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Sarah Siskind and Sunliner shine with ‘LOVE’

North Carolina native Sarah Siskind and Sunliner will release their long awaited and latest collaboration,” LOVE,” on April 14, 2017.

In a handwritten note delivered with the album, Siskind wrote, “Well after all this time, here it is!”

Trust me when I say it’s worth your time to give a listen to this sampler to get just a taste of what this fresh and funky new album has to offer. It’s a mix of rock, folk, country, jazz fusion and delta blues, that all the while somehow manages to stick to its Americana roots. It ranges from the upbeat “By You” to the heartbreaking “Not Enough.”

“This whiskey is the closest thing I have to a friend … I wake up late at night and cry; I drink the bottle til it’s dry, but it’s not enough to make me forget how you love me.”

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On Huffington Post: Five things you don’t know about Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale

The following story was also posted on The Huffington Post blog here.

Jim Lauderdale broke out in 2016. An overnight success? Hardly. It’s taken nearly three  decades and about as many albums to receive the recognition that the Americana icon cleary deserves. Continue reading


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Seven questions with bluegrass master Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize, Earls of Leicester fame

Tim O’Brien has been called a lot of things throughout his musical career, which spans more than four decades: newgrass, bluegrass, singer, songwriter, mandolin aficionado.

He has been called a lot of things because, well, he does a lot of things. Continue reading


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Stop whatever you are doing and watch HBO’s ‘Foo Fighters Sonic Highways’

If you consider yourself a music lover, you MUST watch the new HBO series, “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways.” No seriously. Stop whatever you are doing and watch it right now. Don’t have HBO? No excuse. Order it, watch this series and then cancel your subscription. “Sonic Highways” is that good. Continue reading


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Taylor Swift left Nashville a long time ago folks

It seems Taylor Swift is everywhere these days except Nashville. The guy selling newspapers on the corner in the nation’s capital  listening to gospel tunes through his ear buds has heard her newest ditty “Shake It Off,” even if it was a muffled version in a passing car.  Since her fifth album release and a public battle with Spotify following her decision to remove her music from the free streaming service, something has shifted. Instead of People and Cosmo, this week Swift is gracing the cover of Time and stories about her are littering news sites such Bloomberg and Forbes. It appears she is finally being recognized for the calculating business woman I think she has always been. It’s just taken others time to catch up and realize it. An editorial she wrote in the Wall Street Journal last summer was a warning shot to Spotify: “My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” Continue reading