runaway, could easily be “A Young Man And His Guitar”.  Although he’s recorded solo efforts before and made a choice to put more emphasis on the band this time, the songs are really about Fox and his guitar. Fortunately Fox got a lot of […]

Watch Out! Hiss Golden Messenger: “Southern Grammar” – Late Show with David Letterman

Davis Letterman and his crew continue to take a last lap in part by continuing to support great roots music. Hiss Golden Messenger makes the most out of their network television debut by bringing out the big guns. Usually North Carolina soulful folky M.C. Taylor woks solo or in small accompaniments when playing live. Not [...]

Podcast – Ajax Diner Book Club 11/17/14 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires “Kudzu and the Concrete” from Dereconstructed Otis Gibbs “Back In My Day Blues” from Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth American Aquarium “Rattlesnake” from Small Town Hymns Slobberbone “Front Porch” from Barrel...Show More Summary

While No One Was Looking – A Bloodshot Records Compilation

Bloodshot Records has been on the scene since the early days of what some people call Early Bloodshot artists include Ryan Adams, The Old 97’s, Alejandro Escovedo and Jon Langford. They have recently reached their 20th years of releasing albums and chose to celebrate by putting together the compilation While No One Was Looking. [...]

Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett Announce Tour; The Gibson Brothers Salute Brother Acts; Guy Clark Documentary in the Works

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

Listen to The Gibson Brothers’ version of “Bye Bye Love” from their excellent forthcoming album Brotherhood, a salute to roots music’s finest brother acts. Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett are going to play a handful of East Coast shows together in late January. Show More Summary

Ann Soyars Passes Away; Wanda Jackson Inducted Into Oklahoma Hall of Fame; New Music Videos

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

Many artists across Nashville and beyond are mourning the passing of Station Inn fixture Ann Soyars. She was 67. Gretchen Peters unveiled “When All You Got Is a Hammer” from forthcoming album Blackbirds (out February 10). The 20th Annual...Show More Summary

Jamey Johnson Records Christmas EP; Oxford American Celebrates Texas Music; New Album Releases

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

Adam Hood discusses songwriting and his new album in this CMT Edge Q&A. Bloodshot Records get some love from hometown paper The Chicago Tribune. If you’ve got an hour, check out this BBC documentary, Bob Harris: My Nashville. Here’sShow More Summary

Song Premiere: Jim Ed Brown — “When the Sun Says Hello to the Mountain”

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

For Jim Ed Brown, the last several weeks have been something of an emotional and physical roller coaster. Shortly after the 80-year-old singer announced his forthcoming solo studio album, In Style Again, he also revealed that he wasShow More Summary

The New Basement Tapes Play Fallon; Partial Old Settler’s Lineup Announced; Nashville Actors Plan Solo Albums

last weekMusic / Country : The 9513

Here’s Eric Church playing “Springsteen” on Austin City Limits. Stream Trisha Yearwood’s “I Remember You” from PrizeFighter for a limited time. Jewly Hight interviewed R&B singer/Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore about his country music recordings for CMT Edge. Show More Summary

The Best of 1994: The Ballot

As part of our tenth anniversary, the staff of Country Universe decided to celebrate a year that came ten years before our decade-old website: 1994.   What can we say? We always look forward to looking backward! Over the next few … Continue reading ?

Merle Haggard / Marty Stuart Deliver a Powerful Double-Shot – Bass Hall, Ft. Worth 11/12/14

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

On a North Texas night chilled by an early winter snap Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart brought a welcome reprieve by turning up the heat. “I hope you didn’t come looking for some fancy show. If you did you just wasted your money!” Stuart grinned, making a reference to the lavish Ft. Worth venue typically [...]

Watch Out! J.Tex & The Volunteers – “This Old Banjo” [VIDEO]

2 weeks agoMusic / Country : Twang Nation

There’s nothing fancy about Denmark’s J.Tex & The Volunteers’ video for “This Old Banjo.” Just a blank wall and J.Tex strolling alone (what have you done with The Volunteers?!) against a blank wall and singing. Hell, he’s not even playing a banjo! But what a song! J.Tex uses the banjo as an emotional proxy, reflecting [...]

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