Carsie Blanton’s “So Ferocious” featured in Planned Parenthood Short Film

Planned Parenthood’s UNSTOPPABLE initiative released three dynamic short films. Cynthia Hill’s film My Body Is My Own, which features Carsie Blanton’s song and video “So Ferocious”, is among the projects. The film features a diverse group of women including Carsie herself, who share their innate wisdom and boldly declare encouragement to control their own bodies. Share Planned Parenthood’s hashtags: Read more | Watch the original video for "So Ferocious"

Rosanne Cash Premieres New Album ‘She Remembers Everything’ on NPR First Listen

Rosanne Cash is due to release her first album in nearly 5 years, She Remembers Everything on Blue Note Records. The record will premiere on November 2nd, but NPR First Listen has provided an enticing pre-release opportunity to fans. NPR First Listen is streaming the entire album early on account of her special album release party at Read more | Visit NPR First Listen for the full article.

Rosanne Cash and Josh Ritter Join Mark Erelli for Anti-Gun Violence Song ‘By Degrees’

Rosanne Cash calls this song “the most compassionate, vivid and non-preaching anti-gun violence song I’ve ever heard,” according to Rolling Stone. Erelli’s carefully-crafted hook, “You can learn to live with anything when it happens by degrees,” sheds light on the controversy surrounding gun use and laws. The full lineup for “By Degrees” features Erelli, Cash, Read more | Visit Rolling Stone for the full article.

Kevin Burt’s Debut Album HEARTLAND & SOUL (Little Village Foundation) to be released on October 30

Heartland & Soul was produced by Kid Anderson and Jim Pugh who was Robert Cray’s keyboardist for over two decades and features Kevin Burt’s outstanding original recordings and a really cool stripped-down but intense cover of “Eleanor Rigby” that the charismatic Kevin Burt makes all his own like all true artists do. Kevin Burt’s vocals are absolutely Read more

Amythyst Kiah & Birds of Chicago included in NPR’s Best of AmericanaFest

“Amythyst Kiah is a Tennessee native who got into old-time music in college. She really is important in reminding people that there is a great tradition of African-American, old-time musicians. I love that she sings in this really rich low vocal range, just straight from the chest, resonant. Her version of blues has a bit Read more | Go to NPR's Best of AmericanaFest 2018

CNN Features Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin Collaboration on “Downey to Lubbock”

Friends of 30 years, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin have only just begun playing music with each other. The two musicians’ friendship sprouted when they both frequented Ash Grove, a Los Angeles club many years ago. In all the years of their friendship, they hadn’t thought to collaborate musically until they started a project Read more | For more information, visit CNN for the full report.

Rosanne Cash Receives “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award!

    CE artist Rosanne Cash received the “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award this past Thursday, while attending the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards. Upon receiving the exact award her father Johnny Cash had received in 2002, Cash shared her beliefs: “we are the premier service industry for the heart and soul,” she said Read more | For more information, visit Rolling Stone for the full article.

Rhiannon Giddens to Star in “Porgy and Bess” Opera

Concerted Efforts artist Rhiannon Giddens has been recruited to star in the Greensboro, North Carolina Opera’s production of the opera “Porgy and Bess”— in the year 2020 . The opera will be performed at The Steven Tanger Center for Performing Arts, a 3,000-seat venue which is currently under construction. The Tanger Center’s team has selected Read more | For more information, visit News and Record for the full article.

Chicago Blues Greats Join Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on Historic New Album, “Chicago Plays The Stones”

Chicago Blues Greats Join Mick Jagger and Keith Richards  on Historic New Album Chicago Plays The Stones,   out September 14 (Raisin’ Music Records)   with Buddy Guy, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer,  Leanne Faine, Billy Branch, Jimmy Burns, Billy Boy Arnold, Michael Avery, Omar Coleman, Carlos Johnson & The Living History Band   Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Read more | For more information, visit the Chicago Plays The Stones website

Concerted Efforts at AmericanaFest

Rolling Stone Country includes Amythyst Kiah and Dom Flemons in their must-see Artists at AmerianaFest this year: Amythyst Kiah (Friday, 8:00 p.m.; City Winery) Johnson City, Tennessee, native Amythyst Kiah is one of roots music’s most exciting emerging talents, blending a deep knowledge of old time music with sensibilities spanning classic country to contemporary R&B. Read more | Rolling Stone's Must-See Artists at AmericanaFest2018