Any list of the artists playing at the top of their game is bound to include Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. Here’s a studio session that, to these ears, includes the best of the bunch from the group’s latest release. Isbell’s entertaining between song banter is a special bonus.
One of my favorite discoveries from SXSW last year was Canadian powerhouse Terra Lightfoot. She’s a triple threat – her voice, guitar and songs come together with a fiery intensity. Lightfoot has just announced a new album, entitled New Mistakes, due on 13 October. Given how much I enjoyed her previous Every Time My Mind […]
I’ve written about Paul Kelly on many occasions and with good reason – he is quite simply one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. Given that he has been releasing albums for more than 35 years, that puts him in some rarified air. Over the past several years, he has been on a particularly […]
Here at Twangville we spend pretty much all our time listening to and reviewing the latest Americana and roots music. We spend very little time talking about how it gets created in the first place, and how the music industry makes a living from genres that don’t attract the business machine that feeds, and feeds […]
Yeah, I know Shane Nicholson has just released a new album. Truth be told, I haven’t heard it yet as I’m still stuck on his previous release. Here are two standouts from 2015’s Hell Breaks Loose, both heartfelt reflections on on life as a parent.
Typically, artists go on tour to support a new album*. Well, Korby Lenker did it a bit differently for his latest – he toured to record the recent released Thousand Springs. He started by traveling his home state of Idaho recording his vocals and guitar in places that were personally meaningful to him. Then he […]
When I’m not surveying potential review material, I tend to hit the shuffle button and see what happens. I’m occasionally rewarded with a forgotten gem, such as this one from Texas wunderkind Ben Kweller. Kweller has been on a self-imposed hiatus but his website hints that there may be some new music in the works. […]
This video, from a 2013 performance in Germany, is making the rounds again. For the young bands out there, this is how it’s done. For everyone else, ain’t this the joy of music? And a bit more from the Bruce Springsteen glory of rock and roll file. ’cause once you get started, it’s hard to […]
Sallisaw Blue, John Moreland (from the 4AD release Big Bad Luv) It speaks volumes when some of Americana’s leading lights are, pardon the pun, singing an artist’s praises. Such is the case with Oklahoma boy Moreland. Perhaps they are captivated with his profound storytelling, simple tales that overflow with emotion and meaning. Or maybe it’s […]
There’s something about sitting outside listening to music on a hot summer night. All the better when the performer is someone like K Phillips. Dirty Wonder, his latest release, veers from straight-on rock to Texas red dirt country to hook-heavy pop, all with the soulful swagger that has become the singer-songwriter’s hallmark. Here’s a tasty […]