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12 Over-the-Top, Can't-Be-Missed Festivals

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

From the Testicle Festival to the Marathon Seafood Festival, here's a list of the wackiest festivals of the year.

True Americana, Meet the 'Nut Roll Nazi' of Quincy, Illinois

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.03.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Every once in a while our travels take us to a throw-back to the America of yore. We found just that at Underbrinks Bakery in Quincy. Regular customers mingle with tourists in long lines for danish and the verbal abuse that owner Leroy Rossmiller dishes out daily.

Ten Reasons to Love Pennsylvania

Judith Fein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Travel
Judith Fein

"You're going to Pennsylvania?" our friends asked. "You're usually flying off to some destination we've never heard of, but the state named after William Penn? Why Pennsylvania?"

Hangout and About, Part 1: Jason Isbell is Solo, But Not Alone

Michael Bialas | Posted 07.02.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Jason Isbell doesn't mince words while discussing his battle with the bottle. "Man, I'm an alcoholic," the Alabama singer-songwriter said of his add...

A New Americana: Amanda Brown

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Eric J. Henderson

She didn't make the finals, to the shock of the nation (and Rolling Stone as they declared "a star is born"). The point that jumped out at me after the first few minutes of talking to Amanda was the concept of a risk-taker. In this, I discovered a new take on "Americana."

Good Reasons To Love Stars And Stripes

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 05.14.2013 | HuffPost Home

One expert reveals why everyone's hot for vintage Americana.

ICON & Twelve Tales: Conversations With Belinda Carlisle and A.J. Croce, Plus Rachel Barton Pine's Audio Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This new ICON collection not only includes "Sun," but also some of your trademark songs like "Heaven Is A Place On Earth," which has become a bit of an anthem, plus hits such as "Circle In The Sand," "I Get Weak," and "Live Your Life Be Free."

Detail of 6351 Sepulveda Boulevard

Marc Trujillo | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

This is the kind of North American purgatory that interests me to paint, the places we go and we know we're somewhere, but not really.

PHOTOS: 17 Ideas For An Elegant Equestrian Wedding

Kellee Khalil | Posted 04.13.2016 | Weddings
Kellee Khalil

Equestrian style is pure Americana, and it translates perfectly to weddings.

The Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale Show -- Live!

Dusty Wright | Posted 04.25.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

Some music needs to be heard in concert to be fully appreciated. No amount of spin doctoring by journalists or peer pressure from fanatical fans can justify an act unless one catches said act live.

Americana Art: A Slice of the American Life

NYC-ARTS | Posted 04.17.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

Americana art isn't just about patriotic flags and prints of Uncle Sam. It is a unique slice of the American experience. The term is used to categoriz...

PHOTOS: Great Small Towns For A Weekend Escape

Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel

There's something wonderful about spending 36 hours in a small town. Somehow, even just an hour from home, time slows down, pulses slow, tension me...

A Driving Force, Holly Williams Finds Her Way Along The Highway

Michael Bialas | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Don't tell Holly Williams that the road is a lonesome place. To begin 2013, there's nowhere else she'd rather be. Of course, it took a while for the...

Bringing Home the Bacon: Labor and Self Reliance in Knowing Our Food

Leah Mayor | Posted 03.26.2013 | Home
Leah Mayor

Fourteen years of being a vegetarian gave way to living abroad in places where being a vegetarian would have traditionally been out of the question. ...

A Year's Worth of Cheers (And a Few Jeers) for the Lumineers

Michael Bialas | Posted 03.09.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

The invitations were sent out months ago. Did you RSVP? While a Denver bash to celebrate a phenomenal, breakout year was thrown by a most promising h...

The Revolution Will Be Lived

Gregory Linton | Posted 02.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Gregory Linton

In this day and age, there is almost a digital buffer between people and the lives we live. Nearly every interaction is filtered through some sort of screen. L.A.-based fine artist Andrea LaHue, or street artist Random Act, uses life to break free from this technology.

After Sleeping on It, Ben Kyle Gets His Solo Act Together

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Torn between the group he founded 10 years ago and a chance to go his own way, Ben Kyle pondered what choice to make, then prayed for help while cleaning his kitchen floor.

Ax, Naturally: Former Strait Man Mark Knopfler Still Keeps His Cool

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

A masterful musician and workmanlike writer who continues to connect impressed the hell out of longtime devotees and some random disbelievers at the 1stBank Center on October 29. And his name isn't Bob Dylan.

The Power of Singing: A CD Celebrating the American Spirit

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

In the election season hoopla, we can sometimes lose sight of why we care. It's good that we have music to remind us.

From Athens to Austin, Lera Lynn Gets High Marks in Old School

Michael Bialas | Posted 12.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

While the woman with the golden pipes who plays acoustic and electric guitars is versatile enough to handle ballads and blasters in folk, country and rock, she's a throwback to musicians who also knew how to turn a phrase.

Tift Merritt: She Looks Like the Girl Next Door. But When She Sings...

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 12.02.2012 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Another Country made me hopeful about a singer I knew nothing about. Tift Merritt's songs were smart and soft and deep, and she had a honey voice that a country singer would kill for, and, on the CD cover, she was beautiful in a girl-next-door way.

Foreign Feminvasion, Part 1: First Aid Kit Has Healing Austin Powers

Michael Bialas | Posted 12.02.2012 | Arts
Michael Bialas

Though they don't know if Emmylou Harris has heard "Emmylou" yet, they were pleased to get endorsements from Rosanne Cash and Polly Parsons, daughters of the legends. "To us that's pretty crazy," Klara said. "Nothing we ever expected."

Who's Reaching Out to Capture a Moment? Everyone Knows It's Indie Mindy Smith

Michael Bialas | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Writing and singing sad, sad songs is Mindy Smith's specialty. But just hearing those words on a record is like buying a one-way ticket on her emotional journey.

The Gospel Glory Story According to Elizabeth Cook

Michael Bialas | Posted 11.11.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

When Elizabeth Cook comes to your town one of these days (and pray that she eventually will), expect a show of faith from the woman who had enough balls to become High Priestess in Americana's House of Worship.

David Wax Museum Moves to More Mature Sound on New Album Knock Knock Get Up

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 10.30.2012 | Arts
Rob Kirkpatrick

An overused description is nevertheless apt here: Knock Knock Get Up is an album that will challenge fans.