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Gregory Alan Isakov: The Forefront of the Singer-Songwiter Movement

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Beacon Theatre is an awfully big place for just a guy and his guitar to keep entertained.  But on September 24th, that is exactly what Gregory Alan Isakov was tasked to do.  The singer-songwriter has taken the road on his own these days, while occasionally grouping back up with his band, like last weekend at Boston Calling. A few days before his show I got a chance to catch up with Isakov and talk about his influences, the tour, and …

Americanafest 2015: Week in Review

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I am still trying to decompress after the 5 day long musical bar hopping session known as Americanafest 2015.  There were tons of memorable moments and too many amazing acts to see with not enough time.  So sitting here today it is my task to distill the week into a few key moments. The Bluegrass Situation Jam-  Three straight hours of non-stop bluegrass music.  This odyssey could have its own article dedicated to its highlights.  Led by the house band, …

Where To Be At Americanafest 2015

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For those of you still hungry for some good music festival action look no further than Americanafest in Nashville, TN.  As you may have read on Eric’s earlier posts from his Cross Country Songbook, Nashville is a music Mecca with tons to offer.  Well next week Nashville will open its doors to Americana fans of all shapes and sizes with a 5 day festival celebrating folk, bluegrass, country, the blues and many others, basically it’s all about American music.  Here are …

Album Review: Langhorne Slim & The Law – The Spirit Moves

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Fans of Sean Scolnick have waited a long time to read the following words… Langhorne Slim & The Law have finally put out a new album!  It has been years since the last record and now at long last The Spirit Moves has arrived. The storied foot-stomper from Pennsylvania has waited a very long time since The Way We Move dropped in 2012, but not a lot has changed.  The Spirit Moves brings the same level of raw intensity mixed with the classic vulnerability …

The Scene at Newport Folk Festival

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There ain’t no doubt in no one’s mind that the Newport Folk Festival is first and foremost about the music.  The 56 year old festival has seen some historic things, one of which celebrated its 50 year anniversary this past Sunday, as seemingly every performer ever took the stage to “go electric,” excluding Dylan of course.  The music is not the only palpable force at play when one enters the old sailing town positioned right at the Southern tip of …

Newport Folk Festival Spotlight: Leon Bridges’ Coming Home

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In a musical climate with a high premium for nostalgia, Leon Bridges manages to bring an old school flavor to his music while offering something undeniably fresh at the same time. It has been a few months since the release of his first single “Coming Home,” which immediately grabbed the attention of indie fans around the country. The Fort Worth, Texas native has begun to pick up steam and attention playing shows from Sofar Dallas to the upcoming Newport Folk …

5 Undercard Acts To Keep Your Eye on at Newport Folk Festival

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The schedule for this year’s Newport Folk Festival was just released on their app and though there might be a few scheduling conflicts, we’ve got you covered if you’re not quite sure who to devote your time to. In addition to our most anticipated acts of this year’s fest here are 5 more acts who are not quite near the top of the bill, but very much worth checking out. The Barr Brothers – 12:10pm Saturday July 25 @ Fort …