Building on the already excellent initial lineup announcement the Nashville-based Americana Music Association has released has released the full roster of artists performing during the event.
Some of the additions that stand out to me are roots-rockers Shooter Jennings and Austin Lucas, alt.country stalwarts Bottle Rockets and Ashley Monroe who apparently has no problem working both the Americana and Music Row sides of the fence (good!) One performer I’m bummed to see missing from the roster is Jason Isbell (Though his talented better half, Amanda Shires, is on the list.) There might be scheduling conflicts with his current tour supporting the excellent “Southeastern.”
The vagueness of Americana’s boundaries allows a richness and diversity within a shared source and vision. it’s what legend, and scheduled performer, Darrell Scott describes positively as a “hard-to-define place.”
the selections show a broad range of diversity and excellence the of the genre. Great to see many Casa Twang favorites represented as well.
Americana Music Festival & Conference Showcase Performing Artistt
Andrew Leahey & the Homestead
Band of Heathens
Ben Miller Band
Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien
Dash Rip Rock
Donna the Buffalo
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
Hurray for the Riff Raff
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons
Joy Kills Sorrow
Judah & the Lion
Justin Townes Earle
Lisa Marie Presley
Luella & the Sun
My Darling Clementine
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
Nora Jane Struthers
North Mississippi Allstars
Old Man Luedecke
Over The Rhine
Sam Doores, Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds
Sons of Fathers
Spirit Family Reunion
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Steep Canyon Rangers
Stewart Mann & the Statesboro Revue
The Devil Makes Three
The Lone Bellow
The Lost Brothers
The Stray Birds
The Westbound Rangers
The White Buffalo
Two Man Gentleman Band
Two classic titles from pioneering alternative country band The Jayhawks have been expanded for reissue by Sony Legacy editions. Hollywood Town Hall (1992) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995). Both Legacy Editions will be available Jan 18, 2011 and will feature five previously unreleased bonus tracks. Tomorrow the Green Grass will also contain a second bonus disc: The Mystery Demos, which I believe are taken from a selection of demos made in 1992 that has been traded by fans for years. These releases were the famed Minneapolis band’s first two albums for Ric Rubin’s Def American label and their last to feature contributions from co-founder Mark Olson.
Rolling Stone reports that the classic Jayhawks Lineup of Gary Louris, Mark Olson, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan and Karen Grotberg are currently recording together for the first time in 15 Years.
Also two classic titles from pioneering Texas singer/songwriter and Americana Music Award winner James McMurtry, son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove) will be reissued by Lightning Rod Records on February 1, 2011. Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three are two of McMurtry’s most popular albums,
2005’s Childish Things centerpiece song We Can’t Make It Here, was described by longtime fan novelist Stephen King as the “best American protest song since [Bob Dylan’s] Masters of War. Childish Things and We Can’t Make It Here won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year, respectively
McMurtry 2011 touring plans also include a co-headlining run with the Bottle Rockets.
Just in time for their return to the stage the Minneapolis-based Jayhawks Music From the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, their first ever compilation reflecting 20 signature songs and album tracks that span from their 1989 debut, Blue Earth, to 2003’s Rainy Day Music, is released today on American/Legacy Recordings.Reda a blogcrtics review of the album here.
Texas music legend George Strait will release his new album Twang (great name!) in stores and online August 11th. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind and Living For The Night were co-written by George’s son Bubba and Arkansas Dave was solely by Bubba. The title song and I Gotta Get To You is co-written by Americana legend Jim Lauderdale.
HearYa.com reviews Texas musician Scott H. Biram’s latest Bloodshot Records release Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever.
Remember that old article on the Bottle Rockets you saw in No Depression years ago? Now where do you put that darn thing? No need to fret, NoDepression.com has released their full archives online for your reading pleasure.
Ah, love is in the air – But if you’re a fan of country music then you know dysfunction litters the alleyways in the heart of classic narratives. Cheating, lying , drinking, throwing heavy objects, crying, more drinking – some of the best country songs contain some, if not all, of these elements. Alt.country/roots rock…whatever takes things in more interesting places but many of the same themes remain from the source. In celebration, and protest, to Valentines day here is the official Twang Nation list of best Alt.Country love songs.
In no particular order:
Gram Parsons – A Song For You
Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell – Please Break My Heart
Lucinda Williams – Still I Long For Your Kiss
Steve Earle – Valentine’s Day
Steve Earle – Goodbye
Townes Van Zandt – I’ll Be Here in the Morning
Neko Case – Favorite
Son Volt – Tear Stained Eye
Ryan Adams – Come Pick Me Up
Drive By Truckers- Marry Me
Old 97s – Big Brown Eyes
Bottle Rockets – I’ll Be Coming Around
Disagree? Add your own!
Caitlin Cary Thad Cockrell – “Please Break My Heart”