Saturday April 16th 2011, 5:09 am
Snapshot: Johnny Cash
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Friday April 15th 2011, 7:27 am
Video of the Day: Bobby Jameson
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YouTube Preview ImageBobby Jameson- Vietnam

Bobby Jameson a.k.a. Chris Lucey performing his song “Vietnam” in the 1967 documentary Mondo Hollywood. That’s Don Conka from Love on the drums. Check out Jameson’s cover of The Band’s “The Weight” after the jump.
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Thursday April 14th 2011, 6:12 pm
Snapshot: Fairport Convention
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Thursday April 14th 2011, 6:21 am
Video of the Day: Nathaniel Rateliff
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YouTube Preview ImageNathaniel Rateliff- You Should Have Seen The Other Guy

Nathaniel Rateliff performing “You Should Have Seen The Other Guy” live at the Marksman Pub in Shoreditch, London last month for The Mahogany Sessions. Rateliff will be supporting Jessica Lea Mayfield on her upcoming tour beginning April 23rd in Austin, Texas. I’ve seen Rateliff a couple of times now, and highly recommend stepping out to see this fella live. His between song banter is absolutely priceless. Complete tour dates and the video for “Boil & Fight” are after the jump.
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Wednesday April 13th 2011, 7:00 am
Movie Lounge: Bluegrass Country Soul
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Bluegrass Country Soul is a 1972 documentary about the bluegrass festival that took place in the summer of 1971 in Springs Camp, North Carolina. It shows the evolution of bluegrass at the time with performances by the more traditional acts; Jimmy Martin, The Osbourne Brothers, Ralph Stanley (with the young duo of Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs backing him up), Roy Acuff and Mac Wiseman alongside the upcoming “new-grass bands” like the Earl Scruggs Review, the Country Gentlemen, JD Crowe, and the Bluegrass Alliance (which would later become the New Grass Revival). The film is posted in its entirety below. Enjoy!

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Wednesday April 13th 2011, 6:15 am
Style Find: Pladra
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After two years in the making, Pladra has finally launched their website. Specialized in producing durable, functional and stylish flannel shirts for passionate outdoorsmen. The designers claim they had “never found a flannel that [they] could wear both in the field and to the bar after getting blood on it This is the foundation and inspiration behind Pladra: making a high quality, field-ready flannel with a unique sense of style.”

The designs are clean and classic, but have several whimsical details that make the tees stand out from traditional flannel. Not only do they match up plaid lines and use custom buttons, they also use outdoor scene liners on the cuffs, collar and back yoke. Some styles also feature faux-suede elbow patches for all you vegans out there (outdoorsmen vegans who get blood on their shirts, now I’m confused). And best of all, all shirts are made in the U.S. of A. You can find Pladra shirts online for now, I’m sure they’ll be sold a store near you soon. More photos are after the jump.
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Wednesday April 13th 2011, 4:10 am
Video of the Day: The Head and the Heart
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YouTube Preview ImageThe Head and the Heart – Lost In My Mind

The Head and the Heart perform “Lost In My Mind” live at KEXP on August 20, 2010. The group played a surprise three song acoustic set last night at Anika in London‘s book release party where I happened to be. I was so swayed by their spot-on three part harmonies and beautiful tunes that I ended up wandering over to the Hoxton Bar and Grill for their headlining show that evening. And boy, I’m sure glad I did. The Head and the Heart are one of those bands that are not only talented, but who actually look like they enjoy what they do– dancing and clapping and stomping on stage. It’s completely infectious and they have officially won me over. Los Angeles, they will be performing at the Troubadour on April 25th. Needless to say, the gig is highly recommended.




Tuesday April 12th 2011, 3:14 am
Snapshot: The Band
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The Band in Woodstock, 1969. Photo by Elliott Landy.




YouTube Preview ImageRalph Stanley, Keith Whitley and The Clinch Mountain Boys- I’ll Just Catch A Train And Ride

Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley, Curley Ray Cline, Jack Cooke and Renfro Proffit singing “I’ll Just Catch A Train And Ride” in 1977.




Monday April 11th 2011, 3:03 am
Ticket Giveaway: Frontier Ruckus at the Echo
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Frontier Ruckus

We are giving away three (3)  pairs of tickets to see Orion Town, Michigan- based band Frontier Ruckus live on Saturday, April 16th at the Echo. The show is all ages with Vapor Records band Infantree, who just performed on Conan (check out the video here) supporting. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Frontier Ruckus) and tell us what your favorite hidden or out of the way spot in Los Angeles is (a restaurant? a park? a bar?).  Include your first and last name in the email. Three winners will be chosen and contacted.

Frontier Ruckus- Mona and Emmy