Monday Morning Video: Alejandro Escovedo and David Hidalgo Take on Neil Young

How about this one. The Alejandro Escovedo band with special guest David Hidalgo of Los Lobos rocking “Like a Hurricane.” more »


Readers’ Pick: ROSANNE CASH, The River & The Thread

You picked Manhattan-based Rosanne Cash’s “The River & The Thread” as your favorite album for the week of January 14, 2014. Readers’ Top Picks (last 4 weeks) ROSANNE CASH, The River & The Thread (17) BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS, South (12) BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, High Hopes (9) STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS, Wig Out at […] more »


Monday Morning Video: Chris Mills

Brooklyn (by way of Chicago) singer-songwriter Chris Mills passed through Boston yesterday. It had been awhile since I’d seen him but it took only one song to remind me why I enjoy his songwriting. Mid-set he pulled out this older tune that has long been a favorite. Yes, it’s a bit maudlin. but damn if […] more »


Readers’ Pick: STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS, Wig Out at Jagbags

You picked Portland, Oregon’s “STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS, Wig Out at Jagbags” as your favorite album for the week of January 7, 2014. Readers’ Top Picks (last 4 weeks) STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS, Wig Out at Jagbags (9) PETER GABRIEL & VARIOUS ARTISTS, And I’ll Scratch Yours (7) Don’t forget to vote in […] more »


Monday Morning Video: A Tribute to Brown Bird

Brown Bird

While on tour last spring, Dave Lamb of Providence, RI-based duo Brown Bird fell ill and was ultimately diagnosed with leukemia. Although he lacked insurance at the time, he was able to get treatment and is on the path to recovery. Of course, the mounting health costs combined with the lack of income — Brown […] more »


Monday Morning Video: a Double Dose of Robbie Fulks

Here’s the affable Robbie Fulks performing a longtime favorite, the title track from his 1998 release Let’s Kill Saturday Night. I’m not sure why the video title reads “Sometimes the Grass Is Really Greener,” a track from last year’s Gone Away Backward. In honor of the mistake, however, here is Fulks performing that song in […] more »


Monday Morning Video: Foy Vance Serenades With the Theme From “Cheers”

We’ll end our year with a fun one, Foy Vance covering the theme song from the television show “Cheers.” Happy New Year everyone! more »


Mayer’s Picks: Best Songs of 2013


I posted a best songs list for the first half of 2013 back in July (here). Rather than replicate that list for my full year review, consider this the continuation — the best songs from the second half of the year. Closed Hand, Full of Friends, Foy Vance (from the Glassnote Records release Joy of […] more »


Monday Morning Video — Season’s Greetings From Tim Gearan and Jesse Dee

Tis the season, right? Start your week with this fine soulful take on “Winter Wonderland,” performed by Boston musicians (and Twangville faves) Tim Gearan and Jesse Dee. All of us at Twangville wish all of you a wonderful holiday season. more »


The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – New Old Story

Bastard Sons

With the increasing popularity of the various genres of music loosely grouped under the label “Americana”, there has been a proportionate increase in the number of Honky-Tonk and traditional Country bands. The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are best described by the former. Although Honk-Tonk music is on the rise, the true Country bar is […] more »


Monday Morning Video: Rusty Belle takes on the Hollies

I featured Rusty Belle in last week’s Boston playlist. Here’s the trio taking on the Hollies’ wonderful “The Air That I Breathe” in what looks like someone’s kitchen. Damn if they don’t cook up some fine harmonies. more »


Hear It First – Susan Cattaneo’s “Lies Between Lovers”

After several years of writing songs to be sung by others, Susan Cattaneo decided to write for herself. The result is an album that has a classic feel, filled with songs that sound like timeless standards yet are infused with a contemporary freshness. From the heart-wrenching “Done Better” to the country swagger of “Worth the […] more »


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 […] more »


Monday Morning Video: Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint is an American institution. The amazingly talented musician has played a part in the careers of so many musicians. Whether arranging horns for the Band’s legendary concert The Last Waltz or producing Labelle’s classic “Lady Marmalade,” Toussaint has a magical touch. As if that weren’t enough, his songs has been performed by just […] more »


Stephen Kellogg’s Song of Thanksgiving

I’m sure many are familiar with “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie’s legendary Thanksgiving opus. Clocking in at nearly twenty minutes, it is a touchstone in the folk story-telling canon. Well, it is time to start a new tradition. Stephen Kellogg’s “Thanksgiving,” from his recent Blunderstone Rookery, is an uplifting reflection on life and its blessings. Acknowledging […] more »


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