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A Feast of a Fest: Americana 2017 in Review

The best way to approach an oncoming juggernaut like AmericanaFest is a delicate balance of reckless ambition and meticulous planning. That, in any …

New Music

AmericanaFest 2017: 20 Best Things We Saw

From Lee Ann Womack's royal status to Joshua Hedley's star turn, the highlights of the annual roots-music festival in Nashville<p>"Nashville is about as …

Lucinda Williams

AmericanaFest Sets From Amanda Shires, Aaron Lee Tasjan and More Make Us Proud

On Friday, The Spin got more of a taste of the strains of rock and pop that run through Americana, which made us reflect on the combination of …

Nashville

The Best Things We Saw at AmericanaFest 2017

Americana Fest has become one of the robust music festivals in the country. Much like the South By Southwest conference held annually in Austin, …

Country Lifestyle

‘King of the Hill’ Creator’s New Show is About Notorious Country Music Stories

We’ve been waiting impatiently for <i>King of the Hill</i> creator Mike Judge’s new animated country music based show. With less than a month left until the …

Jerry Lee Lewis

Rhiannon Giddens, NC musician with ‘unlimited talent,’ makes history with Steve Martin Prize

North Carolina’s Rhiannon Giddens, one of the most acclaimed performers in the universe of contemporary folk music, has won the Steve Martin Prize …

Charlotte

Stirring One-Song Sets Dominate Americana Awards

The Americana Music Awards were handed out during a ceremony held earlier this week in Nashville, Tennessee. Winners included long-time Nashville …

Sturgill Simpson

Angaleena Presley, Yola Carter, J.P. Harris and More Stretch Out at AmericanaFest

Saturday saw Music City reach peak AmericanaFest, with a smorgasbord of free day parties leading up to one last jam-packed night of concerts all over …

Nashville

Cold Hard Facts of Life

<b>Welcome, Porter Wagoner fans.</b><p><b>The next several pages are a a bit of a departure as they don't have much to do with this website's normal topic, that</b> …

Album Covers

John Prine, Sturgill Simpson Triumph at 2017 Americana Honors & Awards

Prine named Artist of the Year, Simpson's 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth' wins Album at 16th annual ceremonies in Nashville<p>"Thank you to the Americana …

Sturgill Simpson

Molly Tuttle: Organic & Acoustic

From her family band to Nashville’s epicenter, the guitarist has blazed a trail with sizzling clawhammer and crosspicking technique, and high ’n’ …

Guitar

Freight Train Boogie Show #395

<b>FTB Show #395</b> features the new album by <b>The Sweetback Sisters</b> called <b>King of Killing Time</b>. Also new music from <b>Tom Irwin</b>, <b>Eliot Bronson</b> and <b>Moses Guest</b>. …

Americana

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt to Play Harvey Benefit Show

Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renee Zellweger and more to appear at Harvey Can't Mess With Texas concert in Austin<p>Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James …

Hurricane Harvey

The Wailin' Jennys Share Gorgeous Cover of Tom Petty's 'Wildflowers': Premiere

It's been a minute -- six years, actually -- since we've heard from The Wailin' Jennys on record. But the wait ends with the Oct. 27 release of , a …

Dolly Parton

Americana Artists Celebrate the Intersection of New and Old

This week’s AmericanaFest and the Americana Honors and Awards Show offer the chance to consider the changing landscape of a tradition-bound genre.<p>Nashville, Tenn.<p>Be assured, as music makers and fans arrive here this week for the annual six-day AmericanaFest, Sept. 12-17, and the Americana Honors …

Americana

The Second Annual Insider's Guide to AmericanaFest

This is the week we have all been waiting for. Let's face it, we – the Americana Music Association headed by Jed Hilly and the rest of us – have …

Sturgill Simpson

10 Country Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s You Never Heard

We praised them 40 years ago — and you should listen to them today!<p><i>Rolling Stone</i> didn't comprehensively cover Nashville in the Seventies, but the …

1970s

10 Folk Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s You Never Heard

We praised them 40 years ago — and you should listen to them today!<p>Sorrels was a folk singer from Idaho who crisscrossed the country with five …

Hunter S. Thompson

7 Americana Songs That Should Absolutely Not Be Covered By Anyone (Even Bob Dylan)

<i>We all know that feeling, the one we get when someone does a cover of one of our favorite songs. It's the same mix of excitement and fear we felt as</i> …

Bluegrass Music

Q & A with highly talented Appalachian singer songwriter Dori Freeman

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 in Latest News<p>Q & A with highly talented Appalachian singer songwriter Dori Freeman<p><i>By Rob Dickens</i><p><i>RD: Hi Dori. Congratulations</i> …

Emotions

Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams dead at 78

Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams has died. He was 78 years old.<p>With his imposing stature, smooth vocals and soft-spoken nature, Williams was …

Country Music

Your Guide to AmericanaFest 2017

Phenomenal singer-songwriter discusses how her work has changed, and what needs to change in the music business<p>Looking at how to balance audiences …

Nashville

Album Review – Charlie Parr’s “Dog”

Playing music isn’t always the glamours or adventurous profession it appears to be to many fans and observers on the outside, especially within the …

Hank Williams

New Riders of The Purple Sage: Americana Lost and Found

John Collins Dawson IV, nicknamed both Marmaduke and McDuke, was only 64 when he died peacefully in Mexico eight years ago. Growing weary of life on …

Palo Alto

Your Quick-Reference Guide to the Best Shows of AmericanaFest 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 12<p>Once you’re all settled in and credentialed up — AmericanaFest wristband pickup is at <b>Mercy Lounge,</b> and badge pickup is at <b>The …

Nashville

Emerging Artist of the Year Nominee Amanda Shires on Finding Her Voice

Amanda Shires was driving her band’s van down a Tennessee highway last month, listening to Knoxville’s country radio station Q100.3-FM — “Today’s …

Nashville

Freight Train Boogie Show #394

<b>FTB Show #394</b> features the new album by <b>Rick Shea</b> called <i>The Town Where I Live</i>. Also new music from <b>A.J.Croce, Kacy & Clayton</b> and <b>Halden Wofford and the</b> …

Podcasting

Liner Notes: A Memoir

<i>From</i> Liner Notes: A Memoir<p>An excerpt from Loudon Wainwright III’s <i>Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My</i> …

I Don't Know