Ruthie Foster talks about why TV newscasts are like music performances and recalls a memorable van breakdown in Boise, Idaho.
We’re gonna do something different this week for our Monday Morning Video. Los Angeles-based The Americans were gearing up to release the follow-up to 2017’s I’ll Be Yours when, well, you know what happened. Of course even a pandemic can’t keep a good band down. Not surprisingly, the Americans have passed the time playing music. […]
Will Sexton talks about sitting in a tour van, touring with crock pots, and seeing his heroes get their due.
The Ballroom Thieves’ Martin Earley talks about his “epically emo” first song and the band’s increasing income… and expenses.
Not sure how I missed this, but acclaimed Toronto music venue Massey Hall has shared some wonderful 30 minute excerpts from performances that they’ve hosted in the mid twenty-teens. There are plenty great ones from which to chose, from the New Pornographers, Whitehorse, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Sloan, Constantines, Japandroids, and more. I’m particuarly partial […]
Her Town Now, Mark Erelli (from the self-released Blindsided) A song of the year nomination at last year’s Americana Music Awards put Mark Erelli on a stage that he has long deserved. Over twelve albums, Erelli has honed his songwriting craft and become one of Americana’s leading, if until recently under-appreciated, songwriters. Blindsided, his latest […]
John Craigie recalls an early song about dating in college and how he passed the time in Red Bluff, CA when his tour van broke down.
Renowned singer-songwriter Mark Olsen talks about the benefits of touring via trains, late night soup, and banter sessions.
As the members of the Twangville posse know firsthand, a Session Americana performance is more than a show, it’s an experience. Case in point: To celebrate the release of last year’s excellent Northeast, the group brought together many of the artists who contributed to the album – a whopping 14 musicians – for a gala […]
Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith recalls getting kicked off his tour bus and talks about making a living in music.