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This Is Americana

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Back in 2004, while attending Merlefest, I had the idea for creating Americana Rhythm Music Magazine. One of the artists performing that weekend was a guy named Jim Lauderdale. He was (and is) an integral part of that fabulous event; and I remember thinking that if there was any one guy that exemplified the definition of an Americana artist, it ...

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The Coteries; Livin’ The Dream

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By Greg Tutwiler – Festivals, carnivals, county fairs, and outdoor gatherings have always been one of this country’s ways of relaxing and getting away from the routines of life. In recent years, for various reasons, there has been an increase in music festivals. Used to be, there was a good chance you’d have to travel several hours to find a ...

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A Different Kind Of Grass

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As the genre’ of string music continues to morph and evolve, musicians will continue to find new ways to craft sounds that are distinct and original. One such group is the California based band Front Country. A chance encounter with this touring ensemble at the Red Wing Roots Festival (a rich and diverse musical experience held each July in Virginia) ...

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Kentucky Headhunters

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By Greg Tutwiler   Often referred to as “Southern Rock Roy-alty,” and even the “great American rock ‘n’ roll band,” The Kentucky Headhunters have sustained a music career that many dream about, and yet few have sustained. Music making that spans decades, brothers Richard and Fred Young, along with their cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenny formed their first band ...

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Takin’ It To The Streets

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By Greg Tutwiler SavingCountryMusic.com said this about our feature artist, the Hackensaw Boys; “Before string bands were a “thing” in popular culture, there was the Hackensaw Boys. Before The Avett Brothers were selling out arenas, before Mumford & Sons were becoming the biggest band in music in a given year, before everybody and their brother was growing a beard and ...

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Rising Appalachia

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The beautiful thing about Americana music is that it’s this huge umbrella where a tremendous amount of sounds can hang out. Everything from traditional string, old-time, and bluegrass, to the more progressive sounds of new-grass, folk-rock, jam band, and mountain soul; and really everything in between. There is so much room for creative interpretation with stringed instruments in the Americana ...

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How Blue

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By Greg Tutwiler I can’t think of many genre’s of music where the entire family can be in the band all at the same time. One of the neat things about bluegrass/string music is that it affords those families who choose to pursue music as a shared passion, the opportunity to share the stage and life style together. Currently, there ...

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Sideline Success

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By Greg Tutwiler According to Webster’s dictionary, one meaning for the word sideline is “a job that is done in addition to your main job.” For the guys in the band Sideline, that’s exactly what it meant, at least in the beginning. But now, for Steve Dilling, Jason Moore, Skip Cherryholmes, and brothers Brian and Nathan Aldridge, it’s sideline no ...

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Della Mae

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By Greg Tutwiler Not many years ago, an all-girl bluegrass act was a rarity. The 70s gave us what some say was the first all-female act of the new-grass movement, The Buffalo Gal’s; but nevertheless, it was a heavily male dominated industry. That, of course, has changed in recent years, and not only have the ladies began taking center stage ...

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Robert Earl Keen

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By Greg Tutwiler Texas singer-songwriter, Robert Earl Keen began his professional recording career in 1984 with his debut album, No Kinda Dancer. Since then, he has recorded 18 full-length albums and written songs that have been covered by vaious artists from the country, folk and Texas country music scenes including George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks, ...

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