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Keb' Mo': From Behind The Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 06.29.2016 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

"I had been playing since I was twelve years old, but I didn't have that ah-ha moment until I was thirty-nine. The good thing is, I still got a good amount of life left."

Alone Again, Super-Naturally: Sara Watkins Unleashes the Power of Positive Disruption

Michael Bialas | Posted 06.16.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Reunions aren't exactly a thing of the past for Sara Watkins, but these days the co-founding member of a disbanded group of progressive pickers might ...

A (Non-Intellectual-Property-Infringing) Disney Theme Park Comes to China

Sam Johnson | Posted 06.10.2016 | Travel
Sam Johnson

Shanghai Disneyland will officially open on June 16, a move eagerly awaited by many Chinese and expats alike. (With some notable exceptions.) An expat myself, I too am excited to visit.

The 5 Best Beaches in the U.S.

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 06.09.2016 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

by The Editors of Condé Nast Traveler. Photo: Getty Each year, Steve Leatherman--also known as Dr. Beach--evaluates America's seashores based...

The Show Will Go On

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

We know change is the only constant in life, and yet we are always rattled to some degree when it arrives. Ease and familiarity is what we crave most,...

Three Reasons MerleFest 2016 Is Already The Best One Yet

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 04.29.2016 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

If you are a frequent reader of my posts, you may have noticed I mention MerleFest quite a bit. For the uninitiated, the Americana music festival -- t...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Take Your Winterpills, and Do a Victory Dance

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.13.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

So much music out there is empty calories. Sometimes that's quite alright. I mean who doesn't like a nice hook you can dance to and blast out your car...

New Artist Reviews: Björn and the Sun

Morena Duwe | Posted 03.30.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The American South has always been a rich source of musical talent throughout history. Classic rock, jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, and soul are all threads of the south's sonic tapestry.

A Cabinet of Curiosities, Americana Style: Tom Manning's Runoff

Sezin Koehler | Posted 01.27.2016 | Books
Sezin Koehler

Runoff is a fantastically entertaining ode to Americana the Strange, with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to monsters and horror stories that any savvy reader will be able to appreciate and celebrate.

Welcome 2016 With Music Instead of Overhyped NYE Party

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 12.31.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

If you choose to go out, you'll welcome the new year by listening to one of your favorite bands with like-minded fans -- instead of attending some overpriced and ultimately disappointing party.

On the Cutting Edge With Bob Dylan: Part Two

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

You may only think you don't need to hear every single take of "Like A Rolling Stone," but you are quite mistaken. Dylan's work-in-progress on this song is flat-out wondrous to hear.

Cruz Contreras: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Jason Landry

Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, The Black Lillies have been busy over the past year touring and recording their new album called Hard to Please, which was released on October 2, 2015.

Amazing Footage of NYC Newspaper Strike

Tom Falco | Posted 09.01.2016 | New York
Tom Falco

I came across this three-part YouTube film about the New York City newspapers strike of 1945. It was a 17-day event. It's quite interesting to see how people coped, or didn't cope. There were eight daily newspapers in New York at that time and people devoured them.

During the Long, Hot Summer, Jason Isbell Warms Up to Become One Glad Dad

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.10.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Most things are working out for Isbell since he gave up drinking in February 2012, then married Shires and recorded Southeastern with producer Dave Cobb two years ago. All those are "improvements on my life," said the recovering alcoholic who had a long-term relationship with Jack Daniel's.

Kasey Chambers, Best Americana Singer-Songwriter Since Lucinda, Nears End of Triumphant U.S. Tour

Art Levine | Posted 08.08.2016 | Entertainment
Art Levine

This time around, in her first solo album in four years, she's broadening her palette to include more soul and blues-influenced shadings into her work, and at a recent show at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, she wowed the packed audience with a tour through her rich repertoire of songs

The Best Small Cities In America

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 07.31.2016 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

All have populations of under 100,000, and often as much to offer as cities ten times their size.

Is Bloom County back?

Tom Falco | Posted 07.13.2016 | Entertainment
Tom Falco

Is Berkeley Breathed back producing Bloom County? These two photos were all over social media this morning. The first shows Berkeley digitally drawing "Bloom County 2015" and the second one is the final product with Opus and Milo, 25 years later.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

Jean Ritchie and the Cool of the Day

Rev. Dan Schatz | Posted 06.04.2016 | Arts
Rev. Dan Schatz

There was never a time when Jean's Ritchie's voice wasn't part of my life. Growing up as I did in a folk music community, she was a constant influence. Best of all was Jean's own singing -- gentle, unassuming and beautiful, with that clear, high voice.

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.

Real-Life Inspiration For Norman Rockwell's 'Rosie The Riveter' Dead At 92

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.23.2015 | Fifty

The model that inspired Norman Rockwell's famed "Rosie the Riveter" painting, Mary Doyle Keefe, died Tuesday at the age of 92. Keefe died in Simsbury,...

Drive-Thru 2

Marc Trujillo | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

The Drive-Thru is a natural subject for me as I like to paint places that people don't go to be there, this one is a drive-thru pharmacy.

9 to See at SXSW and a Wu Tang Rumor

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Josh Rosenblum

On top of the thousands of must-see bands and acts for those attending South by Southwest / SXSW in 2015, I've compiled another list that attendees might find useful as we plot out our days and nights of many music genres playing across Austin next week.

Vintage Shopping Paradise in Tokyo

Fathom | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Fathom

One of my favorite things about Tokyo is that a five-minute train ride can land you in what feels like an entirely new country.

Aural Fixation: RIP Mixtape

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 04.29.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

Once upon a time, the mixtape was the audio valentine of choice. It was the preferred method of telling a guy or girl you wanted to hold their sweaty palm in yours and pretend to watch a movie.