It was her third album (2nd one of original songs), but in many ways this 1988 release was a breakthrough for her, and set the stage for Sweet Old World and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road that followed. A remastered version is being released on 1/14, with an accompanying collection of live material from The Netherlands in 1989, and other bonus tracks. We'll celebrate it with "Changed the Locks", "Passionate Kisses", "Crescent City", and the rest of this great Rough Trade reissue Monday night.
In one of the more surprising collaborations of late, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with Norah Jones. Equally surprising is the material they decided to focus on: standards of The Everly Brothers canon -- some of their darker, more powerful songs. And as fate would have it Phil Everly passed away on the 3rd of this month, age 74. In what may have been his final interview just weeks before his death, Phil gave his approval for the project: “In the beginning of rock & roll, there was always innovation.
The hot trio of Western swing and more from Austin, TX put out Rendezvous in Rhythm last year, which features songs from the great Gypsy Jazz/Hot Club of France era of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. It's been far too long since they visited Studio B, so we're elated to welcome Elana James, Whit Smith, and Jake Erwin back before their Asheville show!
Some of us first heard of Georgia-bred, Nashville-based Lera Lynn in 2011, when she won that year's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. She is back with a new release (Lying in the Sun) and a tour that includes Asheville Thursday night. "...she is an Americana act of promise, who can do slow smoldering honkytonk and fleet Western Swing, plus with a band that can upend roots-music expectations." - Philly.com
To celebrate the January 6th birthday of Earl Scruggs, tune in this weekend for the annual celebration of the life and music of the most important 5-String Bluegrass banjo player and native of Flint Hill, NC on Goin' Across The Mountain Saturday and
This 40-year-old classic was Waits' second release, and picks up right where his critically acclaimed Closing Time debut leaves off. We celebrate his December 7th birthday a night early on WNCW this week.
After a quarter-century of turning out great Americana roots-rock, Greg Keelor, Jim Cuddy and the rest of Blue Rodeo return with this, their 11th album. The Toronto band's latest is perhaps a little more contemplative and introspective than their previous releases -- perfect for a Thursday winter's night?
Martin Anderson: 1. Steep Canyon Rangers – Tell the Ones I Love (Rounder) 2. Richard Thompson – Electric (New West) 3. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind (Masterworks) 4. Wood Brothers – The Muse (Southern Ground) 5. Grateful Dead – Sunshine Daydream (Rhino) 6. Donna the Buffalo – Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday (Sugar Hill) 7. Various: Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War (ATO) 8. James Hunter Six – Minute By Minute (Fantasy)