2015 was a good year for Americana releases, especially the American primitive kind.
Joy Williams and Angela Easterling: strong singer/writers in the Americana vein, yet so different.
In our November 2015 “Americana issue,” we featured acts including John Fogerty, Steve Earle and the Texas Tornados (with roots in Doug Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet). Here we continue to share some lesser known flip sides from the featured acts to discover or rediscover.
A recap of choice panels and performances — plus exclusive photos featuring members of The Zombies, Jefferson Airplane and The E Street Band, among other artists — from the annual conference/festival in Texas.
By Bruce Sylvester Last weekend’s 14th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival was, as ever, a phenomenal extravaganza of free, (mostly) American roots music – seven stages this time – in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Best moment of all? I’d …
By Bruce Sylvester The spirit of the recently departed hovered above last weekend’s 12th annual totally free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It especially honored the event’s founder and funder, Warren Hellman. North Carolina …
By Bruce Sylvester Warren Hellman, banjoist in the Wronglers and billionaire angel of San Francisco’s annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, died of complications from leukemia on Dec. 18. Born in Manhattan on July 25, 1934, into a family of investors …
The totally free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park presents major acts as well as relatively unknown but worthy ones.
It’s hard to say what was the best moment at the tenth annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival last weekend in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
The sins of the father were visited upon Justin Townes Earle, but the son repented.
A wild, reckless youth, Earle, the offspring of notorious country-music outlaw Steve Earle, was out on the road playing guitar and keyboards in his dad’s band, and time and time again, he got himself into hot water.