USA Today Premieres Title Track From Slaid Cleaves’ New Album ‘Still Fighting The War’ Out June 18

All MP3 Proceeds Benefit Veterans Charity Operation Homefront

In an interview with USA Today this week, renowned Texas songwriter Slaid Cleaves explained the meaning behind the title of his new album ‘Still Fighting the War,’ out June 18 on Music Road Records.

Inspired by a Pulitzer-winning series of photos of an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, the powerful title track addresses the plight of those returning from war and struggling to readjust to society. But as Cleaves tells USA Today, the phrase “still fighting the war” took on a broader meaning when he applied it to the album as a whole.

"As I was putting together all these songs that I had recorded… I saw a little bit of a theme," he says. "They’re songs about perseverance and holding your head up through hard times."

Stream the premiere of “Still Fighting the War” via USA Today here:

The track is available for download via for a minimum donation of 99 cents. All proceeds from the mp3 single benefit veterans charity Operation Homefront.

"Operation Homefront raises funds for people, whether they’re in need of car repair, help with their rent or help getting to their job," Cleaves says. "It’s a very personal, easy-to-understand way to help people."

"I had a song that speaks to an issue of the day, and I’m thrilled when my songs connect with people. That’s the main reason I write songs. But with this one, I could go a step further and do some good with it."

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Americana Music Association Announces 2013 Awards Nominees

(Nashville, TN) May 14, 2013 – The Americana Music Association announced nominees today for the 2013 Honors & Awards in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum®.  The ceremony featured performances by now nominated artists Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Cook and The Milk Carton Kids.  The program was broadcast live on AXS TV, who will present a special encore presentation of the event later this evening at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Shovels & Rope, with four nominations, followed by Emmylou Harris and Miller, with three each, lead the nominee slate while many other notable artists were recognized including:  Rodney Crowell, John Fullbright, Lauderdale, The Lumineers, JD McPherson, the aforementioned Milk Carton Kids, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Richard Thompson, and Dwight Yoakam.  Winners will be announced live at the annual Americana Honors and Awards, presented by Nissan, on September 18th live on AXS TV from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
Today’s celebration in Los Angeles kicked off with an Americana tribute to George Jones featuring Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale leading their all-star band comprised of Fats Kaplin, Brian Owings and Jay Weaver.  The music continued with performances by Lisa Marie Presley with special guest T Bone Burnett, Elizabeth Cook and the Milk Carton Kids.
Burnett, who produced Americana masterpieces ranging from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to the Americana and Grammy award winning “Raising Sand” by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, spoke to the Clive Davis Theatre audience about the genre that honors the roots of American music that has grown to prominence in recent years.
This year the nominees reflect the diverse and artistic breadth of the genre, where legends and the next generation of stars share the stage.
Buddy & Jim, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Cheater’s Game, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
From The Ground Up, John Fullbright
O’ Be Joyful, Shovels & Rope
Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell
Birmingham - Shovels & Rope
Good Things Happen to Bad People - Richard Thompson
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
North Side Gal - JD McPherson
Buddy Miller
Dwight Yoakam
Emmylou Harris
Richard Thompson
JD McPherson
John Fullbright
Milk Carton Kids
Shovels & Rope
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
Shovels & Rope
Doug Lancio
Larry Campbell
Greg Leisz
Jay Bellerose
Mike Bub
The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on September 18, 2013 (as part of the Americana Music Festival - September 18-22, 2013 at venues throughout Music City). The iconic Jim Lauderdale will once again host the Honors & Awards, while the phenomenal Buddy Miller will lead the All-Star Band. Described by Paste Magazine as “…the worlds best awards show…,” the Americana Honors & Awards have featured once-in-a-lifetime moments, unforgettable performances and legendary collaborations.  Tickets for the Honors & Awards show come with the purchase of Americana Music Festival & Conference Registrations
About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a not for profit professional trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music

Ran across the band The Shouting Matches on Pitchfork and have enjoyed spinning their new album called “Grown Ass Man” this afternoon.  Apparently the band has quite the pedigree ranging from Bon Iver, MegaFaun and Peter Wolf Crier and Laarks all of which are bands I have never heard of which is not unusual at all. 

Source: Spotify Relocation Program celebrated our nine year anniversary this past January which is pretty amazing. Over the years we have had countless people collaborate and help post wonderful words to help support this great music we love so much.  In those nine years, I have lost count of the number of times we have migrated our platform from one blog software to another.  Most of the time it’s due to new technology, costs or boredom on my part to change things up.   Unfortunately this time, it’s due to our old platform ( shutting down.   Moving content from one service to another rarely works well and in the end we always end up losing the most important piece which is who wrote the content.  I tried to salvage what I could during this move but I will apologize in advance for the mess.  We are now running on which is a twitter like blog platform to keep content brief which will hopefully allow us to get content out more frequently.   

With this change, we also have lost some of our ability to have multiple authors however if you wish to write, I would strongly encourage you to start your own account and let us know.  We will include your posts as a part of the overall Americana Roots feed so that we can continue to spotlight great music.

Gregg Geil


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Americana Rock Mix: Episode 132 - Let Us Just Relax

I took off from doing a show last week, it was a short notice kind of thing. But thanks for coming back this week to see what I have in store for you. It’s kind of a chill-out week for me, so we’re just going to sit back, hang out with Boris, and listen to some great music.

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Music in this episode:

- Carolina Backroads AND Dandelions by The Deadfields
(from Dance In The Sun)

- Crowbar Hotel AND I Love Your Army by Chadwick Stokes
(from Simmerkane II)

- Domino Effect AND Burden by Van Ghost
(from The Effect EP)

- Corn Whiskey AND For The Ride by Eastbound Jesus
(from Holy Smokes)

- Shackled And Drawn AND We Take Care Of Our Own by Bruce Springsteen
(from Wrecking Ball)

- Dirty Jokes AND Gravity And Time by Dan London
(from Happy To See Me)


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Americana Rock Mix: Episode 131 - Escaping Real Life

This week, even though you’re hearing the show on time, I recorded it early so that I could get a little bit of an escape from the stress of real life. And this music did the trick. Enjoy!

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Music in this episode:

- Loaded and Loud AND Who Do You Think You Are by Patton Sparks
(from Loaded and Loud)

- Mitchellville AND Gate City by Patrick’s Beard And The Rusty Razors
(from True Tales Of The Human Condition)

- Ain’t Like Knowin’ AND Bleed by Bird’s Mile Home
(from Bird’s Mile Home)
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- Kickapoo Riffraff AND Mending by Independence 76
(from Magpie Parables)

- Tonight AND Motorville by Jon Gant & His Band
(from A Rough Start To The Night)

- Sittin’ Pretty AND Pearls And Plaid by Van Meter
(from Mess Of My Memory)
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- Ghost AND The Sadness of Age by Resurrection Lake
(from Quiet Despair)
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- Winning Without Playing AND Who You Are by The Slytest
(from Between You And Me EP)


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Lost Nugget - Willis Alan Ramsey

By John Walker


A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with the amazing Todd Snider. Todd has long been one of my favorite singer/songwriters, who I believe is one of the most talented out there today. As I try to do with each artist I speak with, I asked Todd what relatively obscure artists I should check out, since I am always looking for new music to enjoy. After discussing several musicians we both admired, he said a name which had eluded me up to that point…Willis Alan Ramsey. When I told Todd I was not familiar with that one, his face immediately lit up. He grabbed a piece of paper and wrote the name down for me (still have the piece of paper in my office too), saying do yourself a favor and get this guy tomorrow. Todd went on to say he only released one record, it may be hard to find, but it is amazing.


When I got home later that night, I immediately logged onto my computer to see what I could find. Sure enough, way back in 1972, Willis Alan Ramsey had one self titled release on Shelter Records. Just as Todd had also pointed out, several of the song titles were quite familiar, and each was written by Ramsey.


Opening the record is The Ballad of Spider John, which was covered by Jimmy Buffett. Also are songs I have heard covered by Waylon Jennings (Satin Sheets) as well as Muskrat Candlelight which was altered a bit by Captain and Tennille for their popular Muskrat Love.


The fact that Ramsey still lives today and never released another record is astounding, and has helped catapult this record into cult status. Ramsey has supposedly helped others, such as Lyle Lovett, write songs, but has not released any new material on his own. Occasionally there will be whispers of work being done, but nothing has ever materialized.


His vocal delivery contributes to his story-telling lyrics, forming the foundation for great imagery within his music. This is a mellow record you should sit down and enjoy. In a perfect world, we will be blessed with at least one more musical release from this man…until then this must do. And if you don’t believe me that this is a must hear, then just ask the guy who introduced me to the music….I think his name was Todd.


The Ballad of Spider John


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"Ghost Of Lila Pearl" Music Video by Left Arm Tan

My first job was filling and refilling the ice bin behind the bar at a local tavern at which my mother was a bartender. I was 10 years old. I grew up in a slew of bars that my mother was employed at between my ages of 5 to 18. So I’ve seen a lot of happenings varying from sad and confusing to just humorous and confusing. Because let’s face it - anything that happens in a bar that involves alcohol is always confusing.

And so, anyone else who has spent enough time in a their local pub/tavern/bar/watering hole (depending on your location) will notice some very familiar happenings thrown into this video. I’ve seen them all in real life, and I think that’s why this video is endearing to me

Maybe that says a little bit too much why I am the way I am…

Anyway, enjoy!

- Von

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