The Americana Week That Was 2/1 — 2/7 2015


Something I’d like to do here on the new site is take a look back at some things that happened each week in the worlds of WDVX and Americana music in general. It might include links to interesting articles, videos, or song streams from other places. It will also include links to the WDVX On Demand page pointing to interesting programming and live performances from the station during the past week.

In fact, let’s start there. The WDVX On Demand page contains audio streams of archived WDVX programming. All of our broadcasts are archived 24-7, and appear on the On Demand Page for two weeks. All you have to know is what day and hour the show you want to hear aired, and you can stream it in its entirety. If our daily Rise & Shine bluegrass show is on too early in the morning for you, just check out M-F at 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00 to get your grass on. If you can’t get out of work to jam to the Blue Plate Special, click any M-Sat at noon for your daily live fix.

Here’s some cool stuff from the archive this week with the date and time to find them in the archive.

*Friday 2/6 at 7:00 – Angaleena Presley on First Friday Live

As I wrote about earlier in the week, Angaleena Presley came to the station for First Friday Live and held the audience in the palm of her hand for her acoustic solo set. Angaleena’s songs are personal accounts of her life growing up in Eastern Kentucky and unflinching chronicles of the issues facing that same region today. She won the audience over by talking about the importance of truth in songwriting… and then telling it with her tunes.

*Friday 2/6 at 5:00 – BJ Barham from Americana Aquarium on Feature @ 5

American Aquarium’s new album Wolves is one of my favorites to come out to this point in 2015. Songwriter and vocalist BJ Barham joined Tony Lawson in the studio to play a few songs from that record solo, and tell the stories behind them. Barham’s newfound sobriety and long-standing struggles with life on the road as a touring musician served as topics for the discussion.

*Thursday 2/5 at Noon – Dale Watson & Stevie Tombstone on Blue Plate Special

The Blue Plate Special is WDVX’s signature lunchtime free concert series and it is never as rocking as it is when Ameripolitan hero Dale Watson comes through town. He turns the stage into his own personal honky-tonk each and every time he visits.

*Tuesday 2/3 at Noon – The Bros Landreth & The Oarsmen on Blue Plate Special

Canadian brothers Joey and David Landreth are fairly new to the scene having just released their debut album, Let It Lie. The Winnipeg natives blend American roots and southern rock sounds into a north of the border amalgam that is all their own.

*Monday 2/2 at 7:00 – Craig Market & Thomm Jutz on Tennessee Shines

Songwriters, producers, studio side-men… Craig Market & Thomm Jutz are usually cast into some form of supporting role in their careers. They took the spotlight to themselves to play Tennesse Shines as a duo with well crafted songs and intricate guitar playing as featured on their new album, Nowhere to Hide.

*Wednesday 2/4 6:00 to 11:00 – The Americana Pulse

This is the show I host each week at WDVX. Highlights from this week include the Three Songs conversation with Israel Nash at 7:00, a lupine-themed set of Wolf songs beginning late in the 9:00 hour, and new tunes beginning around 8:20. There’s also a highly danceable set of border-flavored tunes featuring Los Lobos, Los Super 7, Doug Sahm, The Maverics, and Flaco Jimenez & Buck Owens right after the new tunes segment.

Again… all those shows and more archived WDVX programming can be found on our On Demand page.


In addition to all the cool stuff on our airwaves this week… Several artists released some new music to the web. Here are links to a few of them.

*Joe Pug’s new album, Windfall, will be released next month. He talked with me a bit about the album last fall, but our first real taste came on Tuesday with the release of the song “Bright Beginnings” at Consequence of Sound.

*Ray Wylie Hubbard announced he will release a new autobiography later this year following the issuance of his new CD The Ruffian’s Misfortune in April. Hubbard gave a song from that new record to Rolling Stone on Wednesday. Since the FCC probably wouldn’t like me playing it (or even saying its title) on the radio… I’ll link to it here.

*Finally, Dwight Yoakam also released a new tune through Rolling Stone on Wednesday. “Second Hand Heart” is the title track of his newest album, also due in April. You can hear the new tune here, and get ready to see Dwight perform with Brandy Clark tonight on the Grammy Awards.

Speaking of the Grammys, they’re airing tonight, and the pre-show awards are about to begin streaming over at… So I’m going to publish this and go keep an eye on that.

Keb Mo, Nickel Creek, John Hiatt, Rosanne Cash, & Sturgill Simpson are up for the Best Americana Album award, and several other Americana Pulse favorites like Mike Farris, Brandy Clark, Dave & Phil Alvin, The Del McCoury Band, and Old Crow Medicine Show are up for roots-based awards as well. Our pal Baron at Twang Nation is the official Americana Blogger for The Grammy Awards, and you can read his previews and predictions here.

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