Various Artists: A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

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Various Artists A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Columbia) 4 out of 5 stars “I am here to pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen, because he is awesome, and I love him.” These words — uttered by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart at the opening of an all-star tribute to The Boss — surely ring familiar […]

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Hurray For The Riff Raff: Bound For Glory

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(Photos by Sarrah Danziger) Last June, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra joined Dash Rip Rock’s Bill Davis, former Subdude Tommy Malone and the legendary Allen Toussaint at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans’ French Quarter for an event announcing that the year’s Americana Music Association Conference would focus on New Orleans. Each […]

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Song Premiere: Buffalo Clover, “Truthfulness”

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Here’s a band we’d love to hear more from… Buffalo Clover, an East Nashville-based, soul-soaked roots-rock band fronted by married couple Margo and Jeremy Price. On Buffalo Clover’s new album Test Your Love, old friend Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes stops by to sing on the track “Misery.” But we’re particularly fond of “Truthfulness,” a […]

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Belle Adair: Through The Fog

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It’s 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and Matt Green is a bit congested. His band, Belle Adair, spent the past few days on the road, playing a hazy blend of folk-rock and indie-pop to audiences around the group’s home state of Alabama. Now back at home in Muscle Shoals, Green is drinking hot tea […]

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Various Artists: True Blood – Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 4

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Various Artists True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 4 (ATO) Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars History suggests that vampires and pop go together like fanged teeth and pasty faces. Before Bauhaus was moaning about “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” in the 80s, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins eerily rose of a coffin on stage […]

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Meet Ned The Kids Dylan

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Bob Dylan may be coming up on his 72nd birthday, but he’s got a 12-year-old protégé kicking at his heels. Ned The Kids Dylan is a whippersnapper from Northhampton, England who plays guitar and writes all of his own material. Ned has written an arsenal of original songs, and the young buck has been out […]

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Watch Elton John & Co. Rehearse “The Weight” From Last Night’s Grammys

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Last night’s all-star performance at The Grammys caps off what has been the year of “The Weight.” The beloved track about Fanny and Miss Annie has taken on a new life since the passing of Band drummer/vocalist Levon Helm in April. In fact, the song, which first appeared on the 1968 album Music From Big […]

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Mumford & Sons Announce New “Gentlemen of the Road” Stopover Shows

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If you missed Mumford & Sons’ unique “Gentlemen of the Road” Stopover shows last year — and most likely you did, given that there were only seven of them — fear not. The popular Brit-folk band has announced a new slate of dates for 2013, in the US, UK and Canada. They’ll be joined by […]

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American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

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  50. Band of Horses: Mirage Rock Even back when Band of Horses were writing soaring and dreamy indie rock epics like “The Funeral,” beneath the shimmer and sheen of their Pacific Northwestern façade, there was a gritty, folky Southern rock band. Increasingly that’s become all the more a part of the band’s identity, and the […]

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Song Premiere: Jacob Jones Featuring Brittany Howard, “Play It Loud, Ray!”

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Jacob Jones will ring in the New Year with Good Timin’ In Waynetown, a new album steeped in old-school rock & roll and ramshackle country. This week, he’s kicking off the good times with “Play It Loud, Ray!” The song keeps Jones’ rock and country roots alive, but it harks back to an earlier era, […]

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Watch “The Weight” From Austin City Limits’ Americana Awards Episode

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PBS will air a new episode of Austin City Limits this Saturday. Filmed in Nashville, it focuses on the eleventh annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony, held this past September at the Ryman Auditorium. Alabama Shakes, Booker T. Jones, Richard Thompson, Hayes Carll, The Mavericks, and Jason Isbell are among the eighteen artists who perform […]

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Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes Take Home Americana Awards

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Here’s the quick and dirty on last night’s Americana Honors and Awards, held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The evening began with a run-through of Booker T. and the MG’s “Green Onions” and ended on an all-star rendition of “The Weight,” with Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Amy Helm and […]

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