Train Boogie Links
Here you find some of my favorite and most useful music related sites.
I hope you enjoy them and I especially hope that you will let me know about new
sites that I've missed, and I know there are many of them. There are so
many artists and labels that could be added... suffice to say, if you're looking for a site about anyone or anything just Google it!
| Artist Sites | Fan
Sites | Music Stores | Music 'Zines
| Radio Sites | Record Companies
| Misc. Sites |
|Artist Sites|| |
Rodeo||A pretty nice site for this underrated Canadian
band. Lots of band information here.|
||(includes every song of his covered by other artists)
||A fine young roosy pop band from Chicago with a
||Great Canadian singer-songwriter.
Earle||A very well done site, with lyrics, tour info,
"Letters To Laredo"
Holler||A good band out of rural Pennsylvania.|
||Pretty cool website. It even has many of his song lyrics and guitar chords)
Dale Gilmore||The one and only Texas Zen Cowboy.|
||This looks like it may be a fan site.
Hartford||A tribute to the recently deceased "Renaissance
Hosford||A great singer from the central coast of
Wylie Hubbard||Tour stuff, bios, and all from this
|Buddy & Julie Miller
Joe Shaver||Features tour dates, discography and dedicated
to Billy Joe's son, Eddy.|
Volt||Mainly a big record label site, but they do
have tour dates and audio samples.|
Culture On The Skids||This site is as good and crazy
as the band is! Tour info, RA, etc.|
Trooper||A great singer-songwriter with a very nice
Jeff Walker||A living "Progressive Country"
Watson||Austin's tattooed Hard-Honky-Tonker.|
band's official site, includes lyrics, tour info, merchandise, etc.|
Williams||Fairly nice stuff with tour info, etc.|
|Fan Sites|| |
DeMent||(well done, lots of info and trivia)|
Earle "Unofficial Site"|| |
McMurtry||(links to reviews, bios, other JM
fan sites and tour|
John Prine Shrine||(very comprehensive)|
Williams||(an un-official Lucinda site)|
| || |
|Amber Waves of Twang
|| Reviews, thoughts and general opinions on an eclectic mix of music. Including but not limted to Americana, Roots Rock, Alt-Country, Alternative, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Blues, Bluegrass and Jazz.
|| Hickory Wind is all about roots music : twang, rock, folk, country, grass, jam, celtic, whatever. We want everyone to love this music, and we're here to help share it with the world!
||A little more Nashville-leaning but with taste.
||"Spreading Real Country Music One Squirt At A Time"
|| "In search of twang, we typically look beyond traditional and mainstream country into genres like americana, alt-country, indie, rock, folk and blues … or just about anything that features a guitar. You’ll find that we tend to emphasize the alternative side of alt-country."
not only sell CD's, but books, videos and more. Their catalog is large and
their prices are great especially for books.|
Last Record Store
||A great "local" store,
to me anyway. Their site is updated frequently and they can order and ship anything.
They also have a great vinyl selection, send them your want list.
of Music||This is the best place for Alt.Country CD's
especially hard-to-find import and independent labels. Run by a very nice and
musically knowledgeable bunch of people. Many of their new releases include short
reviews and their prices are great too!|
|Smart Choice Music
||An English site, I believe, with an emphasis on lower prices on American Americana CD releases
||This site features a select amount
of Texas record labels and artists.Good info on Texas artists.
Records||This site feature lots of new and some obscure
Americana releases including imports and singles. Some used CD's too. They also
have a print catalog. Recommended!|
is a huge Americana fan base in the Netherlands. Bart Ebisch has had tihs up for
many years. The only catch is it's in Swedish. |
||A well-designed site with weekly CD review podcasts and frequent news updates. They also stream a radio show with good sound quality and many new releases.
UK||"The British home of Americana and alt-country"|
Americana||Home of the free Music alternatives eNewsletter,
on-line weekly calendar, links to bands and venues, reviews, and much more.|
Standard Time||A good site, lots of news and reviews,
it's kept up to date. A little heavy on the Nashville side but still worth a look.|
Shoes Review||"A quarterly review that is dedicated
to shining a light on obscure singers-songwriters and poets amongst us."|
nice little website featuring news and reviews of the thriving North Carolina
roots music scene.|
||a mostly-Americana music blog, very amusing!
Magazine||(Alt-Country Section) "The Release
and Review Magazine."|
Caters to alt-country, folk, alternative, mainstream,
Country Homepage||A huge site from Germany, including
tons of artists links.|
||The magizine is gone now but the people who ran it have been putting
some effort into making a good website
||Mostly Americana magazine with reviews and some fine exclusive interviews. Run by Frank Goodman out of Nashville.
'n Round||A fun site with some very funny links.|
66||"Your online source for authentic Americana",
including blues, bluegrass and swing.|
Rural Route Twangzine||A very nice site, lots of reviews
and lots of attitude! I like this place, sorta kindred spirits, I think.|
is a good site that seemed to be dormant for awhile but now they're back up and
running... I think. Not unlike my own site, good reviews with full track listing
and instrumentation. Real nice layout too. Check 'em out! |
Music||This site is sort of a clearinghouse of links
to Americana radio stations, both commercial and non-commercial stations which
contain Americana music programming. They also have some related links to venues
Arctic Cactus Hour||A good Alt.Country radio show
from public KNBA, out of Alaska. No audio, but weekly playlists of their show.|
Show||Similar, format-wise to KPIG, but this is a
weekly 2-hour radio show that is syndicated to radio stations. They hope to go
online sometime. They also feature audio interviews and playlists.|
Hillbillies & Honky Tonks||Part of yet another
collection of online stations... auxradio.com. They actually do a pretty
Radio||You have to download their software, but it's
worth it, if only for their K-FAT/Americana station. No deejays, but the
song and artist's names are noted along with a "witty" or informative
sentence about the song. And you can rate the songs. Pretty good format to surf
Online||The greatest Alternative Country radio station
I know of, they are funny and irreverent and they have live streaming audio available.
The "Pig" broadcasts out of the Santa Cruz/Monterey area of northern
Flyer||A weekly 2-hour Blues show available to radio
stations. The site has many RA archive shows and Blues CD reviews.
Produced and hosted by the great radio veteran Norman Davis.|
|The Miller Tells Her Tale
||Run by Karen Miller out of UK, she does a weekly podcast with many fine independent Americana artists. The grreat thing about podcasts is that you can subscribe to them and get weeekly downloads to put on your favorite MP3 player or phone.
Torch & Twang||A college radio show from Michigan,
now heard live on the web, they also have a great page with links to many great
||Just started in 2005, good songs and free! Programmed by Rob Bleetstein.
||Mostly Americana with many new releases.
much what it sounds like, lots of Texas artists and some "classic" songs
but they also mix in some pop crap. The actual station is KFAN from Fredericksburg,
Coast Music Network||A great site put together by
a bunch of deejays from San Antonio, TX. Very fun stuff here including a huge
collection of artist's links.|
Sherman's Homepage||Uncle Sherman is a weekend deejay
at KPIG and is a genuine character! His site is fun and well designed and also
has some great links. He also has a "XXX" Nasty song radio show that
is quite fun!|
|Record Companies|| |
||(The Riptones, Waco Bros.,
||(Billy Joe Shaver, James McMurtry)
Reckoning Records||(The Dead Reckoners, Mike Henderson,
Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch)|
Records||(Rosie Flores, Greg Trooper)|
Records||(Steve Earle, Cheri Knight, Marah, The V-roys)|
Records||A German label and mail order house.
These guys put out great CD's by American artists that American labels won't touch.|
||(Robert Earl Keen, Hacienda Brothers,
Dog Records||(Pete Anderson, Scott Joss, Lonesome
Strangers, Joy Lynn White)|
||(Lucinda Williams, Whiskeytown, Willie Nelson, Robert
||(Slobberbone, Jon Dee Graham,
Dwight Yoakam, Delbert McClinton)
Boy! Records||(John Prine, R.B. Morris, Todd Snider)|
||(Tons of artists, especially bluegrass and traditional)
Records||(Kelly Joe Phelps, Kelly Willis)|
|Sugar Hill Records
Sonny Landreth, many more, esp. acoustic/bluegrass)
Bros. Records||(Iris DeMent, Fairfield Four, Son Volt)|
|Yep Roc Records
||(Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks,Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell plus many rootsy rock acts)
|Misc. Sites|| |
is an accomplished site with guitar chords and lyrics to loads of Alt.Country
and Americana songs. It actually got me to get my guitar out from under
the bed to strum through a Whiskeytown tune. Very cool, a must for guitarists!|
Music Association||A loosely affiliated group of industry
leaders who share the idea of coordinating, sharing, and developing resources
to expand the audience for Americana music.|
Music Pages||Kind of a general Americana music information
clearinghouse including radio and artists links, etc.|
|Corporate Country Sucks
||This is a TV show on
Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV). Their site has video clips of interviews with guest like Robbie Fulks and Bap Kennedy.
Gavin Report's Americana Charts||The Gavin Report
is a radio trade publication that recognizes and promotes Americana music. Their
chart will give you an idea of what the over 80 commercial and non-commercial
radio stations are playing.|
The Twang||A good page with a new article every other
week, and links to archive articles. A part of Country.com, which is a part
of TNN, which is a part of CBS... actually they suck now... don't bother!|
Magazine||The definitive source for new releases.
What's coming out and when.|
Indie Contact Bible||A good source for independent
artists, labels, websites, etc. Promote your music to the world!|
of the best acoustic and roots music festivals. Held in Wilkesboro, North
Carolina. Named after Doc Watson's late son, Merle.|
|My Damn Channel
||Check out producer Don Was' channel with many exclusive musicil clips
||Pickathon is an Indie-Roots Music festival with an eclectic mix of great under-the-radar artists.. More than 35 bands on 5 stages, 20 minutes from Portland, OR.
|Sin City Social Club
|| The Sin City Social Club is a renegade collective of musicians, fans, artists and industry executives brought together by shared appreciation of the art and culture that blur the lines between classic, outlaw & alt. country, punk rock, americana and indie singer songwriters. We turn fans around the globe onto the music and art we love thru our Sin City Social Club cd Samplers, live events, In flight audio programming and thru our home away from home on the internet.
huge site featuring independent and small label artists, including audio samples
and ordering information.|
Strawberry Music Festival||There is a Spring and a
Fall version of this festival which takes place in the mountains just outside
Yosemite National Park in California. To get a taste of how great this festival
is, just look at their list of past Strawberry artists. But it's more then the
music, there is a certain Strawberry magic that exists at these festivals. They
are currently booking for the festivals and the site has updated artist bookings.|
independent A&R company helping unsigned bands, artists and songwriters get
record deals, publishing deals and placement in films and TV shows.|
|The Ultimate Band List
||A huge and comprehensive list of not only bands and other recording artists links, but also record labels, fan sites, and almost everything else related to music.
||Twangfest is an annual multiple-day nonprofit festival of Americana music featuring approximately fifteen acts. The festival is held each June in St. Louis, MO.
||A collection of live and online videos, with links to ordering stuff from Michael Nesmith...
||Great URL, great site. Celebrating the South and all that is fun about it.