Rhiannon Giddens to be inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame

Rhiannon Giddens will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame of her home state of North Carolina along side The Avett Brothers and Kelly Pickler. The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Kannapolis, N.C. Read more about the inductees at Country Standard Time. For More info on Rhiannon Giddens & upcoming tour Read more | Read about the inductees at Country Standard Time

Carrie Rodriguez releases her new album, Lola

Lola, the new album from Carrie Rodriguez, is released today and it has already earned high praise and attention from the press.  NPR Music says, “The self-proclaimed ‘half-gringa, half-Chicana fiddle[r]’ has made an album that combines seemingly disparate influences into one gloriously cohesive Spanglish statement…The seemingly improbable cultural mashups are a perfect expression of reality for Read more | Stream the full album at NPR Music

Rhiannon Giddens & Sam Lee receive honors at this year’s Folk Alliance International

Congratulations to Rhiannon Giddens on winning Album of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards and to Sam Lee for the Spirit of Folk Award! You can catch Sam Lee’s official Folk Alliance showcase on Thursday night, Feb 18 at 7.15pm in the Century C Ballroom.   Read about Sam Lee & the other Spirit of Folk award Read more | Read about Sam Lee & the other Spirit of Folk award recipients here

Congratulations to Eliane Elias on Grammy Win!

Congratulations! Eliane Elias wins Grammy Award for Made in Brazil (Best Latin Jazz Album). Eliane Elias who has sold over 2 million records over the span of her career just won a Grammy Award for her album Made In Brazil (Concord) in the category Best Latin Jazz Album. The Associated press gave the album 5 stars and The New Read more

Birds of Chicago’s ‘Real Midnight’ now streaming on NPR First Listen

You can now stream the entire new album from Birds of Chicago, Real Midnight, at NPR First Listen! NPR writes, “Real Midnight, their Joe Henry-produced second studio album, finds Russell and Nero memorializing the intense, freewheeling, all-too-fleeting attachments of youth (‘Remember Wild Horses,’ ‘Times And Times’), eulogizing fellow dreamers (‘The Good Fight’) and meditating on mortality (‘Sparrow’). Really, Read more | Stream the album at NPR First Listen

GoGo Penguin Reviewed by Pitchfork and More!

The new GoGo Pengin album, Man Made Object, is garnering rave reviews from Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, PopMatters, & more! Pitchfork writes, “The album comes on the heels of a revival of sorts for jazz music; where artists like Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington fused the genre with their own blends of rap, rock, electronica Read more | Read the full review at Pitchfork

Belly Reunites for Summer Tour!

Belly will reunite for a summer tour with new music! The group told Rolling Stone, “We’ve also got a handful of brand new Belly songs in various stages of writing and recording that we’ll be releasing one by one over the next few months…First previews will be right here on the website!” From Rolling Stone: “Tanya Read more | Read the full announcement at Rolling Stone

GoGo Penguin releases “Man Made Object” on Blue Note Records

GoGo Penguin announce additional U.S. tour dates surrounding their Coachella Festival performance with shows in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Mercury Prize Nominated UK trio’s Blue Note Debut, Man Made Object is out now. The New York Times raved about their recent performance at the recent Winterjazz “The members stayed locked in their grooves, three young men making music with Read more | Click here to listen to Man Made Object

Laney Jones in Rolling Stone

Laney Jones is one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know for February. As to “Why You Should Pay Attention,” Rolling Stone says, “Things could have gone a lot differently for Laney Jones — the native Floridian was on her way toward a degree in international business when she realized she favored Read more | See the full list at Rolling Stone

GoGo Penguin in Downbeat

Says Downbeat on GoGo Penguin’s New York City set,”‘Protest’ reminded the New York crowd they were witnessing a latter-day version of England’s angry young man, straight from the heart of Labour. More will be heard from him.”     Read the full review at Downbeat For more info on GoGo Penguin and upcoming tour dates, Read more | Read the full review at Downbeat