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Newstalgia Pop Chronicles - The Grand Ole Opry - 1955. | Newstalgia

Newstalgia Pop Chronicles - The Grand Ole Opry - 1955. | Newstalgia | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
So as a reminder of how potentially isolated we've become as a culture, here is a half-hour of down-home rural/middle America/roots music, supplied by Mainstream Radio in the form of NBC on June 22, 1955.
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Monday Morning Video: Alejandro Escovedo with Los Lobos

Monday Morning Video:  Alejandro Escovedo with Los Lobos | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Wow, this is a find. Here are two clips showing Alejandro Escovedo performing with Los Lobos earlier this year.
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Hoxeyville Music Festival to Celebrate Decade Anniversary | Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News

Hoxeyville Music Festival to Celebrate Decade Anniversary | Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Made in Michigan and celebrating their 10th Anniversary August 17-19, the Hoxeyville Music Festival is proud to announce this summer's initial lineup including such diverse acts as 7 Walkers (featuring Grateful Dead original member Bill Kruetzmann), Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies, Greensky Bluegrass, Fauxgrass, BoomBox, Strange Arrangement, The Macpodz, Seth Bernard & May Erlewine and many many more.

Other artists confirmed for this year's event include Rachel Davis, Airborne or Aquatic, The Crane Wives, The Ragbirds, The Twin Cats, Luke Winslow King & The Ragtime Millionaires, Graham Parsons & The Double Phelix Players, Naive Melodies, Garrett Borns and many more artists yet to be announced.

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Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three: If You Can’t Make Money

Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three: If You Can’t Make Money | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Of the many roots musicians traveling the world and spreading the early American music tradition, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are the next in line to make a significant impact on music enthusiasts everywhere. From St. Louis, Missouri, their creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing rings true and fine, making them among the most innovative of all the purists performing American roots music today....

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Bluegrass Pioneer Everett Lilly Passes : MusicRow – Nashville's ...

Bluegrass Pioneer Everett Lilly Passes : MusicRow – Nashville's ... | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Charley Edwin “Everett” Lilly, who was a bluegrass pioneer along with brother Bea Lilly as part of the The Lilly Brothers, died on May 8, 2012 at home in Clear Creek, West Virginia. He was 87. The Lilly Brothers were inducted ...
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Jim Hanft – Weddings Or Funerals

Jim Hanft – Weddings Or Funerals | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
“You can’t judge a book by its cover” is such a well known saying that it’s become cliche. But I was reminded of it listening to the lastest release from Jim Hanft, entitled Weddings Or Funerals. The album starts off with Kerosene, that with it’s guitar and soft snare sound immediately made me think of a Mark Knopfler effort. The spell continues with Run My Love and Alternate Route, both featuring Hanft’s vocals more than anything, but with a really subtle, tasty, background guitar that layers in a texture you don’t really notice until the second or third listening.

As you keep listening, though, the backing instrumentation starts to pick up other flavors; indie folk on Television, a slighly ominous bass in Family Tree, and a nice slide guitar blues accent on Beware My Love, for example. I came to realize that well-known Swedish producer Lasse Marten was touching up the palette of Hanft songs with his own brush strokes and colors. So the cumulative effort is an impressionist interpretation of a scene that everyone sees a little differently.

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Cowboy Junkies - The Nomad Series - NOW Magazine

Cowboy Junkies - The Nomad Series - NOW Magazine | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Cowboy Junkies - The Nomad SeriesNOW MagazineBy Sarah Greene This five-disc box set marks the completion of a project that Canadian alt-country veterans the Cowboy Junkies embarked on in 2009: to release four connected albums in just 18 months.
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Earbuddy: The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch - Great Chicago Fire ...

Earbuddy: The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch - Great Chicago Fire ... | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Genre: Alternative Country Rock Key Tracks: "The Great Chicago Fire" "Transfusion Blues" "A Hard Rains Gonna Fall" The Mekons have long been known for mixing their roughshod style of punk with country and Americana.
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Jon Dee Graham, Austin alt.country man

Jon Dee Graham, Austin alt.country man | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Obviously Austin, Texas has many artists, some great, some good, and some not so good. Among the great ones there are a few who have put their mark on the music history. Willie Nelson is one of the...
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Cracker's Johnny Hickman Sets Solo Release (Recap) - antiMUSIC.com

Cracker's Johnny Hickman Sets Solo Release (Recap)antiMUSIC.comWe were sent this background: Hickman has long been known for both his guitar prowess and deft songwriting skills, with many songs leaning heavily towards the Americana/alt-country side...
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First Listen: Sara Watkins, 'Sun Midnight Sun' - NPR

First Listen: Sara Watkins, 'Sun Midnight Sun'NPRby Stephen Thompson Like her former Nickel Creek bandmate Chris Thile, Sara Watkins paints on a canvas called roots music, only to delve into any number of adjacent genres.
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Theresa Andersson: Flying Home

Riding the crane as if it were a race horse was Theresa Andersson, one of New Orleans’ most popular indie-rockers.
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Sonny and the Sunsets Plan New Album for Polyvinyl | News | Pitchfork

Sonny and the Sunsets Plan New Album for Polyvinyl | News | Pitchfork | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Listen to "Pretend You Love Me" from Longtime Companion... the band has new label, Polyvinyl, and is readying a new album, Longtime Companion, out June 26. It's a country album, which is made evident by the pedal steel-featuring ballad "Pretend You Love Me" (above).

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The many shades of Steve Martin - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The many shades of Steve Martin - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The many shades of Steve MartinRochester Democrat and ChroniclePictured here backstage with his banjo in Los Angeles, Steve Martin does 40-plus shows a year with bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers.
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Tom’s Picks: Winter 2012

Tom’s Picks: Winter 2012 | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Don’t miss these records from early 2012:
MARTIN SEXTON, Fall Like Rain (EP) [★★★★/3.800]
Singer/Songwriter/Soulster Sexton continues to perspicaciously reflect back on life with his songwriting while delivering mind-bending falsetto with his song.

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Putumayo Bluegrass Collection searches for new ears

Putumayo Bluegrass Collection searches for new ears | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
You might not agree with all of the song selections and artist choices on Putumayo’s Bluegrass Collection, which comes out May 22, but you have to acknowledge that Putumayo founder Dan Storper is getting the music we love in front of a lot of potential fans.

Putumayo’s music compilations routinely sell 100,000 copies or more around the world, a figure most bluegrass bands can only dream about.

While Putumayo has focused on American music since 2000, mostly jazz and blues, this is the label’s first bluegrass collection.

As a means of showcasing bluegrass to newcomers, this is an entertaining, albeit limited collection. The absence of first generation bluegrass pickers is notable but understandable, since many early recordings have not been digitized.

Also, some of the song choices for bands that are represented are a bit puzzling. But that’s a very subjective judgment.

“We may have left off some obvious candidates,” Storper said. The goal was to feature “known artists but relatively unknown songs,” rather than the best known or best-selling songs.

And you can’t say he took any shortcuts. The Putumayo boss told me his listened to 2,000 songs to come up with the final 13. “I listened to every Alison Krauss song,” he said. “I listened to every Peter Rowan song, every Sam Bush song.”...

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Album: Willie Nelson, Heroes (Sony Legacy)

For Heroes, Willie Nelson both delves into the past, with songs from country music's Forties prehistory, and the present day, with covers of material by Tom Waits, Pearl Jam and Coldplay.
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Live From Paste: Jolie Holland

Watch Jolie Holland's five-song session in this week's Paste mPlayer issue, which features several tracks from her latest album, Pint of Blood.
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Putumayo World Music Blog | Bluegrass 101

Putumayo World Music Blog | Bluegrass 101 | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

The official blog of Putumayo World Music... Bluegrass is characterized by masterful, often improvisational, instrumental performances combined with distinctive vocals and harmonies. This style of music is known to have a high-pitched intense delivery with heartfelt harmonies. In 1939, Bill Monroe, “Father of Bluegrass”, created the Blue Grass Boys, which is where this style of music got its emblematic name from.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops are entrancing at Lincoln Hall - Chicago Tribune

Carolina Chocolate Drops are entrancing at Lincoln Hall - Chicago Tribune | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Carolina Chocolate Drops are entrancing at Lincoln HallChicago TribuneThe Carolina Chocolate Drops are not just reviving the African-American string band tradition.
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John Mayall “Looking Back” 1969 | Rising Storm Review

John Mayall “Looking Back” 1969 | Rising Storm Review | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Indeed, 1968 saw the release of both Blues From Laurel Canyon and Bare Wires; unusual masterpieces filtered through a kaleidoscopic tangle of American roots music. The man's earlier material was still more-than relevant, ...
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Video: Jack White, Live in New York

Video: Jack White, Live in New York | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Great news for those who missed out on Jack White’s high-profile solo performances this week just hit the web, as the best way to see the Third Man leader live (aside from actually going to a...Read More...
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Diving into Greensky Bluegrass | MyCoachella

Diving into Greensky Bluegrass | MyCoachella | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
It's music you can swim through. That's how MyCoachella.com contributor Crystal Chatham described bluegrass music as we walked into the Mustang tent to see Greensky Bluegrass. I think of it as music I can't stand still to.
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Chuck Prophet, 'The Left Hand and the Right Hand'

Chuck Prophet, 'The Left Hand and the Right Hand' | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
In his video for "The Left and the Right Hand" singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet tells the story of a fraternal love gone wrong with hand movements "The song is about two brothers who are close then have a falling out and then get back together but...
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Davy Graham: Anthology 1961-2007 Lost Tapes – review

Davy Graham: Anthology 1961-2007 Lost Tapes – review | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

A new anthology of one of British folk's greatest guitarists is a patchy affair, but has reminders of Graham's genius, writes Robin Denselow...Davy Graham was a guitarist who transformed the British folk scene with his extraordinary ability to mix blues and traditional songs with jazz and classical styles, and influences from north Africa or India. After his death in 2008 Decca released the excellent anthology, A Scholar and a Gentleman, and now comes a new, three-album set including Graham's earliest recordings and one of his final concert appearances.

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