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Steve Martin on the Legendary Bluegrass Musician Earl Scruggs

Steve Martin on the Legendary Bluegrass Musician Earl Scruggs | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

The great bluegrass banjo player Earl Scruggs died Wednesday at the age of 88. Shortly afterward, Steve Martin sent out a tweet calling Scruggs the most important banjo player who ever lived. “Few players have changed the way we hear an instrument the way Earl has,” wrote Martin earlier this year in The New Yorker, “putting him in a category with Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chet Atkins, and Jimi Hendrix.”

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Heavy on hope and harmonies | MailTribune.com

Heavy on hope and harmonies | MailTribune.com | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
San Francisco's Misner & Smith lyrically retain the storytelling side of folk while leaving some margin for their inspired harmonies.
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alt about | Madame Pickwick Art Blog

alt about | Madame Pickwick Art Blog | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

I wrote at length on the work of Grant Alden on his essential document of American music, No Depression magazine—both as designer and art director for its covers. But this was an entire magazine he was doing remember, and much more. It spawned t-shirts and compilation cds—and two collections of its writing which I had the privilege to design the covers for . In the immediate aftermath of the magazine’s demise—at the hands of the economy

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Nashville musicians prepare to mourn bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs - Salt Lake Tribune

Nashville musicians prepare to mourn bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs - Salt Lake Tribune | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Musicians prepare to mourn bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs. It may be impossible to overstate the importance of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs to American music.

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The Guitar and the Birth of American Music | la guitarra española y eléctrica

The Guitar and the Birth of American Music | la guitarra española y eléctrica | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Modern country music, rock & roll and R&B are the progeny of early twentieth century hillbilly music and the blues. The central role of the guitar in those earlier genres helped to drive the instrument to unprecedented heights of popularity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. But nearly a century before the first recordings of blues and hillbilly guitarists, the instrument already had seized the imagination of American musicians. Sparked by the popularity of several Spanish and Italian virtuosos, a craze for the six-string “Spanish” guitar swept Europe in the 1810s and reached America around 1830. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the instrument became an integral part of new styles of distinctively American music. By the turn of the twentieth century, almost all the elements were in place for the chain reaction that would propel the guitar to a nearly unassailable position as the dominant instrument of American popular music.

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Derek Trucks Talks About New Live Album, the Allman Brothers

Derek Trucks Talks About New Live Album, the Allman Brothers | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
In between touring Japan winning a Grammy performing for the Obamas and playing The Apollo Derek Trucks found some time in February to produce and complete a new live album Everybody’s Talking due May 22nd For the first live release with his latest...
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Todd Snider Honors His First Musical Hero On ‘Time As We Know It: The Songs Of Jerry Jeff Walker,’ Out April 24 « « Twang Nation Twang Nation

Todd Snider Honors His First Musical Hero On ‘Time As We Know It: The Songs Of Jerry Jeff Walker,’ Out April 24 « « Twang Nation Twang Nation | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Fresh on the heels of his new album ‘Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables’ Todd Snider will release ‘Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker,’ a tribute to his original musical hero(4/24.) “I’ve always hoped I’d stay around long enough to get to make a record of Jerry Jeff Walker songs,” Snider says. “He’s the guy I saw at 19 and decided to try to be like. His are the first songs I learned.”

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Photos that ROCK! Justin Townes Earle - Twangville

Photos that ROCK! Justin Townes Earle - Twangville | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Justin Townes Earle

The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA: March 2010

Post by Suzanne D. McMahon (Suzanne Davis Photography)

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Classic from Larry Keel

Classic from Larry Keel | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Jamgrass guitar hero Larry Keel has released a new CD, Classic, with his touring band, Natural Bridge. Joining Larry is wife Jenny Keel on bass, Mark Schimick on mandolin and Will Lee on banjo.
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Video of the Day: Justin Townes Earle | When You Awake - Indie Folk, Classic Country and Roots Music Blog

Justin Townes Earle- Slippin' and Slidin' Bourbon equals stitches or jail for me.
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Lucero: Women & Work

Lucero: Women & Work | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Memphis Americana group Lucero's ninth studio album _Women & Work_ is a parachute of interwoven themes of working women, work and women and men who work and love their women.
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How I started to love country music: March 16-20, 1992 

How I started to love country music: March 16-20, 1992  | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

I wish I could say that I knew about Uncle Tupelo much earlier in their existence, but I cannot. I had heard the name mentioned from my friend, and fellow contributor here, Jeff many times before, but just had not reached the portion of my musical “journey” where Uncle Tupelo would eventually break through. I can vaguely recall driving around Belleville one day and hearing “Gun” come over the airwaves – on the 105.7 The Point, no less – and thinking to myself, “Hey, that’s the band my friends have been talking about.” This was just before Anodyne was about to be released, and I can remember going out and buying No Depression, Still Feel Gone, and March at the same time on cassette. At the time I did not have a CD player yet, so cassettes were still where it was at for me.

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Jambands.com - Need We Say More? > News > 7 Walkers, Greensky Bluegrass and BoomBox Confirmed for Hoxeyville Music

Jambands.com - Need We Say More? > News > 7 Walkers, Greensky Bluegrass and BoomBox Confirmed for Hoxeyville Music | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

7 Walkers, Greensky Bluegrass and BoomBox are among the acts confirmed for the 10th annual Hoxeyville Music Festival. The summer fest will take place in Wellston, MI from August 17-19. Other acts slated to appear include: Strange Arrangement, The Macpodz, Seth Bernard & May Erlewine, Rachel Davis, Airborne or Aquatic, The Crane Wives, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies, The Ragbirds, among others.

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CD Review: Indestructible Machine by Lydia Loveless (Bloodshot, 2011) - Bowling Green Daily News

CD Review: Indestructible Machine by Lydia Loveless (Bloodshot, 2011) - Bowling Green Daily News | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
CD Review: Indestructible Machine by Lydia Loveless (Bloodshot, 2011)Bowling Green Daily NewsFans of alt-country know that the Bloodshot label is a consistent source of the best in the genre.
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Video of the Day: Todd Snider

Video of the Day: Todd Snider | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Click here to view the embedded video.Todd Snider- Can’t Complain
Todd Snider performing “Can’t Complain” on February 18, 2007 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California.
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John McEuen Remembers Earl Scruggs » Elmore Magazine » Saving American Music | Blues, Roots, Country, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, Folk

John McEuen Remembers Earl Scruggs » Elmore Magazine » Saving American Music | Blues, Roots, Country, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, Folk | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The music world is still reeling from the passing of Earl Scruggs, the celebrated banjoist who died Wednesday at the age of 88. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen, who knew Scruggs and performed with him on the album Will The Circle Be Unbroken, had this to say to Elmore about the passing of his friend:

“Earl Scruggs was a leader who demanded nothing of his countless followers, determined to perfect his art, yet unassuming as to his special talent and role as a legend in music."

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Album Stream: Justin Townes Earle - Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

Album Stream: Justin Townes Earle - Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Justin Townes Earle's latest release is now available via Bloodshot Records. Listen to the album in its entirety below.
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Banjo concerto for Jayme Stone

Banjo concerto for Jayme Stone | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone will be debuting a banjo concerto written for him on July 22 in London, Ontario.
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The Bakersfield Sound gets its due in Nashville

The Bakersfield Sound gets its due in Nashville | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
'The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country' opens at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and other pioneers of West Coast country music are getting a much-deserved salute in Nashville with an expansive new exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Recognition of this scope -- especially in the country music capital -- was unthinkable during the 1950s and '60s when the snappy and rebellious style known as "the Bakersfield Sound" was in its heyday.

That sound, marked by a youthful, maverick spirit, was an important alternative to music coming out of Nashville at the time, which was growing sonically lush and thematically adult-focused.

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The Best Songs: Boeing 737 – The Low Anthem | Johanna's Visions

The Best Songs: Boeing 737 – The Low Anthem | Johanna's Visions | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

I really like The Low Anthem. I saw them in concert a few years back, they were terrific, ethereal, just marvelous. This is one of the best songs released in the last couple of years. When we made our lists of the best songs in 2011 I just had not paid enough attention, this clearly belong in the top 5.

BBC said: “It sounds like Bob Dylan singing lead vocal for The Arcade Fire” (or something like that), and it really does! They also said: If the Low Anthem doesn’t release it as a single they’re mad.

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Ralph Stanley in American Profile

Ralph Stanley in American Profile | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

A nice article on Ralph Stanley serves as the cover feature on this week's edition of American Profile, a print publication distributed in many US markets via newspaper insert. Writer Richard McVey visited with Dr. Ralph at last year’s Jerusalem Ridge festival, and after presenting a thumbnail overview of his illustrious career in music, gave the last word to Stanley guitarist James Alan Shelton and the good doctor himself.

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UNC Press - Music from the True Vine

UNC Press - Music from the True Vine | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Music from the True Vine
Mike Seeger's Life and Musical Journey

By Bill C. Malone
A musician, documentarian, scholar, and one of the founding members of the influential folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009) spent more than fifty years collecting, performing, and commemorating the culture and folk music of white and black southerners, which he called "music from the true vine." In this fascinating biography, Bill Malone explores the life and musical contributions of folk artist Seeger, son of musicologists Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger and brother of folksingers Pete and Peggy Seeger.

Malone argues that Seeger, while not as well known as his brother, may be more important to the history of American music through his work in identifying and giving voice to the people from whom the folk revival borrowed its songs.

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse To Release New Album, Americana (6/5)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse To Release New Album, Americana (6/5) | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Neil Young and Crazy Horse will attempt to do what other brave souls (me included) have failed at for years, define definitively Americana.
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Album Stream: Cowboy Junkies The Wilderness

Album Stream: Cowboy Junkies The Wilderness | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Cowboy Junkies forthcoming album The Wilderness finds the delicate balance between fragility and desperation. The album's title is reminiscent of the records streaming themes: passion, substance and the meaning within truth, beauty and loneliness.
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Irish Music

Irish Music | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

St.Patty’s Day has passed, thankfully. In America, most of the populace is content to get inebriated on whiskey and green beer and sing one “Irish” song (written by the American Shel Silversteen)—“The Unicorn.” Sad.

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