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13 Sep 2012, 16:20 de jcshepardAnd the Americana winners are...
Americana Music Awards and Honors 2012 Award Winners:
Instrumentalist of the Year: Dave Rawlings
Album of the Year: This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark; produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp
Song Of The Year Award : “Alabama Pines;” Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Emerging Artist of the Year: Alabama Shakes
Artist of the Year: Gillian Welch
Duo/group of the Year: The Civil Wars
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Bonnie Raitt
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist: Booker T. Jones
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting: Richard Thompson
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Dennis Lord
Better than last year. I disagree with the Civil Wars, way too pop for my taste even without their Taylor Swift episode. Overall, tho, more grit and soul. Well done.
6 Sep 2012, 22:39 de jcshepardhttp://americanamusic.org/sites/americanamusic.org/files/imagecache/GalleryFinal/316861_10150340355654232_10169864231_8306299_947917759_n_0.jpeg
Americana fans, here we go again. I was going to title this the Good, Bad and the Ugly, but I didn't think y'all needed me going all political with you and the Empty Chairs. PR from AMA
September 5, 2012, Nashville: The Americana Music Association announced today the list of performers and presenters to appear on the 11th annual Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, Wednesday, September 12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The performer list includes the best and brightest icons and rising stars: Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes, Booker T. Jones, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Deep Dark Woods, Hayes Carll with Cary Ann Hearst, Guy Clark, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John Hiatt, Justin Townes Earle, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Punch Brothers, Tom T. Hall with Lee Ann Womack and Peter Cooper, Robert Ellis, Sarah Jarosz, The Mavericks…
16 Dic 2010, 19:33 de JackWIrritatingly, although there are plenty of tools for analysing last.fm listening stats, I can't find an equivalent for event listings, so this has had to be fairly painfully manual.
I attended 126 shows this year, up 3 from last year and an average of a gig every 2.9 days. I've watched approximately 238 distinct bands/artists.
My most frequently seen artists were (showing everybody I caught three or more times):
Unit Nine (7 shows)
Aidy (5 shows)
The Mekons (4 shows)
Sachanovak (4 shows)
Eureka Stockade (3 shows)
Spiers & Boden / Jon Boden (3 shows)
Midway Still (3 shows)
The Pony Collaboration (3 shows)
The Travis Waltons (3 shows)
The Whybirds (3 shows)
Strangely, this will bear little resemblance to the meat of this article, my favourite gigs of the year. Notable by their absence, though, are The Broken Family Band. Sob.
So, breaking with my usual convention and starting with #10 first, to preserve suspense:
13 Dic 2010, 7:24 de biles1234This is the first journal entry of a three part series dedicated to the three primary songwriters of one of my favorite bands, the Drive-By Truckers. The three-headed monster that makes up the core of DBT's songwriting includes Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and Jason Isbell. Specifically, this piece will detail the songwriting talent and mastery of the latter -- the ever enigmatic Jason Isbell.
In a similar folk/country tradition, admirers of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, or more recently Jeff Tweedy, Jim James, and Ryan Adams will find much to love about Isbell. In my humble opinion, his songwriting during his DBT tenure is undoubtedly more impressive than that of either Adams, James, or Tweedy.
Isbell's stay with the Drive-By Truckers spanned 6 years (2001-2007) and three spectacular albums. He would only contribute eight songs to the band's catalogue, but nearly all of them are the product of legend; aural masterpieces to behold.
29 Abr 2010, 1:12 de Rosseus!!! (x6)
Alberta Cross (x2)
Alien Ant Farm
Andrew Bird (x3)
Apostle of Hustle (x2)
Arcade Fire (x4)
Autre Ne Veut
Back Door Slam (x2)
Band of Horses (x6)
Bass Drum of Death
Bat for Lashes
Beach Fossils (x2)
Ben Folds (x2)
Ben Folds Five
Better Than Ezra (x3)
Big Sam's Funky Nation (x4)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Blind Pilot (x2)
Blitzen Trapper (x2)
Bloc Party (x3)
Bobby Bare, Jr.
Brazilian Girls (x2)
Broken Bells (x2)
Broken Social Scene (x6)
Brooks & Dunn
Built to Spill (x3)
Cansei de Ser Sexy
4 Feb 2010, 6:03 de Robo2448In chronological order. Openers are noted.
Medeski, Martin & Wood x2
U-Melt x2 (opened for Tea Leaf Green both times)
Tea Leaf Green x12
Bruce Springsteen x5
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Robert Cray (opened for Eric Clapton)
The Raconteurs (opened for Bob Dylan)
Bob Dylan x2
Perpetual Groove x2
The Allman Brothers Band x2
The Casual Fiasco (opened for Scarecrow Collection)
The Dead Trees (opened for Albert Hammond Jr.)
Albert Hammond Jr.
Black Moth Super Rainbow (opened for The Flaming Lips)
The Flaming Lips
Andrew Bird (opened for Wilco)
The Ponys (opened for Spoon)
Pegi Young (opened for Neil Young)
Neil Young x2
Gov't Mule x8
Moonalice x2 (opened for Tea Leaf Green first time)
The Wars of 1812 x2
Jeremy Messersmith x2 (opened for Wars Of 1812 first time)
Sans Souci Quartet
Charlie Parr x2
The Derek Trucks Band x3 (opened for Santana first time)
4 Feb 2010, 4:12 de dukeoftaco30) Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump (2000)
In short, this is a concept album about a suicidal humanoid robot named Jed. Blissed out electronics and fuzzy guitars clash with Jason Lytle’s high, vulnerable singing voice in an album-long juxtaposition of nature versus machine. Sure, Radiohead and The Flaming Lips often tackle the same topic, but neither do it as beautifully as Grandaddy.
29) Daft Punk – Discovery (2001)
I tried hard not to like these guys. Cheesy French dance music that became one of the hipster darlings of the decade. Well it turns out that dance music is at it’s best when at least a little cheesy, and these French guys know how to break it down. Yo Kanye, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Daft Punk made the best version of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” of all time!
28) Extra Golden – OK-Oyot System (2006)
It’s a tough case to sell an album as one of the decade’s greatest for just one track…
10 Ene 2010, 5:58 de FangsFirst
19 Dic 2009, 16:50 de Rockstar_AimzFrom my blog: My Aimz is True
What a strong year for music! I've had a hell of a time narrowing down my list this year. Once I got it down to my top 30 albums, it took me forever to parse it down to ten. One thing that I noticed about my particular list is that it really leans heavily towards the country/folk-ish albums. I'm usually a big indie rock geek, but for some reason none of the rock releases that professional critics are lauding this year really did anything for me (e.g. Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Animal Collective, etc.). Does this mean that I am getting old and I subconsciously don't want to listen to what the damn hipster kids are into? Am I turning introspective and listening to music that more closely resembles the calamity that is my life? Would I feel the same had Okkervil River put out an album this year? Hmmm....
This list also leans towards artists that I saw live this year, and I have tried to reference back to their show somewhere in my review of that album. …