It defies all marketing logic. Take thoughtful, and oftentimes uncomfortable, music built unapologetically (and more importantly, without irony) from instrumentation and melodies that reflect the past and drag it into the present. Brazen sentimentality in the face of a blase world and lack of absolute style and ideological boundaries allows Americana to attract strange cultural [...]
Here, in no particular order, are a few more favorites from 2014. And the War CameShakey Graves The Shipwreck From the ShoreAnthony D’Amato HealStrand of Oaks Parker MillsapParker Millsap All or Nothin’Nikki Lane Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill BroonzyDave Alvin and Phil Alvin Eli Paperboy […]
This has been a great year in music, a feast for the ears but a challenge when it comes to picking my favorite albums for the year. A good problem to have, I suppose. Without further ado…. #1. MATTHEW RYAN, Boxers Ryan has never been one to pull his punches so why should we expect […]
There will be no spoilers here just a fond farewell to one of my favorite shows. Not only was ‘Sons Of Anarchy” a complex character study, it was a great source for great music as the shoe’s creator Kurt Sutter and music director Bob Thiele hand-picked the songs that played such a large part of [...]
“I think the…Western swing, or whatever you want to call it, will slack off for a little while and then I think some of these younger boys will come out here one of these days with a golden voice and it’ll build again.”—Bob Wills After attending the Bob Wills Festival and Fiddle contest in Greenville, [...]
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The list continues with big hits from Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, along with should’ve been hits from Carlene Carter and Merle Haggard. #30 “Daddy Never was the Cadillac Kind” Confederate Railroad Written by Dave Gibson and … Continue reading ?
E145’s closed up shop, but our writers are still out there. Here’s where you can find ‘em: David Cantwell will be writing regularly about books, reissues, and more for No Depression. Henry Carrigan’s all over the place: you’ll be able...Show More Summary
Simple acoustic picking accompanies ‘The Makings Of A Man,’ a contemplative piece that fits these winter days. it’s sparse instrumentation, stark existential imagery and Gummersall’s phrasing, supported by Kate Willyard’s lovely background vocals, bears a strong resemblances to a contemporary Guy Clark. Of the song and Gummersall says “Honestly, I wrote that song for myself [...]
How about some vintage Uncle Tupelo (circa 1994) to start your work week? Why yes, that sounds good.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science tried something new to announce the nomineews for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The nomniees were announced piecemeal, per catagory, via twitter exclusively starting at 9am. Ths staggared apprach was odd but, if you kept on top of thier account, not terrible. A social media strategy is [...]
Bob Montgomery passed away at the age of 77. From Robert K. Oermann’s MusicRow.com obituary: During his six-decade career, [Montgomery] made major contributions as a songwriter, record producer, music publisher and label executive. Bob...Show More Summary
From the opening lines of “Carissa”, you realize this isn’t a happy go lucky listen. Not that Sun Kil Moon ever is. Even when covering Modest Mouse, it’s pretty slow going and dark. But this album is 11 originals that stick in the gut like…hell, I don’t know. It’s just powerful stuff. The storytelling is […]
Updates will be made as they become available. Let’s start with the best lineup for Best Country Album that we can remember: Dierks Bentley, Riser Eric Church, The Outsiders Brandy Clark, 12 Stories Miranda Lambert, Platinum Lee Ann Womack, The … Continue reading ?
Ian McLagan passed away yesterday in his adopted hometown of Austin. He was 69 years old. The New York Times’ obit focuses on Small Faces and his work with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, and Bruce Springsteen, but he also played...Show More Summary
One of my favorite things about seeing live shows (well, after the music) are the crazy comments that you hear along the way. Here are a few choice selections from Fall 2014. This song is for everyone having a bad day. If you’re having a good day, sit this one out. Andrew Duhon No “Freebird,” […]
Bobby Keys passed away yesterday. The 70-year-old saxophone player was best known for his work with The Rolling Stones, but he also toured with Buddy Holly and played with folks like Chuck Berry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Ely, Dr. John, and many, many more. Show More Summary
Charlie Parr “Barnswallow At Twilight” from Hollindale Bama “Levee Camp Hollers” from Parchman Farms 22 And Group “The Prettiest Train I Ever Saw” from Parchman Farms Whiskey Shivers “Graves” from Whiskey Shivers Patti Smith “Birdland”...Show More Summary
So here we are at the last “Roots Watch,” folks, in, I’d say, the best of circumstances. I jumped at the chance to be one of the veterans of The 9513.com who joined Juli Thanki here at Engine 145 because I was certain she’d be introducing...Show More Summary
Reba is going to receive the inaugural Nash Icon Award at the American Country Countdown Awards on December 15. During the show, Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson will perform some of Reba’s biggest hits before Kix Brooks presents her with the award. Show More Summary