Folk Alliance Conference 2015: Say What?!

One of my favorite things about attending music conferences and festivals are the crazy comments that you hear along the way. Here are a few choice selections from this year’s Folk Alliance Conference. Playing for other musicians is not always the greatest experience. ‘I would have done that differently.’ Dan Bern No fucking songs about […]

Folk Alliance Conference 2015 – The Scene and The Sounds

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Twangville made its first trip to the annual Folk Alliance Conference a few weeks ago. The event brought hundreds of musicians to Kansas City for four days of music. And more music. And more music. Folk Alliance is unlike any other festival or conference one can attend. Sure, like most conferences it features topical sessions […]

Readers’ Pick: Complicated Game by James McMurtry

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JAMES MCMURTRY, Complicated Game beats out JJ GREY & MOFRO, Ol’ Glory by __ votes as your favorite for the week of February 28, 2015. Poll Results   Readers’ Top 25 – Winter 2015 JAMES MCMURTRY, Complicated Game (26) STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, Terraplane (18) JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers (17) THE DECEMBERISTS, What […]

Mayer’s Playlist for February 2015

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH Complicated Game, by James McMurtry Six years. That’s how long it has been since we last heard new music from McMurtry. While he hasn’t been missing during this time – he could always be found on the touring circuit – many of us were anxiously awaiting some new music. Well, that […]

The Mavericks – Mono

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As I noted before, The Mavericks have a kind of timeless sound to them.  Their previous album, In Time, evoked a particular moment in history when you listened to the whole thing.  Their latest release, Mono, doesn’t seem to have  quite the same thematic focus, but all the elements that make the band so ageless are […]

Readers’ Pick: Terraplane by Steve Earle & The Dukes

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STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, Terraplane beats out THE REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND, So Delicious as your favorite for the week of February 17, 2015. Poll Results   Readers’ Top 25 – Winter 2015 STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, Terraplane (18) JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers (17) THE DECEMBERISTS, What a Terrible World, What […]

JJ Grey & Mofro – Ol’ Glory

Southern swamp funk-blues band JJ Grey & Mofro have a unique sound forged in the backwaters of Florida.  Grey, the band’s leader, is well established as a songwriter, and the band’s recordings and live performances are among the most dependably enjoyable in the business. Grey & Mofro’s reputation grew steadily since the band recorded its first […]

Parker McCollum – The Limestone Kid

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One of the things I like about debut albums from singer-songwriters is they frequently have a much richer collection of stories than happens once the pressure mounts to get new material out to fans to keep things fresh.  That’s the case with the first album from Texas artist Parker McCollum.  Entitled The Limestone Kid it’s […]