The 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards- Minute by Minute

I spent the evening over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, commenting on the IBMA awards as they unfolded in Raleigh, NC. It was a great show, highlighted by some super performances, a pair of moving and inspired inductions into the Hall of Fame, and Barry Bales. Visit Fervor Coulee Bluegrass here. I was only a little… Continue reading The 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards- Minute by Minute

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #1

Whatever your definition of roots music, for me there can only be one #1 Roots Song of Christmas, “Fairytale of New York,” released in 1987 by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. It is a beautiful sounding song with crushing lyrics and a give-and-take duet that seems all too natural. The song is re-released annually, and… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #1

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #2

Just a couple of days to Christmas, and my series of Roots Songs of Christmas is coming to a close. There are so many songs and performances I wish I could have included, and- rather than having a non-roots song of Christmas today- I will provide links to some of these down below. I had… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #2

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #3

The family is on their way over, so this one is going to be rushed- which is just as well as the song speaks for itself. There is a whole set of Christmas songs that are a bit acerbic in their delivery. While not spiritual or carols in any manner, they have become as much… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #3

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #4

Tonight’s Roots Song of Christmas takes us to Texas; for me to have gone this long without some mention of  Texas singer-songwriters is a feat. Songbird Kimmie Rhodes has been recording rich, original Americana for a couple decades, and during that time, the Austin-based songwriter has used her impressive mastery of words and melody to… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #4

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #5

We’re into the homestretch. Today’s Roots Song of Christmas doesn’t need any written accompaniment; “Old Toy Trains” is two minutes of pure Roger Miller perfection. Nostalgic, I’m sure,  even when released in 1967. The song didn’t chart. While my childhood Christmases weren’t quite like this, I wish they had been. YouTube has it here. I’ve avoided the… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #5

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #7

Sorry for the delay- I couldn’t get WordPress to cooperate earlier; perhaps I did something wrong. Over the first five days of Roots Songs of Christmas, we’ve been heavy more often than not. Most of the songs have been on the serious side with only “Wish You A Merry Christmas” lightening things a wee bit. We’ve… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #7

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