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St. Paul & the Broken Bones announce new album and drop lead single “Apollo”

St. Paul & the Broken Bones announce new album and drop lead single “Apollo”

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-Jessica Graves, Roots N Blues Intern

At the end of June, Roots N Blues alumnus St. Paul & the Broken Bones tweeted out several photos of flowers with single-word captions before completely wiping their account and announcing the upcoming release of a new record in early September. The new record is titled Young Sick Camellia and will follow up 2016’s Sea of Noise, and by the sound of their single “Apollo” — it’s going to be a groove one. Read More

Los Lobos to be inducted into the ACL Hall of Fame

Los Lobos to be inducted into the ACL Hall of Fame

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

Los Lobos has already hit double digits in their Grammy nominations, and now they are headed to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. This past week, the RNB alum were selected to be in the next class of legends, alongside Ray Charles and Marcia Ball. Read More

RNB alum Leon Bridges announces 2018 tour

RNB alum Leon Bridges announces 2018 tour

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

Leon Bridges came out of the gates running with his first album. This led to an extraordinary year — from playing at Roots N Blues to touring with Harry Styles, Bridges was never stagnant. After Coming Home‘s massive success, it was difficult not to think, “What could he do next?” Read More

See Rolling Stone’s best new country, americana songs

See Rolling Stone’s best new country, americana songs

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

If John Prine’s new song put you in a country mood, Rolling Stone has you covered. Well, kind of. The magazine doesn’t usually feature content from the genres of roots, country or americana. And if they do, it’s typically country pop stars or hard-hitters like Ryan Adams. It’s not often that you would see folks like Nikki Lane or Deke Dickerson sprawled across its pages. Read More

Did you miss Ryan Adams’ new song?

Did you miss Ryan Adams’ new song?

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

While you were with your loved one (or eating a whole lot of chocolate and watching Dirty Dancing), Ryan Adams’ released a new track titled “Baby I Love You.” Don’t get too excited; Adams’ hasn’t strayed from his somber roots. Layered over the deceptively upbeat instrumentals are his signature introspective and melancholy lyrics. Read More

John Prine releases new music after over 13 years

John Prine releases new music after over 13 years

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

This is how we feel over at RNB.

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RNB artist Leon Bridges to open for Harry Styles on global tour

RNB artist Leon Bridges to open for Harry Styles on global tour

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

RNB alums Jason Isbell & Taj Mahal take home Grammys

RNB alums Jason Isbell & Taj Mahal take home Grammys

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

Album watch: Eurus by The Oh Hellos

Album watch: Eurus by The Oh Hellos

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

Avett Brothers’ documentary comes to HBO this month

Avett Brothers’ documentary comes to HBO this month

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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.

Photo from The Little Theatre.

 

Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires on more female voices on the radio, politics and marriage

Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires on more female voices on the radio, politics and marriage

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

Grammys 2018: See the complete list of RNB artists that are nominated

Grammys 2018: See the complete list of RNB artists that are nominated

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

Avett Brothers add encore dates for documentary

Avett Brothers add encore dates for documentary

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

Listen: Margo Price releases sophomore album

Listen: Margo Price releases sophomore album

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

Jason Isbell performs behind a desk at NPR

Jason Isbell performs behind a desk at NPR

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

Margo Price releases surprise EP

Margo Price releases surprise EP

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

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

Avett Brothers documentary to premiere September 12

Avett Brothers documentary to premiere September 12

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-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

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.”

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Did you see Jason Isbell on The Daily Show?

Did you see Jason Isbell on The Daily Show?

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-Parker Donovan, Roots N Blues Intern

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. 

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How Jason Isbell makes being a vampire romantic

How Jason Isbell makes being a vampire romantic

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-Hilton Peeples, Assistant Festival Director

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

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