Concert Review: Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Frank Turner at Merriweather Post
Jun23

Concert Review: Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Frank Turner at Merriweather Post

Some say that country radio is being hijacked by young artists who are influenced by Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, all under the guise that “country music should evolve.” Well, judging by the 18,000 people packed into the legendary Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, to see Frank Turner, Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton, there’s a strong contingent of country fans who are more than willing to embrace a more organic...

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2015 Americana Fest and Awards Nominations
May16

2015 Americana Fest and Awards Nominations

The 2015 Americana Honors & Awards nominations have been announced and it should come as no real surprise that Lucinda Williams and Sturgill Simpson both lead the way with three nominations each (Album, Artist and Song). The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, returns to the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 16th and coincides with AmericanaFest (Sept. 15-20). The coolest awards show around (Paste...

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How I Discovered American Aquarium
May16

How I Discovered American Aquarium

Do you like good music? I am guessing/hoping the answer is emphatically YES. But are you a fan of Alternative Country or Americana? I think I’ve always been, but I just didn’t know that’s what it was called. Thank goodness for my buddy Baron Lane at TwangNation.com, the unofficial-Ambassador-of-Americana and Official-Americana-Grammy-Blogger/Journo who over the years gives me listening assignments/suggestions or just...

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.@ZacBrownBand Shows Many Layers on New Album #JekyllandHyde
May07

.@ZacBrownBand Shows Many Layers on New Album #JekyllandHyde

Zac Brown Band recently released its sixth studio album, Jekyll + Hyde, shooting up the Billboard album charts to Number 1 for the third time. Taking its signature, laid back, groovy sound and blending it with a variety of distinct approaches to delivery, the Zac Brown Band’s offering perfectly envelops the “Jekyll and Hyde” mentality. The album was introduced to country fans by the lead single...

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Concert Review: Lee Ann Womack in Annapolis, MD
Apr29

Concert Review: Lee Ann Womack in Annapolis, MD

Two Texas women entered Annapolis’ Rams Head On Stage on April 20th, both getting ready to embark on or are already embarking in new and exciting journeys in their respective lives. For award-winning headliner Lee Ann Womack, her new adventure is independence. For opening act Amanda Shires, it’s impending motherhood. Judging from their performances and their stories told, both challenges will be easily tackled. Shires started...

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