Browsing articles tagged with " The Avett Brothers"

Brandi Carlile Soars in “The Firewatcher’s Daughter”

March 17, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  29 Comments

Brandi Carlile is exactly the type of strong-willed, vibrant and inventive female artist country music needs, yet country’s charts continue to be crested by the likes of interlopers such as Sam Hunt. Can we trade Sam Hunt to rock for Brandi Carlile, players to be named later, drafts picks, and/or cash considerations? Everyone wants to talk about where to find relevant female talent for country music, well here it is.


Song Review – Mumford & Son’s Go Electric on “Believe”

March 9, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  44 Comments

On March 9th, 2015, the suspenders depressingly slumped off the collective shoulders of America’s over-educated and under-employed string bands, the hipster mustaches had a little less starch, and the slide in banjo sales turned into an downright tailspin as the British outfit that symbolized the very apex of 2012’s old-timey (and in many ways, unfortunate) acoustic craze officially went electric.


Austin City Limits Announces New Class to Hall of Fame

January 31, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  4 Comments

As the longest running music show on TV enters its 40th season, Austin City Limits has announced its second installment of inductees into its Hall of Fame founded in 2014. The original crew of the Austin City Limits show will also be honored as the 2015’s non-performing inductee. As part of the Hall of Fame announcement, more performers for season 41 were also revealed.


Country Artists And Their Famous Look Alikes

September 29, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  20 Comments

Have you ever been scanning through photos of your favorite (or least favorite) artists and thought, “Hot damn! That dude look just like this other dude!” From eery similarities like Sturgill Simpson and Javier Bardem’s creepy character from the movie No Country For Old Men, to Johny Paul White and Johnny Depp who I am pretty much convinced are the same exact person…


Review – Zac Brown Band’s “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1″

June 19, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  43 Comments

At its heart, The Grohl Sessions is the true answer to the “country music must progress” charge regularly levied by mainstream artists like Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Eric Church, to justify their trespasses of mixing country with other genres.The songs of The Grohl Sessions are marvelously complex, yet still with a heart, still with a pentameter that never stops beating….


2014 Americana Music Awards Nominees Announced

May 12, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  23 Comments

On Monday April 12th, The Americana Music Association announced the nominees for their 2014 Americana Music Awards to be held September 17th at the Ryman Auditorium as part of their annual Americana Music Conference. The ceremony was emceed by performer and Sirius XM DJ Elizabeth Cook, and was simulcast on Sirius XM and streamed on Music City Roots.


Catching Up With Whitey Morgan & The 78’s

February 16, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  11 Comments

One of the questions that comes up often in country music is “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” There’s a lot of industry country stars that would love to tell you they’re the ones, and they record songs, print up merch, and proselytize at every turn for their candidacy to fill in for the lost country greats. But beyond the glitz and the market-driven image campaigns …


2013 Americana Music Awards Nominees Announced

May 14, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  21 Comments

The Americana Music Awards just announced their 2013 nominees. On September 18th, the awards will once again be held at the prestigious Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and once again the nominations show a very narrow focus on the dramatically broadening world of Americana music. Aside from the Instrumentalists, only 11 names of artists or groups compile the entire field of 2013 Americana nominees.


Destroying The Dixie Chicks – Ten Years After

March 10, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  265 Comments

The comments at the concert beginning a Dixie Chicks world tour sparked off possibly the biggest black balling in the history of American music. Spoken 10 days before the beginning of the Iraq War, the backlash took the Dixie Chicks from the biggest concert draw in country music to relative obscurity in country music in a matter of weeks.


The Music That Paved The Way For Mumford & Sons

February 19, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  49 Comments

Many of the bold changes in the direction of popular music begin with artists that are too fey, too polarizing to become popular themselves. So it takes others who understand how to soften music with sensibilities to make it accessible to the masses, and hopefully, if time is on their side, transect the popularity timeline, resulting in superstardom.


55th Annual Grammy Awards Preview

February 9, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  14 Comments

Sunday night is the most important night in music of the year as the 55th annual Grammy Awards will be transpiring in Los Angeles. Independent-minded music consumers can go back and forth about just how important Grammy night is, but regardless if you like the winners or even care to pay attention, what transpires Sunday night will have effects on the entire music world.


Mono-Genre Watch: 2012 End-Of-Year Sales

January 10, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  20 Comments

The Mono-Genre Theory in short states that all popular music is coalescing into one big genre where influences and styles from country, rap, rock, blues etc. coexist without any true lines defining their differences. At the end of every year when the sales numbers are released by Nielsen Soundscan, it usually reveals evidence of this mono-genre coagulation. 2012 was no different.


Review – The Foghorn Stringband “Outshine The Sun”

November 7, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  10 Comments

Whether it’s folk, bluegrass, country, or Cajun, Foghorn can play a breakdown, a Celtic jig, a Cajun waltz, and cut a rug to an early country tune in the span of as many songs and sell you quickly on the idea that you don’t need amplification or new school modes to make music that is both memorable and entertaining. Outshine the Sun is an excellent album, and where it makes its mark is in the positivity of its message.


Mumford & Sons Take Roots Music Mainstream w/ “Babel”

October 16, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  31 Comments

By all accounts, I should hate these dudes, and this album by proxy. t was announced that Babel was the best-selling debut so far in 2012, selling 600,000 copies and outpacing folks like Justin Bieber. Really? Has the “roots” revolution reached such a point that it is the most popular, mainstream thing going in music these days? How am I supposed to be okay with that, and where is this leading?


This New CMT Edge Outlet

September 12, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  12 Comments

A few days ago, CMT launched a new format and website called CMT Edge with the intent of covering artists outside the norm of mainstream country music. Since then I’ve been asked many times what I think of it, and my stock answer has been that I don’t exactly know what I think of it yet. Having said that, I see no reason at this point not to stay positive about it.


Album Review – The Calamity Cubes “Old World’s Ocean”

August 23, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  17 Comments

Old World’s Ocean puts The Calamity Cubes’ bevy of talents on glorious display. Excellent songwriting is conveyed through flawless vocal performances and inventive music. They say to make it in music today you need a distinct voice, and The Calamity Cubes have two of them; the deep, brooding baritone of Brook Blanche, and the whimsical, character-filled sighs of Joey Henry.


Album Review – Trampled by Turtles “Stars & Satellites”

April 15, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  16 Comments

Trampled by Turtles have flat out blown up on our asses, debuting videos on CMT and selling out theater shows, while still being true to their original approach. That’s what happens when you have good guys putting out great songs and great albums and developing a sound that is familiar enough that it’s easy to get comfortable and acquainted with.


Country Taking Submissive Role To Rap in Mono-Genre

June 9, 2011 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  86 Comments

With Kid Rock hosting the CMT Awards, with country rapper Colt Ford performing, and with Jason Aldean and Ludacris closing the show out with a rap song, you can make the case that 15%-20% of the 2011 CMT Awards was either rap or rap inspired. I expect those percentages to increase until the number gets to 50%. Then the mono-genre will be fully realized, and the death of contrast will be complete.


Observations From 2011 Grammy Awards

February 14, 2011 - By Trigger  //  News  //  93 Comments

I feel the need to iterate to you some observations for last night’s 2011 Grammy Awards, if only to get them off my chest. This is not entirely going to be a bitch fest. Every year they air the Grammy’s, and every year people are left scratching their heads and feeling hopelessness for music, and so it was to be expected that this year would be no different…


Brothers That Bring The Roots

January 11, 2011 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  28 Comments

Even though T Model is solidly blues, like so many other roots-based independent artists, he has turned to the same underground resources that many independent country acts use to get their music to the people. This has formed the big tent movement that can be seen in things like the Muddy Roots Festival lineup where you have country and blues musicians booked side by side, and nobody bats an eyelash.

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