Friday September 28th 2012, 11:10 am
Video of the Day: Joe Banfi
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YouTube Preview ImageJoe Banfi – Guts and Bones

The music video for Joe Banfi’s brand new tune “Guts and Bones.” The track appears on his debut EP release, Iron, which was just released earlier this week via Communion Records. For a special perk, head over to Joe’s Bandcamp page to grab a free MP3 of the tune.

Monday September 24th 2012, 4:15 pm
Picture Book: Musicians With American Flags
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Townes Van Zandt, musician, 1972

Townes Van Zandt

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond


Waylon Jennings

For this latest edition of our Picture Book series, we present to you our favorite photos of musicians with the ol’ stars and stripes. Do you have any favorite ones? Send ‘em over to whenyouawakela at gmail dot com and we’ll add them to the list. Check out photos of Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and more after the jump.

Monday September 24th 2012, 3:43 pm
Video of the Day: Old Crow Medicine Show
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YouTube Preview Image Old Crow Medicine Show- Mississippi Saturday Night

Old Crow Medicine Show throwin’ down a track off of their latest album, Carry Me Home, at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 20, 2011.

Sunday September 23rd 2012, 8:48 am
Video of the Day: Pokey LaFarge
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YouTube Preview ImagePokey LaFarge – Josephine

Pokey LaFarge performing “Josephine” live at Bimhuis Amsterdam for VPRO Vrije Geluiden in April 2012. Check out “La La Blues” and “Pack It Up” from the same session after the jump.


Thursday September 13th 2012, 5:40 pm
Snapshot: Jackson Browne
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Jackson Browne

Friday September 07th 2012, 11:58 am
In Living Color: Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival 2012
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I think the realization finally hit me as I snaked my car over the mountains on the Oregon border late Monday afternoon; my radio tuned to some phantom AM station playing Elvis gospel records and forgotten Kingston Trio album cuts while the afternoon sunshine was being devoured by giant clouds that seemed to flow from the ominous California redwoods lurking in the distance. As I listened to Sonny James croon “Young Love,” it gradually occurred to me that trying to explain (let alone write) or even trying to share some thoughts about my trip to the Pickathon music festival in Happy Valley, Oregon was going to be an impossible task.

After all, how can you even describe Pickathon itself to someone for the first time?

Thursday September 06th 2012, 4:39 am
Video of the Day: Warren Zevon
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YouTube Preview ImageWarren Zevon- Carmelita

Warren Zevon performing “Carmelita” live in 1977 for the Dutch documentary Wonderland.

Wednesday September 05th 2012, 6:12 am
Tonight in London: Deer Tick at Scala + When You Awake DJs
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Deer Tick

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be DJing between sets at Deer Tick’s gig tonight, Wednesday, September 5th, at Scala in London. Robert Ellis and Shivers are supporting. We will be spinning a mix of down and dirty, feel good classics alongside the great Ashleigh Arnott of Time Out and Lynn Roberts of For Folk’s Sake. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are £13 and you can still pick ’em up here. If you haven’t been to a Deer Tick gig before, seriously do yourself a favor. Take a couple of shots of whiskey, put on your dancing shoes and come on out. I promise it will be a delightfully rough and rowdy evening to remember (read our review of their April gig for proof).

YouTube Preview ImageDeer Tick- Miss K

Wednesday September 05th 2012, 5:59 am
Video of the Day: Merle Haggard
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YouTube Preview ImageMerle Haggard- Amazing Grace

Merle Haggard giving a tour of San Quentin Prison and performing “Amazing Grace” with the San Quentin Chapel Choir in 1971. More info from the video: “Merle Haggard spent three years in San Quentin Prison from 1957 through 1960. In March of 1971, Merle with his wife Bonnie Owens and his band The Strangers returned to San Quentin to record some tracks for a live gospel album entitled The Land Of Many Churches. Merv Griffin sent a film crew to document this event for a special episode of The Merv Griffin Show. The show never materialized and the footage was never edited. Forty-one years later, the original films were found in the vaults housing the Merv Griffin archives.”

Wednesday September 05th 2012, 5:51 am
Snapshot: Mick Jagger
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Mick Jagger