Americana Music Awards 2018: We Can Do Better

Executive Summary:  Jason Isbell won the Americana awards.  Again.  And he deserves it. The Americana Honors & Awards honored and awarded the toast of Nashville for 2018, as voted by the members of the Americana Music Association.  I was once one—a member, not an honoree, by gosh.  I still self-identify as an Americana fan… much […]

JC’s Top Tunes of 2017

They say art thrives in the face of chaos, that genius requires difficulty that must be overcome. 2017 was a difficult year for many—to the benefit of roots music, and hopefully, eventually, to the greater good.  We lost friends like Glen Campbell and Don Williams, and met many new friends, here in Colorado and across […]

Americana Radio Albums 2017

The Americana Music Association released their 2017 Americana Airplay Chart Top 100 Albums. I tend to track the AMA Radio chart fairly closely through the year.  Spotify helps feed the new music habit—or is that “enable the new music habit”? While I’ve streamed most of these albums, my spins for 2017* may tune a different frequency […]

Three Ladies and a Cowboy: Buy Good Roots Music for Xmas

Black Friday. Small Biz Saturday. Sunday. Cyber Monday. Whatever Whenever. There’s no good excuse not to buy somebody you love some good music for Christmas. Or Hanukkah, Or Kwanzaa, Or Yuletide. Or Whatever. The Americana Radio Charts et al are bursting with late year releases of Roots and Traditional Country music.  New stuff is Autumn […]

Americana Music Awards 2017

As autumn leaves turn golden hues, music awards season begins each Fall with awards for golden tunes.  Each September, the Americana Music Association bestows Honors and Awards on the previous year’s crop and the genre’s legends. The Americana Honors & Awards show is fairly well established these days.  The Call for Nominees goes out in […]

The Fates Have Been Kind — New Music for 2017

The Fates have been gracious again to Americana music this year. 2017 has featured several strong releases from long-time Country music stars (Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Willie Nelson), Alt.Country should-be stars (Son Volt, Mavericks, Jason Isbell), and ignored-by-radio Texas Country stars (Aaron Watson, Sunny Sweeney).  I’ve been streaming a LOT of music this year, and […]

Songs of the Fall – Confessions

Stetson Adkisson and Cia Cherryholmes—Songs of the Fall—have a new Americana album out, called Confessions.  After an initial singer-songwriter release as Stetson & Cia, they recorded a self-titled album in 2012.  So this may be a sophomore effort, or it may not. In light of Cia’s multiple Grammy nominations with her Cherryholmes family bluegrass band, […]

Windy City Turn Loose My Baby: Alison Krauss Absolves the Sins of the Nashville Sound

Alison Krauss‘ new release Windy City is a journey forward into the past of Country music. I kick myself that back when Alison was starting out as a youngster in Central Illinois, I was wasting my college days in Urbana-Champaign listening to classic rock and college rock, leaving my country roots temporarily aside.  By the […]