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Your go-to source for Americana music news.

March 28 - April 3, 2020

Andy Brasher
Myna Bird
Caleb Caudle
Better Hurry Up
Marshall Chapman
Songs I Can't Live Without
Ruthie Collins
Cold Comfort
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Hiss Golden Messenger
Forward, Children: A
fundraiser for Durham Public Schools students
Logan Ledger
Logan Ledger
Matthew McNeal
Good Grief
Penny and Sparrow
Live in Texas, 2019
Surrender Hill
A Whole Lot of Freedom
M. Ward
Migration Stories
Western Centuries
Call the Captain
  • Steve Forbert puts his own spin on "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues," a country standard slated to appear on Early Morning Rain (out later this year). Listen here

  • The Indigo Girls look back together on "When We Were Writers," a nostalgic reflection on the duo's shared passion for songcraft taken from Look Long (out May 22). Listen here

  • Loretta Lynn pays tribute to her friend Patsy Cline with "I Fall to Pieces," an updated poignant take released ahead of her upcoming memoir on their friendship. Listen here

  • Shelby Lynne provides a shoulder to lean on with "I Got You," a harmony-laced R&B offering from her forthcoming self-titled LP (out April 17). Listen here

  • Elijah Ocean examines the modern American Dream on "Good Clean Livin'," a feel-good classic country cut from Blue Jeans & Barstools (out May 1). Listen here

  • Mavis Staples preaches a needed message of unison on "All In It Together," a charity single benefitting Chicago senior citizens fighting COVID-19. Listen here
     
  • The Sweater Set happily give in to love on "Hostage," a folky ode to being swept up in romance taken from Fly On the Wall (out May 8). Listen here
Americana On Your Screen
American Aquarium
"Me + Mine (Lamentations)"
Andrew Bird
"Capital Crimes"
Ida Mae
“Baby I Need A Driver"
Marcus King & Dan Auerbach
"One Day She's Here" (Live from Easy Eye Sound)
Pokey LaFarge
“Bluebird"
Orville Peck
"Summertime"
John Prine and Stephen Colbert
"That's the Way the World Goes Round" (Live from Ed Sullivan Theater)
Kelsey Waldon
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New & Noteworthy News
  • The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has revealed the nominees for their 2020 Libera Awards featuring Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men, and more. The winners will be crowned during the virtual ceremony on June 18. Congrats to all! Read more

  • Nicki Bluhm dropped by the Songs That Saved Me podcast to discuss love, how music has helped her get through past relationships and its healing quality. Listen here

  • “This thing has been a beast. It’s going to be a while before I begin to have equilibrium here. But I’m on the mend.” - Larry Campbell got candid about overcoming his battle with COVID-19, sharing the support he's received from his wife Teresa and other musicians like Rosanne Cash and Jerry Douglas. Read more

  • Jason Isbell stopped by the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast to talk about his songwriting secrets, writing music for 2018's A Star Is Born and his upcoming new album with The 400 Unit. Listen here

  • Jim Lauderdale gave us insight into how he acquired his music taste, his interpretation of the word "hit" and what gives him the most satisfaction when it comes to his extensive catalog. Read more

  • Lukas Nelson opened up about missing the audience connection from playing live, how music can take on different meanings as times evolve and how he's been coping with his father during quarantine. Listen here

  • John Paul White is the latest guest on The Working Songwriter podcast, delving into the halting of his tour in wake of the pandemic, his upcoming projects and discovering new reasons for making music as he's gotten older. Listen here

  • Our community is saddened to hear about the loss of Bill Withers who passed away on Monday at 81 following heart complications. Read about his legacy here including how his signature tune "Ain't No Sunshine" began as a B-side.

  • CHART NEWS:
    • Across the pond, Brian Fallon's Local Honey debuted at #1 on the U.K.'s Official Americana Albums Chart, while Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real's Naked Garden made its first entry at #5 - see full chart here.
COVID-19 Music Industry Updates:
  • Industry organizations like the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), A2IM, The Recording Academy and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and more have joined together to launch MusicCovidRelief.com. This new website is dedicated to providing updated COVID-19 resources with how-to guides, forms to apply for loans and unemployment benefits, plus important info on what the CARES Act means for the music industry. Read more
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