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, […]
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.
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 […]
We’re going to try something different this year with our Readers’ Pick. Last year, I started the list with the best of our Reader’s Pick polls for each week. This year, we’ll start from zero and build the list from there. The rules: You get one nomination. So use discretion and pick the best. If you […]
Here’s a song for your shopping soundtrack courtesy of Milwaukee-based troubadour Brett Newski.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
As we begin Thanksgiving week here in the US, here’s a song for which I’m thankful. Thanks for the joy that you’ve given me I want you to know I believe in your song And rhythm and rhyme and harmony You’ve helped me along Makin’ me strong Oh, give me the beat boys and free […]
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 […]