Summer Dean’s Debut ‘Bad Romantic’ Out This Summer (Naturally)

photo credit Brooks Burris

Summer Dean embodies the spirit of country music in a way that is difficult to find nowadays. And she’s been delivering her brand of solid gold country from local Texas stages for so long I’m surprised that this is her first full-length release.

Her full-length debut album Bad Romantic, out August 27th, struts out of the speakers, but also finds balances moments of tenderness and vulnerability. The album stakes a claim for Dean in the same genre that first captivated her attention as a girl in rural Texas. Her grandfather raised cattle and her father worked in land conservation. Dean developed a connection not only to the soil she stood on, but also to the music that sound tracked her small-town experience, steadily building the foundation for the traditionally minded sound that would fill her songs.

After sharing bills with likeminded artists including Mike and the Moonpies, Asleep at the Wheel, Marty Stuart, Colter Wall and Nikki Lane, Dean’s album seems like somewhat of a victory lap for a self-made artist who’s earned her spot in country music’s hip inner circle. On Bad Romantic, Wall for the first time co-writes and duets with another musician, creating the album’s waltzing, pedal steel-filled centerpiece “You’re Lucky She’s Lonely” with Dean. Whitney Rose and Bonnie Montgomery sing harmonies on various songs, and Robert Ellis plays piano on “Dear Caroline,” a song about the Dust Bowl and the dangers of overworking the land.

Watch the video for “You’re Lucky She’s Lonely” featuring Colter Wall below.

Bad Romantic was recorded at Niles City Sound, notable Fort Worth-area analog studio. Encouraged by the reception of 2016’s Unladylike — a critically-acclaimed EP that introduced her mix of vintage influences and modern muscle — Dean recorded the album to tape and made a conscious decision to fully invest herself in country music.

“I taught elementary school for 10 years,” Dean says. “That’s what small-town Texas girls do. We teach school, work at the bank, or at the courthouse. Then we get married and have babies and a few dogs and die happy, buried next to our husbands. But here I am, age 40, quitting my stable job, cashing in the wedding money my momma put aside for me, and making this album.”

Son Volt Continue To Inspire And Challenge On Electro Melodier Set For Summer Release

Son Volt  -  Electro Melodier

It’s been a couple of years since Alt.country stalwarts Son Volt last release, Union and Jay Farrar and company have not been idle in these pandemic times. Their tenth studio album will be released July 30th and will feature Son Volt’s current lineup of Mark Spencer, Chris Fame, Mark Patterson and Andrew DuPlantis..

The title, Electro Melodier, is taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, and will feature more intimate and socio-political musings from Farrar, who originally set out to make a nostalgic record that paid tribute to the music of his youth.

“I wanted to concentrate on the melodies which got me into music in the first place,” Farrar said in a statement. “I wanted politics to take a back seat this time, but it always seems to find a way back in there.”

The first cut from Electro Melodier is “Reverie,” (below) a song of hope and sepia memories laced with organ swells and chiming guitar.

Pre-order Electro Melodier.

The follow-up to 2019’s acclaimed release Union, Electro Melodier finds band founder Jay Farrar’s unparalleled songwriting as poignant and intelligent as ever. Electro Melodier touches on the thought-provoking issues that impact us all, including the pandemic, love, and the inevitable passing of time. The current political divide makes its appearance on the album as well. “I wanted to concentrate on the melodies which got me into music in the first place,” says Farrar. “I wanted politics to take a back seat this time, but it always seems to find a way back in there.”

“Livin’ in the USA” echoes protest songs of old, highlighting both the breakdown of our culture and planet. “Share a little truth with your neighbor down the block, We’ve all got fossil fuel lungs while we run out the clock,” Farrar sings. “The Globe” reverberates with the tensions that arise with the fight for equality. “People climbing skyward stairs, Deciders of their fate, You can see it everywhere, Change is in the air…” The sentimental “Diamonds and Cigarettes,” featuring vocals by country singer Laura Cantrell, lovingly pays homage to his wife, while “Lucky Ones” is a weary tale of gratitude.

Electro Melodier features band members Mark Spencer (piano, organ, acoustic slide, lap steel, backing vocals) Andrew DuPlantis (bass, backing vocals), Chris Frame (guitar) Mark Patterson (drums, percussion). Son Volt will take Electro Melodier on the road with select tour date in summer and fall. See below and for tickets go to https://sonvolt.net/.

Farrar started Son Volt in 1994 after leaving the seminal group Uncle Tupelo, whose No Depression album helped define the alt-country and Americana genre. Son Volt’s debut Trace was heavily lauded and remains a defining document of the ’90s alt-country movement. Two decades later, the group continue to decidedly capture the times while breaking new musical ground on Electro Melodier.

Chris Thile & Folk Alliance Int’l: 10 Collaborations for COVID Relief

Folk Alliance International commissioned ten musical collaborations between U.S.-based and global artists, applying their exceptional talent to address this moment in history, presented in partnership with Chris Thile.

The first is out today, featuring John Paul White and Rose Cousins (below) Each will be available via the FAI YouTube channel every two weeks. The whole project also asks folk fans to contribute to FAI’s COVID-relief Village Fund and each video features Thile speaking on its importance at the close of each video. Fans can donate to the Village Fund.

Listen Up! – The Felice Brothers “Inferno”

The Felice Brothers Release New Single "Inferno"

Whenever the topic of great bands you’ve probably never heard of comes up The Felice Brothers have to be near the top of ant roots music list. For 15 years the upstate New York band has delivered their
brand of DIY ramshackle roots music to adoring fans over 16 albums and delivering dynamic live performances that feel more like a tent revival than a rock show.

The band’s last release, “Undress” was in the pandemic halcyon days of 2019 and now thy’ve released a new single “Inferno.” The title is from the the third of Tom Hanks’ Dan Brown films 2016 film. The song continues like a kaleidoscopic memories of pop culture – Fight Club, Claude Van Damm, Kurt Cobain – all filtered in the bands sepia bittersweet melody.

Ian Felice.says concerning the song “This song, more than anything, is about the persistence of certain mundane memories, and how they take on hidden meaning and significance, how their symbols become part of our inner lives, and how they are transformed in our minds, “It’s also about youth and growth and transformation. Memories of the film are obscured through the lens of time. Does Jean Claude Van Damm actually ride a motorcycle along the banks of the Rio Grande? I don’t recall, but still I have this image in my mind. I just remember how horrible the movie was. The two characters in the song are transformed into swans in the final verse, in a dream, as they are swept into the fire of another, more frightening reality.”

“Inferno” is the first single of the band’s untitled album to be released later this year. It was produced by The Felice Brothers, engineered by James Felice and Nate Wood, and mixed by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Phoebe Bridgers). The song also sees the continuation of the new lineup of the band that debuted with Undress, consisting of Ian Felice, who shares songwriting and vocal duties in the band with his brother James Felice, bassist Jesske Hume (Conor Oberst, Jade Bird) and drummer Will Lawrence.

Record Store Day 2021 – Americana and Roots Music Picks

Record Store Day has revealed its list of releases for the 2021 season. The releases will follows the 2020 pattern of spreading out releases over multiple days in response to the pandemic which, in this case will be 6/12 and 7/17, instead of the usual one day its usual April occurrence event.

This year’s batch of releases includes the usual mix of reissues, rarities, and notable exclusives.

Highlights include 2 releases by John Prine, one a curated collection of songs from the Oh Boy Records catalog by independent record stores and the other a live recording from New York City’s Other End from December 1975.

So, get to your favorite indy record store early (I’ll be at Good Records in Dallas) and share those great finds with me on Instagram and Twitter.

See the full list of Record Store Say releases here.

June 12th releases

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA – I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free
Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Single Lock Records
Quantity: 1200
The Blind Boys of Alabama are among the most premier artists of the gospel world. Bela Fleck is among the most premier artists of the bluegrass world. Together, they have earned 20 Grammy Awards and scores of other accolades. For RSD Drops 2021, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Bela Fleck have joined together for a special 7″ 45RPM vinyl release.

On the A-side, they cover “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”, the Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas classic made famous by Nina Simone. The song continues to be an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement. On the B-side, the Blind Boys bring “See By Faith” to a physical format for the first time. A bonus track to their acclaimed LP, Almost Home, “See By Faith” is a previously unreleased Bob Dylan-penned track.

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES / JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – The Saint of Lost Causes
ormat: 7″ Vinyl
Label: New West Records
Quantity: 2000
In the winter of 2021, Steve Earle & The Dukes released J.T., an eleven-song recording that consists of ten Justin Townes Earle songs and one Steve Earle original. The album was released to critical acclaim and Steve Earle’s proceeds from the record are continually being directed to a trust for his granddaughter, Etta (Justin’s daughter). In honor of Justin Townes Earle and the record his father recorded, New West is proud to present a split 7″ featuring two versions of an indelible Justin’ Townes Earle song. The double A-side single features “The Saint Of Lost Causes.” as performed by Justin from his 2019 album of the same name as well as Steve Earle & The Dukes’ version from the J.T. release. This split 7” single will be pressed on yellow vinyl and limited to 3,500 copies worldwide.
Side 1A “The Saint Of Lost Causes” – Steve Earle & The Dukes
Side 2A “The Saint Of Lost Causes” – Justin Townes Earle

SARAH JAROSZ – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For/my future
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Rounder Records
Quantity: 1200
Sarah Jarosz puts her own unique stamp on songs by Billie Eilish and U2 on this 12″ single. Side B etching.
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For/my future

MARIA MCKEE – High Dive
Format: 2 x LP
Label: Afar
Quantity: 500
Essential re-issue of High Dive, Maria McKee’s post-Geffen return from 2003, pressed on double vinyl. This is the first time this album has been released on vinyl and it is an essential collector’s item for fans of McKee.
The Open Spaces / Life Is Sweet / After Life / Be My Joy / High Dive / My Friend Foe / In Your Constellation / Love Doesn’t Love / We Pair Off / No Gala / Non Religious Building / Something Similar / From Our T.V.Teens To The Tomb / Worry Birds

JONI MITCHELL – Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1967): Highlights
Format: LP
Label: Rhino / Joni Mitchell Archives
Quantity: 5500
Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1967): Highlights is an exclusive LP, featuring highlights from the first volume of the ongoing Joni Mitchell Archives series. The release – which has been supervised by Joni Mitchell – features rare home recordings, live performances, and radio broadcasts recorded between 1963 and 1967. Pressed on 180gram vinyl, exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. Strictly limited to 15000 copies worldwide.

July 17th releases

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – The Final Note
Format: 2 x LP
Label: Allman Brothers Band Recording Company
Quantity: 9000
Live Recording of Duane Allman’s last performance, from 10-17-71 at Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mill, MD
Additional unreleased bonus track, “Stormy Monday”, from Austin, TX, 1971.
Pressed on limited edition Black & White swirl vinyl as part of RSD Drops.

Statesboro Blues/Trouble No More/Don’t Keep Me Wondering/Done Somebody Wrong/One Way Out/In Memory of Elizabeth Reed/Hot ‘lanta/Whipping Post/Stormy Monday

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG = Déjà vu Alternates
Format: LP
Label: Atlantic
Quantity: 10000
Déjà Vu Alternates from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is a recreation of their immensely popular second album, Déjà Vu, featuring alternate versions of songs which appeared on the original album. The iconic album which featured “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Our House” and “Helpless” will showcase these alternate versions on vinyl for the first time. It will also feature a cover that mirrors the original album with an alternate photo from the cover shoot. Pressed on 180g black vinyl, exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. Strictly Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.

DR. JOHN, THE NIGHT TRIPPER – The Sun, Moon & Herbs Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition
Format: 3 x LP
Label: Run Out Groove
Quantity: 3000
Deluxe and limited 50th anniversary edition of Dr. John’s fourth studio album for Atco Records. Three LP expanded release with deluxe packaging and new liner notes featuring over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material on two discs, recorded during the 1971 album sessions and making a physical debut for RSD Drops. Only one track from the bonus material was previously available on the limited Run Out Groove vinyl release: Dr. John: Professor Bizarre’s Funknology.

1.Black John The Conqueror 2. Where Ya At Mule 3. Craney Crow 4. Familiar Reality-Opening 5. Pots On Fiyo (Filé Gumbo) / Who I Got To Fall On (If The Pot Get Heavy) 6. Zu Zu Mamou 7. Familiar Reality-Reprise 8. Home Boy, Show Me The Way Back Home (take 1)* 9. Free From the Beast (take 1)* 10. Headin’ A Little Closer To My Home (take 2)* 11. Jungle (take 2)* 12. Trip City (edits of takes 4&7)* 13. Strictly Off The Wall, Look What You’ve Done 14. Unknown Jam* 15. Fish Dance* 16. Catfish Soiree Medley* 17. Burning* 18. Numerology* 19. Where Ya At Mule (alternate take)*
*=previously unreleased

BOB DYLAN – Jokerman / I And I Remixes
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Legacy
Quantity: 7000
This 12” features two reggae remixes each of “Jokerman” and “I And I”, by Doctor Dread. The original versions of both tracks appeared on Dylan’s Infidels album, with Sly & Robbie as the rhythm section. The two “I And I” remixes were previously released on Is It Rolling Bob: A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan (2003) ,while the “Jokerman” remixes are newly commissioned and previously unreleased. Doctor Dread has worked with Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mad Cobra, Freddy McGregor, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, The Wailers and many others.

Side A: 1. “Jokerman [Reggae Remix]” 2. “Jokerman [Instrumental Dub]”
Side B: 1. “I and I [Reggae Remix]” 2. “I and I [Reggae Dub]”

JOHN FOGERTY – Blue Ridge Rangers EP
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: BMG
Quantity: 2500
This special release combines two key singles from John Fogerty’s 1973 debut solo album The Blue Ridge Rangers on a limited edition Blue vinyl 12” single. The two singles included are the classics “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” backed with “Hearts Of Stone” Also included are the original B-sides “Workin’ On A Building” and “Somewhere Listening (For My Name)”
Featuring replications of the original artwork from both singles, one on each side.

BOBBIE GENTRY – The Windows of the World
Format: LP
Label: Capitol Nashville
Quantity: 2500
Bobbie’s journey from country singer-songwriter to blue eyed soul diva stopped off at a hitherto unknown destination along the way. Before she arrived at Muscle Shoals to work her magic with the late great Rick Hall, Bobbie cut a laid back album of classic and contemporary jazz tunes that was abandoned before it had chance to see the light of day. This was a shame, as Bobbie proves herself as adept in this genre as in any other. This self-produced collection first saw the light of day on the Bobbie Gentry boxset, but this lost album deserves to have its own separate release and what better format than vinyl? The set exudes a sophisticated and intimate late-night vibe mostly featuring Bobbie alone with her guitar accompanied by a bass player; occasionally there is a whisper of strings from Jimmie Haskell who famously composed the cello and violin arrangement on Ode to Billie Joe. Gentry fans will find much to love in Bobbie’s short lived but brilliant turn as a jazz singer. The original 8 tracks to be supplemented by the ‘I Didn’t Know’ and ‘Hushabye Mountain’ demos recorded around the same time, this LP also features the previously unreleased Hushabye Mountain [alternate version].

Suppertime
God Bless The Child
Since I Fell For You
Here’s That Rainy Day
I Didn’t Know [demo]
Hushabye Mountain [Demo]
Stormy
Save Your Love For Me
This Girl’s in Love With You
The Windows of the World
Hushabye Mountain (previously unreleased)

THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – Undercover
Format: LP
Label: Americana Vibes
Quantity: 1200
The Infamous Stringdusters are releasing a compilation of cover songs never-before released on vinyl for RSD Drops 2021. These songs have been played live in many instances, and were at once point released individually, so this will be a treat to band fans and vinyl collectors alike. The Infamous Stringdusters won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony in October 2007: Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Fork in the Road (in a tie with J.D. Crowe & the New South’s album Lefty’s Old Guitar), and Song of the Year for the album’s title cut. The band was also nominated for 2011 Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. In 2011, “Magic No. 9” (from Things That Fly) was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance. In 2018, they won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

1. Just Like Heaven
2. Golden
3. Jessica
4. What’s Going On
5. Get Lucky
6. Big River
7. Highwayman
8. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
9. Fearless
10. American Girl

JOHNNY PAYCHECK – Uncovered: The First Recordings
Format: LP
Label: Lightning Rod Records
Quantity: 2000
Early in Johnny Paycheck’s pre-fame career, he toured as a sideman and bassist for George Jones in the early 1960s. At that time, he entered a recording studio in an attempt to secure a record deal as a solo artist. The recordings have been long forgotten and unheard until now. The Adams Brothers, who gained notoriety on Mike Judge’s Tales From The Tour Bus episode on Paycheck, produced the songs and worked as Paycheck’s band. These recordings showcase Paycheck’s considerable talent long before the music world took notice. Paycheck performs songs by some of country music’s most iconic songwriters such as Cowboy Jack Clement, Mel Tillis, and Bill Anderson. Step back in time and listen to uncovered country music history.
Family Bible / I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name / A Girl I Used To Know / Me and My Heart and My Shoes / Long Black Limousine / Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold) / Miller’s Cave / Heartbreak Eve

JOHN PRINE – Stay Independent: The Oh Boy Years Curated By Indie Record Stores
Format: LP
Label: Oh Boy Records
Quantity: 3000
A collection of songs from the Oh Boy Records catalog curated by independent record stores.
Side 1: 1) In Spite of Ourselves 2) All The Best 3) Summer’s End 4) Some Humans Ain’t Human
Side 2: 1) Sins of Memphisto 2) Lonesome Friends of Science 3) It’s A Big Old Goofy World 4) When I Get To Heaven

JOHN PRINE – Live At The Other End, December 1975
Format: 4 x LP
Label: Atlantic
Quantity: 8500
In December 1975, Grammy award-winning songwriter John Prine played three nights at The Other End (previously and now known as The Bitter End) in Greenwich Village, NYC. The acoustic performances featured some of his best-known songs such as “Angel From Montgomery” and “Hello In There”, from his first four studio albums: John Prine (1971), Diamonds In The Rough (1972), Sweet Revenge (1973) and Common Sense (1975). These rare and previously unreleased solo performances—comprising two full sets—will now be made available, pressed on 180g black vinyl, exclusively RSD Drops 2021. Strictly limited to 12000 copies worldwide.

ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES – Half The City Live
Format: LP
Label: St Paul & The Broken Bones
Quantity: 1000
I remember the heat that day burning through my JCPenney’s suit that I bought just the day before for our show at Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham. 100 degree temperature outside in the dead of summer in Alabama is not uncommon. I was pouring sweat alongside people who had just met that day for the first time to play a show under the name St. Paul & The Broken Bones. I hated my name being in the band’s name but who cared at that point, it was just a fling. Now, over 8 years later, we built a career out of it.

Marty Stuart Readies New Acoustic Album ‘Songs I Sing In The Dark’

The legendary Marty Stuart will soon release ‘Songs I Sing In The Dark,’ an acoustic 20-song album comprised of 20 “Obscure songs, old favorites” as Stuart describes them in the introductory video below, and was recorded just outside of Nashville.

Stuart will be sharing one tune each month alongside a personal statement about the song’s importance, both personally and in the context of country music history of which Stuart is a participant as well as a student. Whether that means that the album will then be formally released after all 20 songs have been shared once per month which would be October 2022 (!) is unknown as I was unable to find an official release date

About ‘Songs I Sing In The Dark,’ the five-time Grammy winner says “The title tells the story. I have a long line of songs that range from obscure, originals, to old favorites from various musical worlds that I often sing to myself when I’m alone,” He continues. “Until recently, I had never formally made a list of all the titles. When I did, I saw in those titles so many great songs that need to be remembered and passed down. There was a mighty congregation of names of profound songwriters whose presence and lyrics are to be cherished. And, looking into those songs I could hear the music of those brilliant musicians, arrangers, and singers who brought those tunes to life, and gave the world reason to love them. In the wake of these revelations, I was inspired to finally go to work on the idea of Songs I Sing in the Dark.”

“I love the restless wisdom in the words, and those words are shadowed by a lonesome melody that is served up from the blue side of town,” says Stuart. “As the pandemic raged on, ‘Ready for the Times to Get Better’ became my personal theme song. I can’t seem to quit playing it. Several months later, I’m still at it. The title proclaims what every soul on planet earth undoubtable feels. It is the perfect country song and I consider it an honor to sing such words.”

Songwriter Allen Reynolds penned the first release “Ready for the Times to Get Better.” The song was originally cut by Crystal Gayle for the 1976 album ‘Crystal,’ and it went on to become a Number One hit for her.

In December of 2020, the Country Music Association announced Stuart would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Modern Era Artist category along with Dean Dillon and Hank Williams Jr.

2021 Grammy Awards – Country, Americana, Bluegrass and Folk Nominees

2021 GRAMMY Awards

Nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards were announced with Miranda Lambert dominating the Country Music Categories (3). The Queen of Americana Lucinda Williams has 2 and ties with The Secret Sisters (Laura Rogers & Lydia Rogers) and John Prine’s last composition , “I Remember Everything, which has been nominated in two categories Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.

The Grammy Awards for roots music takes place before the televised preceding the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, the 63rd GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will take place Sunday, March 14, at noon PT, and will be streamed live internationally via GRAMMY.com.

The 2021 GRAMMY Awards show performer lineup will include performances from Texas’ own neo-soul newcomers Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, Mickey Guyton, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert and more.

Here are the country and roots music nominees:

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Stick That in Your Country Song,” Eric Church
“Who You Thought I Was,” Brandy Clark
“When My Amy Prays,” Vince Gill
“Black Like Me,” Mickey Guyton
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“All Night,” Brothers Osborne
“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
“Ocean,” Lady A
“Sugar Coat,” Little Big Town
“Some People Do,” Old Dominion

Best Country Song:
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert (Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, songwriters
“The Bones,” Maren Morris (Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters
“Crowded Table,” The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna, songwriters)
“More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress, (Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis & Derrick Southerland, songwriters)
“Some People Do,” Old Dominion (Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey & Thomas Rhett, songwriters

Best Country Album:
Lady Like, Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is a Record, Brandy Clark
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Nightfall, Little Big Town
Never Will, Ashley McBryde

Best American Roots Performance:
“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Deep in Love,” Bonny Light Horseman
“Short and Sweet,” Brittany Howard
“I’ll Be Gone,” Norah Jones & Mavis Staples
“I Remember Everything,” John Prine

Best American Roots Song:
“Cabin,” The Secret Sisters (Laura Rogers & Lydia Rogers, songwriters)
“Ceiling to the Floor,” Sierra Hull (Sierra Hull & Kai Welch, songwriters)
“Hometown,” Sarah Jarosz (Sarah Jarosz, songwriter)
“I Remember Everything,” John Prine (Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters)
“Man Without a Soul,” Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams, songwriter)

Best Americana Album:
Old Flowers, Courtney Marie Andrews
Terms of Surrender, Hiss Golden Messenger
World on the Ground, Sarah Jarosz
El Dorado, Marcus King
Good Souls Better Angels, Lucinda Williams

Best Bluegrass Album:
Man on Fire, Danny Barnes
To Live in Two Worlds, Vol. 1, Thomm Jutz
North Carolina Songbook, Steep Canyon Rangers
Home, Billy Strings
The John Hartford Fiddle Tune Project, Vol. 1, Various Artists

Best Folk Album:
Bonny Light Horseman, Bonny Light Horseman
Thanks for the Dance, Leonard Cohen
Song for Our Daughters, Laura Marling
Saturn Return, The Secret Sisters
All the Good Times, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Teague Brothers Share Video Of Evan Felker Performing “7 & 7,” “Good Lord Lorrie” And More

Teague Brothers  and Evan Felker

Great news Turnpike Troubadours fans! footage of Evan Felker surfaced yesterday afternoon showing him taking the stage with the Teague Brothers Band at a charity benefit for Eric Neal at the Pipkin Ranch in Beaumont, TX.

Neal was diagnosed with Sclerosing Epithelioid Fibrosarcoma in 2018, and has since had surgery to amputate his right leg, in addition to having multiple rounds of chemo/radiation as well as surgery on his back. Recently, the deep soft tissues tumor was also found in the lining of the brain.

The benefit was held to raise money for Eric, and the Teague Brothers Band was the musical entertainment for the event. They then interrupted their set to welcome a very special guest… Evan Felker.

This is the first time we’ve seen Evan take the stage in nearly two years, since Turnpike announced their indefinite hiatus back in May of 2019.

Teague Brothers frontman John Teague shared the following regarding the performance:

“Yesterday, February 27, 2021, was truly amazing to be apart of. Eric you are consistently in our thoughts and prayers. I’m proud to call you a friend and it was an absolute pleasure to be there. What a community we have.
Evan Felker of the The Turnpike Troubadours was a true gentleman and performed beautifully for Eric. A dream come true to everyone in the room. Godspeed Eric & Shelby Neal.”

Even if the Turnpike Troubadours never reunite it’s great to see Felker looking and sounding healthy and happy.

And best to Eric Neal. Here’s how you can help him and his family while he continues his fight.

PayPal : rehatcher16@gmail.com
Venmo: @rachel-touchet

John Prine Indy Label ‘Oh Boy’ Records Celebrates 40 Years

USA’s second oldest artist-owned independent label (if you know the first drop it in the comments section) and the oldest in Nashville—celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a series of special releases and events. Founded in 1981 by legendary singer, songwriter and musician, John Prine, along with his longtime manager, Al Bunetta, Oh Boy has gone on to release more than fifty audio and video recordings and continues today as a vital part of Nashville’s independent music community with the recent signings of emerging artists Tré Burt, Arlo McKinley and Kelsey Waldon.

Of his initial inspiration to start the label, Prine has shared, “Every time I’d go to a little concert hall or a club, I was filling it up. So I thought, ‘Why not make music just for those people.’ And that’s when I talked to Al about starting Oh Boy. I’m really proud of it. As time’s gone by and people starting independent record companies has kind of become the thing, it’s great that we’ve stayed afloat for this many years.”

Prine’s widow and President of Oh Boy, Fiona Whelan Prine shares, “As long as there are people who want to listen to good music, who will value the singer-songwriter than we will keep on going.”
To commemorate the milestone, Oh Boy will share a new documentary series chronicling the label’s rich history and legacy via their YouTube page. Watch the official trailer below.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Prine’s landmark self-titled debut album. Featuring iconic songs such as “Hello In There,” “Paradise,” “Sam Stone” and “Angel From Montgomery,” John Prine was inducted into the Recording Academy’s “Grammy Hall of Fame” in 2014 and was recently named #149 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. In celebration of the occasion, Oh Boy will release a special anniversary edition of the album later this year with much more to be announced.

Additionally, throughout the year, Oh Boy will roll out several new releases from their catalogue—including new music from Tré Burt, a special edition John Prine 7-inch box set, Fair & Square on vinyl and new material from Dan Reeder—as well as exclusive new merchandise, special curated playlists, outdoor pop-up events and more. Moreover, each week this year, the label will celebrate a different album or artist from their extensive catalogue. The series kicks off this Wednesday, February 24 highlighting The Bis-Quits.
Special exclusive commemorative merchandise as well as all the new releases to come will be available throughout the year at www.ohboy.com.

Heartworn Highways To Be Shown Nationwide via Kino Marquee Starting Feb. 5th

HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS

In the mid-‘70s, filmmaker James Szalapski traveled to Texas’ Hill Country and Tennessee to capture musical white lightening in a bottle. From high school gymnasiums, trailer homes, recording studios to a liquor-fueled Christmas guitar pull in Guy and Susanna Clarks dining room, now legendary performers – Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, a 19-year-old Steve Earle and many others are shown crafting a genre by looking towards country music’s folk roots and away from Music Row’s glitz.

Musical highlights include Clark’s brilliant “Desperados Waiting For A Train,” Steve Earle’s stirring “Mercenary Song” and Townes Van Zandt’s gut-wrenching “Waiting Around To Die.” (see videos below)

Though filmed in the late 70’s the full documentary was not released theatrically until 1981 and has been notoriously difficult to watch in its entirety. If you’ve never seen it in its entirety now you’ll have a chance. Starting Feb 5 Heartworn Highways will be in Virtual Cinemas nationwide via Kino Marquee.

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Guy Clark – “Desperados Waiting For A Train”:

Steve Earle – “Mercenary Song”:

Townes Van Zandt – “Waiting Around To Die”