Category Archives: Bluegrass

Watch Out! 10 Murder Ballads for Halloween

Hello ghouls and goblins! Halloween celebrations in some form has a long and rich tradition in 16th century European and Scandinavia. At roughly the same time the murder ballad evolved right along with it. Both…

NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana to Air on PBS This November

NASHVILLE 2.0 kicks off the “PBS Americana Music Weekend,” which pairs this documentary with an Americana music concert from PBS’ iconic Austin City Limits (ACL) series. In a special episode, ACL travels to Nashville to…

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 11 Must-See Acts

There’s no denying the amount and quality of talent on the bill every year at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Act-for-act no other festival only event can touch it for some of the finest Americana…

Americana Music Awards Winners 2013

The Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music, was again a fit setting for the Americana Music Awards, kicking off a week-long Americana Music Conference. A ceremony that the evening’s MC, the incomparable Jim…

10 Upcoming Bands To Catch At AmericanaFest 2013

Every time I head across this great nation to Music City to attend the always enjoyable Americana Music Association Festival, Conference and Awards Ceremony (whew!) i always come home with great memories. Most of those…

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 13 Line-Up Announced

The good people at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass have released the roster for this years event and it’s another winner. For those uninitiated, HSB is one of the premier Americana and roots music festivals in the…

Americana For All

I’ve been kicking around the ideas to address Giovanni Russonello’s “Why Is a Music Genre Called ‘Americana’ So Overwhelmingly White and Male?” i heard my mom’s advice in m mind, “just walk away from the…

Twang Nation Podcast Episode 15 – The Civil Wars, Robbie Fulks, Valerie June

Hey Twangers! Here it is, number 15 podcast. In this special episode we feature the latest from The Civil Wars, currently residing on the top of the Billboard charts. Also excellent new music from Robbie…