“No Depression” has just given a glowing review to Samantha Crain’s new album, “Under Brand and Thorn and Tree”. No Depression writes: “Last time around, on 2013’s Kid Face, Crain told me in an interview that she was making a concerted effort to move away from fiction elements and closer to autobiography in her songs. Read more | Read the No Depression review here
Sam Lee was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on July 28 – NPR says of Sam Lee delights in making surprising connections in his music. He mixes conch, percussion and trumpet with an old Scottish Travellers song called “Johnny O’ The Brine.” Lee does this partly because he didn’t have any notions about what Read more | Listen to Sam Lee on NPRs "All Things Considered" here
“Cry No More,” a new song released solely as a one-take, live video and written in direct response to the Charleston shooting last month, features only Giddens’ haunting frame drum, her voice and a choir that echoes her. Its genre delineations apply more to the human condition than to music. This song is about black Read more | Watch the video on NPR here
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – July 7, 2015 –Rosanne Cash will be the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2015 artist-in-residence. A Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, Cash has recorded 15 albums and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Grammys for her latest album The River and the Thread. As artist-in-residence, she will present intimate Read more | Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame's website here
Sunday Living has just premiered the video for Bhi Bhiman’s new single “Up In Arms” featuring Rhiannon Giddens. Bhi Bhiman says of the song, “‘Up In Arms’ is a song about political and social struggle for African-Americans. The song is sung in the first person of Huey P. Newton, the Black Panther Party co-founder. It’s Read more | Watch the video premiere for "Up in Arms" on Southernliving.com
Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died on Friday, June 19 at his home in Rosedale, Maryland of complications due to pulmonary hypertension. Earlier this week, Wendell addressed his fans and friends in an open letter as he moved into hospice care. He was 71. Read more
Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, penned an open letter to his friends and fans as he entered hospice care. Wendell recently retired from touring when he was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Holmes Brothers drummer Willie “Popsy” Dixon died on January 9, 2015 of complications Read more
Mercury Prize nominated artist Sam Lee has just debuted the video for his new single “Blackbird” – the song is featured on his new album “The Fade in Time” (available June 16). Impassioned and hugely ambitious in scope, The Fade In Time is a major statement from an artist and group extending the borders of Read more | Watch the video for "Blackbird"
Bhi Bhiman’s newest video, for his single “Moving To Brussels” has been posted and tweeted by College Humor, Slate, A.V. Club, Splitsider, Wits Radio, and more. The video features Bhi Bhiman and Keegan-Michael Key (of Key & Peele) in a hilarious parody of the movie Whiplash. Check out the full video here For more info Read more | Watch the video for "Moving to Brussels"
Congratulations to Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins on their Americana Music Awards Nominations Rhiannon Giddens is nominated for Artist of the year, Rhiannon Giddens debut solo album “Tomorrow is my Turn” is nominated for “Album of the Year”, and Hubby Jenkins, who performs as part of Rhiannon’s band, is nominated for “Multi-instrumentalist of the year” Read more | Read the full list of Americana Music Awards Nominees here