Steve Earle. b. January 17, 1955
Wes Freed talks Truckers art and new coffee table book.
Sharon Van Etten delivers a smoldering version of “Seventeen” in a preview clip from her upcoming appearance on Austin City Limits, set to air January 4th at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on PBS.
If you’re a hardcore Americana/Country fan, the day is kind of melancholy.
Townes Van Zandt, one of the greatest songwriters of his generation and a long-suffering alcoholic, died of a cardiac arrhythmia after hip surgery at age 52.
And, the man who many consider the most significant singer/songwriter of the 20th Century and one of the most important country music artists of all time — Hank Williams — died of a heart attack brought on by a lethal cocktail of pills and alcohol aged 29.
Thirty-five of his singles (five released posthumously) were placed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, 11 of which ranked at No.1, including ‘Cold, Cold Heart,’ ‘Hey, Good Lookin’, ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ and ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart.’ During his last years Williams’s consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life.
So, while you’re recovering today, play some Townes and Hank and listen to the words.
December 31, 1930 ~ Blues and folk singer Odetta is born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Alabama. Named the “Queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King Jr., Odetta sings “O Freedom” at the 1963 March on Washington.
b. December 29, 1943. It’s a holiday for some …
My new musical obsession ~ Billy Strings
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Billy Strings shared pro-shot video of the first set from his November 15 concert at the Brooklyn Bowl.
As with their live performance selections, the No Depression photographers again chose a diverse assortment of artists when picking their favorite albums of the year, with no two alike. The list is a nice blend of familiar names and those that …
My personal favs: Tanya Tucker, Yola, Tyler Childers, Hayes Carll, Orville Peck and Sturgill Simpson.
The 40 best country and Americana albums of 2019, including Tanya Tucker, Tyler Childers, and Yola.