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Tom’s Picks: Best of 2013

Album of the Year: Jason Isbell – Southeastern Jason Isbell is quickly establishing himself as one of the greatest singer/songwriters alive today. He’s cleaned up, remarried, and recording without the 400 Unit (his backing band from the last few years). Southeastern is one of those albums I imagine we’ll look back on some day as […] more »

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Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2013: Willie Nile, “American Ride”

And so it has been decided. With 270 votes out of a total of 873, Willie Nile‘s “American Ride” beat out Jason Isbell‘s “Southeastern” for the official Twangville readers favorite album of 2013. Thanks to all who participated. We’ll include your picks into our fancy algorithm for the soon to be released official Twangville author […] more »

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Best of 2013?

It’s that time of year we start our Readers’ Pick poll to let you tell us what your favorite album of the year is. This year, we’re going to do something a little different. We’ll get the poll started, but we want you to help us add to it. If you don’t see your favorite […] more »

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A Thanksgiving Toast 2013

Well it’s Thanksgiving again and that means it’s time to thank all who helped out with Twangville this year. First and foremost we have to thank all the Twangville readers who read our reviews and participate in our weekly polls. More importantly, we have to thank all the musicians who give us things worth talking […] more »

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Tom’s Picks: Best of Winter 2013, a Playlist

Here’s a handful that caught my attention in the same season that brought us the Harlem Shake. Pay close attention to the full releases from Mount Moriah, Frontier Ruckus, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Kingsley Flood, The Stone Foxes, and Holly Williams among others. Album of the Season Mount Moriah, […] more »

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Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2012: I See Hawks In L.A., “New Kind of Lonely”

Congratulations to I See Hawks in L.A. for winning the annual Twangville Readers’ Pick award for 2012. This always turns out to be a bit of a popularity contest which is fine by us and why we follow up with our Editors’ Picks so that everyone gets a fair shot. The nominees this year were […] more »

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Best of 2012, Tom’s Picks

Best Album of 2012 THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, The Wolf You Feed Austin by way of Denton, these cats can rock. Pour some rock, punk, soul, and twang into the cauldron and you’ll summon THe Riverboat Gamblers. These guys are what the Kinks would sound like if they returned as zombies. The Wolf You Feed is […] more »

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What’s The Best Album of 2012?

As we begin to gather our Editors’ Picks for best of the year, we’d love to hear from you first. Throughout the year we host a weekly poll in which you can vote for your favorite new release of the week. From that list we’ve taken the albums that you voted for the most plus […] more »

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Peace, Twang, and Turkey Grease: A Thanksgiving Toast 2012

Lydia Loveless performs at the New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, SC

Lydia Loveless performs as part of the Twangville Showcase at the New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, SC It’s that time of year where sinners all over America gather to give thanks to all kinds of things – some simple, some complex, and some that defy explanation. It’s no different here at Twangville where this year we’re […] more »

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Tom’s Picks: Best of Summer 2012, a Playlist

20 favorites from the Summer of 2012. Enjoy! Money for the Weekend (Pocket Full Of Shame) by Alberta Cross A three year hiatus was worth the wait for the now Brooklyn-based band’s sophomore release. Keep Believing by Bob Mould Touring playing full sets of Sugar’s “Copper Blue” alongside a full set of the new album […] more »

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Tom’s Picks: Overlooked in 2011

There’s always a few late releases or ones that seem to pass me by every year. Here’s a few to file in the “better late than never” category: GARRETT J. BROWN, Priorities [★★★★/3.875] CASEY DONAHEW BAND, Double-Wide Dream [★★★★/3.600] These guys fill all voids that Reckless Kelly leave between records. This is Texas country the […] more »

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Tom’s Picks: Winter 2012

Don’t miss these records from early 2012: MARTIN SEXTON, Fall Like Rain (EP) [★★★★/3.800] Singer/Songwriter/Soulster Sexton continues to perspicaciously reflect back on life with his songwriting while delivering mind-bending falsetto with his song. What this album lacks in length it makes up for in content. Four soul-searching originals plus a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For […] more »

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Editors’ Picks: Best Album of 2011: Jason Isbell’s “Here We Rest”

Last year, our Twangville authors combined forces to dub Justin Townes Earle‘s Harlem River Blues as Best Album of 2010. This year official Twangille Best Album of 2011 honors go to Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit‘s Here We Rest. Let me tell you this is no small feat as we’re a picky bunch. Our […] more »

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Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2011: Jason Isbell’s “Here We Rest”

With 65 of 300 total votes Twangville readers picked Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit‘s “Here We Rest” as their favorite album of 2011. Rounding out the top five were albums from Matthew Ryan, The Decemberists, Ryan Adams, and Gillian Welch. Congratulations to all the nominees which were based on our monthly Readers’ Pick poll. […] more »

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Tom’s Picks: Best of 2011

The Decemberists hit hard in January with The King Is Dead and maintained their number one status with me for the entire year. Butch Walker‘s The Spade was the best I’ve heard yet from the Master of Hooks. Let’s hope his work with The Black Widows will continue. In at #21 was Telekinesis the highest […] more »

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