Tag Archives: Sturgill Simpson

56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 Americana Album of the Year Predictions

I’ve got no special knowledge who will be nominated for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 Americana Album of the Year. What I do know is that in the four years of this categories existence…

Cream of the Crop – Twang Nation Top Americana and Roots Music Picks of 2013

As the last days of 2013 drop away the business-as-usual music industry remains bogged in a largely self-inflicted quagmire, but don’t tell musicians this. Industry gatekeepers and financial barriers are being overrun by people with…

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…

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 Music Association Announces Showcase Line-up

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…

Americana Music is the New Country Music

I’m not sure if I was the first to coin the term but I’m pretty sure i was the first to tweet it – that’s so country it’s Americana. By that I mean as Music…

Country Music Is Not Dead

If you were one of the 15.4 million viewers of last Sunday’s 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show you might have been, like me, wondering “When’s the country going to start?” I’ve never…

Twang Nation Podcast Episode 12 – Amanda Shires, Shinyribs, Sturgill Simpson, Markus Rill

The Easter Day podcast (aka episode 12) is now hot off the presses straight Casa Twang. there are some great cuts here, from rootsy-waltz of Amanda Shires’ Bulletproof, the Lone-Star groove of Shinyribs (aka Gourd’s…