As a result of one of the most disturbing eras of blatant American racism in a generation, Black musicians and industry veterans are holding a conversation to accelerate racial equity in Americana, one of our nation’s most essential musical genres. On Thursday, August 20th, at 1 PM PDT/4 PM EST, Black Equity in Americana: A Conversation will occur. The live Zoom panel streaming on Facebook via the Americana Music Association’s Facebook page will feature an honest, restorative dialogue featuring a group of Americana music’s top Black artists and creative professionals.
FoCoMX In-Person Music Festival Cancelled due to COVID-19, Offer Alternative Live Music Concert Series
The Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) has been continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the orders and recommendations of the CDC, the State of Colorado and the Larimer County Health Department. Due to mass gathering restrictions, temporary business closures and with health recommendations in mind, FoCoMA has made the decision to cancel the “in person” Fort Collins Music eXperiment music festival. The event was previously rescheduled from its traditional April dates to Sept 4 and 5, 2020 due to COVID-19.
Holler folk trio The Ghost of Paul Revere have released an exciting new animated lyric video for "Love At Your Convenience" - the lead single from their forthcoming third full-length studio album, Good At Losing Everything. PRESS HERE to watch the stunning visualizer that was put together by Brooklyn-based Dreambear Animation (Gary Clark Jr., Lizzo,, Steve Martin, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat).
There’s something to be said about the ingenuity it takes to put a group of great musicians together in a great room to record great songs and having them all coming together in one take. Undoubtedly, James Lee Baker has just pulled it off. Coming as no surprise to Baker’s existing fans—No Depression once said, “to call him anything other than brilliant would be criminal”—his new album 100 Summers accomplished this feat with graceful execution and the backbone of timeless songs and stories.
Last night, Trey Anastasio performed "I Never Needed You Like This Before" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The song is from Anastasio's new album, Lonely Trip (Rubber Jungle), available now at all DSPs. With this performance, Anastasio became the first guest to perform in-studio on any late-night TV show since lockdown began in mid-March. "I’m still buzzing after playing with the Roots,” Anastasio told Pitchfork. "Man, I needed that.
The multi-instrumentalist and fingerstyle guitar artist, Jake Allen announces his newest album “Affirmation Day,” due out October 2 releasing on his label, Jake Allen Music, and being distributed in conjunction with Six Degrees Records. The new album beautifully captures Allen’s existential thoughts juxtaposed with his transcendent perspectives encased in a blend of prog-pop, folk and alt-rock sensibilities. It is an impressive album with technical guitar stylings under simple melodies and strikingly deep lyricism.