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Premiere: Pokey LaFarge, 'Central Time'

Premiere: Pokey LaFarge, 'Central Time' | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

With the help of Jack White's Third Man Records, Pokey LaFarge brings his St. Louis swing to the masses in this clip for "Central Time." It's the first offering from LaFarge's new album Pokey LaFarge, which boasts his inventive, energetic twist on American roots music.

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Top 5 Levon Helm Songs

Top 5 Levon Helm Songs | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
He didn’t write many of the songs he made legendary but when he did them they stayed done.You couldn’t imagine them any other way.
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Avett Bros. close Merlefest

Avett Bros. close Merlefest | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Heavy numbers poured in Sunday to see The Avett Brothers close down Merlefest 2013, despite the calls for rain throughout the day, and their late afternoon set was alternately passionately energetic, to the point of raising the ire of some traditionalists, and sensitively quiet, with gorgeous harmonies, and beautiful cello moments that left some in the crowd in near rapture.

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'So much chemistry' binds Sons of Bill - South Bend Tribune

'So much chemistry' binds Sons of Bill - South Bend Tribune | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
'So much chemistry' binds Sons of Bill
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James says the music of Sons of Bill could be called Americana or alt-country, but he feels it's more than that. “I've always respected bands that allowed their sounds to change,” he says.
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A Song of Perseverance - An Interview With Jim Lauderdale

A Song of Perseverance - An Interview With Jim Lauderdale | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

If your a struggling musician I suggest you take a look at the career of Jim Lauderdale. Between early set backs as a Bluegrass banjo player and being marginalized in Music Row there were plenty of opportunities to chuck his guitar in the gutter and call it quits. But he persevered and used his songwriting as a musical dowsing rod to move him from always forward toward unexpected and exciting places.

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On This Day 5/9

On This Day 5/9 | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

On May 9, 1956 Jimmy Martin had his first recording session for Decca Records.

At an afternoon session at Bradley Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, Jimmy Martin recorded four songs Before the Sun Goes Down, Skip Hop and Wobble, You’ll Be a Lost Ball and Hit Parade of Love.

Supporting Martin [lead vocal/guitar] at the session were Porky Hutchins [baritone vocal/banjo], Earl Taylor (tenor vocal/mandolin), Howard Watts (Cedric Rainwater), playing bass, and Tommy Vaden [fiddle].

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The Civil Wars Annouce New Album This Summer

The Civil Wars Annouce New Album This Summer | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The Civil Wars were holed up working on a new album in Nashville last fall with Barton Hallow producer Charlie Peacock.
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Bob Brozman dies at 59

Bob Brozman dies at 59 | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Guitarist and ethnomusicologist who played with an international array of musicians. 

Bob Brozman, who has been found dead aged 59, was a guitarist, ethnomusicologist, songwriter and teacher, as well as an intrepid traveller and musical explorer fascinated by guitar styles from around the world. According to his long-time collaborator and producer Daniel Thomas, Brozman's "purpose in life was to follow the guitar to all the places that it got left behind, and see what it did in those cultures". His starting point was the blues, but he became an expert in Hawaiian and Caribbean styles and the music of India, Africa, the Indian Ocean and Japan.

Believing that "music is the universal language", he befriended international musicians with whom he collaborated in what he termed "hybrid music" (he didn't like the currently popular term "fusion").

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WNMC's curator insight, April 28, 2013 7:31 PM

This is very sad. Brozman was one of the folks that helped make me a staunch musical impurist. Like Ry Cooder, Brozman built bridges with strings. Sorry to hear he's gone.

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Visualizing American Roots Music: COUSIN MINNIE PEARL | Field ...

Visualizing American Roots Music: COUSIN MINNIE PEARL | Field ... | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The photo above appears as part of Visualizing American Roots Music, an exhibit presented by the Southern Folklife Collection of twenty rare and unique photographs of iconic musicians. On view in the Pleasants Family ...
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Walk Along John from John Reischman

Walk Along John from John Reischman | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
West coast mandolin master John Reischman has a new album of instrumental music, which he calls Walk Along John. Like his varied career, the album’s 14 named tracks (with one secret) feature the stylistic mix his many admirers have come to expect.
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Folkstreams free archive of folk/roots culture documentaries

Folkstreams free archive of folk/roots culture documentaries | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Folkstreams is an incredible online archive of documentary films about American folk and roots music and culture including "Born From Hard Luck," excerpted above.
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Sam Bush joined by fellow bluegrass legend Del McCoury at the Avalon - Grand Junction Free Press

Sam Bush joined by fellow bluegrass legend Del McCoury at the Avalon - Grand Junction Free Press | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Sam Bush joined by fellow bluegrass legend Del McCoury at the Avalon
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
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Ralph Stanley - up close and personal

Ralph Stanley - up close and personal | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Ever wanted to share an intimate meal with the great Ralph Stanley – and 50 of his closest friends? The good Doctor is offering just that on March 29 as a fundraiser for Song Of The Mountains, the live performance concert series aired on PBS stations across the US.

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Rodgers Remembrance Vol X: Jimmie’s Texas Blues

Rodgers Remembrance Vol X: Jimmie’s Texas Blues | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

This week we are going to once again remember the life and times of America’s Blue Yodeler, the Singing Brakeman, and the Father of Country Music: the late, great Jimmie Rodgers. On Sunday, May 26, Jimmie Rodgers will have been gone 80 years.

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Rodgers Remembrance Vol XI: Those Gambler’s Blues

Rodgers Remembrance Vol XI: Those Gambler’s Blues | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
This week we have been, once again, remembering the life and times of America’s Blue Yodeler, the Singing Brakeman, and the Father of Country Music: the late, great Jimmie Rodgers.Tomorrow, Jimmie Rodgers will have been gone 80 years.
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The Blind Boys of Alabama To Release New Justin Vernon-Produced Album

The Blind Boys of Alabama To Release New Justin Vernon-Produced Album | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Album's guest spots, international tour dates to be announced later. 

Veteran gospel act The Blind Boys of Alabama has signed with Sony Masterworks, Paste has learned. The band is now set to release a new album this fall, taking production notes from other than Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. An album title has not yet been released.

The album will feature a few unexpected guest spots, which will be announced later. Its release will be followed by an international tour.

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Rodriguez receives honorary degree in Detroit

Rodriguez receives honorary degree in Detroit | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

The 'Searching For Sugar Man' star was praised for his 'musical genius'. Rodriguez, star of the Oscar winning film Searching For Sugar Man, has received an honorary degree from Detroit's Wayne State University.

The protest singer was honoured as a Doctor of Humane Letters yesterday (May 9) in his hometown. Sixto Rodriguez was praised for his "musical genius and commitment to social justice" at the university's commencement ceremony. He earned a philosophy degree from the same university in 1981, reports the Associated Press.

Rodriguez recently said that he is preparing to release his long awaited third album, his first since 'Coming From Reality' in 1971.

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John Cloyd Miller (Red June) Wins MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest - Grateful Web

John Cloyd Miller (Red June) Wins MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest - Grateful Web | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
John Cloyd Miller (Red June) Wins MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Grateful Web Around that same time, Miller, Weinstein, and Straughan formed Red June (named after an heirloom apple variety), a group that emphasizes songwriting while...
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Patty Griffin: American Kid :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste

Patty Griffin: American Kid :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

With a bit of juke-joint loose blues strumming rising from a National guitar, Patty Griffin leans into “Don’t Let Me Die In Florida” with a tortured cry on what becomes a steamy track with a deep, surging pocket. Death and displacement are certainly themes onAmerican Kid. A more aggressive acoustic offering from the woman who rocked hard on Flaming Red, yet haunted on the spare folk of Poor Man’s House,American Kid creates its lean immediacy by enlisting the North Mississippi Allstars to strip down to their most organic.

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Claire Lynch to Release Dear Sister

Claire Lynch to Release Dear Sister | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Claire Lynch has a new album titled Dear Sister (Compass Records). Dear Sister presents Lynch and her band (Mark Schatz on bass, Matt Wingateon guitar, mandolin, Bryan McDowell on fiddle, mandolin, guitar) on a 10-song set of bluegrass, folk and Americana cuts.

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George Jones Top 10 Essential Cuts

George Jones Top 10 Essential Cuts | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Golden Ring (With Tammy Wynette)
Although their tumultuous marriage didn’t last, when they were singing it was duet magic. The rings is the symbol of life being cyclical.
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100 Years After His Birth, Muddy Waters Still Looms Large

100 Years After His Birth, Muddy Waters Still Looms Large | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

The Mississippi-born bluesman shaped and transformed American music. If the blues is the backbone of American popular music, then Muddy Waters was the backbone of the blues. Sure, there were plenty of significant blues artists before him and others after his heyday, but Waters, who was born McKinley Morganfield in Issaquena County, Mississippi one hundred years ago this week, was a singer, guitarist, composer, and bandleader of such elemental power that he’s come to stand for everything that’s soul-stirring about the music itself. Without Waters, it’s safe to say, rock and roll and its many derivations would never have turned out the way they did. Listing those influenced by him would be a fool’s game, their number is so legion, but let’s just mention a band called the Rolling Stones, who in honor of their hero, named themselves after a classic Muddy Waters song.

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Bluegrass Icon Peter Rowan Releases The Old School Featuring an All-Star Lineup

Bluegrass Icon Peter Rowan Releases The Old School Featuring an All-Star Lineup | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan has a new album titled The Old School. “The Old School is a big school. It is where the tributaries of the river came from,” says bluegrass musician and GRAMMY-winner Peter Rowan of his new album.

 

Influenced by his experience with the dynamic and enigmatic father of bluegrass Bill Monroe and written with the “bluegrass code” in mind, the now 70-year-old Rowan recorded the album with an intergenerational cast of skilled players. Old masters such as Bobby Osborne and Del McCoury sat shoulder to shoulder with younger players including The Traveling McCourys, Michael Cleveland, Bryan Sutton and more, everyone playing and singing in a circle and recording old school style. It was an appropriate way to capture the raw spirit of bluegrass music and, for Rowan, the album became the perfect vehicle through which to explore the complex musical strands of the bluegrass tapetry.

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Ryan Adams to Preview New Album in Live , Full-Band , Performance

Ryan Adams to Preview New Album in Live , Full-Band , Performance | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Consequence of Sound reports that Ryan Adams has announced his first show backed by a full band since The Cardinals split up in 2009.
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