FTB Show #245 features the first country album by Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) called Goodnight Tender. Also new music from Buzz Cason and Robert Ellis... Here is the FTB Best music releases of the 2013 list....For more up-to-date news check out and subscribe to Americana Boogie Music on Flipboard!... The Americana Music Assoc.'s album of the Year award goes to Old Yellow Moon by EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL. More AMA Awards stuff here... more news
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FTB Show #246 features the music from a California Gold Rush story written by Eric Brace & Karl Straup called Hangtown Dancehall. The album also features Kelly Willis, Tim O'Brien, Mike Auldridge, Fats Kaplin and more. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts. Here's the direct link to listen now!
The band's 12th release, is a balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. 'It can go from this chainsaw rock 'n' roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,' says Mike Cooley. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs to the sessions and this record marks the first time that Cooley sings a song penned by Patterson Hood on "Til He s Dead or Rises." In typical DBT fashion the songs depict an array of characters. "Pauline Hawkins," is based on a new novel by Willy Vlautin. DBT's political edge can be seen in Hood's "The Part of Him." "It's about political assholery -- there's someone new playing that role every few months," says Hood. The album was recorded with a compact, retooled lineup. Jay Gonzalez has added guitar to his duties, while bassist Matt Patton was drafted from the Tuscaloosa group The Dexateens. "It's a very tasteful group, and when it needs to be it can be a very big, powerful, over-the-top band, too, and it can go from one to the other seamlessly," says Hood. (from press release)
A wild ride of hillbilly blues and honky-tonk, Chuck Mead (best known for his work as front man for BR549) wrote his new album based on the stories and legends, crimes and the lonesome open road of his childhood and formative years in Kansas. He recorded it with his longtime band, the Grassy Knoll Boys. Free State Serenade jumps from jaunty mountain airs like "Neosho Valley Sue," where BR549's Don Herron lends his fiddle to what Mead calls a coming of age ditty to "Sittin On Top Of The Bottom," a whip-smart ode to "Sittin' On Top Of The World." "The Devil By Their Side" is a dark, chugging rock n roll number about William Quantril's murderous 1863 Civil War raid of Lawrence, Kansas. (from press release)
Coming out soon... STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL, LERA LYNN, ELIZA GILKYSON, LUTHUR DICKINSON, JOHNNY CASH, VA - "Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne"
NICKEL CREEK, PETER MULVEY, CARLENE CARTER ... more new releases.
Suzy Bogguss didn't set out to craft a Merle Haggard tribute record. Some might call that serendipity; she just calls it Lucky. Bogguss and her husband/co-producer Doug Crider were combing through songs to consider for her next project. Never one to hew to a particular style, Bogguss kept coming back to a set of songs that spoke to her...and they just happened to be by Haggard. "He really is the poet of the common man," says Bogguss, "Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle's. It's pretty heavy-duty stuff, and I think that's why to so many of us who sing and write songs, he's such a king among us."
Texan Clay McClinton not only pays homage to his musical influences, including dad Delbert, he actually involves several in the project. Longtime Delbert collaborator Gary Nicholson produced, and co-wrote what the younger McClinton says are some of the best songs of his career. Dad and legend Bruce Channel (Hey Baby) also pulled out their pens, and the McClintons duet on Delbert's "Victim of Life's Circumstances." Clay also recorded the Nicholson-Stephen Bruton song, "What a Little Love Can Do", and Mickey Newbury's classic "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." On these 12 tracks, McClinton mixes his blues, country, rock and soul influences into a gumbo of great grooves.