FTB Show #251 features the new album from Riley Etheridge Jr. entitled The Straight and The Narrow. Also fine new music from Susan Gibson, Amelia White and The Sea The Sea.... Here is the FTB Best music releases of the 2013 list....For more up-to-date news check out and subscribe to Americana Boogie Music on Flipboard!... The Americana Music Assoc.'s album of the Year award goes to Old Yellow Moon by EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL. More AMA Awards stuff here... more news
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By now, Black Prairie has clearly outgrown its roots as a casual side project, solidifying into a primary, creative focus for its members a band with its own internal momentum, genuine character and style. Still, it s only become harder to describe what that style is. 'I gave up a long time ago,' guitarist Jon Neufeld says. Black Prairie's fourth full-length record Fortune is an unexpected departure which is, strangely, exactly what everyone's come to expect from the band. This group of seasoned musicians from Portland, Oregon each steeped in traditional American acoustic music has become hellbent on taking one imaginative leap after another. In a way, Fortune is also Black Prairie's most conventional record, polished vocal tunes with (mostly) conventional pop song structures. On the other hand, there's a glaring eccentricity to Fortune that hits you right away: here is a band of accomplished acoustic musicians playing what are essentially rock songs, and sometimes with a pretty hard edge it's a record, band members say, that's trying to channel not the spirit of Earl Scruggs or Jerry Douglas, but Led Zeppelin.
The Magnolia Sisters is a band of women who can play the whole gamut of musical styles from southwest Louisiana: Cajun, Creole, dancehall favorites, and front porch ballads. While these older songs are the more unusual aspect of their sound, they also love to play energetic Cajun dancehall and Creole numbers that bring the audience to their feet. Whatever style they approach, they bring a freshness and vitality to the music. Ann Savoy, Jane Vidrine, Anya Burgess, and Lisa Trahan each bring their own rich individual experience as a Louisiana musician, mother, and woman in the real world. The common ground is the music, the heritage, and the feeling that comes across.
Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he s the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, instead, he blazed a path of unique songwriting craftsmanship. Undefeated is ten songs of reality checks, clever wordplay, and daring arrangements, the aural companion to that buddy who pulls up a bar stool next to yours to help soak away your sorrows. Undefeated is an album of distinct balance, but with raw and varied textures.
Crowell has pushed the boundaries of country, folk and roots music since long before the term Americana was coined as a genre, making a name for himself and gaining respect as both a songwriter and as an artist. Celebrating 40 years of making music, Crowell has created an album that harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works. Tarpaper Sky would sit comfortably on the shelf right between the chart-topping fan favorite Diamonds and Dirt(1988) and Life Is Messy (1992). This album marks a reunion of the creative partnership of Crowell and musical accomplice Steuart Smith, who was an integral part of his overall sound during the late 80s.