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Trombone Shorty, by Steve Ford

Notes from ND  

As spring settles in, indie artists everywhere are nailing down the routes they'll take on the road this summer. Since there are so many great traveling musicians on ND, it seems like it's about time someone started a discussion about the best places to play in small and midsize venues around the country. Whether you're looking for ideas and help, or want to turn fellow travelers on to great, reliable clubs in your area...chime in on this new forum. Also, don't forget to enter to win tickets to Wakarusa, where you can see the Avetts, G Love, Blitzen Trapper, Jason Isbell, Heartless Bastards, the Goddamn Gallows, and more. Or, simply keep reading for some highlights from the past week...

Hanging with Richard Thompson
by Charlie Bermant


Richard Thompson has an open mind about audience interaction. This year the 63-year-old guitarist is changing the standard performance game in two ways, his participation in the Cayamo Songwriters' cruise in February and as an instructor at the first "Frets and Refrains" guitar camp, taking place in July in a bucolic Catskill Mountain setting. While Thompson has... More

The Vespers - The Fourth Wall
by Awaiting the Flood

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT judge a book by its cover. The fresh-faced young musicians who comprise the Nashville band known as The Vespers play and singway beyond their years. There is, however, an experienced professional element present here, as lead singers (and sisters) Callie and Phoebe Cryar (21 and 19 respectively), cut their musical teeth... More

Interview: Water Liars reveal their "Phantom Limb"
by Chris Mateer


Water Liars are St. Louis, MO songwriter, vocalist, guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Oxford, MS drummer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant. The two first met in St. Louis back in the mid-2000's while sharing a stage and kept in touch, hoping to make music together sometime. Well, the time finally came, and the result of this meeting of the minds... More  

Lori McKenna - "Buy This Town"
by The Song Survives


Lori McKenna, a lifelong resident of Stoughton, Massachusetts, has a way with small towns. In this track, from her latest, Lorraine, she summarizes small-town life more aptly than the hundreds of country singers who try do to do just that. While many writers try and glorify small towns, McKenna's version shows the cracks and flaws that give it... More

From the Archives
Issue #11 - Sep-Oct 1997

Issue 11
Kevin Gordon - He can't get no
by Bill Friskics-Warren

Kevin Gordon couldn't be more at home with his musical roots. The West Monroe, Louisiana, native inhabits the swamp blues, honky-tonk and rockabilly he heard growing up in the '60s with the unassuming ease of a performer twice his age. The roots that lend Gordon's music its tension are, rather, social and historical. On Illinois 5 a.m. (Motherlode), his new seven-song CD, Gordon wrestles with the desire to transcend what he calls "that feeling of... More

Some of Our Favorites   

Video of Mark Olson & Gary Louris - "Saturday Morning on Sunday Street" 

The Lake Poets, Union Choir, and Natasha Haws live in the UK  

Video of Kacey Musgraves - "Halfway to Memphis"   

Teleprompters for musicians: Cheating or helping? 

Freight Train Boogie podcast with Todd Snider, Chuck Prophet, and more 

Video of the Faces - "Pool Hall Richard" 

Hangtown Fry by John Malcolm Penn 

Americana Rock Mix: It's All About Communication 

The Staves video - "Winter Trees" live at the Magpie's Nest 

Taproot Radio Podcast with Beth McKee 

Video of the Trishas - "Dusty Shoes" 

Interview with Tim Barry  

Video of Brinsley Schwarz at Rockpalast 1975   

Gretchen Peters live in the UK  

Video of the Steeldrivers - "Blue Side of the Mountain" 

Review of Possessed by Paul James - 'Live at Antones'  

The Drive-By Truckers video of "Everybody Needs Love"   

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Zakir Hussain & the Masters of Percussion live in Vancouver BC

new album

by Doug Heselgrave


Zakir Hussain should need no introduction. As the world's greatest living master of the Indian tabla, he has spent decades tirelessly touring the globe and exposing audiences to the ancient percussive traditions of South Asia. Hussain first came to prominence in the west in the late sixties when his father Ustad Alla Rakha, Ravi Shankar's tabla accompanist brought... More

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