The Soul of Country – MCR 5.4.16
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When they write the history of roots and Americana music in the 21st century (or maybe when I write it, if somebody gives me funding) I think two broad themes will be front and center. One is the passing of the bluegrass/newgrass torch to a new generation of formally trained, deeply eclectic string bands, i.e…. Read more »

Group Dynamics – MCR 4.27.16
4.27.16 Jam

We had this incredible group, the Whiskey Buffalo Brothers String Band, at Music City Roots this week, and I have to wonder why we didn’t think of inviting these folks before; the show was simply stellar. Okay I jest, but our four bands did seem to fit together into some kind of platonic ideal of… Read more »

Merle’s Bandwagon
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It’s the season of road trips, including many people’s favorite Spring pilgrimage to Merlefest in the hills of Western North Carolina. It was my ritual for a decade, my bluegrass and Americana graduate school. I learned about not just the music and its greatest practitioners but about the culture behind the music, from its families… Read more »

Working It – MCR 4.20.16
4-20-16-Jam

We have Merles much on our mind these days. Next week is our annual preview show featuring artists playing Merlefest (and boy you don’t want to miss it). And this week, with Jim back for his first show since the passing of Merle Haggard, he opened and closed the show with Merle Moments. His kick-off… Read more »