Twang Nation Worthy Provisions and Shopping Guide


Tis the season for family and giving. But that personal wish list ain’t going to fill itself out. Here are a few ideas to make your stockings, and music loving mind, much more jolly.

Grain Audio OEHP | Solid Wood Over-Ear Headphones

Headphones have become celebrity endorsed, candy-colored bass crankers over the last decade. Their popularity means more of the same. Where to look for stylish and great sounding headphones for acoustic instruments and, uh hmm, REAL, vocals? Grain Audio OEHP headphones are the answer to those needs, friends. The enclosures are made from grain-matched solid walnut and cushioned with plush, form-fitting ear cushions and a cushioned headband for a great look and fit. And the sound…THE SOUND! Each enclosure sports a proprietary driver that features a Neodymium magnet and a CCAW voice coil. That’s a fancy way of saying Sturgill Simpson’s growl or Allison Krause’s breathy trill are delivered in their full-range splendor. Buy

Old 97's debut ‘Hitchhike to Rhome.’

When Omnivore Recordings does reissue they don’t do it halg-assed. Like the new Old 97′s debut ‘Hitchhike To Rhome’ 20th Anniversary reissue, with 12 rare and unreleased tracks, mixed from the original multi-tracks for the first time by longtime Old 97’s engineer Rip Rowan featuring rare photos, memorabilia and notes. Available on 2-CD, Digital, and—for the first time—on double orange colored vinyl. Trust me, you want the vinyl! Buy


Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music by Barry Mazor is the definitive profile of a music industry visionary. Best known for being the guiding hand behind the “big bang of country music” Bristol sessions, that brought Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to mainstream attention, Mazor does a superb job of showing the A&R man and music publisher’s full life in shaping popular music.

Midnight Rider

Looking for a well-made Waylon or Towns Van Zandt shirt? How about a Gram Parsons-style Nudie dress? L.A’s Midnight Rider has what you’re looking for and manufactures all their apparel in L.A. , U.S OF A. Buy

Old 97′s Celibreate 15th anniversary of Classic ” Too Far To Care” with Deluxe Edition, Tour

Dallas’ own Old 97′s will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their pivotal album “Too Far To Care” with a Deluxe reissue will feature a scad of bonus tracks, and a national tour where Rhett and the boys will perform the album in full.

American Songwriter posts that “the reissue features three unissued bonus outtakes (“Beer Cans”, “No Doubt About It”, “Holy Cross”) a rare promo track (“Northern Line,” off the Nothing To Attract You EP) and a second disc will contain They Made A Monster: The Too Far To Care Demos with 11 previously unreleased demos from the Too Far To Care sessions. They Made A Monsterwill also be released as a stand-alone LP (w/download card) and also as a stand-alone digital version.”

Old 97’s Too Far To Care 15th Anniversary Tour Dates w/Those Darlins supporting:

August 23 Houston, TX House of Blues
August 24 Dallas, TX House of Blues
August 25 San Antonio, TX Sam’s Burger Joint
August 26 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
August 28 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
August 29 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
August 30 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
August 31 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
September 1 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
September 2 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
September 4 Seattle, WA The Showbox @ The Market
September 5 Vancouver, BC Venue
September 6 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
September 7 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
September 8 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
September 10 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
September 11 Omaha, NE The Slowdown
September 12 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
October 14 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival

Old 97’s Too Far To Care 15th Anniversary Tour w/Salim Nourallah supporting:

October 16 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
October 17 Madison, WI Capitol Theater
October 18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
October 19 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
October 20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
October 22 Boston, MA Royale Night Club
October 23 New York, NY Webster Hall
October 25 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
October 26 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 27 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
October 29 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom