Awesome Stuff Department: The Devil Makes Three at Newport Folk Festival

Devil Makes Three

NPR Music has The Devil Makes Three's full set from yesterday (Friday, July 25) at the Newport Folk Festival available for online listening. That's 48 minutes, hot off the presses recording devices, of the rootsy California trio in its natural element. Playing music described as "garage-y ragtime, punkified blues, old n’ new timey without settling upon a particular era, inspired as much by mountain music as by Preservation Hall jazz," The Devil Makes Three put out its New West Records debut I'm … [Read more...]

Maddie and Tae Are Having a Moment

Maddie and Tae

By now, you are almost certainly aware of Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song." Just in case you're not, though... Two teenage girls newly signed to Big Machine's Dot Records imprint have released a 'bro country' answer song - calling out all the familiar tropes and many of the specific songs - that's so on-the-nose and of-the-moment that it has Yahoo Music, NPR, The Washington Post, Saving Country Music, Farce the Music, Rolling Stone, Country Weekly, Taste of Country, and most other … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/21/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Don’t be a difficult person to be around, whether you’re a songwriter or a business person. There’s just too much going on. There are too many people here that you don’t wanna rub the wrong way. It’s a small town in a lot of ways. You don’t have to hang out with everybody, or be friends with everybody, but people like to work with people they can get along with. ● --- Jim Lauderdale on survival in Nashville. Q: You typically write … [Read more...]

Album Review: Ashley Ray – Ashley Ray EP

Ashley Ray

Originally published at The 9513 in May 2010. As best I can tell, Ray is now without a record deal but still playing around town. She has yet to release a full album. Someday, someone will let Ashley Ray release a full album. The Kansas-bred singer-songwriter first appeared with a four-song digital EP on Capitol Nashville in 2007. At some point, she moved over to Universal South, then survived the merger with Show Dog to release this new five-song EP on Show Dog Universal. Soundwise, it's … [Read more...]

Album Review: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – New Old Story

Bastard Sons New Old Story

Mark Stuart and his Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash cannot be accused of false advertising. New Old Story abounds with likable new approaches to well-trod subject matter. The main 'story' here seems to be the allure and excitement of the rambling musical life on one hand and its costs back at home on the other. If you're not familiar with the band (formed in 1995) yet, their name might deceive you. They don't sound much like Cash, nor do they have the punk or Americana leanings suggested by the … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/13/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. [It's] very naked. You're just out there with you and your guitar and you depend on the people to kind of take care of you and they have my whole career and so Vegas was just a love-fest. ● --- Garth Brooks describes his Vegas residency as a naked love-fest, which wasn't necessarily an image I desired to have implanted in my head. Thanks for nothing, Garth. Our job is to whether you agree with bro country or hick hop or whatever, our … [Read more...]

New Old Crow Medicine Show Songs Live at the Opry

Old Crow Remedy

A couple swell videos of Old Crow Medicine Show performing songs from the new album Remedy live on- and offstage at the Grand Ole Opry. These just went up on the Opry's YouTube channel. Looks like you can currently enter to win some OCMS music and swag on the Opry website, too. "Sweet Amarillo" (the Bob Dylan co-write) "Tennessee Bound" Just in case you haven't seen the official "Sweet Amarillo" music video yet, here's … [Read more...]