Guthrie tribute concert out today
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
– A Woody Guthrie tribute concert and several key players in the indie end are releasing albums today.
"Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center" (Sony Legacy) is a CD/DVD of an all-star concert staged in Guthrie's honor held last October in Washington, D.C. Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Jimmy Lafave, Ani DiFranco, Donovan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Mellencamp, Tom Morello, Old Crow Medicine Show and Lucinda Williams all participate.
Aiofe O'Donovan, is best known for fronting alt.-bluegrass band Crooked Still and singing on "The Goat Rodeo Sessions." She releases her first full-length solo disc, "Fossils," (Yep Roc). The Massachusetts native opts for a more varied sound.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are out with "Southeastern" (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers), the fifth solo disc for the member Drive-By Truckers member. Isbell wrote 12 songs for the new release.
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In the Magic Hour
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Aiofe O'Donovan has been on a roll. As lead singer of the well-regarded alt.-bluegrass band, Crooked Still, O'Donovan helped put the alt. in the bluegrass with her light, sometimes breathy vocals. She also gained attention for singing on two songs on "The Goat Rodeo Sessions." She's now on her own (Crooked Still is on hiatus) for her first full-length disc.
O'Donovan shows she is more that up to the task, starting with Lay My Burden Down, which the Massachusetts »»»
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: Great songs, not glitz, highlight Lynn tribute
An eclectic group of Americana artists gathered together for a relatively low-key tribute to Loretta Lynn on the eve of the glitzy Grammy Awards. In contrast to the expensive dresses and song sets displayed at Staples Center for the awards show TV broadcast, these performers were backed by a skillful traditional country music house band.... »»»
Concert Review: McBride soldiers on
Martina McBride said of "Reckless," her first country album in five years, that she wanted to get back to the old school, sorting through hundreds of songs from Music City's best songwriters and employing its best producers. As it turns out, it wasn't a very long trip. The Kansas native broke onto the scene with her 1992... »»»
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