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Bluegrass Memoirs: ‘Industrial Strength Bluegrass’ and the Dayton Bluegrass Reunion (Part 3)
Bluegrass Memoirs

Bluegrass Memoirs: ‘Industrial Strength Bluegrass’ and the Dayton Bluegrass Reunion (Part 3)

(Editor’s Note: Read part one of our series on the Dayton Bluegrass Reunion here. Read part two here.) Working on CityFolk’s Dayton Bluegrass Reunion, I heard local terminology for the culture in which this music grew. “Industria...
By: Neil V. Rosenberg
Friends & Neighbors

With an Acoustic “Bluebird,” Natalie Hemby Plays the Wild Card Up Her Sleeve

Songwriter extraordinaire Natalie Hemby is drumming up interest in her debut record Pins and Needles with a slew of YouTube performances simply titled The Hemby Sessions. In these acoustic videos, the Nashville native is making her way through her impressive repertoire of original songs that have...
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WATCH: John Scott Sherrill, “Five Generations of Rock County Wilsons”

Artist: John Scott Sherrill Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee Song: “Five Generations of Rock County Wilsons” Album: Copper Tears Release Date: October 15, 2021 Label: Lobo Libre In Their Words: “People often ask me how long it takes me to write a song, and some songs I can write in a co...
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BGS 5+5: AHI

Artist: AHI Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada Latest Album: Prospect, out November 5, 2021 Rejected band names: UrbanPeasant (high school rap name) and Back To Now (University band name) What was the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician? Before I left home to backpack across E...
Friends & Neighbors

‘Hard Luck Love Song’: It’s Americana Music, But as a Movie

Filmmaker Justin Corsbie’s Hard Luck Love Song is a caring homage to Americana music and specifically to the music and culture born in Corsbie’s hometown of Austin, Texas. The story is based on the famed Todd Snider song “Just Like Old Times” and uses a plethora of songs from many pil...
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LISTEN: Jane Bruce, “Best of Me”

Artist: Jane Bruce Hometown: Ogden, Utah Song: “Best of Me” Album: My Bed Release Date: February 11, 2022 In Their Words: “This song really flowed out of me. I find it (too) easy to write and sing about my insecurities and the pieces of myself that I don’t love, but I felt that ...
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WATCH: Band of Horses, “Crutch”

Artist: Band of Horses Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina Song: “Crutch” Album: Things Are Great Release Date: January 21, 2022 Label: BMG In Their Words: “I think like a lot of my songs, ‘Crutch’ starts with something from my real life. Obviously ‘Crutch’ means some of the things t...
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BGS 5+5: Laurel Premo

Artist: Laurel Premo Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan Latest Album: Golden Loam What other art forms — literature, film, dance, painting, etc. — inform your music? For me dance is such a huge influence. I’ve spent quite a few years as a dance musician for square dances, being a...
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LISTEN: Waylon Payne, “Sunday”

Artist: Waylon Payne Hometown: Austin, Texas Song: “Sunday” Album: Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me: The Lost Act In Their Words: “Back in 2003, my mom [country singer Sammi Smith] went through a divorce and moved back to Austin, Texas. She was really sick w...
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Asleep at the Wheel Turns 50, But Ray Benson Didn’t Know If It Would Last

The term eclectic hardly seems broad enough to accurately describe either the approach of the marvelous band Asleep at the Wheel, or the energetic and fluid style of its lead vocalist and guitarist Ray Benson. The band he formed along with Lucky Oceans and Leroy Preston while farm-sitting in Paw ...
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LISTEN: Rodes, “So Well”

Artist: Rodes Hometown: Durham, North Carolina Song: “So Well” Album: All of My Friends Release Date: October 22, 2021 In Their Words: “‘So Well’ was an idea that came to me on the drive home from work one night, that was then fleshed out on a guitar the next day. I ...
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WATCH: Ross Hammond, “Blue Hoodie”

Artist: Ross Hammond Hometown: Sacramento, California Song: “Blue Hoodie” Album: It’s Been Here All Along Release Date: October 23, 2021 Label: Prescott Recordings In Their Words: “This song is dedicated to the inner circle of friends and family that my wife, daughter, and...
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On “Muskrat Greene,” Brothers Osborne Prove Their Instrumental Prowess

Country music’s band of badass brothers found themselves in a precarious situation like many artists last year; they released a new record in 2020, but weren’t able to tour it. The lack of performing meant few chances to gauge the reception of the Brothers Osbornes’ new album, Skeletons, bu...