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Artist of the Month: Amythyst Kiah
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Artist of the Month: Amythyst Kiah

Amythyst Kiah is having a moment with Wary + Strange, an album that positions her among today’s most compelling singer-songwriters. Although she is an East Tennessee native, her personal lyrics somehow feel universal — this isn’t...
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LISTEN: Tobacco City, “AA Blues”

Artist: Tobacco City Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Song: “AA Blues” Album: Tobacco City, USA Release Date: July 30, 2021 Label: Scissor Tail Records In Their Words: “‘AA Blues’ is one of those songs that writes itself. My ex was having to go to AA meetings because of a...
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LISTEN: Leah Shaw, “Pretty Mama”

Artist: Leah Shaw Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Song: “Pretty Mama” Album: Play Beautifully Release Date: July 30, 2021 In Their Words: “The guitar, harmonica and fiddle-based song ‘Pretty Mama’ closes the album. I think of ‘Pretty Mama’ as really ...
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These Members of the Roots Community Embraced Innovation Amid a Pandemic

The roots music community, like the rest of the world, faced an uncertain future as the pandemic essentially wrecked everybody’s plans in 2020. However, a number of musicians and industry leaders figured out a way to navigate the uncharted waters with grace and bravery. The Bluegrass Situat...
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WATCH: Darin & Brooke Aldridge, “Once in a While”

Artist: Darin & Brooke Aldridge Hometown: Cherryville, North Carolina Song: “Once in a While” Album: This Life We’re Livin’ Release Date: August 6, 2021 Label: Billy Blue Records In Their Words: “Shane Nicholson’s writing has always showcased such meaning and depth, yet its ...
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BGS 5+5: Ric Robertson

Artist: Ric Robertson Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina Latest album: Carolina Child What’s your favorite memory from being on stage? I attended second grade at Garden Ridge Elementary in Flower Mound, Texas. The twenty or so of us in my class put on a play about popcorn, some of us dres...
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LISTEN: Pi Jacobs, “Broken Cup” (Intro & Live)

Artist: Pi Jacobs Hometown: San Francisco, California Song: “Broken Cup” (Intro & Live) Album: Live From Memphis Release Date: August 13, 2021 Label: Blackbird Record Label In Their Words: “In my late teens and early 20s I wasn’t a person with a much of self-esteem; in fact, I thought p...
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LISTEN: Matt the Electrician, “Home Again”

Artist: Matt the Electrician Hometown: Austin, Texas Song: “Home Again” Album: We Imagined an Ending (produced by Tucker Martine) Release Date: November 5, 2021 Label: Burnside In Their Words: “Like the old adage, the idea of going home again is filled with sentimental longing a...
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WATCH: Joyann Parker, “Out of the Dark”

Artist: Joyann Parker Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota Song: “Out of the Dark” Album: Out of the Dark Label: Hopeless Romantics Records In Their Words: “‘Out of the Dark’ is a very special song that probably never would have been written if COVID and the resulting qu...
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WATCH: Billy Bragg, “I Will Be Your Shield”

Artist: Billy Bragg Hometown: Barking, Essex Song: “I Will Be Your Shield” Album: The Million Things That Never Happened Release Date: October 8, 2021 Label: Cooking Vinyl In Their Words: “To me this is the heart and soul of the album. I’ve come to the conclusion that empathy is the c...
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BGS 5+5: Jesse Daniel

Artist: Jesse Daniel Hometown: Ben Lomond, California Latest Album: Beyond These Walls Personal nicknames: Jessup What was the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician? When I was really young, probably around 6 or 7, my mom took us down to see my dad’s band play at a place ca...
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With His Son and Special Guests, David Crosby Finds His Way on ‘For Free’

“I think I found my way.” When a guy about to turn 80 sings that line, you take note. When that guy is David Crosby, who in fact turns that age on August 14… well… “I don’t know if I would have sung it at any other time in my life,” Crosby says in a […]
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WATCH: Luke LeBlanc, “Same Blues”

Artist: Luke LeBlanc Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota Song: “Same Blues” Album: Only Human Release Date: July 9, 2021 In Their Words: “It was October 2018 and I’d just moved to Nashville. I didn’t know I’d only live there six months, but as proud as I was to ha...