Putting a contemporary, jazzy spin on the driving bluegrass sound, Blue Canyon Boys will appeal to fans of dyed-in-the-wool old-time country and lovers of acoustic music in general. The honky-tonkin' "Heartaches Welcome" is the Colorado band at its pickin' and harmonizin' best.
Eight bands from St. Louis paid tribute to one of the grand masters of songwriting on Saturday night at Off Broadway. And they all did Leonard Cohen's poetry proud.
Despite operating out of New York City, Laura Cantrell shows that her singer/songwriter roots are firmly planted in the sounds of her native Nashville.
Among up-and-coming old-time and Americana artists, Betse Ellis is surely one of the most versatile. A deft songwriter, accomplished fiddler and a moving singer, Ellis draws on influences ranging from John Hartford to the Clash. "Golden Road," from her 2013 album "High Moon Order," finds the Kansas City-based musician in a reflective, lush, pedal steel-dappled mood.
Jonah Tolchin plays the blues with a pleasantly haunting and unforced grace, carrying listeners into a comfortable familiar place. His music is the kind that has a familiar feel but only comes from one source.
Austin-based Americana-pop band the Belle Sounds, led by founders Noëlle Hampton and André Moran, enlisted producer Neilson Hubbard for the finely textured sound of its new EP "Black Stone" and the seductive title track.
Rushing by on a slipstream of bowed bass and sometimes trembling, sometimes wailing vocal rounds, "Although You’re Gone" defines the "dark Americana" sound of Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings.
Steve Dawson has received recognition and success in the Chicago music scene for almost two decades, but even with all his accomplishments he remains down-to-earth and his music true to his Idaho-based roots.