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Your go-to source for Americana music news.

 July 11 - 17, 2020

Judy Blank
Morning Tapes
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Tara Dente
Truth in the Mud
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S.G. Goodman
Old Time Feeling
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Johnny & The Mongrels
Creole Skies
Ocie Elliott
Tracks
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Rev. Greg Spradlin and the Band of Imperials
Hi-Watter
  • Victoria Bailey salutes a favorite honky tonk and the Bakersfield sound with “Skid Row,” a jubilant country slice of Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline (out Sept. 18). Listen here

  • Blitzen Trapper take us on a colorful journey with “Dead Billie Jean,” a psychedelic-infused folk selection from Holy Smokes Future Jokes (out Sept. 11). Listen here

  • Darlingside navigate still waters and prepare for whatever lies ahead on “Ocean Bed,” a harmony-laced, uplifting folk tune previewing what’s to come from the group. Listen here

  • Daniel Donato presents a hopeful call-to-action on “Justice,” a cosmic country offering from A Young Man’s Country (out Aug. 7). Listen here

  • Ruston Kelly contemplates surrender on “Pressure,” a meditative piece of Shape & Destroy (out Aug. 28). Listen here

  • Cary Morin shares an inspiring family tale on “Valley of the Chiefs,” a fiddle-filled roots highlight of Dockside Saints (out Aug. 7). Listen here

  • Zephaniah OHora keeps the flame alive for a special someone on “Black & Blue,” a vintage country piece from Listening to the Music (out Aug. 27). Listen here

  • Straight from the vault: Gillian Welch has unearthed “Strange Isabella” and “Mighty Good Book,” both of which will appear on Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 1 (out July 31). Listen here
    Americana On Your Screen
    Brent Cobb
    "Keep 'Em on They Toes"
    Anthony da Costa
    "Feet On The Dashboard"
    The Last Bandoleros
    "Hey Baby Que Pasó" (Live on Good Morning America)
    Logan Ledger
    "Starlight"
    The Mavericks
    "Recuerdos" (Official Performance Video
    )
    Waylon Payne
    "All The Trouble" (Acoustic Video)
    Margo Price
    "Letting Me Down" (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)
    The War and Treaty
    "Five More Minutes"
    New & Noteworthy News
    • Mary Gauthier opened up about connecting people to each other through song, working with a major label that embraced her sexual orientation and the pivotal moment she decided to pursue songwriting. Read more

    • Lori McKenna is the latest guest on Chris Shiflett’s Walking the Floor podcast, discussing her deepest songwriting secrets, her upcoming album and more. Listen here

    • Shooter Jennings gave us insight into his GRAMMY®-winning producing career, which has involved working with American Aquarium, Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker, among others. Read more

    • “What I like about music is that it rides alongside history … It’s the sound of the times we’re in.” - Keb’ Mo’ talked about the passion for his craft, working with Robert Randolph on last year’s Oklahoma and what sparked his musical ambition in his mid-30s. Read more

    • Jonathan Wilson dropped by NPR Music’s World Cafe to discuss going back to his Americana roots on Dixie Blur and to perform standouts from the album like “So Alive” and “Enemies.” Listen here

    • CHART NEWS:
      • “Turn Off the TV” by the Old 97’s jumped from #40 to #18 this week on the Americana Radio Singles Chart - see full chart here.

      • Across the pond, Margo Price’s That’s How Rumors Get Started debuted at #3 on the U.K.’s Official Americana Albums Chart, while The Jayhawks’ Xoxo made its first entry at #5 - see full chart here.

      COVID-19 Music Industry Updates:
      • "Our fight right now is do or die.” - The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) stressed the urgency of receiving adequate government relief to save U.S. venues from permanent closure while also updating us on current legislation. Read more
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