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Amanda Shires Calls Country Out on the CarpetThe slogan tee has been around for a minute, but lately they have evolved from funny pop culture references -- "My neck, my back, my Netflix, and my snacks" tee comes to mind -- to thought-provoking and political statements. Some of my personal favorites include Third Man’s "Icky Trump" tee,…
FeaturesNov 15, 2017

Becca Mancari may live in Nashville, but the sound she's developed in her music is anything but "Nashville." It makes a good deal of sense, though, when you consider Mancari's earlier life, which included stints in India, the Blue Ridge Mountains, south Florida, and Staten Island. On her debut album Good Woman, Mancari weaves her…

FeaturesNov 14, 2017

From the Bluegrass Situation and WMOT Roots Radio, it's Hangin' & Sangin' with your host, BGS editor Kelly McCartney. Every week Hangin' & Sangin' offers up casual conversation and acoustic performances by some of your favorite roots artists. From bluegrass to folk, country, blues, and Americana, we stand at the intersection of modern roots music…

FeaturesNov 13, 2017

Welcome to Gig Bag, a BGS feature that peeks into the touring essentials of some of our favorite artists. This time around, Gill Landry gives us a look at what he has to have handy when he's out on the road. Hat: So I can look semi-dignified after just waking up in a car and, therefore, places will let…

FeaturesNov 13, 2017

Let’s blow up some balloons, get everyone’s signatures on the card, buy a Costco sheet cake, and send each of these bluegrass songs into their golden years with a loving swat on the rear. Buy that motorhome! See the country! Spend more time with your family! 10. “Man of Constant Sorrow” Why is this bluegrass…

FeaturesNov 10, 2017

Chris Hillman -- he of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers fame -- has returned with a new solo project, Bidin’ My Time, after more than a decade away. As he’s said in countless other interviews, he was resigned to living out the concluding chapter of his musical career. He’d all but packed up any…