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Kathleen Edwards

Posted on Aug 25, 2021 in 00s, Americana, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

Canadian singer and songwriter Kathleen Edwards became a star in the Americana community in the 2000s on the basis of her emotionally incisive songs and sweetly smoky voice. Edwards’ lyrics are evocative and direct in their take on relationships and the trials of everyday lives, and her music, which varies from quietly contemplative and keenly boisterous to suit her mood, is an effective match for her material…

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Chris Thile

Posted on Aug 20, 2021 in Bluegrass, COUNTRY/FOLK, Instrumental, Singer/Songwriter

A virtuoso mandolin player, singer, composer, bandleader, and radio personality, Chris Thile is one of the leading lights of progressive bluegrass. A founding member of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, he’s been at the forefront of bluegrass, creative folk, and roots music since debuting in the late 1980s. He has also issued an array of acclaimed solo albums…

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Big Audio Dynamite

Posted on Aug 16, 2021 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Post-punk

After Mick Jones was fired from the Clash in 1983, he formed Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.) one year later to continue the more experimental funk elements of the Clash’s Combat Rock. The group’s original incarnation included Jones, video artist and Clash associate Don Letts (effects and vocals), Greg Roberts (drums), Dan Donovan (keyboards), and Leo “E-Zee Kill” Williams (bass). Adding samplers, dance tracks, and found sounds to Jones’ concise pop songwriting, B.A.D. debuted on record with the single “The Bottom Line” in September 1985…

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David Rodriguez

Posted on Aug 12, 2021 in Americana, Contemporary Folk, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

Born and raised in Houston, singer/songwriter David Rodriguez’s early influences included Lightnin’ Hopkins, Townes Van Zandt and Lydia Mendoza; he was later inspired by Jerry Jeff Walker. After an education in music, law and economics, he spent 20 years playing around Austin. In 1984, he chucked the music life to practice law and spend time with his family. He ran for a seat in the Texas State Legislature in 1990, but lost. Rodriguez returned to music later that year…

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The Men They Couldn’t Hang

Posted on Aug 9, 2021 in ALTERNATIVE, Contemporary Folk, Punk

The Men They Couldn’t Hang came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden Town alongside The Pogues and the Boothill Foot Tappers. Paul Simmonds, Philip ‘Swill’ Odgers and his brother Jon, veterans of the Southampton-based pop-punk band Catch 22, met Pogues roadie Stefan Cush whilst busking in Shepherds Bush in London…

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Samantha Jones

Posted on Aug 6, 2021 in 60s, Northern Soul, ROCK/POP

A one-time key member of the Vernons Girls, Samantha Jones bidded fair for stardom in her own right in early-’60s England — some think she might even have been a potential rival to Dusty Springfield had things gone right — but somehow she never made the cut. Born Jean Owen, she’d distinguished herself among the dozens of women who passed through the ranks of the Vernons Girls and had sung on all of the group’s early-’60s hits for English Decca before exiting in 1964…

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Meat Loaf

Posted on Aug 2, 2021 in 70s, ROCK/POP

Marvin Lee Aday is a singer and occasional actor who, for reasons never definitively answered, has recorded under the name Meat Loaf. In all likelihood a childhood nickname, the tag stuck, and many puns followed as the performer — who tipped the scales at well over 300 pounds — became one of the biggest chart acts of the 1970s before enjoying a commercial renaissance two decades later…

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Blue Rodeo

Posted on Jul 30, 2021 in 80s, Alt-country, Americana, ROCK/POP

Canada’s most popular roots-rock band, Blue Rodeo has developed into a veritable institution in their home country. Their sound, a basic blend of country, folk, and rock, also has a definite pop appeal … Consistency has been the hallmark of Blue Rodeo’s output, both in terms of sound (which followed much the same blueprint throughout their career) and quality (thanks to the songwriting team of vocalists/guitarists Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor)…

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Frankie Lee Sims

Posted on Jul 26, 2021 in 50s, BLUES, Country Blues

A traditionalist who was a staunch member of the Texas country blues movement of the late ’40s and early ’50s (along with the likes of his cousin Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lil’ Son Jackson, and Smokey Hogg), guitarist Frankie Lee Sims developed a twangy, ringing electric guitar style that was irresistible on fast numbers and stung hard on the downbeat stuff. Sims picked up a guitar when he was 12 years old…

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Sturgill Simpson

Posted on Jul 22, 2021 in Alt-country, Americana, Bluegrass, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

Formerly the leader of Sunday Valley, an energetic roots outfit that made some waves in the early years of the new millennium, Sturgill Simpson gained greater renown as a solo artist, initially thanks to his muscular 2013 solo debut, High Top Mountain. An outlaw country record in form and feel — its debt to Waylon Jennings clear and unashamed — High Top Mountain became a word-of-mouth hit in 2013, thereby establishing Simpson’s country credentials and opening the door to a wider future…

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