POSTED ON: February 10th, 2018
This is how we feel over at RNB.
POSTED ON: February 9th, 2018
Leon Bridges graced the stage at the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in a jumpsuit. He closed out the Saturday lineup with almost the entirety of his debut album, a few covers, and even an adlb dance number. His performance left us completely speechless and wanting to see him again. Read More
POSTED ON: January 29th, 2018
Last night’s Grammy Awards were packed with political statements and profound performances. This didn’t leave time much time for on-stage presentations of awards; in fact, there were only nine awards actually presented in front of the audience. Instead, most were given out at a pre-show ceremony, which means it was easy to miss a lot of the winners. Read More
POSTED ON: January 23rd, 2018
I guess this is what happens when siblings don’t bicker; brother-and-sister led team The Oh Hellos are returning this February with their fourth studio album titled Eurus. Read More
POSTED ON: January 9th, 2018
In September 2017, Judd Apatow released his documentary about RNB alums the Avett Brothers, and most of the RNB team attended the one-night-only showing. We left thinking, “Man, I want to see that again.” But for the past few months, that’s been virtually impossible. Sure, there were a few more showings, but these were few and far between. Until now.
After a long four months, “May It Last” will be able to stream on HBO by the end of January. Whether it’s your first or third time, be sure to watch this stunning depiction of a RNB alums the Avett Brothers.
POSTED ON: December 20th, 2017
Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are one of the most authentic and charming couples in the spotlight. Not only that, but they both have had incredibly successful years for their careers. And beyond that, they have been some of the most outspoken voices on issues that transcend what is usually commented on by country artists. Read More
POSTED ON: November 28th, 2017
Another year, another Grammys where they ignore our favorite categories and only announce the pop categories on TV. Nevertheless, a massive amount of Roots N Blues alums are nominated for Grammys. Check out the complete list below: Read More
POSTED ON: November 7th, 2017
On the night of September 12th, 2017, tens of thousands of people donning Avett Brothers T-shirts lined the insides of theaters across the country. These fans were all queued, waiting to see the intimate portrayal of the Avett Brothers in their film “May it Last.” Of course, most of the Roots N Blues staff went to the viewing, and we all brought with us individual memories associated with the band and their music. Our assistant festival director played ping-pong with the brothers at the 2014 festival. One of the interns has a tattoo of Avett Brothers’ lyrics on his forearm. Meanwhile, I was a fan, but not that intensely. This quickly changed as I had a steady flow of tears throughout the entire film. I listened to all nine albums in succession the next day. Read More
POSTED ON: October 31st, 2017
Thirty days ago, we were watching Margo Price crush her performance at The 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Today, we’re listening to her soul-crushing sophomore album, All American Made. The title of this 12 track album is a little misleading — Price depicts a world in crisis. Read More
POSTED ON: September 8th, 2017
I almost got run over by a bike last Monday, but it was for good reason. Early that morning, NPR released their newest Tiny Desk Concert with Jason Isbell. So of course as I walked to my 8 a.m. class, my eyes were glued to the minuscule screen of my phone as Jason Isbell’s anything but minuscule sound projected out of my headphones. If you even mildly keep up with these blog posts, they almost always include a link to a Tiny Desk. And if a blog post doesn’t include a Tiny Desk, there is a strong chance it is about Jason Isbell. So basically, this was huge for me. Read More
POSTED ON: August 4th, 2017
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing the words “Margo Price” and “new EP” in the same headline. Especially when you’re not expecting new music from her. And then she releases a surprise EP. Read More
POSTED ON: July 21st, 2017
It might not be an album, but fans of the folk group The Avett Brothers have something to cheer about. The band is the focal point of an upcoming documentary from directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio titled “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers.”
POSTED ON: July 18th, 2017
Jason Isbell, a 2016 Roots N Blues N BBQ crowd favorite, has been making the press rounds to promote his latest album, “The Nashville Sound.” This album marks his first since the birth of his and 2017 artist Amanda Shire’s daughter Mercy, so this project provides a contemplative look at Isbell’s life post-fatherhood. This past month, Isbell performed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
POSTED ON: June 27th, 2017
Jason Isbell always pours his soul into his work. It’s evident that he can take real life experiences and turn them into something captivating and beautiful. His recently released album, “The Nashville Sound,” gives me all kinds of emotions, beginning with blood boiling anger due to the reality of “White Man’s World.” My emotions then manifest into tears of joy as I listen to the genuine story of the lasting love and the concept of forever in “If We Were Vampires.” The lyrics to the latter are beautifully haunting: “Likely one of us will have to spend some time alone. Maybe we’ll get 40 years together, but one day I’ll be gone or one day you’ll be gone.” Jason Isbell has without a doubt created another masterpiece and a perfect follow up to his 2015 album, “Something More Than Free.” Read More