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Americana Music Profiles

Crepe Paper Heart

If you don’t recognize Becky Buller’s name, you’ve likely heard one of the many song’s she written over the years. Becky has penned songs for such artists as Ricky Scaggs, Rhonda Vincent, The Infamous Stringdusters, Doyle Lawson, and more. Her first CD in four years, has just released, Crepe Paper Heart. “It wasn’t supposed to take this long, but so ...

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Mountain Natives

Folks are inspired into a life of music by many things; often it’s a family history of music or peer exposure in high school or college. For Phillip Pappas, college was about Physics. Although he had started playing guitar when he was 15, life was to be about pursuing a Physics job. But something wasn’t right, and he realized that ...

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From Wood To Strings

Award-winning Rick Lang calls New Hampshire home, even though his songs have given him world wide credentials. With over 70 song cuts to his credit, Rick’s songs have been recorded by Bluegrass artists, Southern Gospel artists, and even Jazz singers. Of course, Rick is not just a songwriter, he has also recorded six studio CDs, including his latest released in ...

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Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

Gary Antol’s life spent living in mountain towns in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland give him an authentic perspective to draw on as he leads his band, the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers. Their old-time, bluegrass, jamgrass, rockabilly, and swing music influences lead some to call what they do high energy Appalachian Bluegrass. Gary says it much more simple than that. We’re ...

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Johnny Chops

You might call Johnny Chops, an alter ego of sorts for Austin based singer-songwriter Johnny Richardson. His band, Johnny Chops & The Razors serves as the outlet for everything that he doesn’t get to do when he’s out on the road with his “day job,” playing bass guitar for the Randy Rogers Band. Their latest self titled CD is filled ...

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Put Him On A Boat

Mike Aiken and I have known each other for many years. Most recently, Mike has been penning a column for Americana Rhythm called On The Road. What I find fascinating, and what I think many people don’t know about Mike, is that a good percentage of His life is, and has been, spent living on a boat. So we thought ...

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Banjo Nickaru’s Get Us Out Of Fearland

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches is led by New York, multi-instrumentalist, Nick Russo. Nick’s band has found a niche with their music, combining elements of country, bluegrass, western swing, rockabilly, blues, Dixieland, jazz, and even traditional folk music. A band who was not long ago noted as having “unfailing high-spirit,” by the London Times, the gang has found a way ...

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True Grass Again

Many revere Lorraine Jordan as the keeper of tradition in bluegrass music. She originally hailed from the coast of North Carolina but currently resides in Garner, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh, NC. She holds court in her namesake coffee shop/music venue, Lorraine’s Coffee House, when she is not out on the road with her band, Carolina Road. She ...

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Drive All Night

Americana songwriter/guitarist Aris Paul hails from Pittsburgh, PA. He’s just released his first full length album, Drive All Night. “It’s a road-intensive album,” he told me. “And I think it’s a great offering of solid production, soulful lyrics, and top-notch musicianship. It’s a very solid collection of so many sub-genres from blues and rock to alt. country and folk.” Like ...

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Raven and Red

Nashville based, folk-Americana group, Raven and Red has been heralded by Country Music People Magazine as “very entertaining with warm melodies and even a slight commercial edge.” Classically trained Brittany Lynn Jones (Raven), along with Mitchell Lane (Red), and his brother Cole not only have impressive musical resumes, more importantly, they have a ton of talent. They’ve just released their ...

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