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Album Review: ‘To the Sunset’ by Amanda Shires

Album Review: ‘To the Sunset’ by Amanda Shires

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-Allison Dee, Roots N Blues Intern

Listening to Amanda Shires’ new album, To The Sunset, was a breath of fresh air. While her first few albums had more of a country-folk sound, Shires has transformed her style and debuted a new Americana soft-rock type in this work. While this shift is definitely bold, she pulls it off. Read More

A playlist to get rid of those back to school blues

A playlist to get rid of those back to school blues

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-Jessica Graves, Roots N Blues Intern

It’s that time of year again — the new school year has commenced. Along with that comes the dread of setting an alarm for the next morning that wakes you up before the sun rises. Whether you’re a parent of a student, a student yourself, or a teacher — most of us probably don’t love the transition back to those early morning routines. Read More

Need a lonely hearts playlist? We got you covered

Need a lonely hearts playlist? We got you covered

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-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

Is your guys/girls trip to Roots N Blues just not enough to fill the vacancy of love in your heart? I may not be cupid, but I do have something that can be a placeholder till you find that special someone. For this playlist, I have gathered some of my favorite songs about love. From present artists like The Avett Brothers to legendary Roots N Blues alums like Al Green, this playlist will take you through the ups and downs that come with that thing we call love. We start with the idea of what would happen without that your person with “Cold As the Night” by The Oh Hellos, and then we come full circle to what we would do without that person thanks to Drew Holcomb. Enjoy this journey on the rollercoaster of emotion that love can be. Read More

What we’re listening to now, as told by Allison

What we’re listening to now, as told by Allison

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-Allison Dee, Roots N Blues Intern

I made this playlist as a little cure to the summer heat. It’s early August, which that means it’s extremely hot and humid here in mid-Missouri. No seriously, as soon as I step outside my door, I start sweating. Getting into my car after it’s been sitting in the sun is a whole other type of hot, as I carefully try not to burn my hands on the steering wheel or my thighs on the seat. Read More

What we’re listening to now, as told by Lauren

What we’re listening to now, as told by Lauren

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-Lauren Brown, Roots N Blues Intern

Trying to reduce my entire Spotify library into one representative playlist was, no doubt, harder than picking a major. I try to be pretty open musically, but if you listen to the playlist you can definitely hear my preferences shine though. Read More

What we’re listening to now, as told by Jessica

What we’re listening to now, as told by Jessica

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-Jessica Graves, Roots N Blues Intern

This time of year always seems to have a similar effect on what music gets my attention. You know, the songs that fill my newest playlists, the ones I don’t skip in the car. Read More

Album Review: ‘Good Thing’ by Leon Bridges

Album Review: ‘Good Thing’ by Leon Bridges

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

There’s something untouchable about a band’s first album. Oftentimes they’re made before an artist’s big blow up; typically, they cause said blow up. These works are bundles of unsuspecting innocence. Take Leon Bridge’s Coming Home, for example. Released in 2015, the 10-track album is what catapulted Bridges to stardom. And for good reason. It flaunts a charming, throwback sound that’s simultaneously sexy — you can play it for your grandma, or you can play it on date night. It’s versatile. Read More

What we’re listening to: ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’ by Sturgill Simpson

What we’re listening to: ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’ by Sturgill Simpson

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-Charles Dranginis, Roots N Blues Intern

In an industry where innovation seems to butt heads with preservation, the path to success often passes through conservative terrestrial radio. Therefore, the evolution of country moves at a turtle’s pace. But, ya see, Sturgill Simpson isn’t too concerned about being the new face of country. Read More

Album Review: ‘Things Have Changed’ by Bettye Lavette

Album Review: ‘Things Have Changed’ by Bettye Lavette

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-Shay Jasper, Assistant Festival Director

My parents overheard my sister listening to Bob Dylan’s 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks, as a freshman in high school. Stunned, proud and motivated to break out their large (read: heavy) vinyl collection, my parents insisted that we become the family that listened to Dylan almost every Sunday afternoon. And exactly that we became. Read More

Three new tracks to celebrate the weekend

Three new tracks to celebrate the weekend

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

It’s Friday, which means you now have two days to do nothing except binge watch Queer Eye. In celebration of making it through another week, here’s a few new releases to listen to on your commute home. Read More

Album Review: ‘Tearing at the Seams’ by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Album Review: ‘Tearing at the Seams’ by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

S.O.B… He’s back. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have returned with a 12-track album that’s bursting with instrumentals and that rasp we know and love. In between a rigorous tour schedule, the 7-piece band released a live album and an EP, but still left us itching for this full-length work, and here it is. Tearing at the Seams is a conglomerate of exceptional, powerful songs, each of them building off each other to form an overall strong album. This high level of quality comes at no surprise; Rateliff is anything but inconsistent. Read More

A playlist for the best day of the year

A playlist for the best day of the year

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

Today is International Women’s Day, which means we pretty much have to listen to exclusively women artists. At RNB, we’ve had tens of powerful women grace our stage. From Amanda Shires to Brandi Carlile, these women have inspired us to be strong, vocal, and not take no for an answer. We love watching them perform, we love listening to them, and we aspire to be them. Read More

Album Review: ‘Eurus’ by The Oh Hellos

Album Review: ‘Eurus’ by The Oh Hellos

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

When The Oh Hellos played at the 2016 RNBNBBQ Festival, it had been a year since they released their well-received Dear Wormwood. After a stunning performance, anyone attending the festival who may have been unfamiliar with the band was hooked. Luckily for these new fans, the band had three albums to play on repeat. Unluckily for them, they had to wait over a year for a new release. Read More

3 new(ish) albums you may have missed

3 new(ish) albums you may have missed

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

As the new year progresses, we are still tirelessly working towards our new year’s resolutions. Progress is, of course, great, but sometimes we get caught up in our busy schedules and forget about the constant flow of music. If you missed the releases of these three albums, take a few minutes, and dive in. Whether it’s on your commute to work or while you’re making dinner, be sure to check these out. Read More

New year, new playlist for you

New year, new playlist for you

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

We can only listen to Christmas music for so long before “Little Drummer Boy” begins to sound like nails on a chalkboard. If you’re over our Christmas playlist, you’re in luck. Here is a hand-crafted, Roots N Blues approved playlist to kick off your new year right. Read More

A playlist to get you excited for this weekend

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

There are so many cliches that I could list off right now, i.e. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” or “It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.” But let’s just get straight to the facts: In 24 hours, you’ll be walking through the festival gates. Read More

What we’re listening to right now:

What we’re listening to right now:

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“Watching From a Distance” by David Ramirez

-Parker Donovan, Roots N Blues Intern

There’s no getting around it: there will be times throughout our life when we are reminded of a universal truth, life can be relentless. Sometimes we undergo a deep deconstruction of our entire beings. Heartbreak, something everyone will go through at some point, perfectly exhibits this universal truth; thank God we have music to cope. Read More

Intern Playlist: What Evan is listening to

Intern Playlist: What Evan is listening to

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-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting what each of the RNB interns are listening to. Check out the rest of the series here.

I never realized just how many different kinds of music I really listen to until I tried to create this playlist. As I skimmed through my finalized list, I noticed the how the songs bounce in and out of genres and really kind of go all over the place. It took way too long to narrow it down to 30 songs, but these two hours of music are essential to my being. The list features country, alternative, a little punk and many more. It features artists like Charles Bradley, one of my favorite guys to walk this earth, Family and Friends, a group some of us interns recently saw, and 2017 Roots N Blues artists like Band of Horses and Pokey Lafarge. Specifically, the following five songs are personal favorites:

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Intern playlist: What Kelly is listening to

Intern playlist: What Kelly is listening to

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-Kelly Bielfeldt, Roots N Blues Intern

This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting what each of the RNB interns are listening to. Check out the first in the series here. 

The Art of Making Playlists

I’m a man of many interests. Most are pretty standard to the typical millennial, college student. I like to draw, play the occasional video game, and socialize with friends, all when I’m not studying for my classes of course! – LOL

One of my favorite hobbies is making elaborate Spotify playlists. I will legitimately spend hours on end working on a playlist that nobody will probably ever listen to besides me. I’ll add songs only to delete them; I’ll move songs up only to move them back down again. So, you could imagine I was super jazzed up when I was told to make a “What we’re listening to” playlist for our blog.

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Intern playlist: What Michael is listening to

Intern playlist: What Michael is listening to

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-Michael Arnott, Roots N Blues Intern

This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting what each of the RNB interns are listening to.

Hello all you people. Do you like music? I’m guessing that you PROBABLY do, but the more important question is do you like GOOD music? I’m also guessing you would say to me, “But Michael, isn’t that subjective?” to which I would say, “Normally yes but not when we’re talking about my music.” Don’t believe me? You’re flat out 100% unequivocally wrong and you should be ashamed. In penance for this dishonor upon yourself and your family, I am prescribing a hearty dose of my personal playlist. Its wide-range of musical tastes will always provide you with fresh, unadulterated goodness pulling from the new, the old, and everything in between.

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What we’re listening to now:

What we’re listening to now:

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“Waves” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones

-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

When an artist I love releases a new album, I always try and listen to it completely — start to finish, sometimes in one sitting. But occasionally, life happens. Maybe you forgot to listen to it. Or you zone out in the middle of listening to it and don’t really process how good the album really is. Or in some cases, you overlook an incredible song. That’s what happened to me with this song. Read More

What We’re Listening to Now:

What We’re Listening to Now:

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“Damned (If You Do)” by the Mavericks

– Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

The opening of each Mavericks song is closely followed by a recurring conundrum: to salsa or to line dance. In their newest single “Damned (If You Do),” the Miami bred group does not eliminate this decision making process. With more than twenty successful years in the music industry and an incredible performance at last year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ under their belt, the Mavericks continue to deliver.
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