Friday October 31st 2008, 3:28 pm
Cold Blooded Country: A Halloween Mixtape
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Happy Halloween! We decided to put together a little mixtape for the day and came up with a collection of creepy, old murder ballads. With lines like “She never spoke another word, I only beat her more, Until the ground around me within her blood did flow”,  who knew country could be so gruesome? Or as Jenna put it “WHAT?! I need to actually start paying attention to the lyrics of some of these old songs.” So pop these tunes in the old stereo and enjoy them…while you still can (dun dun dun).

Friday October 31st 2008, 3:16 pm
In Living Color: Hackensaw Boys at Silverlake Lounge
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The Hackensaw Boys put on an amazing show last night at the Silverlake Lounge. Those boys must have broken more strings in one night than most bands break over the course of an entire tour. A fellow standing next to me in the audience put it perfectly. He said,  “I bet they’ve never left a gig and said, man, I wish we had given more and rocked that gig just a little bit harder.” For the 6-piece band (standup bass, mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle and tin percussion unit) to do so would literally be impossible. For the last couple of songs, the Boys actually left their mics and plugged in atmosphere behind and opted for a more intimate concert going experience. They came right up to the front of the stage (and in the case of their Banjo player, into the crowd) and proceeded to sing “Whiskey Woman” and their last couple of tunes from there. To all of you kids who live in Santa Cruz or San Francisco, they are heading your way now! GO SEE THEM. I don’t feel this adamantly about many bands, but every single person that I’ve convinced to this band live has fallen completely in love with them. That’s gotta mean something. Check out more pictures, by the wonderful India Brookover, after the jump.


Friday October 31st 2008, 1:30 pm
Wilco Wants You To Vote
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Wilco is giving away a free track to all of those who pledge to vote in the upcoming election (only 4 days away!!!). The track is a live version of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” and features backup vocals by the Fleet Foxes. All you have to do is click here, fill out your name and email address, click the little pledge button, and then the song is all yours. Thank you Wilco!

Wistful lyrics and boisterous music are almost always a winning combo, and on She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke (out now on Hardly Art), the Dutchess and the Duke have mixed all those elements with some excellent musical influences from the likes of Dylan, the Stones and the Mamas and the Papas.  They sings songs about lovers’ regrets, underpinned by aching optimism. On some tracks we hear no more than a guitar, a tambourine, and the harmonies of frontman Jesse Lortz and his childhood friend and collaborator Kimberly Morrison; on others the duo is accompanied by a flute, sitar, or congas – instruments reminiscent of the White Album or the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black.”

Friday October 31st 2008, 12:10 pm
Video of the Day: Red Sovine
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YouTube Preview ImageRed Sovine- Phantom 309

A sweet little ghost story for Halloween. Happy Halloween!

Thursday October 30th 2008, 1:28 pm
Halloween Costume Ideas
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Halloween is tomorrow and if you are like me, you still don’t have a costume. So, I decided to throw together a couple of pretty easy ideas inspired by some of the most iconic country (and folk) singers. Included are pics of the real singers and people who have successfully impersonated them.

1.Dolly Parton
All you need to be Dolly is a country inspired get up with room to create an ample bust. It can be a matching skirt/top or a sparkly white dress like above. Add high heels, red lipstick and a blond teased out wig and you are golden.

2. Willie Nelson
To achieve Willie’s low key look, you need a black tshirt, jeans and a long braided wig. Top it off with a red bandana and guitar, and if you really want to go for it- add a grey beard into the mix.

3. Bob Dylan
There so are so many interested stages of Bob, but for costuming purposes, I choose young Bob! You need a black, skinny suit, white collared shirt with a black vest (optional) and a harmonica around your neck. Add a wig with his particular never brushed fro and a pair of black Raybans. A cigarette hanging from your mouth the whole night (unlit of course) can add a little kick to the look.

Thursday October 30th 2008, 12:52 pm
Video of the Day: Wilburn Brothers
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YouTube Preview ImageWilburn Brothers- Knoxville

As we gear up for Halloween, here is a creepy murder ballad to get y’all in the mood. The Louvin Brothers version appears on our Halloween mixtape (out tomorrow).

Wednesday October 29th 2008, 2:57 pm
Tonight in LA: Country Night at the Little Joy
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Come join me for a shot of whiskey tonight at the Little Joy. I will be DJing for part of the evening and plan on previewing a couple of tunes off of our upcoming Halloween Mixtape (out on Friday) along with all the good ol’ standards. 10:30 pm ish on.

Wednesday October 29th 2008, 1:35 pm
Mixin’ With Ladyhawk
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Jagjaguwar band Ladyhawk has given us their “Top 10 Songs for Rainy Sundays in Vancouver” mixtape. For those lucky few who are currently somewhere where it’s raining (contrary to popular belief, you CAN get sick of too much sunlight. LA weather is so boring!), slap on this mix, crawl back into bed and watch the rain fall while The Zombies, Dennis Wilson and the Kinks provide the perfect soundtrack. Ladyhawk kicks off a 16-date Canadian tour this week. Check out the mix and the tour dates after the jump.


Wednesday October 29th 2008, 12:52 pm
Cal State Northridge Seeks To Produce Country Artist
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“My name is Eddie Mendoza and I’m on the A&R committee of the M.I.S. Music Group, a Record Label operated from within the Music Industry Studies major at California State University, Northridge.

This year we are seeking to produce a Country music act from start to finish for FREE and we would love for you to send in a demo CD or Cassette (3-tune limit), a biography, and a photo. If chosen, we would be working with your act for 9 months to produce a professional recording, a media kit, full promotion. It costs you nothing and you keep all rights!

If not interested please forward this to a country singer or act you feel would benefit from this. If you are interested please send your entry (postmarked no later than OCTOBER 31, 2008) to:

M.I.S. Music Group A&R Department
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8314

Please keep in mind that if chosen to be a finalist, you will be expected to perform at the Showcase Finalist Play-off Concert on NOVEMBER 10, 2008 at 8 P.M.

If you have any inquiries or questions you can email either I (, Jessica Velasquez ( or visit our website at: www. musicindustrystudies. com .”