There’s a fine line between disappointment and disillusionment. I think some of it has to do with permanence, but whatever the definition the boys in The Way Down Wanderers do a good job of staying on the fleeting side of pessimism on their latest album, Illusions. In general, they accomplish that with upbeat instrumental support, […]
1) Brent Cobb – “Providence Canyon” There are a number of young artists carrying the Amercana torch into the future but Cobb is one of the best. 2) Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore – “Downey to Lubbock” This collaboration was at least a decade overdue. These two old friends finally got together and gave […]
I’ve had the good fortune to have seen Sam Bush perform a number of times over the years. It started with the New Grass Revival back in their heyday, then his stint with the Nash Ramblers, and finally his solo act. I’ve come to realize that every time I’ve seen him, it’s exceeded my expectations. […]
Jesse Langlais of bluegrass band Town Mountain reflects on his early years, from playing bongos at his first gig and one thing he regrets from his youth.
Last year I had the fortune to discover Rachel Baiman. I noted at the time she had a knack for subtly inserting parables in her snap-your-fingers or turn-around-the-dance-floor bluegrass numbers. She’s at it again with Thanksgiving, a just released EP. Tent City is an upbeat tune with lots of great banjo and guitar picking. It’s […]
In all my years of writing about music, I don’t believe I’ve ever used the words “twangy” and “classical” in the same sentence. Those are the two words, however, that describe the sound on the sophomore album from Edinburgh-based duo, The Jellyman’s Daughter. Dead Reckoning is a sort of a study on self-awareness in an […]
Front Country’s Jacob Groopman talks about yelling, crying and light wrestling at rehearsals and a future that will either be more money or hellscape.
Graham Sharp of Steep Canyon Rangers reflects on making the jump from an RV to a tour bus (and strategies for stocking it) and getting paid in beer and chili cheese fries at their first gig.
When trying to outline the highlights of the week of AmericanaFest the easy path would have me simply say you had to be there… then go get a beer. However, I will choose a more descriptive path. The venues are disparate and scattered across the Metro Nashville area, which is what is so cool. So […]
Bright, sunny day, high of maybe 80, no humidity, with the mountains in the background. Such is the definition of a wonderful spring day in the western U.S. It’s also evocative of some of the great traditional bluegrass that’s coming out of the latest generation of pickers and fiddlers. The latest jewel I’ve heard is […]