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3x3: Jesse Terry on Hendrix, Harrison, and Hotel Room ExerciseArtist: Jesse TerryHometown: Stonington, CTLatest Album: StargazerPersonal Nicknames: JT, J-Breeze, Breeze-daddy, O'Terry, Breezy Last night @levittpavilion was one of those nights that I'll remember forever. Thanks to my amazing band & string trio & to the Levitt for having me back. And of course thanks to everyone who came out &…
UncategorizedFeb 14, 2017

Welcome to In Memoriam, a new monthly series that chronicles Americana Legends. So often, one giant is memorialized in their field while the others are displaced to historical footnotes. In Memoriam will spotlight influential musicians that are fading from the collective conscious and commemorate them on the month of their passing. Everybody knows the name Hank…

UncategorizedFeb 14, 2017

Update 7/21/2015: In an interview with AP (via Huffpost) Garrison Keillor has officially announced his retirement, and chosen his successor, mandolinist Chris Thile. In a statement released this week Thile said the two "have lengthily discussed the future of the show with me as host and agree that we should give it a go. There are, for…

UncategorizedFeb 14, 2017

While the traditional "Wayfaring Stranger" has been at the foundation of North American music for at least two centuries, its origin is far from exact.Some historians have traced its genesis to the 1780s, others, the early 1800s. Depending on who you're talking to the song may be a reworked black spiritual, a lifted native hymn,…

UncategorizedFeb 14, 2017

"I don't need to see," Bela Fleck says as a Dee Snider-style blonde wig is placed upon his noggin. The banjo prophet and his equally talented wife, Abigail Washburn, recently entered the cover song thunderdome at AV Club's "Undercover" series where they took on the Europe classic, "The Final Countdown." The original version of the tune is…

UncategorizedFeb 14, 2017

Some say the true measure of a song’s merit is whether it sounds good with just vocals and acoustic guitar. But that’s poppycock; the real way to test a tune’s mettle is to break out the banjos and mandolins and see whether it stands up to the bluegrass treatment. In the list that follows -- a…