Monday Morning Video – Joe Cocker

We lost a legend when Joe Cocker passed away on 22 December. Cocker possessed one of the quintessential voices in rock and roll, a singer who quite literally took ownership of every song he sang. Dave Mason wrote a wonderful piece about Cocker on his Facebook page: When I wrote Feelin’ Alright, it had a […]

Editors’ Pick: Best Album of 2014: Joe Fletcher, “You’ve Got The Wrong Man”… Plus More

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Official Twangville Album of 2014: Joe Fletcher, You’ve Got The Wrong Man It’s official. Joe Fletcher‘s You’ve Got the Wrong Man edges out Lydia Loveless‘s Somewhere Else for the Twangville best album of 2014. This list combines best of year picks from our Twangville authors plus the Readers’ Tops which you helped us create. Congrats […]

Mayer’s Picks – Best Songs of 2014

I posted a best songs list for the first half of 2014 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. An Anthem for the Broken and A Song to Learn and Sing (Until Kingdom […]

Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2014: Sturgill Simpson, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”

And so it has been decided. With 30 votes out of a total of 93, Sturgill Simpson‘s “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” beat out Lydia Loveless‘s “Somewhere Else” for the official Twangville readers favorite album of 2014. Thanks to all who participated. We’ll include your picks into our fancy algorithm for the soon to be released […]

Shawn’s Picks – Best Albums Of 2014

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 1. Parker Millsap – Parker Millsap This album wasn’t Millsap’s first, but nonetheless it was twenty-some years in the making.  Full of stories tied to his roots in Oklahoma, his self-titled second album is a microcosm of Americana.  2. Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy Although it’s hard for me to put my finger on […]

Mayer’s Picks – Best Albums of 2014, Boston Edition

This has been a great year for music in and around Boston. I hesitate to break these out into a separate regional list as they would all feature prominently on my overall Best of 2014. That said, taken together they make a great statement on the vibrancy of the Boston music scene. GIRLS GUNS AND […]

Tom’s Picks: Best of 2014

Album of the Year: Noah Gundersen, Ledges My pick for album of the year is Noah Gundersen’s Ledges. The up and coming singer-songwriter from Seattle, nails it with Ledges. It’s a family affair as his sister, Abby, joins in on vocals including album opener “Poor Man’s Son” which simply stops time as it blends effortlessly into […]

Shawn’s Top 10 Live Sets Of 2014

I’m fortunate enough to live in an area with a tradition of supporting live music.  It’s not Austin or Nashville, but Santa Cruz holds its own when it comes to getting some great Americana tour stops.  I’m also lucky enough to be able to travel to some music festivals every year.  So while I don’t […]

Mayer’s Picks – More Favorites from 2014

Here, in no particular order, are a few more favorites from 2014. And the War CameShakey Graves The Shipwreck From the ShoreAnthony D’Amato HealStrand of Oaks Parker MillsapParker Millsap All or Nothin’Nikki Lane Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill BroonzyDave Alvin and Phil Alvin Eli Paperboy […]

Mayer’s Picks – Best Albums of 2014

This has been a great year in music, a feast for the ears but a challenge when it comes to picking my favorite albums for the year. A good problem to have, I suppose. Without further ado…. #1. MATTHEW RYAN, Boxers Ryan has never been one to pull his punches so why should we expect […]