Twangville Fall Release Preview

Yup, the fall release calendar is shaping up quite nicely, thank you. Here are just a few that we at Twangville are excited to hear. SWIMMIN’ TIME by SHOVELS AND ROPE(25 Aug on Dualtone Records) SINGLE MOTHERS by JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE(9 Sept on Vagrant Records) RYAN ADAMS by RYAN ADAMS(9 Sept on Pax Am/Blue Note […]

Monday Morning Video: Scruffy the Cat

Once upon a time there was a band called Scruffy the Cat. I have no idea where the name came from but it somehow fit the boisterous group from Boston. They rocked, rattled and rolled their way across the US for many a year, making a hearty racket wherever they went. They played the label […]

Woody Guthrie in New York City

Woody Guthrie has a storied place in music history. He is one of those touchstones that continues to inspire both musicians and activists around the world. Heck even the poor souls folks who aren’t familiar with Guthrie have undoubtedly sung a few verses of his seminal “This Land Is Your Land.” Although he is most […]

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Jesse Winchester, In Memoriam

April is shaping up as a difficult world in the world of music. This past week we lost Jesse Winchester, whose soft-spoken style belied the power of his songs. Here are two magical Winchester performances. The first is an early (and often covered) classic “Defying Gravity.” The second is the celebrated appearance on Elvis Costello’s […]

SXSW 2014 — The Scene

For me, the true harbinger of spring is the arrival of the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. Or rather, spring begins for me when I arrive in Austin for SXSW. With upwards of 2,500 bands and 20,000 attendees from around the world, SXSW is the world’s premiere music conference. Even better, it […]

In Memoriam – Dave Lamb

Dave Lamb of the Providence, RI-based duo Brown Bird passed away this past weekend. The circumstances are heart-wrenching. Lamb fell ill with mysterious symptoms while touring Texas last year. In a tale that is all too familiar, Lamb had no insurance. Fortunately, he was able to get home and secure insurance for what became a […]

Shane Sweeney’s Morning Drawings

For all the magical moments spent performing, I gotta imagine that life as a touring musician has plenty of shortcomings. Set aside the extended drives and junk food sustenance, there are undoubtedly hours of monotony and boredom. In those instances it pays to have a hobby to occupy the time. Two Cow Garage’s Shane Sweeney […]

Monday Morning Video: Boston Music Awards Winners

The Boston Music Awards were held in, um, Boston last night. Congrats to all the deserving winners, a list that included several Twangville faves: Kingsley Flood — Album of the Year Girls, Guns and Glory — Americana Artist of the Year + Male Vocalist of the Year (Ward Hayden) Session Americana — Best Live Ongoing […]