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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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JC’s Americana Top Tunes Played in 2014

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”  -A.A. Milne There is a great joy in discovery.  New books, new music, new places speak to your soul.  Some folks find their joy in … Continue reading

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The Cantrells Come to the Library: An Americana Myth of Home

I wandered again through my home in the mountain Where in youth’s early dawn I was happy and free. I look for my friends, but I never could find ’em. I found they were all rank strangers to me. -“Rank … Continue reading

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No Depression’s Crowdsourced Top 2011

My Top Tunes of 2011 is still sorting itself out (it is still 2011 through the end of next week). [Edit: JC’s Top Tunes of 2011]  No Depression‘s community ning, however, is amazingly well organized for a self-organizing successor to … Continue reading

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Half-way Home: Audrey (and Faith and me) at Forty

I’m a long-time fan of performing songwriter Audrey Auld and her blend of Australia and Appalachia, Okie and Outback.  When Audrey’s around, you know Bob Wills is still the king.  I’m a bigger fan of Audrey Auld making fun of Nashville… … Continue reading

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Live from Mountain Stage

I have enjoyed the Mountain Stage radio show for a long time, but it’s not broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio.  The Mountain Stage Podcast has come to the rescue, featuring an expanded version (sometimes close to 3 hours a week) … Continue reading

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Telluride Bluegrass Lineup

or JC’s snarky quips about people who practiced their instruments while he read books. Continue reading

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Telluride, Bluegrass and the Cross of Gold

Do better. Go Higher. Continue reading

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A Ghost Town Again

Minnesota Historical Society cutting back. Continue reading

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Living too close to town

Edward Abbey died 20 years ago today.  The American Spectator has a nice essay that sums up my love-hate admiration for the Conservative Anarchist of the Desert Southwest: Cactus Ed was a prickly sort; a conservative anarchist, if you will, … Continue reading

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