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Americana Music

Gregory Alan Isakov's New Musical Spaces

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 06.22.2016 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

Throughout his career, Gregory Alan Isakov has displayed an ability to reach into musical spaces and create something new. In art, this is the essence of progression: pushing to invent and improve upon what exists.

Through the Badlands : Arthur Vint & Associates take a trip through the American West

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.16.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Arthur Vint & Associates Through the Badlands Ropeadope 286 One of the most refreshing, melodic and successfully themed albums that I have heard t...

Perambulatory Poetry: James McMurty's "Complicated Game"

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

The concept of what propels an artist leaves us with a mystery. Regimented as it may seem at times, McMurtry's work has a meaning and an order. At 53, he has no deep, philosophical connection of his destiny. He plays music.

What Not to Be Apathetic About

Zak Smith | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Zak Smith

Apathy is a privilege. A great many people do not have the luxury. If you feel your life is in danger, if you feel your family or your loved ones are in jeopardy, if you feel attacked and diminished, the odds are that you will not feel indifferent about it.

Mapping the Inner Banks: Interview, Video, and Track

Bob Moses | Posted 09.02.2012 | Arts
Bob Moses

A musical pastoral from Caroline Schutz and David Gould, Wild paints its landscapes with American and English folk traditions, lush strings, keyboards and periodic rock eruptions.

A Taste of Americana in the Catskill Woods

Samantha Marshall | Posted 03.03.2012 | Entertainment
Samantha Marshall

It's a kind of pure musicianship that exists all over the country, but you won't necessarily come across it on MTV.

Too Real to Be on Radio -- Roots Music Rescues Los Angeles

Suzanne O'Keeffe | Posted 10.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Suzanne O'Keeffe

Tucked into thrown-away nights and abandoned time slots -- far from the droning anonymous dance scene -- the Americana / hillbilly / country shows have been the musical lifeboats of Los Angeles.

City and Country

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Menaker

There's no real culture of Americana in New York as there used to be in the 40's, 50's and 60's when Greenwich Village played host from Seeger to Dylan to Baez to Ochs. For a nostalgist like me, that's a shame.

Mollie O'Brien: New CD, Saintly Sinnin' Sound

Sharon Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sharon Glassman

Denver-based, nationally adored Americana singer Mollie O'Brien's big musical "Yes" started with a big New York City "No."

Voices From Haiti: "God, We Have Not Heard You for a Long Time"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

For the survivors it was the initial primeval instinct for life that shocked stopped hearts into beating. Haiti has had a massive coronary and, collectively damaged, is operating at a fraction of its normal output.

Oil and Music: Conversations With Steve Forbert and Tift Merritt

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Steve Forbert discusses his apropos single "The Oil Song," originally released in 1979, and Grammy nominee Tift Merritt describes her songwriting process.

God Bless You, Josh Ritter

Sally Thorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sally Thorner

My husband left the Josh Ritter show early, but I stayed until the end -- not only because I was actually enjoying the concert, but because, for two hours, I had my son back.

Joan Baez: Blessed be the Barefoot Madonna and Her 50 Years of Peacemaking

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cathleen Falsani

As long as she's been singing, Baez has been singing for peace.