Category Archives: alt.country

BBC Lost Highway: The History of American Country

If you haven’t seen the BBC’s “Lost Highway: The History of American Country’ then you’re in for a treat. This four-part, four-hour documentary follows the musical lineage from the Bristol Sessions to Nashville, from Texas…

Listen Up! Chris Smither – ‘Drive You Home Again’ From ‘Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Favorite and Rarities from the Second Decade’

Signature Sounds Recordings is an well-repected independent label specializing in singer-songwriter, Americana, and modern folk music. Jim Olsen and Mark Thayer founded the label in 1995 to promote the acoustic artists playing in the Northampton,…

New Americana and Roots Music Releases for 2015

2014 was another bumper crop year for Americana and roots music. We shared our favorites and you weighed in with more. 2015 shows no signs of easing up as stalwarts like Steve Earle and James…

Live Review – Old 97s – Majestic Theater – Hitchhike to Rhome Anniversary Show – December 13

Remember alt.country? That mongrel cultural mash-up, fueled on a hefty helpings of George Jones and The Clash, that burst into cultural consciousness with Uncle Tupelo’s 1990 debut ‘No Depression?” Though the style is still heard…

Cream of the Crop – Twang Nation Top Americana and Roots Music Picks of 2014

It defies all marketing logic. Take thoughtful, and oftentimes uncomfortable, music built unapologetically (and more importantly, without irony) from instrumentation and melodies that reflect the past and drag it into the present. Brazen sentimentality in…

2014 Grammy Nominees – Americana and Roots Music

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science tried something new to announce the nomineews for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The nomniees were announced piecemeal, per catagory, via twitter exclusively starting at 9am. Ths…