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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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In Search of… American Roots Music at the Grammy Awards

William Bell won the Best Americana Album Grammy Award earlier this month for This Is Where I Live, released on a revived Stax label. A lot of people said nice things about the award and what a great artist Mr. Bell … Continue reading

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JC’s Top Tunes of 2016

I played a lot of music during the January cold, streamed KRFC-FM more in February, March and April.  I’m still not quite sure why I spiked my last.fm scrobbles in May before spending more time outside in June.  July, August … Continue reading

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Americana Albums for 2016

Americana is a broad and ill-defined genre, which really seemed to fit the world we live in in 2016.  It’s more authentic, roots music than Country radio pushed out by Nashville’s Music Row.  It’s a Big Tent—a bit more friendly … Continue reading

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Top Americana Tunes for 2016 — From Radio and Print

The top music of the year lists are coming out in time for Xmas holiday gift-giving. I’m more of a traditionalist and save MY lists for 1 January, but you can’t fight the machine all of the time. So think … Continue reading

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Americana Music Awards Reward Americana Music Fans

If the world were just, the Americana Music Awards would be the Country Music Awards.  Somewhere along the way, pop music punked country music and Nashville wandered down the path of easy money and middling music.  Blah, blah, blah, you’ve … Continue reading

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Dori Freeman, Cactus Blossoms and Loretta Lynn—Winter’s Promise for Spring to Come

As spring draws us outside, away from radio and streaming out into Festival season, I’m finding myself still struggling to catch up with some great new Americana/alt.country/would have been Country before pop-Country killed Music Row releases.  Tops among these through … Continue reading

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JC’s Americana Top Tunes Played in 2015

I played more music this year than last, thanks primarily to Spotify streaming…and having spare time between jobs last winter…and spending the holidays by my lonesome.  Mostly, though, because there was simply a LOT of good Americana-ish music released this … Continue reading

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10 More Albums for 2015—Americana’s JV Team

Americana’s Junior Varsity Team was strong this year.  The starting line-up was stellar, but the underclassmen are nipping at their heels.  And I know some other coaches would (have) moved my players up to prime-time.  (Yeah, I’m watching college bowl games … Continue reading

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