On this episode I feature albums #27- #1. I’m gonna count them down on this episode so you can hear the best of this year’s americana.
Listen to the honorable mentions and albums 40 – 28 from the Best of Americana Music Show 2016 list.
Becky Warren tells the sorta true story behind the story arc on her album War Surplus, talks about her solo career and plays three tracks from the album.
Also on this episode, I’ve got a sneak peek at the upcoming Band Of Heathens album, some great rock & roll from Heath Green, Mark Porkchop Holder, & Matt North. Plus more new music from Blair Crimmins, The Crawdaddies, Pickxen and Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang.
Arty Hill plays tracks from Live: Church On Saturday night and talks about getting into country music growing up, his double band line up, and his songwriting secret sauce. Also this week I’ve got the debut album from Becky Warren, plus new music from Courtney Granger, Pete Sinjn and Wayne “The Train” Hancock. Plus I’ve got more new music from Aaron Lee Tasjan, Southern Culture On The Skids, Joe Rut, and classic tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, and the Allman Brothers.
Eli Paperboy Reed plays three tracks from My Way Home tells the story behind his stage name, talks about his favorite gospel singers and gives the listeners homework. On this week’s episode I’m excited to bring you the UK band The Good Intentions, plus a new album from Cris Jacobs, and the new Mike Zito album. Plus I’ve got more new music from The Drive-by Truckers, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Weir, The Stray Birds, Shovels & Rope, and Owen Campbell.
Karen Jonas plays three tracks from Country Songs, tells the story behind the title track and her slide into the twangy side of life and talks about her Shakesperean country song.
Also this week, I’ve got the new Bob Weir album and the new Southern Culture On The Skids album. Plus more music from the Drive-by Truckers, The Stray Birds, Bruce Springsteen, Reckless Kelly, and Shovels & Rope.
Michael Rank plays three tracks from Red Hand and talks about listening to early folk rock through his sister’s bedroom door & how he produces his albums.
This week I’ve got new rock & roll from music from Reckless Kelly, blues from Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, americana from 3hattrio, plus more music from The Walcotts, Reagan Boggs, and Seth Walker.
Hayes Carll plays tracks from Lovers and Leavers and talks about writing for this phase of his life, his recent Merle Haggard cover, and his run in with Townes Van Zandt fans.
Also this week I’ve got that new Michael Rank album and the new Boo Ray country rock album Plus there’s more of that Eli Paperboy Reed album, the awesome blues album from Lonesome Shack, another track from that Bonnie Bishop soul album, some John Doe & The Sadies, Mudcrutch, Wild Ponies, Tony Joe White, and Colvin & Earle.
Ana Egge plays tracks from Say That Now and talks about working with the Sentimentals to craft the songs and why she chose to go in a rock & roll direction this time.
Also this week I’ve got that Shawn Colvin Steve Earle collaboration, new rockabilly from Ruby Dee, soul from Bonnie Bishop, honkytonk from The Bakersfield Glee Club and a classic Carl Perkins track.
Jesse Langlais from Town Mountain plays tracks from Southern Crescent and talks about playing the Grand Ole Opry and the band’s democratic songwriting.
Also on this episode, I’ve got the new Left Lane Cruiser album, plus new music from The Everydays, Bonnie Bishop, The Felice Brothers, Massy Ferguson, Sara Watkins, and more.
Amanda Anne Platt of The Honeycutters plays tracks from On The Ropes,and talks about West Asheville, and listening to conversations from a songwriter’s perspective. Also on this episode, the new Sara Watkins album, R&B from the Bo-Keys, in-your-face soul from Andre Williams, rock from the Hard Working Americans, the new Ana Egge album, and another extended Allman Brothers jam.
Beth Lee plays tracks from Keep Your Mouth Shut and talks about sticking to a four piece rock & roll band, her quick and dirty video, and never giving up. Also on this episode, new rock & roll from The Hard Working Americans, new R&B from the Bo-Keys, and awesome cover EP from Roosevelt Dime, a new folk album from Bill Mallonee, the new Sarah Watkins album, country music from Ana Egge and lots more.
Tony Joe White plays tracks from Rain Crow & talks about growing up in the swamp, developing the swamp rock sound, & teaching Ray Wylie Hubbard how to swim.
Phil Cook plays tracks from Southland Mission and tells the story of moving to Durham to be closer to the music he loved, & how the Blind Boys Of Alabama inspired him. Also on this week’s episode, I’ve got the new Bonnie Raitt album and the awesome Grant-Lee Phillips album. Plus new blues from Jon Shain, rock from Sarah Borges, and folk from Luther Dickinson. And yes I’ll be playing another track from that Blind Willie Johnson tribute album.
Kevin Russell (Shinyribs) plays tracks from Okra Candy and talks about Gruene Hall, expanding his band, food porn, and his dangerous dance numbers. On this week’s episode, I have new music from the Waco Brothers, Mount Moriah, and R.B. Stone. Plus I have some blues from that new Lucinda Williams album, a sneak peek at the upcoming Parker Millsap album, and more from Phil Cook, Luther Dickinson, and Malcolm Holcombe.
Malcolm Holcombe plays tracks from Another Black Hole and talks about his work habits, his band, and never forgetting where you came from. Also on this episode, I’ve got that new Parker Millsap album, a new latin/rock album from Billy F Gibbons (yes, THAT Billy Gibbons), another track from that amazing Luther Dickinson folk album, new music from Wynona, and another track from that feel-good Phil Cook album.
Oliver Wood plays tracks from The Wood Brothers’ Paradise and talks about his evolution as a songwriter, working as a producer, and singing to strangers. Also on this episode, I’ve got new music from The Black Lillies, and Josh Ritter. Plus more from that new Drive-by Truckers album, and more soul music from Nigel Hall, rock roll from Ryan Bingham, blues from Buddy Guy, and old-school country from Lori Yates.
Jim Lauderdale plays tracks from his Soul Searching album, talks about the two studios used for the album how he got his Music City Roots gig. Also on this episode, I’ve got the debut soul album from Nigel Hall, a Dan Penn Spooner Oldham tribute album, a rare Roy Orbison track, plus old-school country from Lori Yates and southern rock from the Drive-by Truckers.
Corb Lund plays tracks from Things That Can’t Be Undone and talks about growing up on a ranch in Alberta and his “vaguely romantic” song. Also on this week’s episode, I’ve got another track from the live Drive-by Trucker’s album, new blues from jim Lauderdale, rock from Dash Rip Rock, and rock & roll from Chuck Prophet.
Webb Wilder plays tracks from Mississippi Moderne, and talks about working with R.S. Field, his personal credo, and covering bands with whacked out songs.
I’ve also got the new southern rock album from Dash Rip Rock, country rock from Corb Lund, blues from Marc Stone. I’ve got another great track from that new Wood Brothers album and god help me, I’ve got a track from Ryan Adams’ Taylor Swift cover album.