News: 2018 Nominations: Nominate the Best Americana/Roots Rock Album of 2018 — We’ll Take the Top 20 to a Vote

We are currently accepting nominations for our “readers choice” for best album of 2018 at Americana Highways. Click right down there to enter your nomination for the best Americana/Roots Rock album of 2018. We’ll take the top 20 to a final vote. UPDATE:  The nomination process is over, but you can VOTE now, here: View […]

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Daniel Romano’s “Finally Free” Stands at the Forefont of “Weird Country”

Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Daniel Romano’s beautiful new album, Finally Free (New West Records), arrives November 30. What Romano achieves with this album becomes all the more remarkable when one considers that he played nearly every instrument on the record and produced it himself. The record has a unified vision, a psychedelic folk take on […]

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REVIEW: Neil Young’s”Songs For Judy” Archival Release is a Wonderful Acoustic Set from 1976 Solo Tour

Songs For Judy (Shakey Picture Records/Reprise) is a collection of Neil Young’s live, solo acoustic songs — sometimes on guitar, harmonica, occasional banjo, and other times on piano or organ.   The twenty-two song collection was put together from his November 1976 tour; songs in the set were selected from different stops along the way. Listening […]

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REVIEW: Wheeler Walker Jr. Displays Incredible Musicianship Behind Lyrical Raunchiness

Despite the influence of corporate pop-country kingpins in Nashville, real country music is still alive and well. Since his 2016 breakout Redneck Shit, Wheeler Walker Jr has sought out to prove this. Back again with a heartfelt collection of songs written for his wife and son, Wheeler Walker Jr’s new album WWIII (Pepper Hill Records) […]

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Video Premiere: Ynana Rose’s “Mendocino Sunrise” from Album “Tea Leaf Confessions” is Healing Short Story

photo by Carolyn Eicher Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Ynana Rose’s “Mendocino Sunrise,” from her album Tea Leaf Confessions.  “Mendocino Sunrise” features Ynana Rose on guitar and vocals; Damon Castillo on electric guitar and bass; Bob Liepman on cello; Larry Kim on piano and Paul Griffith on drums.  Its video was directed […]

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REVIEW: On “If Only There Was a River,” Anna St. Louis Combines Alternative and Country Influences

I finished playing Anna St. Louis’s If Only There Was A River and I launched an “early alternative” playlist on Spotify. In a truly bizarre coincidence, Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” started playing immediately. I noticed that St. Louis’s album bears a distinct similarity to Mazzy Star. This is no figment of my imagination. While […]

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