by Sean Jewell :: Marlon Williams‘s self-titled album is the best Americana album around right now. He’s from New Zealand. This is not really that surprising. We love our Southern Hemisphere counterparts. The garage rock of Milk Records and Courtney Barnett, to the blue-grass of Mustered Courage, and Fraser Gorman‘s excellent “Slow Gum” Americana record have […]

by Sean Jewell:: Ian Fisher‘s got a way with words only a traveled man can grasp. What began for him in Missouri, USA has carried him all the way to Berlin in search of songs, and there’s humor, humility, and a sense of gravitas to watermark his latest album as official symbols of his wandering.  In the album opener […]

by Bart Cameron:: God bless Ryan Adams and Father John Misty, and the person they piggybacked, Taylor Swift. They have brought contemporary songwriting to the mainstream again. Ryan Adams has been making good music since 1999, and it seemed there wasn’t anything he could do to get people discussing his music instead of personality. And […]

Greg Vandy needs you! The final hurdle in the book project 26 Songs In 30 Days is raising money to pay associated publishing rights to Woody’s song manuscripts which are used as photos in the book. We believe “seeing” the original, hand-typed song lyrics from Woody’s hand will add a great amount of visual character […]

by Sean Jewell:: Northwest Film Forum has announced the full lineup for Local Sightings Film Festival, and among a ton of other great looking movies is Beth Harrington‘s The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music. This will be the Seattle premier for Harrington’s film, which was years in the […]

by Sean Jewell:: Atlanta sextet Quaildogs are releasing their debut album The Getting Old Factory next week, so we thought you should hear from them now. The alt country rockers shared their track “Funnel Cloud” with us –  it’s a rambling, open-prairie operatic, about how sometimes nothing goes your way, except maybe a tornado. As […]

by Sean Jewell :: Check out the “expertly trained Americana vocal stylist” Holland Belle in this video for her song “Lovely Ghost,” fittingly shot in the all but abandoned Bombay Beach. Belle’s voice soars like a lovely ghost among scenery of America’s lowest place, on the north end of The Salton Sea, while nature takes […]

by Sean Jewell :: Fraser Gorman‘s eccentric country soul record Slow Gum is out in the US today. The Australian Americana musician has found a home on Courtney Barnett‘s Milk! Records label, and it couldn’t be a better fit. Barnett is a Cobain for the new generation and her taste has as much value as […]

by Sean Jewell:: Since atleast 2005 Jolie Holland has been the kind of artist who changes the direction of music from within. The critically acclaimed tastemaker has confounded critics and garnered fans with a run of albums that establish her as a singular, unforgettable voice. Holland’s most recent album The Wine Dark Sea likely sits in the […]

by Sean Jewell :: It’s not like Nick Jaina has been idle since his 2013 album Primary Perception. He’s composed music for ballets in New York City, contributed to literary journals, written about The Birth of The Drumset for Smithsonian Folkways, and his first book Get It While You Can was released earlier this year. He’s back with […]