Americana Music Awards Festival 2019: One Dozen Highlights

Putting together a highlights list for the 2019 Americana Music Awards Festival, which has grown to 300 some-odd official acts, with more than 700 official performances, not to mention all the local and off-schedule gigs and parties mushrooming exponentially everywhere throughout the city, inevitably comes with the caveat that the vast majority of the acts […]

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Three Reasons to Take Another Stroll Down Abbey Road, Plus Dori Freeman, Daniel Martin Moore, and Jason James

Abbey Road—the Beatles’ final studio project, issued before but recorded mostly after Let It Be—opens with a John Lennon song called “Come Together.” In fact, though, the group was coming apart. Six days before the album’s Sept. 26, 1969 release, Lennon privately told his bandmates he was leaving, and Paul McCartney publicly quit the foursome […]

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REVIEW: Linda McRae’s “Going to the Well” Peels Back the Skin of Truth

Through years of reviews, I heard many artists who went nowhere though they were indeed talented. But they didn’t have enough passion or weren’t committed. Proficient musicians with no songs, or, had songs but no voice, musicians that could play — but could only imitate. Then there are artists who are engaging, challenging, satisfying & consistently […]

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Video Premiere: Route 358’s “Steady Your Heart”

Americana Highways brings you from Route 358’s recently released EP Fragile Hearts. a Recorded and mixed by Jason Miller, Red Barn Studio, Springdale, Arkansas. “Steady Your Heart” is Derrick Mears-Songwriter/Acoustic Guitar/Vocal; Jade Mears on mandolin and harmony vocal; Jodi Mears on bass; and Grant Mears on dobro. The video was recorded live by Jason Miller […]

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