Shannon McNally is on a mission to spread the word about New Orleans musician Bobby Charles, the man who wrote such classics as "Walking to New Orleans" and "See you Later, Alligator."
Finding a balance between pop and traditional tends to be a struggle for some contemporary country artists, but Caitlin Rose has been able to master it.
I first saw the Devil Makes Three on the live webcast of the Newport Folk Festival last summer and thought they sounded and looked a little like the really pissed-off folks that got stuck in Nebraska in the 1889 Land Rush: destined to build houses out of sod and eke out a living with crude hand tools.
"I want to take this hall with me. You're so lucky," Rosanne Cash told the audience at the Sheldon near the end of her set, which began with her calling the century-old venue "one of the best-sounding halls in the whole country."
The Flatlanders story reads like a Hollywood script - high school friends Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock formed a band in 1972 in Lubbock, Texas. They record an album, broke up before it was released, made their own successes in the music world, only to reunite 30 years later, lauded as innovators.
"This is gonna be awesome when the guitar gets plugged back in!" Abigail Bengson shouted with a smile on her face during a slight hiccup during the Bengsons' set.
The Great White North is one of the last places you might think of when speaking of country-tinged music, but musicians like Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans are well-versed in the sounds of the American South.