Hearing Things

So I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, new and old. Here’s a rundown: The Vagaband/Medicine for the Soul – If you’ve been craving some vintage Wilco with a touch of The Felice Brothers thrown in, have I got the band for you. “Black Sheep” will have your toes tapping and singing along […]

Readers’ Pick: The Firewatcher’s Daughter by Brandi Carlile

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BRANDI CARLILE, The Firewatcher’s Daughter beats out ANDREW COMBS, All These Dreams and ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys by 4 votes as your favorite for the week of March 3, 2015. Poll Results   Readers’ Top 25 – Winter 2015 JAMES MCMURTRY, Complicated […]

Monday Morning Video – The 1967 Stax Volt Soul Revue!

Need a powerful pick-me-up for a Monday morning? It won’t get much better than this classic set of performances from 1967. Booker T. & the MGs, Sam and Dave and a host of stars from the legendary Stax label. And did I mention Otis Redding? It doesn’t get much better than this. Performances include: Booker […]

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys – Ionia

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In small rural towns across America Friday night is high school sports night.  Everyone collects at the field/gymnasium about 6:30 and watches the local kids take on the town-down-the-road kids.  In autumn it’s football, winter means basketball, and spring is for track & field.  Because the school is so small, all the kids play all […]

Folk Alliance Conference 2015: Say What?!

One of my favorite things about attending music conferences and festivals are the crazy comments that you hear along the way. Here are a few choice selections from this year’s Folk Alliance Conference. Playing for other musicians is not always the greatest experience. ‘I would have done that differently.’ Dan Bern No fucking songs about […]

Folk Alliance Conference 2015 – The Scene and The Sounds


Twangville made its first trip to the annual Folk Alliance Conference a few weeks ago. The event brought hundreds of musicians to Kansas City for four days of music. And more music. And more music. Folk Alliance is unlike any other festival or conference one can attend. Sure, like most conferences it features topical sessions […]

Readers’ Pick: Complicated Game by James McMurtry

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JAMES MCMURTRY, Complicated Game beats out JJ GREY & MOFRO, Ol’ Glory as your favorite for the week of February 28, 2015. Poll Results   Readers’ Top 25 – Winter 2015 JAMES MCMURTRY, Complicated Game (26) STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, Terraplane (18) JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers (17) THE DECEMBERISTS, What a Terrible World, […]