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Punch Brothers Photos - Seattle, Wash.

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Check out Kirk Stauffer’s photos of the Punch Brothers playing at the Neptune Theater on March 6 in Seattle, Wash.
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Five From the Archive: Greensky Bluegrass

Five From the Archive: Greensky Bluegrass | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Greensky Bluegrass is a local Michigan band done good. Coming out of Kalamazoo, they hit a soft spot for me right away, since that’s where I (and some other GLONO folks) went to college.
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Ask the indie professor: What do we mean by 'folk'?

Ask the indie professor: What do we mean by 'folk'? | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Wendy Fonarow: Devendra Banhart? James Yorkston? Mumford and Sons?!
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Roy Buchanan - Sweet Dreams The Anthology (1969-78 us ...

Roy Buchanan - Sweet Dreams The Anthology (1969-78 us ... | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
If Roy Buchanan's psyche was hard to penetrate, his work was a glorious stew of what has become known as American roots music. It ran the gamut from the wordless vocalized screams of the Pentecostal church to the sustained trailing notes ...
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Barcelona Bluegrass Band – Old Time Blues « Bluegrass Unlimited

Barcelona Bluegrass Band – Old Time Blues « Bluegrass Unlimited | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Bluegrass tag teams with blues, jazz, and Celtic music on this all-acoustic CD from the Spanish based band. What a stunning instrumental tour de force from founding musicians Lluis Gomez (five-string banjo) and Joan Pau Cumellas (harmonica), along with additional members, Miguel Talavera (guitar/mandolin/resonator guitar) and Maribel Rivero (upright bass). The group is dedicated to maintaining the traditional sounds of Appalachian music while enhancing the classic with flavorings from other genres. You’ll especially want to check out a couple of cuts where the band collaborates with banjo great, Tony Trischka (Manga el banjo and Trio!).

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Exclusive Stream: Lee Fields' Updates His Soul Style on 'Faithful Man'

Exclusive Stream: Lee Fields' Updates His Soul Style on 'Faithful Man' | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

R&B veteran Lee Fields is celebrating 43 years in show business with Faithful Man, a collection of new tunes recorded for Brooklyn's Truth & Soul Records. The set grounds the singer in the template of Motown-style soul, but includes some modern touches from Truth & Soul co-owners and producers Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels, who have previously worked with stars including Adele, Ghostface Killah and Jay-Z. Faithful Man won't be in stores until May 13th, but you can stream the record in full today.

 

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'R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection' Pictures | Rolling Stone

'R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection' Pictures | Rolling Stone | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Well-known as a lover of old records, the satirical cartoonist Robert Crumb has collected his work on album covers and musicians' portraits in a new book, R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection. The artist spoke to Rolling Stoneby phone from the south of France, where he has lived for the past two decades.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/r-crumb-the-complete-record-cover-collection-20111221#ixzz1hao74ZP7

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'Redneck Religion and Shitkickin' Saviours?': Gram Parsons ...

The country singer Gram Parsons (1946-73) has in the last decade been increasingly cited as a seminal influence upon the development of contemporary alt.country and the roots/americana revivial. This article critiques Parsons and his music within the realm of contextual theology, using him as a bridge to examine the wider issue of what a theology of country music might entail.

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Snapshot: Robbie Robertson, Michael McClure, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg

Snapshot: Robbie Robertson, Michael McClure, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
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Album of the Week #14 – Doc Watson At Gerdes Folk City

Arthel Lane Watson was born on March 3, 1923, in Deep Gap, North Carolina. He is known around the globe as “Doc” Watson. To celebrate Doc’s 89th birthday, I am focusing on one of my favorite Doc Watson projects for this Album of the Week.
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I See Hawks In L.A. – New Kind Of Lonely

I See Hawks In L.A. – New Kind Of Lonely | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Driving east out of Bakersfield you see it long before you get there, the heat shimmer distorting lines and colors, and yet somehow it kind of sneaks up on you.  One minute you’re in civilization, the next…nowhere.
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Jim White: Beware the Bluebirds

Jim White: Beware the Bluebirds | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
For Southern-fried folk singer Jim White, it all revolves around the bluebirds. Five of the brightly plumed harbingers of happiness that he noticed on a telephone wire outside his new home, on the first warm day of a recent spring.
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Delta Spirit: Marking a Time

Delta Spirit: Marking a Time | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Delta Spirit’s third LP, a self-titled effort out March 13 via Rounder Records, marks a clear of a departure for the band sonically, one brought on perhaps by line-up changes and new locales. Delta Spirit frontman Matt Vasquez has never been shy about the influence Zinn has had on his band; 2010’s History from Below drew heavily from the progressive historian’s People’s History of the United States

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Alan Lomax Archive uploads and streams 17,000 field recordings (your move, Bradford Cox) | News Article | Tiny Mix Tapes

Alan Lomax Archive uploads and streams 17,000 field recordings (your move, Bradford Cox) | News Article | Tiny Mix Tapes | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Oh good. Just when Spotify was starting to get boring! The Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) have officially launched the ACE Online Archive, which they’re calling “the fulfillment of over a decade of the restoration, digitization, and cataloging of Alan Lomax’s life’s work”

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Snapshot: Townes Van Zandt | When You Awake - Indie Folk, Classic Country and Roots Music Blog

Snapshot: Townes Van Zandt | When You Awake - Indie Folk, Classic Country and Roots Music Blog | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
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Yarn all wound up about new album

Yarn all wound up about new album | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Yarn, which was featured on a recent segment of the CNN show “Erin Burnett Out Front” that showcased that band’s music and partnership with Firefly Vodka. Later this month, Yarn will make its first appearance at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, to play the New Frontier showcase. The performance coincides with the release of Yarn’s new record, produced by the legendary Bil VornDick, who has worked with Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan and many others. His credits appear on No. 1 albums in five different musical genres.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden - Twangville

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden - Twangville | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose informal folksy jug band approach belies a talent pool that is seemingly bottomless, have added another gem to their already stellar catalogue with Leaving Eden. The Drops, who in their live shows recreate the look and feel of a turn-of-the 20th century string band but with the anachronistic addition of human “beatbox” vocal percussionist Adam Matta, have compiled a 15-track album that captures the excitement of those live shows.

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Self Titled, East-West

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Self Titled, East-West | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the first mixed race blues bands, and arguably one of the finest.
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10 by Link Wray | RCR | American Roots Music

10 by Link Wray | RCR | American Roots Music | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Time to share a little love for the Rumble Man while pointing out a few similarities between Link and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. “He was a huge influence… I still have all of my guitar amps turned sideways because when I saw him play he turned his guitar amps sideways, because it was so loud, and you would hear the ambient sound of the amp and not just the direct speaker sound. I thought that made a lot of sense. Plus, the amps aren’t blasting the audience in the face, which I think is really good, too. When I saw him, it was one of the greatest shows I ever saw in my life. There was a vocal mic and he didn’t say one word; he got onstage and started ripping through songs, and 40 minutes later he was done. Everybody was screaming for an encore, and he never came back — it was amazing.”

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Clay Ross and Brazilian Bluegrass

Guitarist Clay Ross grew up in South Carolina. He made a name for himself on the music scene there, but he always had some reservations about his home state and its local music, including bluegrass: he associated both with xenophobia and even racism. It took a trip to Brazil to change his mind.

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CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: New Tab Benoit Compilation from Telarc/Concord Coming April 3

In a career of more than two decades, blues guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit has generated an impressive body of work&#151every note of it rooted in the rich and centuries-old musical and cultural traditions of his native Louisiana.

Coming to the Milliken on St. Paddy's. 

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Carolina Chocolate Drops: Slow Change

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Slow Change | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
In Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have two of the most charismatic performers in any genre.
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Musician Mike Seeger to be Remembered in Tribute Concert and ...

Musician Mike Seeger to be Remembered in Tribute Concert and ... | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

The life of the late musician, documentarian, and scholar Mike Seeger will be celebrated with a tribute concert and lecture at the Wilson Special Collections Library on March 23, 2012. Seeger, co-founder of the folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, died in 2009. He was a member of the famous Seeger folk family, along with musician siblings Pete and Peggy Seeger and their musicologist parents Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger. Music from the True Vine presents Seeger as a gatekeeper of American roots music and culture, ...

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Joe Thompson Dies at 93; Fiddler of String Band Legacy

Joe Thompson Dies at 93; Fiddler of String Band Legacy | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Until 1973, Mr. Thompson wasn’t known outside of North Carolina. But later, he played at Carnegie Hall and was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship.
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