Editorial: Why Are There No Country Songs About Groundhog Day? Editorial: Why Are There No Country Songs About Groundhog Day?

Editorial: Why Are There No Country Songs About Groundhog Day?

(photo: Cephas) At its most basic, country music is the celebration of the simple things in life and the exploration of the lives of everyday people. With that in mind, yesterday, we at Awaiting the Flood got to wondering, why are there no great country songs about Groundhog Day? The distinctive annual ritual of February […]

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Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music

Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music

Norman Blake’s strings have helped shape the sound of America’s music. His guitar work has anchored artists as essential as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. He was a driving force of the bluegrass revival. His discography includes more than three dozen titles and his playing can be heard on the soundtrack of movies […]

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15 for ’15: Albums to “Watch” in the New Year 15 for ’15: Albums to “Watch” in the New Year

15 for ’15: Albums to “Watch” in the New Year

Twenty-fifteen will be an interesting year for music and, for many musicians, a year of transition. We will see some old masters moving in new directions: Steve Earle trying his hand at blues, Robert Earl Keene at bluegrass and Fat Mike at a punk rock opera. Some intriguing cover albums loom on the horizon, from […]

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14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music 14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music

14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music

There is no such creature as a “typical” year in music. That having been said, 2014 was arguably more noteworthy than most. Forget digital downloading, streaming music services are the new trend not only driving the music industry but at least two items on this list. The year also witnessed a superstar make the choice […]

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Interviews

Bobby Long’s Wishbone: Album Review

Bobby Long’s Wishbone: Album Review

A Talk with Bobby Long: Part Three It’s not accurate to say Bobby Long reinvents himself with every album, however much evidence the music gives. Instead, I think each EP and LP is a step toward something greater, and Wishbone is no exception. Bobby Long told me he never intended to be labeled a singer-songwriter—that […]

Feb 19, 2013 9:35

Album Reviews

Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music

Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music

Norman Blake’s strings have helped shape the sound of America’s music. His guitar work has anchored artists as essential as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. He was a driving force of the bluegrass revival. His discography includes more than three dozen titles and his playing can be heard on the soundtrack of movies […]

Jan 16, 2015 2:02

Contests

Lost Highway 10th Anniversary Record Giveaway

Lost Highway 10th Anniversary Record Giveaway

The Nashville-based label Lost Highway Records, who delivered the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, as well as American IV: Ain’t No Grave, Johnny Cash’s best selling studio album, is proud to celebrate its ten-year anniversary by giving away a slew of rare 12″ vinyl records. At AwaitingTheFlood, we got our hands on six of […]

Jun 29, 2011 21:03

News

Dearly Departed: Shakey Graves’ New Video is On Solid Ground

Dearly Departed: Shakey Graves’ New Video is On Solid Ground

Watch Shakey Graves’ New Video “Dearly Departed” Shakey Graves has had a good year. His album, And The War Came, was named one of iTune’s best singer/songwriter albums of the year and one of the top albums of 2014 by NPR music critic Ann Powers. It also put Graves on Amazon’s list of “Artists to […]

Dec 22, 2014 1:40

Recent Articles

Editorial: Why Are There No Country Songs About Groundhog Day?

Editorial: Why Are There No Country Songs About Groundhog Day?

(photo: Cephas) At its most basic, country music is the celebration of the simple things in life and the exploration of the lives of everyday people. With that in mind, yesterday, we at Awaiting the Flood got to wondering, why are there no great country songs about Groundhog Day? The distinctive annual ritual of February […]

Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music

Wood, Wire & Words: Norman Blake’s New Album Touches the Roots of American Music

Norman Blake’s strings have helped shape the sound of America’s music. His guitar work has anchored artists as essential as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. He was a driving force of the bluegrass revival. His discography includes more than three dozen titles and his playing can be heard on the soundtrack of movies […]

15 for ’15: Albums to “Watch” in the New Year

15 for ’15: Albums to “Watch” in the New Year

Twenty-fifteen will be an interesting year for music and, for many musicians, a year of transition. We will see some old masters moving in new directions: Steve Earle trying his hand at blues, Robert Earl Keene at bluegrass and Fat Mike at a punk rock opera. Some intriguing cover albums loom on the horizon, from […]

14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music

14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music

There is no such creature as a “typical” year in music. That having been said, 2014 was arguably more noteworthy than most. Forget digital downloading, streaming music services are the new trend not only driving the music industry but at least two items on this list. The year also witnessed a superstar make the choice […]

MUSICAL MINI-BIOGRAPHY: The Keys of Armand St. Martin, New Orleans’ Musical Ambassador (Part III)

MUSICAL MINI-BIOGRAPHY: The Keys of Armand St. Martin, New Orleans’ Musical Ambassador (Part III)

Check out Part I of our biography of singer/pianist Armand St. Martin, exploring his coming of age in the musically-storied city of New Orleans and Part II chronicling the explosive growth of his career and his embrace of Louisiana’s music and traditions. (All photos Armand St. Martin & Patty Lee collection, unless otherwise noted) AN […]

Music for Breaking Things: 13 Holiday/Christmas Punk Rock Classics

Music for Breaking Things: 13 Holiday/Christmas Punk Rock Classics

In the United Kingdom and the other countries of the British Commonwealth, December 26th is known as “Boxing Day.” Ostensibly, that unusual name comes from the tradition of employers and bosses giving Christmas Boxes (containing small gifts and money) to servants, tradespeople and laborers—a kind of post-Christmas Christmas bonus. Personally, I like to think there’s […]

A Music-Lover’s “12 Days of Christmas”

A Music-Lover’s “12 Days of Christmas”

(image: original artwork by Xavier Romero-Frias) You all know the drill. So, please, feel free to sing along with (and share) this bit of holiday humor from your friends at Awaiting the Flood.   On the First day of Christmas, my true love sent to me The Partridge Fam-i-ly.   On the Second day of […]

RIP Joe Cocker: Saying Goodbye With A Little Help from Our Friends

RIP Joe Cocker: Saying Goodbye With A Little Help from Our Friends

Today’s regularly scheduled feature has been preempted for a retrospective and celebration of the late Joe Cocker. In the final analysis, Joe Cocker’s formidable talent and musical significance can be expressed in a single sentence: The man out-Beatled The Beatles. Cocker’s 1968 cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends” not only reached #1 […]

MUSICAL MINI-BIOGRAPHY: The Keys of Armand St. Martin, New Orleans’ Musical Ambassador (Part II)

MUSICAL MINI-BIOGRAPHY: The Keys of Armand St. Martin, New Orleans’ Musical Ambassador (Part II)

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How Roots Music Shaped Christmas: 12 Holiday Songs We Couldn’t Do Without

How Roots Music Shaped Christmas: 12 Holiday Songs We Couldn’t Do Without

No time of year is more fundamentally sensate than the holidays. Each of our five senses has powerful triggers letting us know the time of year and vividly calling to mind holidays of years past: the sight of bright lights, colorfully-wrapped presents and shiny tinsel, the feel of cold air on the face and warm […]

Top 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Billy Joe Shaver & Willie Nelson Songs (In Honor of Today’s “Late Show” Appearance)

Top 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Billy Joe Shaver & Willie Nelson Songs (In Honor of Today’s “Late Show” Appearance)

Awaiting the Flood is tremendously excited that two of our favorite artists, Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson, will be tonight’s musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman. Each musician has a new album out, Shaver with

The Hares Catch Fire With Their Debut Album, “Smoking in Bed”

The Hares Catch Fire With Their Debut Album, “Smoking in Bed”

Distinctive sounds and great music do not always go together. But the Sautex label has a nose for finding acts combining both, whether on the stage or in the recording studio. They do not disappoint with one of their newest finds, San Antonio roots rockers, The Hares. Their debut album, Smoking in Bed, offers twelve […]

MUSICAL MINI-BIOGRAPHY: The Keys of Armand St. Martin, New Orleans’ Musical Ambassador (Part I)

MUSICAL MINI-BIOGRAPHY: The Keys of Armand St. Martin,  New Orleans’ Musical Ambassador (Part I)

[Note from the Editor: This marks the debut a new feature at Awaiting the Flood, which we’ve dubbed “Musical Mini-Biography.” These will be longer profiles of artists, broken into multiple segments, with a new segment running each Sunday. We will be profiling accomplished musicians with interesting stories but that may not have received the attention […]

12 Perfect Christmas & Holiday Gifts for the Roots Music Fan on Your List

12 Perfect Christmas & Holiday Gifts for the Roots Music Fan on Your List

Forget “Black Friday,” welcome to “The Man in Black Friday.” The elves at Awaiting The Flood have put our heads together to come up with twelve great gift ideas for the season of giving, covering a variety of roots genres and price ranges, for the music lover on your list (And presents for yourself are, […]