Ryan Rocks Boston’s Wang Theatre

  Ryan Adams & The Shining Wang Theatre, Boston MA November 18, 2014 Backed by his new band, “The Shining,” Ryan Adams arrived on stage in Boston in his uniform of ripped jeans, shaggy (dreadlocked?) hair, and punk rock patched jean jacket, ready to rock. And just to remind the audience of his current obsessions, […]

Monday Morning Video: The Silks

It’s always intriguing to hear two versions of a single song that sound dramatically different. Here’s a great example courtesy of the Silks and their song “Mud Money.” First we’ve got the full band ripping it up live and then singer Tyler-James (accompanied by Jess Powers) picking an acoustic version.

Mayer’s Playlist for November 2014, Part 2

Tennessee Mud, Trigger Hippy (from the Rounder Records release Trigger Hippy) There seem to be a rash of Americana “super groups” making headlines these days. Lest anyone think that Trigger Hippy is jumping on the bandwagon, consider that they’ve been around since 2009. Singers Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene, along with Black Crowes drummer Steve […]

Justin Townes Earle – Live at Workplay Theater 11-19-14

To use the word crooner to describe a singer is a little old fashioned. However, listening to Justin Townes Earle’s voice (especially the live version) it is the most appropriate description. His voice has the diversity cut across Genres from Country to Soul. Whether the lyrics are somber or optimistic, his voice serves as a […]

Peace, Twang, and Turkey Grease: A Thanksgiving Toast 2014

It’s that time of year again. A time to stuff ourselves with stuffing (of course) but more importantly a time of gratitude and reflection. Here at Twangville, like elsewhere in the states as well as other parts of the globe, that’s what we like to do. As Twangville enters its 10th year of existence in 2015, […]

Mayer’s Playlist for November 2014, Part 1

ALBUM OF THE MONTH Chasing Beauty, by Ellis Paul Ellis Paul long ago established his credentials as a folk musician. He is an astute observer of the world around him who excels at transforming stories into song. In recent years he has shifted a bit from his folk roots, flexing more of his acoustic pop […]

Eric Bibb – Blues People

Eric Bibb is one of a small number of elite blues musicians of his generation that define contemporary blues music.  Along with Keb’ Mo’, Otis Taylor, Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood and a handful of others, Bibb has assumed the mantle from the great Mississippi Delta artists of the  early 20th century and the post-World […]