Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters Delights Jam-Packed Crowd with Appalachian Honky Tonk and Country Roots Style

While AmericanaFest may take place in Nashville, the story of Americana is largely one that occurs outside of Music City. Originally from New York and now based in Asheville, North Carolina, Amanda Anne Platt and her band, the Honeycutters plug into the grand panorama that is Americana music. On the Sundaying evening before Martin Luther […]

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Show review: Woodshedders Bring Indie Roots Extravaganza to DC’s Hill Country BBQ

Indie roots band the Woodshedders, out of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, regaled Washington DC’s Hill Country BBQ last Friday night with their unique roots music blend of gypsy jazz, Old Time, Country, rhythm & blues, and bluegrass. “We love all kinds of music,” the Woodshedders say, “so that’s what kind we play.” Beginning their first […]

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REVIEW: Buxton “Stay Out Late” Plays Experimental-Pop Flavored Americana

On their last album, Half a Native (New West/2015), Buxton began incorporating more pop into their alternative country-rock sound. Stay Out Late (New West), released this October, sees Buxton, inspired by Talk Talk’s 1991 post-rock masterpiece, Laughing Stock, evolving their sound in the direction of piano-driven experimental pop. Stay Out Late radiates warmth and pleases […]

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REVIEW: With “Wild Hxmans,” Christian Kjellvander expands strong catalog and breaks new ground

The Swedish faces of Americana may belong to the angel-voiced young ladies of First Aid Kit, but Christian Kjellvander stands at the heart of the Scandinavian Americana scene. A fixture since the mid ’90s, when he released the outstanding low-fi country rock album For Sale By Owner as a member of the Loosegoats, Kjellvander has […]

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Interview: Darden Smith’s Many Projects All Grow Out of Love of Music

Americana Highways recently spoke with Austin-based Americana musician Darden Smith, who serves as creative director for Songwriting With: Soldiers. Founded in 2012, the organization holds retreats where songwriters work with veterans to help them express their stories and feelings, to promote healing. Mary Gauthier was recently nominated for a Grammy for her work with Smith’s […]

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REVIEW: After Years in the Wilderness, Cat Power Has One of the Year’s Best with “Wanderer”

A sense of promise has long surrounded Cat Power. Through all travails, through all the rough shows, her fans have stuck with her, because they knew she had incredible talent. Chan Marshall’s 10th album, Wanderer (Domino Recording), fulfills that promise, delivering everything she was always thought to be capable of, and more. Her husky, soulful […]

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REVIEW: Marc Ribot’s “Songs of Resistance, 1942-2018” Resounds to the Depths of the American Soul

Once, after a show that included Steve Earle, I had an interesting conversation. The gentleman I spoke with disagreed strongly with Earle’s politics, but still enjoyed his music. For as vociferous as Steve can be with his view, this fan appreciated his attention to songcraft. With Songs of Resistance, 1942-2018 (ANTI-/Epitaph), Marc Ribot has made […]

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