Great Guns – 2.22.17
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The theme of Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, where I’m filing this dispatch, was “Forbidden Folk: Celebrating Activism in Art,” and heaven knows our community, our whole national community, is mobilizing like we’ve not seen in decades. I’ve heard many shades of anthems, declarations, pleas and protests, but it’s not been as confrontational as… Read more »

They Got Real Gone
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  I don’t often lead these reports with our Nashville Jam, but sometimes our show-closing, all-hands feature goes exceptionally well. And this week it felt like some cathartic starburst that brought together all of the energies and chemistries of the nights four acts. And that is exactly what it’s supposed to do under ideal circumstances…. Read more »

Inside Lane – MCR 2.15.17
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We in Americana-land are always going on about authenticity and its many meanings and implications. Not that we insist that singers of country music come from the country, but we do basically expect that an artist is figuratively coming from someplace that’s true to themselves and not putting on a costume or show-biz affectations that… Read more »

Million Dollar Quartet
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    Later this month (2/23), the series SUN Records premieres on CMT, with music supervision by friend of the show and friend of hillbilly music Chuck Mead. We’ve been thrilled to follow Chuck’s journey on this unexpectedly large gig. Years ago he was hired to keep the music real in the then off-Broadway production… Read more »