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10 to Spin | Song Preservation Society

Song Preservation Society is comprised of three friends: Trevor Bahnson, Ethan Glazer, and Daniel Wright. Their brand of folk is streaked with Golden State sunlight and has been compared to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty. Together with just acoustic guitars and a charming stage presence, the … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Wild Feathers – The Ceiling

They’ve toured with Bob Dylan and Ryan Bingham, and they’ll soon cut loose on the road with Willie Nelson and ZZ Ward (including a 10/14 stop at The Firebird). Not to mention slots at Summerfest, Forecastle Festival, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. You could say Nashville’s The Wild Feathers have a few things … Read more

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Video | Neil Young – Blowin’ In The Wind (Bob Dylan)

Neil Young at the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival | Photo by Nate Burrell The answer, my friend Is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind I love everything about this. The way Neil Young gracefully walks around the stage, like it’s no big thing that he’s playing one of … Read more

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JOTD | Bob Dylan – Girl From The North Country

This afternoon, the sky ranges from cornflower blue to gunmetal gray with a tangerine line on the horizon. Nashville fades below as the brilliant colors swirl together up above. For a few moments, there is nothing but the wind, my breath and “Girl From The North Country.”  

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Friday Jam of the Day | Foxygen – No Destruction

Imagine, if you will, that Jesus returned to earth for just one night in the early 1990s. He made two very specific house calls over the course of just a few short hours. One to a mansion in the countryside surrounding London. The other, only an hour or so later, was in New York City, … Read more

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10 to Spin | Anaïs Mitchell

I never laughed so loud I never laughed so loud I never laughed so loud Think I’m coming down Anaïs Mitchell’s “Coming Down” got us pretty good a couple months ago (like, flood of tears good). Such a simple song, but does it get more emotional? You tell us. You can find “Coming Down” on … Read more

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Book Review | Neil Young – Waging Heavy Peace

I’ve told this story before, but now seems like a good time to revisit. I met Neil Young with my sister in 1999 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, after one of his solo acoustic shows. Since we had been sitting in the orchestra pit that night, we were invited to a Bridge School … Read more

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10 to Spin | Elizabeth & the Catapult

When Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult responded back with her 10 to Spin playlist, our first one of 2012, her theme of “Awesome Broken Voices” intrigued me. I started listening to Ziman’s voice back in 2010 when we featured “Go Away My Lover,” taken from her 2010 album, The Other Side of Zero, … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Paleo – Holly Would

Photo by Cary Norton Is there a void in your analogue-nomadic-folk record collection? Heralded as a cross between Bob Dylan and The Violent Femmes (and we’re thinking a slightly tripped-out The Tallest Man on Earth), Paleo (aka David Strackany) is the answer to your foot stompin’, midnight ghost conjurations in addition to your early summer desert … Read more

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Nicole Atkins (The Interview)

When I hear the word “break-up” to describe an album, I think of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker, or Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight. You know, albums filled with songs that are mainly about past lovers, heartache, and your life pretty much starting over. Nicole Atkins’ new album, Mondo Amore … Read more

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10 to Spin | Matthew Ryan

To me, the best Matthew Ryan songs are the ones where you’re left feeling exposed, like he’s written something about you, something secret. Ryan is one of my favorite songwriters because of songs like “3rd of October,” “Your Museum,” and “It Could’ve Been Worse” – songs that are courageous because they tell the truth, even … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Neil Young – Walk With Me

“I feel your love, I feel your strong love. I feel the patience of unconditional love.” A lot has happened to Neil Young in 2010. He lost friend and producer L.A. Johnson to a heart attack in January, and just last July, his long-time pedal steel expert, the great Ben Keith, also passed. Young’s also … Read more

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Strangers Almanac Turns Two!

Two years ago today, Jason wrote his first column for Strangers Almanac (Glide Magazine) on the one, the only Steve Earle. Since then, he and I have truly had a blast writing every month about our favorite singer-songwriters (along with our personal connections to the music) and sharing news, lyrics, and in general, a whole … Read more

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Matthew Ryan (The Interview)

“Remember when we met/ We were so innocent/ I was so cautious, you were so cool/ The world was brand new…“ Those words come from the first Matthew Ryan song I ever heard, which was was “Devastation” off his 2001 album Concussion. That tune happens to be a duet with Lucinda Williams, another one of … Read more

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Strangers Almanac | Bob Dylan

Katie and I, with the help of Glide Magazine, created Strangers Almanac, a column devoted to singer-songwriters, two years ago, and we’ve had a lot of fun writing about some of our favorite singer-songwriters like Tift Merritt, Ryan Adams, Neil Young, Jenny Lewis, Regina Spektor, and Jeff Tweedy. It’s pretty crazy that we’re already on … Read more

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Brandi Carlile | Live in Denver

Well, well, well. I’ve seen Brandi Carlile perform twice now, and she’s hit a towering home run both times. Out of the galaxy. No questions asked, except: Is Ms. Carlile from another planet? There isn’t much she can’t do. Her performance in Denver at the Paramount had a little bit of everything going for it … Read more