James McMurtry Gives Away Protest Song

After winning the best album for “Childish Things” and best song for “We Can’t Make It Hear”
at the Americana Music Awards a few weeks ago James McMurtry is throwing his fans another
another tasty slice of rockin-roots dissent.

McMurtry is making the rough mix of “God Bless America” available for free on his website. “I had meant to wait until I was finished overdubbing before putting this song out, but our brave legislators have once again outdone themselves in their acquiescence to the executive by passing the detainee bill,” said McMurtry. “We refer to foreign governments that employ all-powerful executive branches as dictatorships, but we’re still supposed to think of our own government as democratic. I’m appalled at the spinelessness of Republican legislators. I guess they still think they’ll be invited to the feast. They will be, but only if they continue to watch their mouths.”

Deadstring Brothers Fall Tour with the Shooter Jennings

Motor City’s Deadstring Brothers have scored themselves a
place on the bill with Shooter Jennings on part of their
upcoming Fall tour. The Sticky-Fingers influenced roots-rockers are currently on tour in the UK and will begin a trek through the US in mid October in support of their current Bloodshot release “Starving Weather Report.” The Brothers will join Bloodshot brethren Scott H. Biram, The Meat Purveyors and more at the Bloodshot Records / CMJ Bar-B-Que on Saturday, November 4th at Union Pool in Brooklyn.  

more Deadstring Dates:

Sat 9/30    London            UK     The Borderline

Sun 10/01   Bristol           UK     The Promenade

Tue 10/03   Swansea           UK     The Chattery

Wed 10/04   Sheffield         UK     The Boardwalk

Thu 10/05   Hull              UK     The Adelphi

Fri 10/06   Darvel, Scotland  UK     Darvel Music Festival

Sat 10/07   Wolvehampton      UK     The Little Civic

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MySpace Showcase Tuesday – The Snakehandlers

Yeah It’s a little early for the MySpace Showcase but I’m busy traveling tomorrow so just deal. This weeks showcase is the Snakehandlers. The self procalimed “World’s Loudest Country Band” and judging by the clips on their Mypace page I’m inclined to believe them. Powerful, tight playing, great vocals and a killer cover version of the The Jim Carroll Band’s  “People That Died.” Twang Nation says check these bad boys out!

Musick Fest Benefit Concerts – Athens, GA.

If you live in the vicinity of Athens Georgia head on over to Musick Fest. These shows are to benefit a friend of Twang Nation and beloved Athens musician Wendy Musick, who plays guitar for Southern Bitch, with some very high medical bills.
As you know, most musicians don’t have insurance, so please come see these shows! There are two of ’em in Athens, and will feature Patterson Hood (Drive By Truckers) and the Screwtopians, Will Johnson from Centro-Matic, Don Chambers + Goat, David Barbe and the Quick Hooks, Dave Marr, Clay Leverett, Mother Jackson, Kimberly Morgan, Betsy Franck, Diet RockStar, Still Small Voice and The Joyful Noise, and Fest-goers can expect surprise performances by other members of the Athens Music Family.

Now go out, do some good and hear some great Georgia music!