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T for Texas

Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933) was one of the first “stars” of country music.  Often known as the Singing Brakeman, Rodgers set the standard for future generations: Jimmie Rodgers’s first Blue Yodel, which became known as “Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for … Continue reading

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A Scholar's Work

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Alison and Robert Sand the Grammys

Last year I was Grumpy about the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. I can’t be grumpy this year. My gal Alison Krauss cleaned up. Producer T-Bone Burnett worked his magic on her duet album with Robert Plant, Raising Sand [ Rounder]. … Continue reading

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The Day The Music Died

Today is the 50th anniversary of The Day The Music Died.  On 3 February 1959, in a field outside Clear Lake, Iowa, a small plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, crashed and killed everyone … Continue reading

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At the Root of the Music

Uncle Tupelo is the fulcrum of my ROOTS music universe. All things good, bad and ugly; happy, melancholy and sad, flow thru the music and the people and the places of the boys from Southern Illinois. The melancholy is mine–youth … Continue reading

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All Alone In This Together

there are a very few times in this life when a melody hits me Continue reading

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Far & Away 2008

Freeform American Roots DJ picks for 2008 Continue reading

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The Marfa Spark

Over on Last.fm, Marybeth d’Amico put up a very short journal last week. It doesn’t get much better than this. Tift Merritt recently interviewed Patty Griffin on her radio show, Spark. Listen here: http://www.marfaspark.com/audio/pattygriffininterview.mp3 Don’t know how soon Marfa (TX) … Continue reading

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JC’s Top Americana Music 2008

(the not-all-new-music edition) Most Top Albums lists concentrate on New Music released that year. I would, too, but I’m not. For one, I discovered a good bit of old music via lost.fm this year’s that’s still new to me. I … Continue reading

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Welcome to a window into my world.

It’s the Roots we share that make the difference. Continue reading

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