FTB Show #250 features the new album from Drive-By Truckers called English Oceans. Also new music from The Blushin' Roulettes, Lydia Loveless and Roosevelt Dime. ... 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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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's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts. Here's the direct link to listen now!
This the first album of new recordings this decade from Carlene, it is, in a very literal way, Carlene's personal homage to the Carter Family legacy that both underpins so much of America's music and is part of her own DNA. The album revisits both classic Carter Family repertoire as well as original songs that reflect Carlene's direct connection to her roots. Musicians on the sessions included Jim Keltner, Rami Jaffee, Greg Leisz, Sam Bush, Mickey Raphael, Blake Mills as well as producer Don Was on bass. Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Elizabeth Cook and Kris Kristofferson help on on vocals. The guitar of the late Cowboy Jack Clement is heard on "I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow" and there are vocal contributions from generations past -- Carlene's aunts Helen and Anita Carter as well as her mom, June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash on the chorus of I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow-- that make Carter Girl an evocative collection, bringing music history to life for contemporary listeners.
This is the record that Steve Dawson's growing number of fans have been waiting for. Rattlesnake Cage finally gives them the opportunity to hear Steve interact with his guitar in a way that has never been captured on record before. These new simple and unadorned recordings hearken back to the "American Primitive" sound that John Fahey and other artists such as Peter Lang and Leo Kottke recorded on Fahey's iconic Takoma record label in the sixties-instrumental music informed by the deep traditions of blues, ragtime, jazz, and even Hawaiian music, but taking those influences in unexpected directions.
Coming out soon... BOBBY BARE JR., RODNEY CROWELL, MOOT DAVIS, THE SECRET SISTERS, BLACK PRAIRIE, RAY BONNEVILLE, KEB' MO', JUSTIN RUTLEDGE, THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS, THE SELDOM SCENE, JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS, THE OLD 97'S, BRIGITTE DEMEYER, THE HOWLIN' BROTHERS, TOMMY MALONE, ZOE MUTH
As Nickel Creek's 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided return from their self-described "indefinite hiatus." They got together to write music in Chris Thile's apartment last year, ending up with six new co-written songs, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean, and two covers. "We were excited every day to be there," Sara Watkins says. "Having grown up singing together, there is something natural about our voices and it's really fun to harmonize. Our voices have come to match each other's really well. Sean and I are siblings, and Chris is about as close to a sibling as you could get. " Sean Watkins continues: "It feels more natural and easy than it ever did, by far. Getting to spend time alone with our own musical personalities has helped us mature. There's a joyful aspect to Nickel Creek no matter what we're doing. Things just steer themselves into that sort of place, " concurs Thile. "We will go poke around in the dark corners but always with a heavy dose of optimism."
Texas-based Music Road Records (Jimmy LaFave is a partner with the label) has released this 23-song tribute to Jackson Browne and there isn’t a clunker in the bunch! From LaFave’s “For Everyman” to Joan Osborne’s “Late for the Sky,” and Karla Bonoff’s “Something Fine,” Lyle Lovett’s “Rosie.” Some rock heavyweights like Springsteen, Henley and Raitt also check in with nice covers. All in all, this is a terrific collection.