POSTED ON: April 17th, 2018
Despite the fact that the Avett Brothers’ most current album is titled True Sadness, their gentle, effortless voices manage to evoke emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. The band’s legacy dates back to 2002, with over 10 albums filled with songs from happy to haunting to heartbreaking. Starting in North Carolina, brothers Scott and Seth Avett began making music as children and played gigs around Greenville, NC. After coining their weekly local jam sessions called “The Black Door Project,” this sibling partnership eventually blossomed into the American folk band we all know and love. Read More
POSTED ON: April 6th, 2018
If I had heard “Side Pony” by Lake Street Dive in seventh grade, the trajectory of my life may have been very different. In this deceptively simple song about — you guessed it — wearing your hair in a side ponytail, Rachael Price exudes nothing but confidence and positivity. It’s undeniably catchy and energetic, and it gained Lake Street Dive a decent amount of traction. And yet, it is the song that least demonstrates the bands cataclysmic amount of talent. That’s the thing about Lake Street Dive; even when they’re just messing around and playing covers, their sound has the ability to catch any ear and induce someone to ask, “Who is this song by?” Read More
POSTED ON: July 21st, 2017
While it may be their first time at Roots N Blues, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are no strangers to the stage. The group, who has been making music for almost 30 years, will take the stage Friday night and bring their unique and timeless sound to Stephens Lake Park.
POSTED ON: July 13th, 2017
The definition of “chump change” is a small or insignificant amount, but the band Chump Change definitely does not coincide with that meaning. They pack a whole lot of soul and a whole lot of fun into their music. Chump Change is a blues band based out of the Midwest who has been jamming since the 80s.
POSTED ON: July 12th, 2017
Greetings readers, it’s me again, your trusty artist spotlight ambassador here to satiate all of the curiosities that your little heart may desire. In this edition, we are featuring Paul Weber and the Scrappers!
POSTED ON: July 11th, 2017
When I first added Untamed Youth’s 1998 album “Youth Runs Wild!” to my Spotify queue, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Knowing nothing besides their background,, I never would have guessed that I would be instantly transported to the carefree beaches of California. Highlighted especially in their fun harmonies on “Girl Happy,” the guitar work throughout the album could only come from the instrument of surf rock, a Fender Guitar.. Untamed Youth sound like they got their start in sunny Southern California in the early 1960s, not in Columbia, Missouri in the late 1980s. Read More
POSTED ON: July 6th, 2017
The next time you clean your house, turn on The Hooten Hallers. The next time you’re partying until the break of dawn, turn on the Hooten Hallers. The band brings an energy that is impossible to ignore, no matter what you’re doing. Toe-tapping is involuntary. Then that toe-tapping turns into wild, fervent flailing of the limbs. Yes, it’s that powerful. There’s something about The Hooten Hallers’ ability to combine a certain rowdy playfulness in their songwriting with a deep, soulful sound and a dirty, gritty punk rock attitude that just makes you want to move. Read More
POSTED ON: June 30th, 2017
What happens when you combine the grandson of legendary blues artist R.L. Burnside with the distinct, bumping rhythms from two talented musicians from Hannibal, Missouri? Musical euphony. Read More
POSTED ON: June 29th, 2017
Nikki Hill is known for delivering performances you will never forget and making you believe in rock n’ roll again. They keep their rock n’ roll sounds raw, while delivering each song with pure passion for blues music. Hill’s unique voice drags you in with strength and continues to capture your soul with every lyric. Read More
POSTED ON: June 28th, 2017
-Jenna Boessen, Roots N Blues Intern
In her most recent album, “Highway Queen,” Nikki Lane both pays “whiskey-soaked homage” to her hometown and mourns her failed marriage. “Highway Queen” will take your mind on an exquisite journey, as Lane belts out her heartbreak story in the hopes of touching lives who may be walking the same path.
POSTED ON: June 27th, 2017
The Old 97’s have been “doing it longer than I’ve been alive.” Literally. They were formed in 1993. These guys are an American alternative-country band from Dallas, Texas. They’re made up of Rhett Miller (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Murry Hammond (backup vocals, bass), Ken Bethea (lead guitar, backup vocals), and Philip Peeples (drums). Most songs are written and sung by Miller, with bassist Murry Hammond typically picking up the lead vocals on one or two tracks per album. Read More
POSTED ON: June 22nd, 2017
Tennessee born and raised, Booker T. Jones has been consistently at the heart of all things soul and R&B. From collaborations with the likes of Sheila E, Drive-By Truckers, and fellow 2017 RNBNBBQ artist Gary Clark Jr., Booker T has proven time and time again that he chooses to create and collaborate with any given opportunity.
POSTED ON: June 21st, 2017
Heartbreak is never a good thing, but Ryan Adams finds a way to make it beautiful. The 42-year-old singer/songwriter from North Carolina has produced 16 studio albums across the last 17 years. The latest,“Prisoner,” was released this past February. Read More
POSTED ON: June 20th, 2017
It would probably be a fair assumption to think that the Mavericks were booked for this year’s festival before they even finished their set at The 2016’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. After putting on an electrifying performance in Stephens Lake Park last year, the Mavericks are once again on the bill this year. They’ll be back better than ever.
The Mavericks, who got their start in the punk and alternative scene, have had a 28-year-long rollercoaster of a career. This includes Grammy nominations, breakups, solo careers, a happy reunion and nine studio albums. After the release of their self-titled debut album in 1990, the band signed a record deal with MCA Nashville. Read More
POSTED ON: June 16th, 2017
The Bottle Rockets are a foursome who introduced and capitalized on one of the most unique styles of music: Punk-Rock Country. Yes, you heard me correctly. Punk. Rock. Country. The band was created in 1993 by lead singer and guitarist, Brian Henneman. The story, however, starts before the band’s conception.
POSTED ON: June 14th, 2017
Ana Popovic has been popping off in the blues scene since before I was born. She’s spent more years dedicated to perfecting her craft than I have been alive: it shines through in her face-melting guitar skills. Read More
POSTED ON: June 13th, 2017
Emmylou Harris’ beginnings as an artist were humble yet marked by passion and irrefutable talent; after dropping out of college to focus on music and while working as a waitress to support herself, Harris started performing at coffee shops in Manhattan in the 1960s. Folk music was at its peak, and was becoming a tool for activism and a poetic expression of peace. Read More
POSTED ON: June 9th, 2017
Music Maker Blues Revue: it’s a name many of you may not be familiar with. But when you see them perform this fall, it will be a name that you won’t forget. The Revue is put on by the non-profit Music Maker Relief Foundation and provides an outlet for poverty-stricken southern artists 55 years and older. Through this program, they have the ability to share their talent outside of their local communities.
POSTED ON: June 7th, 2017
The Fairfield Four have been gracing the world with their traditional spiritual and gospel music for almost a century. The pastor of the Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee started the group with his two sons, simultaneously creating a legacy. The group then took on a new member, John Battle, transforming the trio into a quartet and giving the group its name.
POSTED ON: June 6th, 2017
Margo Price has been notably recognized as a “Nashville badass.” Margo’s passion to tell stories of overcoming life’s challenges and the strength she’s found serves as encouragement for all of her listeners during dark times. This powerful vibe emanates most clearly from her most recent album, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” Price truly believes that connecting personally with music can provide both strength and stability. She hopes that through her album she can show her listeners that they’re never alone.
POSTED ON: June 2nd, 2017
Amanda Shires’ music has greatly shaped my life in the past few years; her songwriting is real and her fiddle playing is incredible. I have loved her music for quite a while, but My Piece of Land really hit home for me. I have always loved music – it has always played a huge role in my life but music like Amanda’s is what drove me to want to learn how to play something. It may be 20 years before I can even possess an ounce of the talent that she has, but it has definitely made me appreciate music in a new light.
POSTED ON: May 30th, 2017
It’s impossible to talk country music greats without mentioning Marty Stuart. While he is too humble to admit it, Stuart fills the post-Johnny Cash gap with his truly authentic, country sound.
POSTED ON: May 26th, 2017
“Start around two minutes and ten seconds into ‘Long Way Down.’”
That was the piece of advice I read after looking up The SteelDrivers. Without any prior knowledge on the band or their style, I was pleasantly caught off guard by lead singer Gary Nichols’ unique voice and the band’s folky, country feel.
POSTED ON: May 23rd, 2017
When you first hear Pokey LaFarge, you may think you just stepped out of a time machine. His music is an ode to the roots of western swing with a twist of jazz, somewhat resembling what you may hear at a saloon if the owner was trying to expand his audience. He fits the part, often dressed in a polka-dot tie and suspenders but always with the signature slicked-back combover.
POSTED ON: May 19th, 2017
Band of Horses: who are they? What do they do? Are they really horses? Why should you care? I, Michael Arnott, shall give it my darndest effort to answer all of these questions and more for your reading pleasure.
POSTED ON: May 17th, 2017
I first found out about The Suffers after my parents attended the New Orleans Jazz Festival. It was here that they were introduced to lead singer Kam Franklin’s powerful vocals, the rousing, energetic brass section, and the remaining members of the ten-person band. After hearing about how their live performance gave my parents goose bumps, I knew I had to give them a listen.
POSTED ON: May 9th, 2017
“Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,” the opening words to the chorus of John Prine’s “Paradise” will always bring a tear to my eye and put me in a different place. And then I hear “I know a guy that’s got a lot to lose, he’s a pretty nice fella, kinda confused.”
POSTED ON: April 28th, 2017
Gary Clark Jr. is far more than an R&B singer: the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has blended genres to create a whole new category of musical excellence. Think R&B meets soul meets rock & roll meets hip-hop. Those of you who know Clark’s music are probably nodding your heads right now; the rest of you are probably raising an eyebrow at how so many different styles of music can be mashed under one artist. At this point, I would ask you to stop reading and listen to a few songs. Go ahead, I’ll wait here…
POSTED ON: April 18th, 2017