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Hot Rize, Presley, Watkins join AmericanaFest line-up

Friday, August 21, 2015 – Hot Rize, Watkins Family Hour, Angaleena Presley, Buddy Miller and Marc Ribot, Della Mae and Parker Millsap were added to the AmericanaFest in Nashville next month, it was announced today.

They were among more than 30 artists added to the 16th annual fest, coming Sept. 15-20.

Glen Hansard, Jewel, Jay Farrar, JD McPherson, Joel Rafael, Fats Kaplin, Josh Ritter, Richie Furay, Webb Wilder and Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear also joined the list of artists.

Opening night events will include the annual Australiana @ Americana event at The Bluebird Cafe and a special book signing by Jewel at City Winery Nashville, both at 6 p.m. central. Jewel will also perform later that evening along with Donnie Fritts and John Paul White , JD Souther and JD and the Straight Shot.

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Watkins Family Hour CD review - Watkins Family Hour
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American Middle Class CD review - American Middle Class
Angaleena Presley is best known as being one-third of Pistol Annies, the very cool side group with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. For Presley, the Annies (she is "Holler Annie") was her calling card to putting out this debut disc at 37, but the Annies needn't be thought of as a fall back plan for the Kentucky native. What separates Presley apart is her very sharp songwriting. Presley brings story songs to the fore, but these aren't feel good, everything works out in the »»»
When I'm Free CD review - When I'm Free
The words "eclectic" and "esoteric" have, many would say, directly opposite meanings: the former resonates with an "anything goes" state of mind, while the latter implies what the marketers these days call a "targeted audience." Yet for those who experienced Hot Rize in their glory days of the 1980s, it seemed the Colorado-based quartet embodied both qualities at once - a band steeped in and reverent of the bluegrass tradition, yet with a distinctive sound »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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