30 Songs for 30 Years


In honor of our 30th anniversary, we revisited thirty essential tracks from the last thirty years. From Bruce Springsteen to Hurray for the Riff Raff, some of the greatest songs by the most influential of the last three decades are represented here. Join us in taking a look back at musical history. 1984: “Born In The […]

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The Top 10 Artists We’re Excited To See At Newport Folk Festival

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Over the last few years, Newport Folk Festival has established itself as the preeminent Americana fest, providing a top-notch lineup that combines young troubadours, alt-country bands, rock groups, and veteran singer-songwriters each July at Fort Adams State Park. This year’s lineup is no different, and American Songwriter will be covering the festival in full this weekend. […]

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Watch Hurray for the Riff Raff On Late Show with David Letterman

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Hurray for the Riff Raff performed their hypnotic single “The Body Electric” from Small Town Heroes last night on the Late Show with David Letterman. “What’s a man with a rifle in his hand gonna do for world that’s gone mad?/ He’s gonna shoot me down, put my body in the river,” sings Alynda Lee Segarra,  turning the traditional murder ballad on its […]

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Not My Kinda Party: Two Throwdowns You Won’t See At CMA Fest


Florida Georgia Line’s most recent video for “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Luke Bryan, includes pyrotechnics, dirt bike stunts, half-naked girls posing with trucks and dancing on tables, and the protagonists singing while riding on top of a semi-truck. But it’s the much darker and more rustic party scene that’s presented in two new […]

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Rosanne Cash, Robert Ellis, Jason Isbell Lead Americana Awards Nominations

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The Americana Music Association announced its nominees today for the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards. The nominations were revealed during a press conference at Music City Theatre in Nashville. The announcement also featured performances by Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Elizabeth Cook and others. The Americana Honors & Awards returns to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, […]

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Hurray For The Riff Raff: Bound For Glory


(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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Come Around Sundown: Country Music In The Crescent City

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(Sam Doores. Photos by Sarrah Danziger) One of the most influential New Orleans albums of the last ten years came packaged in a brown paper bag, like a bottle of cheap booze. Sundown Songs’ 2008 debut, Like A Jazz Band In Nashville, collects twenty austere, rambling, surprisingly deft country tunes – plus one recipe for […]

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5 Essential New Orleans Singer-Songwriter Albums


  Sundown Songs: Like A Jazz Band In New Orleans (2008) This debut was a DIY labor of love: a loose group of musicians recorded the songs in a friend’s shotgun shack studio, burned the CDs themselves, cut out the album covers, and distributed it to friends at a barbecue. Thanks to its comfy country […]

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Shindig Preview: Hurray For The Riff Raff, J. Roddy Walston, Jonny Fritz, Benjamin Booker


The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig is less than a week away, so if you haven’t RSVP’d to the party yet, be sure to do so here. Also, don’t forget to download the Shindig sampler, featuring 15 tracks from the artists who are playing the Austin event on March 12-13. To further whet your appetite for […]

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The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig Sampler

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   American Songwriter is proud to present The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig, a two-day musical extravaganza deep in the heart of Texas. The event goes down March 12 and March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Weather Up in East Austin (1808 E Cesar Chavez Street). This month’s digital sampler features […]

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March/April 2014 Digital Issue Featuring Hurray For The Riff Raff Now Available

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  The waiting is the hardest part. But if you have an iPad or Android tablet device, you don’t have to wait for the March/April dead-tree edition of American Songwriter, which doesn’t hit newsstands until March 10. Tablet users can dive into the digital edition today and enjoy our cover story on Hurray for the Riff […]

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