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More Video Fun from Sarah Borges, Amy Black and Girls Guns & Glory

Earlier today I wrote about Amy Black, Sarah Borges and Girls Guns & Glory, all of whom are about to host shows to celebrate their new releases. In addition to their own songs, all three of these artist’s are known to do some exceptional covers. Here’s the proof. more »

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Monday Morning Video: Amy Black, Girls Guns & Glory and Sarah Borges

Americana fans in Boston are in for a great weekend as three of our own celebrate outstanding new releases. First up is an incredible double bill featuring Sarah Borges and Girls Guns & Glory. They are playing Sinclair in Cambridge this Friday night. (Info and Tickets ) Then we get Amy Black, who is taking […] more »

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Mayer’s Playlist for January 2014, Part 1

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH Hard Working Americans, by Hard Working Americans ‘Ya gotta love this album on principle. A veritable super-group of Americana and jam-band artists* get together for, well a jam-session. They forgo writing their own songs and instead champion some of their (and my) favorite songwriters. Like I said, how can you not […] more »

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Pete Seeger, 1919 – 2014

We lost a legend yesterday, a man who changed the world with both his spirit and his song. Here are two videos to celebrate Pete Seeger’s legacy. First, Seeger leads Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and the entire audience in a version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” at the […] more »

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Chase Gassaway – Certain Circles

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Certain Circles, the latest release from Austin musician Chase Gassaway, should be listed as a treatment for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  Although he writes about typical songwriter topics like love and angst, he manages to put an optimistic sound to them.  And then add to that a few of his songs are just unabashedly happy […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: A Tribute to Brown Bird

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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 »

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Honeylark – Heavy

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This time of year the shadows stretch long across the frozen landscape, adding a lightly brushed undercurrent of foreboding to everything.  It’s always there, lurking, feeding the darker human emotions, even when the event of the moment is a totally enjoyable holiday celebration.  When you put that feeling to music, you get what Honeylark calls […] more »

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Photos that ROCK! Best of 2013!

Photos that ROCK! Best of 2013! I am INSANELY lucky that I get to listen to amazing music AND take pictures- 2 of my favorite things. Here are some of my favorite shots from various venues around Boston in 2013. What a year! Tom McBride @ Lizard Lounge, March 2013 Josh Ritter & The Royal […] more »

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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 »

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Mayer’s Picks: Best Songs of 2013

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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 »

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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 »

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Mayer’s Picks: More Favorites from 2013

I had a tough time narrowing down my list of favorite albums to just ten. So here, in no particular order, are a few more favorites from 2013. Blunderstone RookeryStephen Kellogg Close to the FloorPatrick Sweany Stay RecklessAustin Lucas StudebakerMando Saenz The MooringsAndrew Duhon Truth Be SoldLeeroy Stagger ElectricRichard Thompson American RideWillie Nile Small Town […] more »

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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 »

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Still Love That Dirty Water: A Boston Playlist

FEATURED ALBUM Common Courtesy, by Rusty Belle I don’t often quote artist bios, but this was too good not to share: They were raised on the Beatles and the Band, went to high school with Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, dated Miles Davis and Tom Waits in college and keep a Lightnin’ Hopkins, Kinks or […] more »

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Mayer’s Playlist for Fall 2013, Part 3

ALBUMS OF THE SEASON Stay Reckless, by Austin Lucas Some may disagree with my classification, but this is my kind of country. It starts with Lucas’s voice, which has just the right amount of relaxed drawl. When he sings, “I don’t want to be alone in Memphis, I don’t want to be alone in New […] more »

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