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The Ash & Clay by The Milk Carton Kids
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WINNER: Best Duo/Group at the 2014 Americana Music Awards
A Prairie Home Companion: Memphis
NPR: Milk Carton Kids Live at the Newport Folk Festival
Tiny Desk Concert: Milk Carton Kids
Mountain Stage: Live on Stage
World Cafe: The Milk Carton Kids
Folk Alley: A Heartwarming Hit
Two voices, two guitars — sometimes that’s all it takes. Case in point: The Milk Carton Kids. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriters Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan spent a decade pursuing separate careers before they formed a duo two years ago, taking the name from the title of one of their songs, “Milk Carton Kid.” With their close harmonies, deft guitar work, and deadpan humor, they quickly built a wide and devoted following.
Bad Self Portrait by Lake Street Dive
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As Heard on Public Radio:
Mountain Stage: Lake Street Dive
A Prairie Home Companion: Lake Street Dive
Fresh Air: 'Portraits' of Heartache
World Cafe: Lake Street Dive
OPB: Sessions with Lake Street Dive
WXPN: Bad Self Portraits
Lake Street Dive, now based in Brooklyn, formed when Rachael Price (vocals), Mike Olson (trumpet, guitar), Mike Calabrese(drums), and Bridget Kearney (bass) were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. The band name is a nod to Lake Street in Minneapolis, Olson’s hometown. Describing their music as “a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie pop,” the group has recorded six albums, including their most recent Bad Self Portraits.
The Complete Album Collection V.1
The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One is a colossal box set encompassing the entire official discography of the American songwriter-performer who’s revolutionized folk, pop and rock music over the past half century with a profoundly influential catalog of songs and sounds.
Beginning with tracks recorded for his eponymous 1962 Columbia Records debut album, the Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One follows Dylan’s restless transformations across six decades as a singer, a songwriter, a concert performer and a studio artist who’s continually finding fresh ways of expressing and exploring the varieties of human experience, worldly and other, with music.
The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One also brings together for the first time, on two “Side Tracks” discs, a wealth of previously released non-album singles, tracks from Biograph and other compilations, songs from films and more.
The collection contains 35 studio titles (including the first-ever North American release of 1973’s Dylan album on CD), 6 live albums, the 2-CD “Side Tracks,” and a hardcover book featuring extensive new album-by-album liner notes penned by Clinton Heylin and a new introduction written by Bill Flanagan.
All 41 official albums, including 14 newly remastered titles
Also includes a 2CD compilation of songs not included on the original albums
All the original artwork reproduced
Hardcover booklet with extensive liner notes and rare photos
Like a Rose by Ashley Monroe
A Prairie Home Companion: Like a Rose
Weekend Edition: Ashley Monroe
Tiny Desk Concert: Ashley Monroe
Ashley Monroe is a country singer from Nashville, Tennessee. Her name may not be that familiar to you but the young singer-songwriter has already worked with big names: Wanda Jackson, Jack White and Miranda Lambert.
Annie Up by The Pistol Annies - Ashley Monroe combines her talent with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley to form the group The Pistol Annies
Sing the Delta by Iris DeMent
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NPR Music: Iris DeMent Live at Newport Folk Festival
Fresh Air: Iris DeMent’s Emotionally Complex ‘Sing the Delta’
World Cafe: Iris DeMent in Studio
All Things Considered: Iris DeMent’s ‘Sing the Delta’ Full of Paradoxes
A Prairie Home Companion: Morning Glory
A Prairie Home Companion: Sing the Delta
A Prairie Home Companion: Watch “The Kingdom Has Already Come
"powerful, soulful lyrics and singing and a recording WAY overdue" - Mike Pengra, Music Director for RadioHeartland
IRIS DEMENT’S FIRST ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS IN 16 YEARS SING THE DELTA OUT OCT 2ndConsidered ”one of the finest artists of her generation” (All Music), Iris DeMent has returned with her first album of original music in 16 years, Sing The Delta, out October 2 on her own Flariella label. The album brings the delta to life through timeless songs, DeMent’s richly evocative voice and support from a cast of first-call musicians including Al Perkins, Reese Wynans, and album co-producers Bo Ramsey and Richard Bennett.Sing The Delta is uplifting and heartbreaking, ripe with twang and soul. Dixie horns, weeping slide guitar balladry and bright, Gospel-tinged piano swirl as Iris contemplates religion, love and family with introspection and imagery that few singer-songwriters can convey.
Other Cds by Iris DeMent:
My Life - A unique blend of country and folk that demonstrate Iris’ unique voice combined with her superior songwriting. This CD contains many songs which are quite prevalent on live A Prairie Home Companion shows.
Buddy & Jim by Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
Fresh Air: 'Buddy And Jim': Friends in Life and Songwriting
Tiny Desk Concert: Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
"what took these guys so long to record together?" - Mike Pengra, music director for RadioHeartland
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are two of the pioneers of Americana. Their solo recordings, songwriting, studio session work and live performances (as front men and musical directors) have made them treasures of the roots and country music scene. In an unexpected moment of inspiration, the two have collaborated to make a true duets record, trading licks and verses for one of the most inspired and fun albums of 2012.
The Low Highway by Steve Earle
Tent Show Radio: Steve Earle
Steve Earle had two reasons for coming out with this long-planned tribute to Townes Van Zandt now. The first reason is practical. Earle is currently pushing himself to finish a years-in-the-making novel, and he wants to see it in print before the publishing business goes belly up.
So Sang the Whippoorwill by Run Boy Run
A Prairie Home Companion: Exclusive Preview - So Sang the Whippoorwill
"Doing a weekly radio show for a few decades a man sometimes feels he has heard way too much music and he avoids cafes where singer/songwriters perform and puts his iPod in the drawer and enjoys long silent walks in the snowy woods and then along comes this very band, Run Boy Run, two fiddles, mandolin, cello, and bass, young musicians who have caught the spirit of the traditional and who combine bold playing and beautiful harmony singing, which is a miracle whenever you hear it. My only quibble was whether they shouldn’t separate the Boy from the Run Run with a pair of commas, but now I think not. I saw them clear late one night at a party when they played for three hours straight, unamplified, and danced while they did it, and wanted to play more but the van was leaving. I am old and jaded but I still have my hearing and when I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever."
– Garrison Keillor
Love for Levon: A Benefit to Save the Barn
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Dozens of luminaries from rock, soul and country gathered at the Meadowlands Arena on October 3, 2012, for an incredible tribute to Levon Helm, The Band’s late drummer/singer/mandolin player (who passed away earlier that year). The concert, directed by bassist Don Was, was an opportunity to say a final farewell and, in the process, raise money for the ongoing Midnight Ramble series of concerts still held at The Barn — Helm’s famous home-studio in Woodstock, NY. One at a time, (or, sometimes, in pairs) rock-royalty took turns in the spotlight over the course of the evening, singing songs associated with Levon Helm and The Band, including “Up On Crippled Creek,” “The Shape I’m In,” “Life is a Carnival,” “Ophelia,” “The Weight,” “Rag Mamma Rag,” “I Ain’t Got No Home,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
Big Station by Alejandro Escovedo
Mountain Stage: Alejandro Escovedo
2012 album from the acclaimed Texas singer, songwriter and blues rocker. On the follow-up to 2010’s Street Songs of Love, which debuted at the top of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, Escovedo worked with frequent co-writer Chuck Prophet and producer Tony Visconti. The 12-track record references themes of love and belonging, as well as homes and homelands. ‘Bottom of the World’ name-checks Austin (where he currently resides), ‘Sally Was a Cop’ details the political corruption of Mexico, and the closing song ‘Sabor a Mi,; written by the late Mexican composer Alvaro Carrillo in 1959, pays homage to the man and their shared roots.
Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran by Jamey Johnson
Fresh Air: An Unlikely Tribute: Jamey Johnson covers Hank Cochran
"If I ever write a song, I want Jamey Johnson to sing it on my tribute album (… with Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson)" - Mike Pengra, music director for RadioHeartland
2012 release, a tribute to Country songwriting legend Hank Cochran. When word got out that acclaimed Nashville artist Jamey Johnson was recording a tribute album to Cochran, musical superstars clamored to participate. From the ranks of the Country Music Hall of Fame came George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price and Vince Gill, not to mention Cochran’s oldest and truest friend, Willie Nelson. Veteran stars Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Bobby Bare and Asleep at the Wheel perform on the album alongside contemporary artists such as Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack and Ronnie Dunn.
The Good in Goodbye by Madison Violet
"Their sound always makes me feel happy. I don’t know shy. And that’s a good thing, right?" - Mike Pengra, music director for RadioHeartland
Celebrated Canadian singer/songwriter duo, Madison Violet, are on the cusp of an international breakthrough. Their last album, No Fool For Trying, scanned over eight thousand units in Canada, topped roots radio charts, garnered a Juno nomination and broke ground in the U.S., U.K. and Germany, selling over 20 thousand units worldwide. The duo’s 2011 album, The Good In Goodbye, captures their growth and musical maturity.
All Fall Down by Shawn Colvin
World Cafe: Shawn Colvin
"Lovely production (by Buddy Miller) and guest appearances by Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss. ’Nuff said." - Mike Pengra, Music Director for RadioHeartland
On All Fall Down, Shawn Colvin’s third Nonesuch disc, the singer-songwriter enlisted as producer her longtime friend and occasional band-mate, guitarist Buddy Miller. The sessions, at Miller’s home studio in Nashville, Tennessee, were distinguished, as Colvin describes them, by a kind of back-porch bonhomie. An open-door policy encouraged drop-ins from a number of stellar musicians, including singers Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Jakob Dylan as well as fiddle-player extraordinaire Stuart Duncan. The easygoing atmosphere, however, did not prevent the incisive Colvin, on these 11 new tracks, from examining some hard cold truths. Artfully pared-down arrangements mirror the compelling emotional directness of Colvin’s songs, in which she addresses the dissolution of a relationship with the sort of dry-eyed candor that has long been a hallmark of her work. The material often took shape with Colvin performing live in the studio, singing and playing acoustic guitar, and the tracks were then subtly embellished by an impressive ad hoc combo Miller had convened, featuring Bill Frisell on electric guitar, Viktor Krauss on bass, and Brian Blade on drums.
The Mando Chronicles by Peter Ostroushko
A Prairie Home Companion: The Mando Chronicles Listening Preview
Ashes and Roses by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Talk of the Nation: Carpenter’s ‘Ashes’ Shaped by Grief
Mary Chapin Carpenter has been one of our most eloquent songwriters, but silent until recently after a series of wrenching changes: in 2007, a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, divorce soon after that, then her father died last fall. Grief, she said, had become a companion. The Grammy-winning artist channeled those emotions into her latest album, “Ashes and Roses.”
Did You Know:
Gitane Cajun by Beausoleil - Mary Chapin Carpenter’s biggest hit “Down at the Twist and Shout” featured Beausoleil as her backing band. That is why the cajun feel is so accurate. Gitane Cajun is my favorite CD of Beausoleil. Michael Doucet & Beausoleil are among the longest tenured guest performers on A Prairie Home Companion.