How Rhiannon Giddens Reconstructs Black Pain With The Banjo

Rhiannon talks about how she plans to create a theatrical treatment of the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 by help of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, colloquially known as a “genius” grant, she received in a recent interview with Michel Martin. ‘”We want to focus on the violence!’ — but I’m actually more interested in focusing on Read more | To read the full NPR article click Here

New Dom Flemons Music Video “Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad”

 The first music video from Dom Flemons Black Cowboys is available now! “Black Cowboys shines a light on a component of African-American history that is neither taught in schools nor part of the imagery associated with America’s western expansion. Flemons became interested in the subject around 2009. He came across a copy of The Negro Cowboys, a 1983 book Read more

Rolling Stone Announces Release of Title Song to Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s Forthcoming Album out June 1. “Downey To Lubbock”

“There’s a mutual respect and genuine love for their own biographies in “Downey to Lubbock,” the freewheeling, joyous title track from Alvin and Gilmore’s forthcoming collaborative album. Downey to Lubbock, which will be released June 1st via Yep Roc Records, came about after longtime friends Alvin and Gilmore embarked on a 12-city tour in 2017 Read more | To Read the Full Rolling Stone Article Click HERE

Orquesta Akokán on NPR’s “First Listen”

“It is a loving tribute to the sax and brass-driven orchestras of the past that operated like one giant rhythm machine…’Orquesta Akokán’ is a joy. Listeners who are not aware of the history behind the music will enjoy it simply because it is a damn good record.” – NPR Music For More Information on Orquesta Read more | To Read the Entire NPR Article Click Here

Eliane Elias Revives Songs from a Classic Broadway Music with “Music From Man of La Mancha”

MULTI-GRAMMY®-WINNING ELIANE ELIAS REVIVES SONGS FROM A CLASSIC BROADWAY MUSICAL WITH MUSIC FROM MAN OF LA MANCHA Created at the request of the original composer, the April 13 release features Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Marc Johnson, Satoshi Takeishi and Manolo Badrena For Immediate Release – Following her 2015 GRAMMY®-winning Made in Brazil and 2017’s Latin Read more | For more information on Eliane Elias and upcoming tour dates, visit her Artist page

Dom Flemons- New Album Streaming on American Songwriter

Dom Flemons’ new album Black Cowboys is, in some ways, a lifetime in the making. First inspired by his family’s roots in the region . . .  chronicles the rich, deep history of Black music in the American west, a history that has often been ignored or white-washed despite its massive contribution to the canon of American Read more | To Read The Entire American Songwriter Article Click Here

Juliana Hatfield “Physical” Video Premier

Hatfield says in an interview, “Olivia Newton-John’s lusty “Physical” is a groovy, bouncy song, but my take on it is darker, more aggro, because I don’t think of lust as fun or funny; I think it’s dangerous and disruptive and mostly unwelcome. So that is my interpretation of “Physical”: the human condition is a bummer, Read more | To Read the Entire Sterogum Article Click Here

Premiere: Dave Alvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore Team up on ‘Billy the Kid and Geronimo’

The pair recently joined forces to record the forthcoming album Downey to Lubbock the title referring to their hometowns. The Times is premiering one of the new collection’s original songs, “Billy the Kid and Geronimo,” about an imagined meeting between the two 19th century outlaws whose lives became the stuff of legend in the American West. –Randy Read more | Read about "Downey to Lubbock" at the LA Times

Belly to Release LP “Dove,” First New Music in 23 Years

 “Donelly wrote about her deep “affection” for “Shiny One,” which is also the band’s first completely collaborative song, she said. “Gail wrote the riff and the chorus; Tom and I wrote the verse and bridge; Chris’s parts shaped the direction and vibe,” she added. “When I hear it, I hear all four of us equally.”-Ryan Read more | Listen to "Shiny One" and read about the forthcoming album at Rolling Stone

Amythyst Kiah, Rhiannon Giddens, and Allison Russell Recording a New Project for Smithsonian Folkways

​Concerted Efforts is proud to represent this amazing generation of talented singers! Pictured (left to right): Leyla McCalla (Crossover Touring), Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago), and Rhiannon Giddens – currently recording a project for Smithsonian Folkways with producer Dirk Powell at his Cypress House studio in Louisiana.  Amythyst Kiah​ is​ also recording her new ​studio album​ with Read more | For more information on Amythyst Kiah, visit her Artist Page