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"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and besides it annoys the pig." Robert A. Heinlein Every year about now, I get tempted to engage in some porcine education. From my lofty perch as an sometimes blogger and devoted Americana/Folk fan, I feel the need to explain my music to The Recording Academy voters. It never fails, year […]
Last five. 5. Daniel Romano, Come Cry With MeTo be honest, I don’t know why I like Romano. There’s the obvious: his voice, songs that reach into earlier eras of country and resurrect the naked, vulnerable emotion of singers like Gram Parsons. Come Cry With Me feels almost hipster self-aware – like Romano knows what he’s doing and who he’s channelling and it […]
A t first glance, the idea of Belgians playing bluegrass makes as much sense as Texans doing Morris dancing - it might happen, but do we really want to see it? In this case - the Belgian one - the answer is a surprisingly definite yes. The band in question is called The Broken Circle Bluegrass Band, but it's… […]
Next time I see Jc Babb, I am going to shake his hand for awhile and order him a couple of drinks, on me. Babb, you see, sent me a message a couple of weeks ago cluing me in on a dude named Adam Pasion and whereas normally I would pass on recommendations (I am way behind on reviews/articles as it is), when Babb said that Pasion's O Hear the Rattling! a […]
With much fanfare and even more head-shaking (at least if you're a roots music fan), the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced Friday night. Here are the nominees in the "American Roots" categories. A mighty fine bunch, but with some glaring (NO JASON ISBELL WTF OMG) omissions, as ever and always: Best American Roots Song BUILD ME UP FROM BON […]
This album – with its spooky Nosferatu with a 1940’s cruiser cover -- was released independently in 2006 but, with the passing of the beloved Levon Helm – this album by Bow Thayer deserves another listen. It’s almost like discovering new music by The Band – which would also qualify the three albums Rick Danko made with Danko / Fjeld / Andersen. But, that’s […]
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