INTERVIEW: Stine Andreassen Of The Northern Belle Talks About American Music, Her Band, And Their New Album “We Wither, We Bloom”

  The Northern Belle is a Norweigan band who are pioneers of the Nordicana movement, which is a movement that combines their native Scandanavian folk music with American music forms and includes artists like Darling West, Daniel Norgren, Malin Pettersen, and others. Their latest album We Wither, We Bloom, which was released in late August […]

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REVIEW: “Bromberg Plays Hendrix” By Brian Bromberg Is A Dazzling Display Of Bass Playing Virtuosity

  It was in 2012 when renowned jazz bassist Brian Bromberg first unleashed his audacious and altogether brilliant instrumental album Bromberg Plays Hendrix into the music world and now in September 2020, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the tragic and untimely passing of Hendrix, we find that the bass player virtuoso is […]

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INTERVIEW: Slim Jim Phantom Talks About His Musical Influences, Elvis, And The Origins Of The Stray Cats

Slim Jim Phantom is the longtime drummer of the iconic American rockabilly band the Stray Cats whose new career-spanning live album Rocked This Town: From LA To London was released September 11 on Surfdog Records. Recently I spoke by phone with this great American rocker about how he became a drummer, the significance of Elvis […]

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Interview: Jeremy Squires Talks About His Songwriting Process And His New Album “Many Moons”

  Jeremy Squires is easily one of folk and Americana music’s most prolific singer-songwriters, having now released ten overall albums since 2006. Recently we spoke by phone about his songwriting process, his musical influences, and his new album Many Moons. Our conversation, edited for clarity and length is below. Americana Highways: How would you describe […]

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REVIEW: Xanthe Alexis Offers Up A Different And Beautiful Sound With “The Offering”

  On her new album The Offering, singer-songwriter Xanthe Alexis eschews the acoustic sound of her critically acclaimed 2016 debut effort No Time For War for a dreamier, more atmospheric soundscape where the two dominant instruments on the album are a drum machine and her captivating and expressive voice. The glorious result is one of […]

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INTERVIEW: Rench And R-SON, the Voice of Reason Of Gangstagrass Talk About Their Music and Their New Album “No Time For Enemies”

Gangstagrass is a multi-racial bluegrass/ hip hop group that is currently setting the Americana music world on fire with their new album, the brilliant and politically charged No Time For Enemies. Recently, by phone, I spoke with singer-songwriter and producer Rench, the mastermind behind the group, and R-SON, the Voice of Reason, one of the […]

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INTERVIEW: Kenny Roby Talks About His Songwriting Process, The Place Of The Artist in Society, and His New Album “The Reservoir”

  Kenny Roby has been a fixture in the Americana music scene since the early ‘90s when his band 6 String Drag helped define the nascent roots-based genre for the pre-internet listening audience. Recently, by phone, we spoke about his moving and wonderful new album The Reservoir, the songwriting process, and the artist’s place in […]

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