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Farewell New Orleans Musical Great James "Sugar Boy" Crawford

Farewell New Orleans Musical Great James "Sugar Boy" Crawford | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

As reported yesterday by the New Orleans' Times-Picayune website nola.com New Orleans rhythm & blues legend James “Sugar Boy” Crawford passed on Saturday while under hospice care following a brief illness. He was 77 years of age. The New Orleans singer will live on through his music and through one song in particular; the song that most folks know as "Iko Iko" which was a rendition of his song which, in turn, was his interpretation of much earlier N.O. traditional music.

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Live From Newport Folk: Rodriguez

Live From Newport Folk: Rodriguez | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
For the second consecutive year, Sennheiser and Paste teamed up to film and record artists at the Newport Folk Festival.
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Nick Cave on His Surprising Soundtrack for 'Lawless'

Nick Cave on His Surprising Soundtrack for 'Lawless' | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Listening to 85-year-old bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley sing Captain Beefheart and Velvet Underground songs on the soundtrack to Lawless is certainly disorienting – which is the effect Nick Cave wanted for his film  Cave wrote the screenplay and...
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Oh, the Banjo.

Oh, the Banjo. | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Here’s something you don’t hear an Asian say often: “I LOVE THE BANJO!

 

Frankly, I don’t hear a lot of white people say it, either, and this makes me sad.

When I expound on my adoration for this beautiful instrument, I often get weird looks. Maybe it’s because I don’t fit the “bluegrass” mold, or maybe people aren’t aware of how wonderful it is, or maybe it’s because I have a giant banjo with the words “Hootenanny 4 Life” in a blackletter font tattooed on my neck. (Mom, I’m kidding. Please stop sweating.)

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Song Premiere: Trampled By Turtles - "Open All Night"

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, a tribute compilation will be released this September, offering a new take on the haunting songs that were originally recorded with only a harmonica, an acoustic guitar and a...
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Jon Langford Art Installation & concert at 3floyds Brewery

Jon Langford Art Installation & concert at 3floyds Brewery | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
A founding member of the Mekons when punk rock was getting started to the amazing alt country group the Waco Brothers and many other projects Jon is prolific to say the least. His visual art doesn't suck either.
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Bats: Dan Bern Releases a Career's Worth of Baseball Songs

Bats: Dan Bern Releases a Career's Worth of Baseball Songs | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The singer-songwriter Dan Bern made his own contribution to the game of baseball with the release of an 18-song collection titled "Doubleheader."...
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The true story behind Million Dollar Quartet

The true story behind Million Dollar Quartet | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
by Richard Ouzounian, Theatre Critic, The Star Welcome to the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1956: four superstars, no waiting. Fate brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee...

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Woody Guthrie: These songs are your songs

Woody Guthrie: These songs are your songs | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
All you can write is what you see," observed Woody Guthrie on the manuscript of his most celebrated folk song "This Land Is Your Land". Clearly, Guthrie saw more than most.
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At Home With Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers

At Home With Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers built a home using Spanish moss and mud. Old-timers called this Acadian building method “bousillage,” a country cousin to wattle and daub. And his wife, Ashlee Michot, said, “Everyone used to know how to do it.”

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Avett Brothers Confirm New Album “The Carpenter” – New Songs Surface

The Avett Brothers, one of the hardest working bands in Americana music, announced today via their Facebook page that they have picked a title and release date for their next album.
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Exclusive: Bettye LaVette's Sassy 'I'm Not the One'

Exclusive: Bettye LaVette's Sassy 'I'm Not the One' | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
On her version of "I'm Not the One" soul survivor Bettye LaVette injects serious sass into the Black Keys original As LaVette's voice slinks over seductive reverb-drenched guitar strums the clip zooms in close on battle-worn tour gear with bold...
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Album Stream: Bettye LaVette- Thankful n' Thoughtful :: Featured Audio :: Paste

Album Stream: Bettye LaVette- Thankful n' Thoughtful :: Featured Audio :: Paste | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Bettye LaVette has been busy. The R&B songstress is entering her 50th year in the music industry, and will release her new album, Thankful n’ Thoughtful, on Sept. 25 followed by her autobiography, A Woman Like Me, on Sept. 25 followed by her autobiography, A Woman Like Me, on Sept. 27.

LaVette’s latest album tackles covers of classic artists including Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Lavette also re-imagines songs by newer bands, such as the Black Keys and Gnarls Barkley. She’s not afraid to bear her soul and sing from the bottom of her heart, making it clear why Lavette has such staying power as a singer.

Listen to the exclusive stream of Thankful n’ Thoughtful below.

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Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste

Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Picking cotton the old fashioned way—by hand—was damned hard and unpleasant work. For the late Charlie Louvin, picking country music and making a living at it was hard as hell too. 

For the late Charlie Louvin, picking country music and making a living at it was hard as hell too. He did both and lived to tell about it in his unadorned country way. Neither the life he led nor his descriptions of it turn out to be stuff for the weak of heart.

Louvin’s memoir tells the story of a generation of country music now gone. Charlie finished writing Satan is Real with Benjamin Whitmer shortly before he passed away in 2011. The era when he and his brother Ira rose to fame as the Louvin Brothers died years before. If you ever saw Louvin, Bill Monroe or Roy Acuff perform, you witnessed an icon of a way of country music life that no longer exists—history as it happened.

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Robert Cray Band: Nothin but Love – review

Robert Cray Band:  Nothin but Love – review | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

The blues guitarist is back in a rich vein of form, writes Neil Spencer...taut and gritty (the sessions took just a fortnight) and Cray burns with urgency

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Snapshot: Buffalo Springfield | When You Awake - Indie Folk, Classic Country and Roots Music Blog

Snapshot: Buffalo Springfield | When You Awake - Indie Folk, Classic Country and Roots Music Blog | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
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Claire Lynch bringing her unique Americana sound to The Ark

Claire Lynch bringing her unique Americana sound to The Ark | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
In 2009, when we last checked in with Claire Lynch—the tremendously talented bluegrass / country / folk singer—she said she was feeling “liberated” after having gone through several life changes in the previous few years.
In 2006, she released her first album in six years, after being out of the music business for that long. The next year, she got divorced from her husband—who’d also been her bandmate for more than 20 years in the Front Porch String Band—and moved to Nashville from her longtime home in Alabama.

Now, a few years settled into her “Chapter Two,” Lynch says “I’m feel like I’m definitely coming into my own, and taking care of me, and moving into directions that I want to. And, I’ve built up more confidence in that area, and have been surrounded by people who’ve been very supportive of me in that respect.”

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Sixto Rodriguez: The builder who's bigger than Elvis

Sixto Rodriguez: The builder who's bigger than Elvis | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
It's not often that a musician comes back from the dead. In the early 1970s, the Detroit-based guitarist Sixto Rodriguez released two albums. They didn't sell in America and he was quietly dropped from his label.
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Martha Wainwright announces release of new album 'Come Home To Mama'

Martha Wainwright announces release of new album 'Come Home To Mama' | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The singer songwriter will put out her third studio LP on October 15...
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Johnny Depp Co-Editing Lost Woody Guthrie Novel

Johnny Depp Co-Editing Lost Woody Guthrie Novel | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Johnny Depp is co-editing the lost Woody Guthrie novel House of Earth alongside author Douglas Brinkley with the book set for publication sometime next year the New York Times reports As noted in an essay penned by the pair that appeared in the...
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Woody Guthrie still inspires, 100 years on from his birth

Woody Guthrie still inspires, 100 years on from his birth | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
In his centenary year, the songs of the father of protest live on in the music of Dylan and Springsteen.
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Album: Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Hidden People (Navigator)

Album: Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Hidden People (Navigator) | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
A husband and wife team who hide in Devon but come drenched in folk esteem. Roberts' voice is clear as a bell and not quite affectless; Lakeman is Seth's brother and a producer/guitarist.
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Traveler - Jerry Douglas

Traveler - Jerry Douglas | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Bluegrass musicians often stretch the boundaries of the genre, using their chosen instruments to mix their traditional backgrounds with new and different styles of music. Sometimes this results in an interesting concert, a unique collaboration, or simply some fun jams. Other times, it produces an excellent album in which the bluegrass musician and his instrument sound right at home in any of a variety of genres. With his new album, Traveler, released today, Jerry Douglas has accomplished the latter.

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Ray Bonneville takes his show on the road again, coming to TC

Ray Bonneville takes his show on the road again, coming to TC | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Bluesman doesn’t need to lament the road not taken. In time, he’ll get to it. With his Toyota Camry jammed with amplifiers, two or three guitars, about 30 harmonicas and, occasionally, even fly-fishing gear, 63-year-old Bonneville criss-crosses the continent on a seemingly endless tour. Playing about 160 shows a year – often solo one-night stands – he even manages to work in regular forays into Europe.

 

On his itinerary this trip: the InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City. July 19th.

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