Today, Paste Magazine commemorated a few CE artists, praising their new releases among the best in Country and Americana this year. #1 on the list is Caroline Spence‘s Mint Condition; journalist Ellen Johnson praises the record for its “everyman” perspective of storytelling that is sure to resonate with anyone who’ll bend an ear. Spence’s release Read more | Read Paste's full article
Concerted Efforts artist, Anna Tivel, released a powerful music video for her song, “The Question”. Read more about the creation of the video in an article from American Songwriter here. For more info and upcoming tour dates for Anna Tivel visit their artist page here. Read more | Click here to read about the creation of the video at American Songwriter
The Memphis Cook Convention Center was packed with blues musicians, fans, and music-world luminaries on May 9th to see who would be announced as winners at the 40th Annual Blues Music Awards. Ruthie Foster was the sole musician to retain their title as she again won the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist, her 9th Blues Music Award win overall. For Read more
Boris has never been one for sentimentality—they simply wave goodbye to old worlds in favor of new horizons. That’s exactly the logic behind the band’s two forthcoming reissues of Akuma No Uta and Feedbacker, which will be released via Third Man Records this year, marking a new partnership between the band and label. The batch of reissues also makes way for Boris’s Read more | For more information and tour dates, visit Boris' artist page.
Concerted Efforts artists Rhiannon Giddens, Our Native Daughters, and Mark Erelli have received nominations for the Americana Music Awards of 2019! Artist of the Year: Rhiannon GiddensGroup of the Year: Our Native DaughtersSong of the Year: “By Degrees,” Mark Erelli, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell & Josh Ritter (Written by Mark Erelli) Read more | See Rolling Stone's full article here.
Roots musician Rhiannon Giddens was recently featured in The New Yorker. Diving deep into the history and icons of black folk music, the article addresses the lost appreciation for North Carolina fiddler Frank Johnson. Giddens draws much of her musical and cultural influence from Johnson, whose genius has been swept under the rug for 200 Read more | Check out The New Yorker's article here.
Josh Ritter’s 10th record, Fever Breaks, is due April 26th. It’s been 20 years since his debut release, and there’s a lot to celebrate. Fever Breaks boasts a new, skilled roster of collaborators – including Jason Isbell and 400 Unit as his backing band. The result of such a collaboration is the beautiful melding of Read more | See Josh Ritter on NPR First LIsten
Jesca Hoop returns with a new single called “Shoulder Charge,” featuring Lucius. The title is inspired by Elbow’s song “Friend of Ours,” which references the sensation of human contact when brushing against another person or being in a confined space with strangers. Hoop was prompted to reflect on how we often hide personal issues from Read more | For more information and tour dates, visit Jesca Hoop's artist page.
“When Americana Royalty, one a Blaster the other a Flatlander, come together to make music together the result is pure magic.” – Rock is the New Roll Pioneers of Americana, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin have released a new music video for their song “Walk On”, written by blues legends Brownie and Ruthie McGhee. The Read more | For more information and tour dates, visit their artist page.
Rhiannon Giddens’ forthcoming album there is no Other was recorded and produced over a span of five days in Dublin. Giddens aims to celebrate creativity, commonality and condemn the idea of “othering”. She enlisted the help of multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi to bring her project to life; the two finding kindred spirits in each other through Read more | For more information and tour dates, check out the duo's artist page.