Readers’ Pick: The Traveling Kind by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

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EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL, The Traveling Kind beats out RHETT MILLER WITH BLACK PRAIRIE, The Traveler by 1 vote as your favorite for the week of May 12, 2015. Poll Results     Readers’ Top 25 – Spring 2015 THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY, Capital (50) RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, Ruffian’s Misfortune (22) DWIGHT YOAKAM, Second Hand […]

Twangville’s Shaky Knees 2015 Recap

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A new location brought a special surprise – no rain. Rain, often torrential, is a Shaky Knees tradition. From year one’s mudfest to last year’s lightning storm, the weather has never been kind to Shaky Knees. Until this year, that is. The sun shone bright (perhaps too much at times, but I’m not complaining), making […]

Readers’ Pick: Capital by The Sideshow Tragedy

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THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY, Capital wollups out DELTA MOON, Low Down by 42 votes as your favorite for the week of May 4, 2015. Poll Results     Readers’ Top 25 – Spring 2015 THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY, Capital (50) RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, Ruffian’s Misfortune (22) DWIGHT YOAKAM, Second Hand Heart (21) ALABAMA SHAKES, Sound & Color […]

Otis Taylor – Hey Joe Opus … Red Meat

Otis Taylor likes to experiment. As architect of a mesmerizing style of blues music christened “trance blues,” Taylor’s albums tend to have an atmospheric, dream-like quality. Taylor’s style might sometimes be described as Muddy Waters meets Shawn Phillips or Pink Floyd. Taylor’s career, like his musical style, has been unconventional. He was active in the […]

Mayer’s Playlist for March/April 2015, Part 3

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH The Firewatcher’s Daughter, by Brandi Carlile For some, the process of getting off the major label merry-go-round can be a traumatic experience that results in musical purgatory. Not for Carlile, who shifted to ATO Records and returns with another stand-out release. Her voice is as radiant as ever, beautifully complimented by […]

Millie Mason/Here on Up

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Simple and to the point. Millie doesn’t need 3 ½ , or hell, even 3 minutes of your time to get her message across. The most she asks for is 2:29 on the opening “In Town.” The Brooklyn singer/songwriter hails from Knoxville and obviously has a love for old time country a la Patsy Cline, […]