Rhiannon Giddens wins Steve Martin Banjo Award!

Rhiannon Giddens is this year’s winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Giddens said in an interview with The New York Times, “I don’t want it to bring attention to me — I want it to bring attention to my banjo. I exist to tell the story of that thing.” You can read Read more | Read the full article at The New York TImes

Parsonsfield releases ‘Blooming Through The Black’

Parsonsfield released Blooming Through The Black this past Friday, Sep 9th. You can stream it in full at American Songwriter. “The resulting album captures both the live energy the band has come to be known for as well as the sonic evolution that occurred after months of feeling stagnant.” -American Songwriter Watch the lyric video for the song Read more | Stream the full album at American Songwriter

Rhiannon Giddens Cast in Recurring Role in Season 5 of ‘Nashville’

You can find Rhiannon Giddens in a recurring role as Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan in the upcoming season of the country music drama ‘Nashville’! Rhiannon “is currently slated to appear in three episodes of the series’ fifth season, with the possibility open for more. She will make her debut in the fifth-season premiere, titled “The Read more | Read the full announcement at The Hollywood Reporter

William Bell to be awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Americana Music Association

William Bell will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting at this year’s Americana Honors & Awards. Others recieving lifetime achievement awards include Bob Weir and Shawn Colvin. Read more about the awards and this year’s recipients at Rolling Stone Country.   For more info on William Bell, visit his artist page. Read more | Read more about the awards and this year's recipients at Rolling Stone Country

Rhiannon Giddens and Eric Church’s “Kill a Word” is Country Radio’s most added song

Headline Planet printed today that “’Kill A Word (featuring Rhiannon Giddens),’ the follow-up to Eric Church’s chart-topping ‘Record Year,’ was added by 47 Mediabase-monitored country radio stations this week.  The count is enough for the top spot on this week’s country radio add board.” You can watch Giddens & Church perform “Kill a Word” with Read more | Watch Rhiannon Giddens and Eric Church perform "Kill a Word" with Smokey Robinson and Aloe Black

Belly kicks off their summer tour to a 4 star review from The Guardian

Belly kicked off their summer tour last week and The Guardian had great things to say about their show at Leeds University. This was only the second audience to see Belly in 21 years, but The Guardian says… “in this inspired form, there will surely be many more to follow.” Read the full review at Read more | Read the full review at The Guardian

5 Star Review in The Guardian for Steps Ahead

The Guardian called the Steps Ahead Reunion Tour show at Ronnie Scott’s in London a “scintillating, vividly contemporary jazz from two old friends”. Steps Ahead Reunion Tour is currently on a 3 week tour of mostly European Jazz Festivals. For more info and upcoming tour dates on Steps Ahead Reunion Tour, visit their artist page Read more | Read the full review at The Guardian

GoGo Penguin named one of Rolling Stone’s “20 Great New British Artists To Watch”!

          From Rolling Stone…”GoGo Penguin are an instrumental trio boasting a DJ crew name while thriving in an avant-jazz universe. Over three albums, they’ve often sketched electronic ideas on programs like Logic and Ableton and transferred them to acoustic instruments. The results test tempos, textures and attention spans, nodding to production styles Read more | Read More at Rolling Stone

Carrie Rodriguez’s ‘Lola’ named to NPR Music’s Favorite 30 Albums Of 2016 (So Far)

“Carrie Rodriguez has recorded the perfect bi-cultural album in Lola. It is the album she was born to do, what with her mother’s west Texas roots and her father’s Mexican American background, but she arrived at this point by collecting her own identity along the way: first classical violin, then Americana fiddle and country vocal Read more | See the full list at NPR Music

John Doe’s ‘The Westerner’ named one of Rolling Stone’s 45 best albums of 2016 so far

John Doe’s The Westerner has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 45 best albums of 2016 so far! See the full list at Rolling Stone   For more info on John Doe and upcoming tour dates, visit his artist page Read more | See the full list at Rolling Stone