Christmas Chill Playlist — Solo Sounds Americana Musicians Play Instrumentals Just For You

[click on anything in bold to read more about each musician] We get used to musicians having one identifiable style.  But would you still recognize your favorite artist playing in a completely different mode?  What’s to say some of your favorite Americana musicians like Jimbo Mathus and Eric Ambel aren’t playing classical songs or classic […]

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Video Premiere: Jonathan Byrd’s “Temporary Tattoo” Video from “Pickup Cowboy”

Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of  Jonathan Byrd’s “Temporary Tattoo” from his recent release Pickup Cowboy.  The album features Jonathan Byrd, Johnny Waken, with Paul Ford (cello, bass),  Joanna Miller (drums), with Alexa Dirks and Andrina Turenne contributing vocals. Pickup Cowboy was recorded by Jerry Brown at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, […]

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Song premiere: Todd Burge’s “Don’t Water My Whiskey Down” From Forthcoming Album “Your Reflection Will Kill You”

Americana Highways brings you this song premiere of “Don’t Water My Whiskey Down” from Todd Burge’s upcoming release Your Reflection Will Kill You, produced by Don Dixon (James McMurtry, REM).  The album features Todd Burge on vocals, steel string guitar, harmonica and ukulele; Ryan Kennedy on nylon string guitar and vocals;  John Inghram on upright […]

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REVIEW: The Gibson Brothers’ “Mockingbird” Mixes Early Influences with Standout Originals

If this music we call “Americana” has shown us one thing, it’s the fact that country- and rock-tinged musicians need to increasingly change their approach. There’s no “traditional” sound in modern music. With that need to adopt in mind, the new release from the Gibson Brothers, Mockingbird (Easy Eye Sound), largely trades in the sound […]

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Double Song Premiere: Shawn Mullins Re-Records “Soul Child” for “Soul’s Core Revival” Both Acoustic and Electric

Americana Highways is excited to bring you this double song premiere of Shawn Mullins’ “Soul Child,” in both acoustic and electric versions.  Mullins’ has re-recorded his 1998 smash hit album Soul’s Core Revival, due to be released on November 16.  The release will come as a double CD package with two full versions of Soul’s Core: […]

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Song Premiere: Mad Crush’s “Making Complaints” From Upcoming Self-Titled Release

Americana Highways is pleased to premiere this song, “Making Complaints,” from North Carolina based band Mad Crush’s upcoming self-titled album.   “Making Complaints” features vocalist Joanna Sattin,  John Elderkin (The Popes) on vocals and guitar,  Mark Whelan (The Popes, Veldt) on guitars, Laura Thomas (Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Ray Charles, Jay-Z) on violin, and […]

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Video Premiere: J.D. Wilkes’ “Rain and Snow” Features Innovation Via Cow Skulls

Americana Highways is honored to bring you this delightful video of J.D Wilkes performing the traditional “Rain and Snow.” The recording is from his recent critically acclaimed album released earlier this year Fire Dream (Big Legal Mess) — co-produced by Bruce Watson and Jimbo Mathus.  [For our review of this album see here:  REVIEW: J.D. […]

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Video Premiere: Erica Blinn’s “When I’m With Suzie (I Do What I Want)” From “Better Than Gold”

I grew up listening to rock and roll songs sung mostly from the male perspective because, let’s face it, women were and still are underrepresented in rock and roll. When I was a teenager learning and performing songs that were originally sung by men, most of the time, I would choose to sing the song the way it was written, without changing the words to maintain a heterosexual narrative. It continues to be important to me to write and sing songs in a way that offers more than one viewpoint of love and sexuality.”

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