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Joan Shelley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Louisville, Ky., singer, songwriter and guitarist Joan Shelley crafts lovely, sun-washed folk songs that she performs with gentle intensity. Her voice has the ineffable quality of being at once familiar and entirely fresh. Shelley’s most recent album, Over And Even, was recorded by fellow Kentuckian Daniel Martin Moore, and her distinctive, pastoral songwriting and pristine

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'The Handsome Family' enchant in Portland (show review)

Until their song “Far From Any Road” was featured as the theme for the first season of HBO’s True Detective, the Handsome Family were something of a secret. Dabbling in the realm of what some have called gothic Americana, the husband and wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks have always been criminally underrated. After

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Chip Taylor The Cutting Room, New York City

Photos by Ebet Roberts It was homecoming night for “Wild Thing” Chip Taylor at the baroque Cutting Room club. Friends, family, fellow patrons of his neighborhood bar and a few fans who managed to score a ticket packed the old vaudeville house to hear Taylor sing from his old records and his two new CDs

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Watch Hayes Carll’s Joyful Video for ‘The Magic Kid’

For Hayes Carll’s new video for “The Magic Kid,” the singer-songwriter turned to his son – an aspiring magician – for inspiration. “I wanted the video to capture his joy and his spirit, as well as inspire others to follow their calling without fear of ridicule or consequence,” Carll says. The video premieres on Speakeasy

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Upbeat and High Lonesome With Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

George and Tammy…Porter and Dolly…Teddy and Kelly? Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda) and Kelly Jones have a ways to go before they’re recognized as the next great male-female duo, but this winning twosome is off to a fine start with Little Windows. Blending their plaintive voices in seamless, high-lonesome harmonies that would do

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Hear Hayes Carll's Introspective New Album 'Lovers and Leavers

Via Rolling stone Hayes Carll is sitting poolside in Port Aransas, Texas, a mellow beach town on a peninsula across the Corpus Christi Bay. Carll is no stranger to the Gulf of Mexico — it’s where he got his start as a young songwriter, strumming tunes at the Old Quarter Café in Galveston, about four

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Hayes Carll Performs His Grammy-Nominated Country Ballad ‘Chances Are’

The critics have gone crazy for singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, especially following the release of his recent ten-track full-length debut Lovers & Leavers(Thirty Tigers). The album was produced by Joe Henry, which is appropriate: Henry also produced Ramblin’ Jack Elliot’s 2009 album A Stranger Here, and Carll evokes more than just a bit of Ramblin’ Jack’s

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Willy Vlautin Announces Richmond Fontaine’s Final Chapter

Richmond Fontaine’s songwriter, Willy Vlautin, says of the album “This record was written for all the guys we know who have hit the wall, are about to hit the wall, or are in the middle of slamming into it, It’s a record about paying the price for the way one’s lived. We all wanted to

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