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Sitch Sessions: The Lil Smokies, 'Miss Marie'Ah, love. There's no heart it can't cower, no genre it can't conquer. With this Sitch Session, the Lil Smokies offer up "Miss Marie" as evidence to support both those facts. Catch the Lil Smokies on the Campfire Caravan tour as they make their way across the country through November 2017,…
Featured VideosAug 1, 2017

Sibling harmonies are some of the sweetest sounds in music. On their latest album, You Don't Own Me Anymore, the Secret Sisters offer up gobs of them. But lest you think it's all smoke and mirrors contrived in the studio (by producers Brandi Carlile and Phil and Tim Hanseroth), Lydia and Laura Rogers use this here…

Featured VideosJul 18, 2017

Way back in January, we proclaimed 2017 to be the Year of the Banjo. And Noam Pikelny did his part to make it so by releasing a solo banjo album, Universal Favorite. For his Sitch Session, Punch Brother Pikelny performs "Sugar Maple" live at the Historic Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, wrapping his complex musicality…

Featured VideosJul 3, 2017

With their Sitch Session performance of "Take a Chance on Me," you might well think Yonder Mountain String Band is aiming to be trolled in our That Ain't Bluegrass column. But, alas (and sadly), they aren't covering the classic ABBA tune. Rather, when they took to the stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles recently, they…

Featured VideosJun 6, 2017

San Francisco and string bands might not be synonymous, but pioneers have always made their way out West and Front Country aims to blaze a bluegrass trails in the Bay Area. Performing "If Something Breaks" from their latest release, Other Love Songs, at 25th Street Recording in Oakland, the band plucks and picks behind their fuchsia-haired front…

Featured VideosMay 23, 2017

Pulling a tune off last year's Silver Tears release, Nashville singer/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan puts his back to the San Gabriel Mountains and performs "Till the Town Goes Dark" on a Los Angeles rooftop. It's an ode to the disillusionment forced upon the generations that grew up watching either The Jetsons or The Minority Report. "One day, they said the future was…