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WATCH: Banditos, “Here Tonight”
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WATCH: Banditos, “Here Tonight”

Artist: Banditos Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama; now in Nashville Song: “Here Tonight” Album: Right On Release Date: May 20, 2022 Label: Egghunt Records In Their Words: “We’ve been in Nashville about 10 years now, but all came up in Ala...
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BGS 5+5: Aaron Raitiere

Artist: Aaron Raitiere Hometown: Danville, Kentucky Latest Album: Single Wide Dreamer Personal Nicknames: Rat What was the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician? I was in high school and went to see a band called Leftover Salmon at the All Good Music Festival in Virginia. It was ...
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WATCH: Delta Spirit, “What’s Done Is Done”

Artist: Delta Spirit Hometown: Southern California Song: “What’s Done Is Done” Album: One Is One Release Date: May 20, 2022 Label: New West Records In Their Words: “My parents have run a day program for people with disabilities in Massachusetts for the past 50 years, so inclusio...
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BGS 5+5: Lisa Morales

Artist: Lisa Morales Hometown: Grew up in Tucson. Live in Austin, TX/San Antonio, TX Latest Album: El Amor No Es Cobarde What was the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician? I always say music chose me, not the other way around. It was always around me. The family got together [&h...
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LISTEN: Izaak Opatz, “Mag-Lev Train”

Artist: Izaak Opatz Hometown: Missoula, Montana Song: “Mag-Lev Train” Album: Extra Medium Release Date: April 29, 2022 Label: Mama Bird Recording Co. In Their Words: “‘Mag-Lev Train’ describes one really great night I had outside of Yucca Valley, California, when I c...
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WATCH: North Mississippi Allstars Team With Soul Music Pioneer William Bell

The North Mississippi Allstars’ newest release, Set Sail, very much follows in the footsteps of what the band has long been building. Their authentic, sultry sound is completed by a physical connection to the birthplace of a lot of American music. Blues, R&B, and soul are all in the air...
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BGS 5+5: Jaelee Roberts

Artist: Jaelee Roberts Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee Latest Album: Something You Didn’t Count On (May 20, 2022) Personal nicknames: Jae, Jae Jae, J.D., Jables, Junior, J-Bird Which artist has influenced you the most … and how? Well, first off, it is truly not possible for me to list jus...
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WATCH: Dallas Ugly, “Money”

Artist: Dallas Ugly Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee Song: “Money” Album: Watch Me Learn Release Date: April 8, 2022 Label: Adhyaropa Records In Their Words: “I wrote this song at the start of the pandemic when every musician I knew was just manically grabbing for some form of pro...
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LISTEN: Mary Gauthier, “Dark Enough to See the Stars”

Artist: Mary Gauthier Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee Song: “Dark Enough to See the Stars” Album: Dark Enough to See the Stars Release Date: June 3, 2022 Label: Thirty Tigers In Their Words: “I co-wrote the song ‘Dark Enough to See the Stars’ with Beth Nielsen Chapman many years ...
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How the Byrds’ Classic 1968 Album Shaped Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Iconic ‘Circle’

It’s fitting that the track list for Dirt Does Dylan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s new Bob Dylan tribute album, includes “Forever Young.” Coming up on six decades since they formed as a group of young folk enthusiasts, the Dirt Band still sounds plenty spry. Revisiting the songs of Dylan, an artist w...
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BGS 5+5: Avi Kaplan

Artist: Avi Kaplan Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee New Album: Floating on a Dream (out May 20, 2022) Which artist has influenced you the most … and how? Iron & Wine. The peace he brings with his music has always helped me deeply throughout my life. It made me realize just how powerful a ...
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WATCH: John Inghram, “Little Mountain Mama”

Artist: John Inghram Hometown: South Charleston, West Virginia Song: “Little Mountain Mama” Album: John Inghram Release Date: May 13, 2022 In Their Words: “When I first started putting music together for this record I knew right away that I wanted to write a song for my wife Ste...
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WATCH: Darin & Brooke Aldridge, “No Mistakes”

Artist: Darin & Brooke Aldridge Hometown: Cherryville, North Carolina Song: “No Mistakes” Album: This Life We’re Livin’ Release Date: August 6, 2021 Label: Billy Blue Records In Their Words: “Sonia Lee and Paige Logan couldn’t have written a more beautiful song with ‘N...