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Jason Isbell Wins Major Americana Awards
19Sep

Jason Isbell Wins Major Americana Awards

Rolling Stone reports: "Despite heartwarming lifetime achievement award acceptance speeches from the likes of Jackson Browne and Loretta Lynn, and a surprise appearance from rock god Robert Plant, last night's 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards show in Nashville belonged to Jason Isbell. The former Drive-By Trucker took home awards for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Cover Me Up”), as well as the night's top honor: Album of the Year, for his post-sobriety triumph Southeastern. In one of the evening's best-received performances, he also sang "Cover Me Up" with wife Amanda Shires."

Ryan Adams Releases Another Video from New Album
18Sep

Ryan Adams Releases Another Video from New Album

Pitchfork reports: "Ryan Adams has shared another new video for a track from his self-titled album. The clip for his single "My Wrecking Ball" doesn't feature Garry Shandling or Elvira. This time, it's just Adams singing the song, his face obscured by various bits of archival footage."  Click through for the video.

Southport Americana Festival Announces Line-Up
17Sep

Southport Americana Festival Announces Line-Up

line-up includes Martha Wainwright, Anais Mitchell and Mary Gauthier.

This year's americana festival based in Southport (just up from Liverpool) returns for a second year and is entitled "From a Distance," taking place from Friday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November at the Atkinson on Lord Street.  There's some huge names playing including Martha Wainwright, Anais Mitchell and Mary Gauthier.  Acts will play from 7.30pm until 10.30pm each night. And you can enjoy an American-themed menu featuring specials including mac ‘n’ cheese and pulled pork baps, worth attending for that alone.

AMA-UK to Host Bootleg BBQ at Americana Conference
17Sep

AMA-UK to Host Bootleg BBQ at Americana Conference

The Americana Music Association UK has announced a collaboration with British Underground, hosting The Bootleg BBQ at this year’s Americana Music Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The AMA-UK will showcase the talents of three UK americana acts from it’s membership; Danny And The Champions Of The World, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, and Police Dog Hogan, with the first two also having their travelling expenses funded by the PRS for Music Foundation’s International Showcase Fund (Police Dog have to find their own way there).

New Pornographers Drummer Departs Band
16Sep

New Pornographers Drummer Departs Band

Pitchfork reports: "Drummer Kurt Dahle has left the New Pornographers, who announced the news on their Facebook, as Brooklyn Vegan points out. "Kurt Dahle is leaving the New Pornographers," the band wrote. "It has been a great 15 years playing with an amazing drummer, singer and performer. We wish him the best. Everything is still full steam ahead with the band and we look forward to continued rocking and singing of songs.""

Robert Earl Keen Bluegrass Album Out 2015
15Sep

Robert Earl Keen Bluegrass Album Out 2015

covers of Flatt and Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers

Rolling Stone reports: "Robert Earl Keen is doing things a little differently on his next album. Namely, he's trading red dirt for bluegrass, and you won't see the master storyteller's name on the songwriting credits. Keen's Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, set for release in February 2015 via Dualtone Records, will include his take on favorite traditional songs from the genre, written by the likes of Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, among other bluegrass legends."

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