Watch Out! Aubrie Sellers Performs ‘Light of Day’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Aubrie Sellers Performs 'Light of Day' on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Aubrie Sellers makes her television debut in fine fashion. She and her band look like old pros at the Late Night game with a rendition of her album debut’s title song ‘Light of Day’ . The performance gathers like thunderheads in the distance. As Sellers honey-twang warns about caution the music ebbs and builds a feeling of foreboding, then the band breaks hell and, just at the edge, careens back in the groove.

See this fantastic performance below.

“Light Of Day” is available digitally and on vinyl today. Het it here.

Listen Up! : Jason Isbell – Squidbillies Theme

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According to producer Dave Cobb Squidbillies Creators Dave Willis & Jim Fortier are huge country and roots music music fans.

This love is on display by the distinguished list of artists, from Dwight Yoakam, Alabama Shakes, George Jones…even William Shatner (!) that have performed the title song for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim cartoon about a family of single-wide dwelling cephalopods Early (voiced by Unknown Hinson) Rusty, Granny and Elizabeth Cook who lends her warm lends her warm butter voice to the occasional love interest character Tammi.

Jason Isbell joins and the 400 unit are the latest addition to that list.

Below enjoy the extended version of Jason Isbell and the 400 unit Squidbillies theme below:

Watch Out! Steve Martin and Edie Brickell – “Won’t Go Back” on the Jimmy Fallon Show [VIDEO]

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell – “Won’t Go Back”

‘So Familiar,’ second collaboration from Edie Brickell and Steve Martin is out today. This follow up to the Grammy-winning debut, ‘Love Has Come for You’ finds the unlikely duo traveling the smooth roots they did on their debut. Hey, if it ain’t broken.

A dapper Martin on banjo and a smiling Brickell on vocals, the couple appear to be having a great time on this spirited, and slightly funky, version of the album’s first single, “Won’t Go Back,” for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon audience.

Songs from ‘So Familiar,’ and other songs by Brickell and Martin, will be featured in a “Bright Star,” a musical debuting on Broadway early next year.

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Listen Up! Lera Lynn – “My Least Favorite Life” from True Detective Season 2

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Roots music is the perfect genre to set a certain mood. Apparently one of those moods is the scare the hell out of you kind.

As we posted before it was Lera Lynn crooning the song “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For” on the mysterious trailer for HBO’s “True Detective”

Lynn’s smoky contralto is back with “My Least Favorite L5ie,” a song that accompanies the psycho drama’s breathtaking opening credits.

Both songs were co-written by Lynn, T Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash, with Burnett also producing both in his L.A. home studio.

Lynn will have a cameo appearance in next week’s ‘True Detective’ episode, will open a pair of concerts You can catch her headlining her own shows throughout the Summer and Fall, including a stop at the historic Kessler Theatre in Oak Cliff on September 25th. She will also perform in Nashville at the Americana Music Association’s annual festival in September.

Buy “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For” and “My Least Favorite Lie” on iTunes

Watch Out! Kacey Musgraves Performs “Biscuits” On Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Kacey Musgraves Performs “Biscuits” On Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Kacey Musgraves is hitting the late night circuit ahead of her much-anticipated release ‘Pageant Material’ to be released later this month.

Musgraves treated fans to her steaming hot latest single “Biscuits.” The song reflects Kacey’s own no nonsense spunk and charm, and she and the band sported their cosmic country and western finery as they always do on her road performances.

‘Pageant Material’ is the follow-up to 2013’s 2-time Grammy-winning ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ and is sure to top the country and Americana charts.

In a separate video Musgraves reveals the song’s writing session with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark and how “Biscuits,” how the recording session took advantage of some authentic bakeware as instrumentation and why the song wasn’t included on ‘Same Trailer Different Park’

Catch the replay and song background below.

Musgraves also gave some background on how she, Brandy Clark and

Watch Out! The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile – “Keep On The Sunny Side” – David Letterman

The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile: "Keep On The Sunny Side"

The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile too to the always supportive Letterman stage in the Ed Sullivan Theatre in mid-town Manhatten to perform the quintessential American song, “Keep On The Sunny Side.”

The Ada Blenkhorn penned the Gospel tune in 1899 inspired by her disabled nephew who always wanted his wheelchair pushed down “the sunny side” of the street.

The Avetts and Brandi Carlile perform it pretty much as the Carter Family did when they famously recorded it in 1928. They look to be having a great time with Brandi flanked at a single mic with Seth on guitar and Scott on autoharp and rounded out by Bob Crawford on stand-up bass and Joe Kwon on cello.

The 50th American Country Music Awards – My Takeaways

50th American Country Music Awards

Sometimes having a music blog lands you in the unlikeliest of places.

Through happenstance and sheer luck I found myself as a member of the press for the 50th annual ACM Awards show held at the behemothic AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Locally known as Cowboys stadium or, more derisively, as Jerry World in reference to the team’s zillionaire owner Jerry Jones.

When I told friends that I was attending the event their response was almost across the board “why?”

This is understandable. As a blogger for Americana and roots music what could I possibly see in the glitzy world of commercial country?

My response was that I wanted to understand. I wanted to see the world from the inside in it;s biggest event, even if I didn’t love every song that was performed on the stage.

That stage sat at the end of the cavernous space. One that visually and acoustically swallowed the most dazzling light-show or amped up musical production. It was almost a perfect metaphor for an industry that often takes a rare cultural resource of a simple and beautiful song and renders it into something irrelevant, peripheral and disposable.

But this music has ties to the same folk and roots music that I hold dear. So how did manifest in to a Colonel Tom Parker wet dream?

When Chet Atkins, legendary guitarist and producer, was asked to define the adult pop leaning Nashville sound which he was helping to architect, he reached into his slacks pocket, shook the loose change, and said, ‘That’s what it is. It’s the sound of money.”

Atkins was on the forefront of a of a sea change for music row. He is also the pioneer of a school of thought (or rationalization) that country music has to change in order to survive. But that has always begged the question; change into what and what is in the end that that change will ensure to survive?

Music Row is not a culture preservation institution, it’s a business. But implicitly in brand and often explicitly in the subject matter of the songs it releases heritage is held as an ideal of not a practice. Small town values are referenced as beats are dropped and bands rock out to pyrotechnics on stage.

This cultural dissonance, and no discernable evidence of “country” elements in the music, has no place in the endless spring break that is today’s country music.

But it’s a free country with lots of music to choose from with an with an Internet to find it. The Academy of Country Music Awards is a trade show for cultural artifacts. Like any business they abhor risk, and there was nothing left to chance on sunday night’s extravaganza. The stars where all household names and the songs were all performed so the fans could sway and sing along.

And if you wanted “real” country music you could turn off the program and “put on some Sturgill’ as more than one person tweeted to me that night.

Some random takeaways:

As scripted as the music and performances where the action in between appeared unguarded and genuine. Sometimes cringingly so. But so what? It was authentic cutting-up and goofiness brought huge stars to a place where people could relate.

Contemporary society and culture is rank with cynicism. Performers and bands hide behind irony in fear that they might be accused of standing for something. Mainstream country might come off as hokey as The Cracker Barrell, but the hopeful romanticism is intoxicating. People want to believe in something and they want to believe you believe.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Townes Van Zandt would famously tell corny jokes between masterful songs, many of which can make you feel like opening a vein. That brutally honest song might need some levity as an emotional palate cleanser or you’re going to exhaust your audience.

People paid to see you and deserve a show. You don’t need flames and smoke machines, but if you’ve seen the balls Drive-By Truckers show or the frenetic whirlwind of Old Crow Medicine Show prove you can have quality music and something extra worthy the price of a ticket.

I’ve seen a few of music row’s biggest stars in intimate settings with an acoustic guitar singing Hag or George Jones. These people are really good at what they do and many love the same songs we do. But they have a job and momany, many mouths to feed.

Comradery is in full force. In an industry where a friend one day can opportunistically stab you in the back the next, a familial congeniality and protectiveness was palpable. You need no more evidence than the Randy Travis introduction and Taylor Swift’s speech.

That camaraderie and protectiveness is displayed by fan loyalty. Typical music fans are fickle but in country music they identify strongly with the music and are fans for life. They really don’t care what your you or I think and it’s arrogant to say they don’t have the right to love this music.

Reba has a knack of taking a stand and bring you along with her. Her response to a question regarding women in country radio that “I hope woman don’t get so discouraged that they quit. We’ve had the good old boy stuff for a while.” was my most retweeted from the event. And nary one negative response.

Teaser/Trailer for True Detective Season 2 Featuring Lera Lynn with Rosanne Cash and T Bone Burnett

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Once the trailer for HBO’S True Detective Season 2 hit the web people were wondering ” Who’s that smoky singer accompanying it?” (well, I said smoky)

Fiona Apple had been speculated on one site’s post, and then the mystery was solved.

Rosanne Cash took natyrally to twitter, as she’s so great at, to inform the enquiring minds clammering to know.

“Thrilled to write the lyrics to T Bone Burnett and @LeraLynn’s beautiful melody for the new season of @TrueDetective.”

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So fitting for the moody feel of the show. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated noir crime series returns Sunday, June 21!!

It’s all just a circle….

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 to Bakersfield, and brings it all together in a beautiful story of heritage and style any songwriter would love.

The history of it’s roots in mountain music, through bluegrass it’s first super star Hank Williams and honky tonkers. From the jazz fusion of Western Swing to the dominance of the adult-pop Nashville Sound through the extraordinary and game-changing emergence of female performers and the evolution of newer forms of the genre – country rock to and Americana.

Featuring contributions from Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Hank Williams III, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and Dolly Parton among others. Lost Highway: The Story of Country Music is produced by William Naylor; the series editor is Michael Poole.

Sit back with your favorite drink and enjoy.

Rhiannon Giddens Performs “Waterboy” on The Late Show with David Letterman

Rhiannon Giddens

David Letterman continued his ongoing support of great music by inviting founding member and lead vocalist of the Grammy Award winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens to perform on his stage.

Giddens turned in a stunning rendition of “Waterboy,” a song most famously associated with the late folk/blues legend Odetta.

Asa true fan of music Letterman was duly impressed.

“Odetta has been cited as a major influence by folks like Bob Dylan, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Janis Joplin, among many others. She was a soulful force for good in both the folk world and the civil rights world, and it’s an honor to present her arrangement of this work song–inspired piece. We were both classically trained, and so it was great to be able to let my throat loose!” Giddens has stated.

Giddens is touring in support of her debut, T Bone Burnett produced, solo album ‘Tomorrow Is My Turn.’