FTB podcast #210 features the 3rd release from ERIC BRACE & PETER COOPER, slyly entitled The Comeback Album. Also new music from EMMA HILL, THE DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE and J.R. SHORE. Here's the direct link to listen now!... The great GEORGE JONES passed away at the age of 81...His funeral took place on Thursday at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Here's PETER COOPER's story about the memorial, "George Jones's life: A Joyful Song"FTB has a Spotify "Best Songs of 2012" playlist show... more news
Coming soon... CLAIRE LYNCH, JOHN FOGERTY, MARSHALL CHAPMAN, THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN, CLARENCE BUCARO, WARREN HOOD BAND, JOY KILLS SORROW, JASON ISBELL, AOIFE O'DONOVAN, ELIZA GILKYSON, DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS, SLAID CLEAVES, DELBERT McCLINTON & GLEN CLARK, WILLIE NILE, SUSAN WERNER ...more new releases. There is now a Americana Boogie with more detailed new CD releases & comments.
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The Americana Music Association announced nominees for the 2013 Honors & Awards. Album Of The Year artists include BUDDY MILLER & JIM LAUDERDALE, KELLY WILLIS & BRUCE ROBISON, JOHN FULLBRIGHT, SHOVELS & ROPE and EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL. Read more here.
The Freight Train Boogie is dedicated to Americana Music: which includes the edgier country & folk singers, hillbilly twang, some bluegrass, blues and rock. We place a special emphasis on "Alt.Country", Roots Rock and many small label and independent releases. We love Country music, as long as it's "real" Country.
Americana music is influenced by elements of rock, country, blues and folk. Many of the more established artists you've probably already heard of: Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Gram Parsons, sometimes Neil Young, Wilco or Lucinda Williams. Many people come to this music after feeling disconnected from rock or country that's heard on commercial radio. Perhaps the best way to illustrate what Americana music is, is to list a hundred or so Essential Freight Train Boogie Artists.
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2013 sophomore album from this band centered on the collaboration between songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and poet Lisa Olstein. Cavalcade both refines and concentrates the band's signature amalgam of Rock, Blues, and Country. Described by legendary music critic Greil Marcus as having, "...a Country feel that puts the people who live in the Nashville charts to shame... a deep ditch electric guitar that takes a Country song into the Blues, and lets it go back where it came from," Cold Satellite pairs Olstein's visceral and often imagistic language with the rawboned authority of a rock band to create a stripped down ethos hearkening back to records by Crazy Horse, the Faces, Led Zeppelin and CCR.
Jude Johnstone is one of the most respected and acclaimed songwriters of her generation. Her lyrical depth and melodies have attracted an impressive list of legends that have covered her songs including Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood. Shatter brings her closer to the gospel, blues and reggae tracks found on her early demos when she first arrived in Los Angeles. Johnstone states “Shatter is about reclaiming your power by giving it up and looking deep at your shortcomings while finding the courage to change. The old self shatters in order to find a better self.”
RED DIRT RANGERS Lone Chimney (Lazy S.O.B. Recordings/Ranger)
The record features 12 original tunes, one very tasty cover, and a slew of talented friends to help them along the way. Blues, bluegrass, honky tonk, funk, folk, and rock 'n' roll are all present here, but the Rangers put their inimitable twist on it all. As one of the originators of the Red Dirt music scene, these guys know how to tap all of their many influences yet retain the thing that makes them and their music so unique. Producer Steve Ripley (The Tractors) gives the songs their cohesiveness and the set is rounded out by support from three Grammy nominated artists: Lloyd Maines, John Fullbright, and Fats Kaplan. But this record is all Rangers. Their finest songwriting to date, great vocal and harmony singing, and a true musical sense of who and what they are.
Coming out soon... CLAIRE LYNCH, JOHN FOGERTY, MARSHALL CHAPMAN, THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN, CLARENCE BUCARO, WARREN HOOD BAND, JOY KILLS SORROW, JASON ISBELL, AOIFE O'DONOVAN, ELIZA GILKYSON, DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS, SLAID CLEAVES, DELBERT McCLINTON & GLEN CLARK, WILLIE NILE, SUSAN WERNER ... more new releases
Taylor follows his string of critically acclaimed Americana albums with an album of moody, sometimes foreboding songs that find dark clouds everywhere but a few silver linings as well. The songs were born out of a somewhat dark period for Taylor following the 2011 Norway massacre. Taylor was in the country at the time and in the wake of the killings he wrote and performed a new song, "This Darkest Day", at a benefit in honor of the victims. The experience led to some of the most somber and serious songs of his long illustrious career. And for the first time since he was a teenager, Taylor allowed someone else, Goran Grini, to guide the project.
Over the last year Rod Picott put together a compilation CD to benefit a youth shelter in Boston called Bridge Over Troubled Waters. The CD has unreleased songs by Rod Picott, Gurf Morlix, Greg Trooper, Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier, Sam Baker and others. Everyone along the line has donated their time and the royalties from the tracks etc to help Rod put the thing together. In addition Village Records has put up the money to get this manufactured and we are forgoing all of our profits for this as well.
May 15 marks what would have been the 95th birthday of Eddy Arnold. This tribute album features many artists from outside the mainstream country realm paying tribute to the singer. Jason Isbell, Mandy Barnett, and Frank Black are three of the artists involved on the set, as is punk legend Cheetah Chrome. The former Dead Boys guitarist can be heard on the project doing the song that became Arnold's first number one hit in 1946. "Well, the one I ended up choosing is 'What Is Life Without Love," he told Billboard. "The reason I chose it was the lyrics are so happy, yet the music was so sad. So, I decided to take a different approach, and it took on a New Orleans-kind of direction." The artist is not only involved with Plowboy on the Arnold project -- he is also one of the founders of the label along with journalist Don Cusic and Arnold's grandson Shannon Pollard.