Five Bands You Must See

Photo Courtesy Margo Price Margo Price As a longtime, hardworking Nashville songwriter, Margo Price finally got her due last year with the debut album “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” To make the powerfully honest ...

After The Flood

In the chorus of the optimistic, up-tempo newgrass tune “Sun and Rain,” a standout from Taarka’s new album “Fading Mystery,” mandolin player David Tiller and five-string violinist Enion Pelta-Tiller harmonize: ...

Trail Mix | April 2017

Here’s a band that gets it. I remember that being the first thing I thought when I saw this video of The Whiskey Gentry some five years ago. They get it. All of it. The sound, the energy, the performance. It’s ...

MerleFest is Turning 30!

MerleFest – the 30th Celebration – features one of the festival’s most diverse lineups in its history. “We designed this year’s lineup to feature artists who have graced the stages at MerleFest over the past ...

Trail Mix | March 2017

Please, don’t be the kid that kills Colin Hay. It might be hard to believe that I offered those very words to my oldest son, but it’s absolutely true. It was sage advive given to John Patrick, four years ago, ...

Trail Mix | Beth Snapp

I’ll come clean and fess up. This week’s blog post is dripping with bias. My journalistic integrity has been dashed. There is no way I can approach this week’s subject, Kingsport, Tennessee, singer/songwriter ...

Trail Mix | Dan Layus

For more than a decade, Dan Layus toured America as the front man for SoCal roots rock outfit Augustana. With Augustana, Layus released five records and an EP, lighting up charts with the buzzworthy hit ...

Trail Mix | B.J. Barham

You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. This sage advice, given from Bilbo Baggins to his nephew, Frodo, in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, ...

Trail Mix | July 2016

We’re a few days late in getting the July mix out and into your ears, but I think you’ll agree that the holiday break made the wait worthwhile. Featured this month is a track a band whose name sums up, perhaps ...

Trail Mix | June 2016

The Broadcast has made a name for itself as Asheville, North Carolina’s biggest purveyor of big and brash soul sounds. Under the guidance of noted producer Jim Scott, who has previously worked with Red Hot ...

Trail Mix | New Madrid

New Madrid, from Athens, Georgia, is working hard to become a band without borders. On the quartet’s latest release, magnetickingmagneticqueen, there is a constant progression into a wide array of sounds, with ...