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 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
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.
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.
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, 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
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
From the funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts that kick off their album “Spyboy” to the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice, New Orleans funk and brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture. For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit Read more | For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit Cha Wa's Artist Page
Horse Feathers feels like a secret you don’t really want to share. Over twelve years and five albums, a passionate fan base has experienced this band as a precious commodity that they want to keep close to their hearts. One reason for this can be found in lead singer Justin Ringle’s distinctive voice, at once Read more | For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit Horse Feathers' Artist Page
Don Byrant and Rhiannon Giddens receive 2018 Living Blues Awards: Don Bryant– Comeback Artist of the Year, Best New Recording (Southern Soul) Rhiannon Giddens– Best New Recordings (Traditional & Acoustic) See this months issue of Living Blues Magazine, featuring Rhiannon Giddens on the cover See all of the 2018 Living Blues Winners For more info Read more | See all of the 2018 Living Blues Winners