FTB podcast #214 features 2 fine new independent albums, Your Mistake by EMILY HERRING and Tennessee by DAVID NEWBOULD. Also new music from SUSAN WERNER, JERRY MILLER and ARTHUR LEE LAND. 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"... more news
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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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The new solo album from Jason Isbell, contains his most personal songs of self-reflection and discovery he has written to date. The lyrics of the beautiful and haunting opening track “Cover Me Up”, make it immediately apparent that he is speaking from an entirely new viewpoint. Isbell struggled, fought his demons, and has remained sober for over a year now. However, Southeastern is not an album preaching sobriety, but a work of repentance, self-realization and most importantly, personal growth. Tracks such as “Stockholm” (with Kim Richey) and “Traveling Alone” (with new wife Amanda Shires) offer laid back tempos and memorable choruses, while “Flying Over Water” and “Super 8″ are strong reminders of Isbell’s deep roots in rock. The poetic and deeply intimate lyrics are the common thread that runs throughout the album, perhaps no better illustrated than on Live Oak.
Nashville sounds like Nashville again on High Top Mountain, the debut release from singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. From furious honky-tonk and pre-outlaw country-rocking to spellbinding bluegrass pickin’ and emotional balladry, the album serves as a one-stop guide to everything that made real country music such a force to be reckoned with. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery, High Top Mountain‘s dozen tunes that evoke the sound of timeless country in its many guises and brings back the lyrical forthrightness and depth that permeated the music Simpson absorbed during his Kentucky childhood.
Warren Hood began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. The son of Austinmusic legend, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt's Band, Toni Price), Warren has become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. He has toured extensively as a member of acclaimed Bay Area band The Waybacks in recent years. The Warren Hood Band features Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and singer and pianist, Emily Gimble. Gimble is the granddaughter of fiddler Johnny Gimble, who was a member of the original Texas Playboys. The self-titled debut album was produced by Charlie Sexton.
From the minds of co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett comes Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical thriller of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. There are a number of different versions of this release including a 2CD/1DVD hardcover edition with the digital libretto and other bonus material.