Category Archives: alt.country

2015 Americana Album of the Year Grammys Predictions

Grammy nominations are a few months away but the topic of performers that might be up for an Americana Album of the year nomination – meaning releases between Oct. 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014…

Watch Out! Shakey Graves – “Dearly Departed” on Conan

Check this rousing performance of Austin’s Shakey Graves’ “Dearly Departed” from Conan last night. Shakey (Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is accompanied beautifully by vocalist Esmé Patterson, who has her own new album entitled “Woman to Woman.” “Dearly…

Omnivore Recordings To Release Expanded 20th-Anniversary of Old 97’s debut ‘Hitchhike to Rhome,’ November 17

When discussing the pioneers and legacy of the alt.country movement Dallas’ Old 97s have to be on the short list of most influential, and enduring, roots rockers to ever till that field. The band’s indy…

Watch Out! Christian Lee Hutson – “Dirty Little Cheat” [VIDEO PREMIER]

Christian Lee Hutson, 24-year-old Nashville-via-Los Angeles roots singer-songwriter, has released a video for his song “Dirty Little Cheat” from his David Mayfield produced album “Yeah Okay, I Know” (Trailer Fire Records) “Dirty Little Cheat” is…

Watch Out! Lucinda Williams – “Protection” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Lucinda William took to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, clad in badass black leather, to perform her new soul-soaked song “Protection.” Lu gave a swaggering performance along her guitar-slinger the Wallflower’s Stuart Mathis. And…

AmericanaFest 2014 – All the roots put together

It was fitting that on the eve of AmericanaFest 15 I should run into Rob Bleetstein. Let me explain. Bleetstein is man partially responsible for “Americana” being used as a qualifier for “music.” As editor…

Bloodshot Records Announces 20th Anniversary “While No One Was Looking” Compilation – November 18, 2014

Chicago’s mighty Bloodshot Records has quietly been hoisting the roots rock and alt.country flag for, well as long as those words came into mainstream use. Hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the…

Americanafest Video Round-Up

There’s just way too much to see when visiting Americanafest. That’s why God created smart phones. Here’s some great videos that fans uploaded. I heard that Robert Ellis held an epic classic country rich performance…