The sound layers over on top of itself, with a decay that maps to the composition of the woods. Rocky outcroppings keep the sustain going, while thick hardwood forests mute it as surely as a blanket. It’s tone reflects the excitement and urgency as it builds to what seems an inevitable conclusion, and yet just […]
There is already an impressive collection of releases on the docket for 2016, with plenty more sure to follow. Here are a handful that the Twangville crew are eagerly anticipating. What albums, whether on this list or not, are you most excited to hear? CAYAMO SESSIONS AT SEA by BUDDY MILLER AND FRIENDS(29 January on […]
What say you, townsfolk of Twangville, is Todd Snider an alright guy?
Hank Williams passed away on January 1, 1953. Over the past few years, Girls Guns & Glory have done their annual tribute to him to ring in the new year and it’s become a Boston tradition. This year, they moved to The Sinclair, which is a far larger venue than the previous Lizard Lounge. This […]
The centerpiece of Brent Best”s most recent solo album (Your Dog, Champ) is a haunting tale of family tragedy, written from the perspective of an eight year old boy. The song had been kicking around for awhile – here”s Best performing it back in 2006.
As we get ready to ring in the new year, I’m going to make a confession: I haven’t listened to much new music this year. With a son who just turned one, a broken leg, and the usual stacks of correcting (I’m an English teacher), I haven’t listened to much new stuff. The Mrs. and […]
Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, Surf Fronted by Chance the Rapper, this Chicago ensemble reminds of how joyful and organic hip hop can be. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit Dense with words and guitars, Courtney Barnetts’s official debut is a statement record that captures the zeitgeist of 2015. […]
There’s no way we can claim to track all the new music that comes out in a year. But we’re wired to find what we like. While I certainly enjoy the alt. country artists so popular on Twangville (caught Jason Isbell’s show at the Electric Factory last summer – fantastic!) I tend to write more […]
There are certain statements that are indisputable. One of those is the profound impact that Hank Williams has had on American music. There’s really no escaping it. From the tortured heartache of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” to the gospel jubilee of “I Saw the Light” to the unbridled joy of “Jambalaya” he has […]
BRANDI CARLILE, The Firewatcher’s Daughter Every year there’s always one album that blows your mind no matter how many times you hear it. From the time The Firewatcher’s Daughter was released in March to now in December, every song on the album still stuns. At first listen you marvel at the mastery of Carlile herself. […]