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Song Interpreter, Mara Levine

Explaining her approach to music as a “song interpreter,” Mara Levine says, “What I do is look for really wonderful songs and then put my own spin on them.” Along with the many classics from the American folk songbook, which she grew up listening to constantly, Mara has connected with many contemporary songwriters at conferences and workshops. “It really has ...

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Province of Thieves; Acoustic Modern Folk

Based in Stallings, North Carolina, Province of Thieves is an all-acoustic modern folk outfit that has been making music since 2012. They have made an impact with their powerful harmonies, reminiscent of the Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash. With a dash of humor and cleverly constructed original tunes, the band has gained a wide following and won a number ...

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The Magical Voice Of Mary Beth Carty

Lovers of Celtic music know that some of the best expressions of the style come indirectly across the pond, via the musically vibrant filter of Atlantic coastal Canada, specifically the province of Nova Scotia. Accordionist, guitarist, and player of multiple pocket-sized instruments, Mary Beth Carty possesses a magical voice that earned her a nomination for Traditional Singer of the Year ...

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Eric Hagen’s Revival

Although he only picked up the guitar during college, Eric Hagen has had music pulsing through his veins since earliest childhood: “I like to say my first words were ‘ma,’ ‘ba,’ and ‘Hey Jude,’ says the artist, citing the influence of his father’s record collection. It took a bad case of covid to propel Eric into full-on songwriting. “I got ...

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Americana duo, Ten Penny Gypsy

When Arkansas singer/songwriters Justin Patterson and Laura Lynn Danley formed the folk/Americana duo, Ten Penny Gypsy, in 2016, both were already established solo artists who had worked together since 2009 but not technically as a duet. The decision to officially unite set them on a new and exciting trajectory. They have since released two critically acclaimed full-length albums, won five ...

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Melbourne, Australia’s Shayne Cook

Shayne Cook, hailing originally from Brisbane and currently based in Melbourne, Australia, is a singer-songwriter whose musical influences encompass Nick Cave, Ainslie Wills, Bon Iver, City and Colour, Thom York, Emma Louise and more. Shayne refers to himself as a “late-bloomer” in the realm of music, having gotten started in earnest as a teenager. “Although, my mother told me that ...

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Lifelong Mississippian, Lance Blackwell

Lance Blackwell is a lifelong Mississippian (hailing from rural Montrose and currently residing in Hattiesburg), and traces his musical roots back to gospel. “I grew up with singers all around me,” he says. “…My dad’s parents toured the gospel circuit here in the Southeast…I grew up in church singing with them. I was in the choir from a young age. ...

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John Dorsch Drops Heartfelt New Music Video

MTS Records is proud to announce the release of John Dorsch’s single and video “Faith In Me” on July 3rd. This track is the first taste of his upcoming full-length album,”Elevation” out July 14th. “Faith In Me” is an original music video produced by John Dorsch and Dani Baribeau at JDM Studios. All original videography by Dani Baribeau, shot on ...

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Merlefest Turns 35, Celebrates Doc’s 100th

We here at Americana Rhythm aren’t shy about our affection for Merlefest. The festival that was created 35 years ago (1988), to celebrate the life of Doc Watson’s son, Merle, after his life was tragically cut short in a farm tractor accident – It’s the festival that inspired us to create this magazine almost 20 years ago. It was the ...

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Jerry Inspired, Texas Soul

Joe Ely is an American music legend when it comes to the honky-tonk / Tex-Mex flavor of Americana music. Born in Amarillo, TX in 1947, and raised in Lubbock, Joe was exposed to, and fell in love with, Texas Country music at a very early age. In 1971, along with fellow musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, they formed ...

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