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.
NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation is popular among its listeners, but their Top Ten list was newly published yesterday. In no particular order, Our Native Daughters and Josh Ritter both had the honor of being featured. Ritter’s “Old Black Magic” from his new album Fever Breaks (due April 26) was praised for its dramatic nature Read more | Read NPR's Full Article Here.
Our Native Daughters, consisting of Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell, received a 5-star review from The Guardian on Thursday for their record Songs From Our Native Daughters. The review praised the “four black female banjo players wrestling with gender, race, slavery, sexual assault, and the domination of the male gaze”. The Read more | For The Guardian's full article, click here.