REVIEW: Michael Martin Murphey’s “Austinology: Alleys of Austin” is Bare-Bones Country Western Dose of History

Austinology, is a collection of Michael Martin Murphey’s songwriting perspective on the early ’70s Austin music scene.  The album features songs with Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Amy Grant, Lyle Lovett, Randy Rogers, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Gary P. Nunn, and the Last Bandoleros; Jerry Jeff Walker, DJango Walker, Bob Livingston, and more. Inspired by the recent […]

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Song Premiere: Carter Sampson’s “Rattlesnake Kate” From Upcoming Release “Lucky”

Americana Highways is pleased to bring you this premiere of Carter Sampson’s “Rattlesnake Kate,” a song about an independent wild woman, from Sampson’s upcoming album Lucky, due to be released October 26 on Horton Records.  The album was co-produced by Carter Sampson, who wrote all the music and lyrics, played acoustic guitar and sang; it […]

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On “Complicated Mess,” Doug Deming Proves He’s a Versatile Bluesman

I’ve written before that the intersection between blues and Americana is difficult to define. Florida Gulf Coast resident Doug Deming’s highly enjoyable new album, Complicated Mess (Ellersoul Records), stands at that intersection. Deming, the 2013 winner of the recipient of the Blues Blast Music Awards’ Sean Costello Rising Star Award, bases his guitar-driven blues on […]

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REVIEW: Becky Warren’s “Undesirable” Chronicles Real Lives of Homeless in Top Album of the Year

For her debut album, War Surplus, Becky Warren crafted a fantastic collection of biting, haunted songs inspired by the true-life stories of veterans and the people who fight to love them. How to follow that up? The Nashville singer-songwriter (and part-time Jeopardy contestant) has doubled down on last year’s effort with Undesirable, songs detailing conversations […]

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Watch: Video Premiere of Cary Morin’s Fingerstyle “When I Rise,” the Title Track From Upcoming Album

Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Cary Morin’s “When I Rise,” the title track from his upcoming album.  After the multiple awards his 2016 Cradle to the Grave garnered, this album is anticipated to be something special as well. In a world of formulaic imitations, Morin’s style of guitar playing is a fascinating […]

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Listen: Entire Album Premiere of the Kenny George Band’s “Silent Saint”

Americana Highways hereby brings you a premiere of the Kenny George Band’s forthcoming EP Silent Saint, produced by Shawn Guess and recorded in part at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studios and in part at thedigitalhalo studios.   George (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter), Center Ely (steel guitar), Brooks Andrews (bass) and Scott Rankin (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals) […]

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REVIEW: “Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches” Sampler Contains a Roster Assembled In Dreams

Even if you already own many of the earlier releases from which this material was drawn, you may want Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary for the tracks you’ve missed and the nine previously unavailable ones. And if you’re a folk fan who somehow doesn’t own any of the label’s material, you should definitely pick this up. Chances are, it won’t be the only Appleseed release on your shelf for long.

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REVIEW: Robert Connely Farr’s “Dirty South Blues” Is Rhythmic Sludgy Grooves with Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

Robert Connely Farr’s recent release, “Dirty South Blues”, was recorded at the Rebeltone Ranch in Alberta, Canada. Just off the winding banks of the Oldman River, nestled in the frontier foothills of Lethbridge, the rustic Western Canadian studio is a far cry from the shallow swales and swamps of Farr’s birthplace, the Mississippi Delta. Backed […]

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