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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, […]

Complicated Songs: James McMurtry’s “Complicated Games” Showcases a Master Storyteller.

Complicated Songs: James McMurtry’s “Complicated Games” Showcases a Master Storyteller.

By Jon Black (photo: Shane McCauley) The world James McMurtry paints through his songs is distinctive: a place of stark isolation, of desperate hope struggling against unbeatable odds and where tragedy and beauty make strange but eternal bedfellows. Little wonder his work has been praised by artists as diverse as John Mellencamp, Jason Isbell and […]

Iconic Club Owner Eddie Wilson Puts Memorabilia Collection Up for Auction

Iconic Club Owner Eddie Wilson Puts Memorabilia Collection Up for Auction

(photo: Steve Hopson) [Note from the Editor: this was supposed to be a short little news blurb. Apparently, I am incapable of that.] Legendary Austin venue owner and music promoter Eddie Wilson will be auctioning-off part of his unique collection of musical memorabilia, station KVUE-TV has reported. If you’ve ever heard that Austin is a […]

Never Past the Point of Rescue: Hal Ketchum Overcomes Challenges of MS to Release New Album

Never Past the Point of Rescue: Hal Ketchum Overcomes Challenges of MS to Release New Album

By Jon Black (Photos: Pete Lacker) At its heart, county music is about the struggles we face and our efforts to overcome them. Few artists know more about struggle than veteran country musician and songwriter Hal Ketchum. After his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) several years ago, Ketchum went into a self-imposed exile in the […]

Golden Keys: Saying Goodbye to Bobby Keys, Legendary Saxman for Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly

Golden Keys: Saying Goodbye to Bobby Keys, Legendary Saxman for Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly

(photo: Sean Birmingham) In a career spanning more than half a century, Bobby Keys emerged as a master of the art of rock n’ roll saxophone (though the self-effacing artist always denied any such thing). His reckless yet smooth tenor sax work on The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” is one of the most instantly recognizable […]

12 Christmas Songs for Those Who Won’t Be Watching the CMA’s Christmas Special

12 Christmas Songs for Those Who Won’t Be Watching  the CMA’s Christmas Special

By Jon Black So, the CMA’s “Country Christmas” special is tonight – and you’re not excited. The reason doesn’t matter. Maybe you don’t cotton to sound of mainstream Nashville country. Perhaps you like your country old-school, outlaw or alt. It could be that, at heart, you’re a rockabilly, a roots-rocker, blues aficionado or a left-of-the-dial […]

Songs Of Freedom Smithsonian Folkways Reissues “Songs of the Spanish Civil War”

Songs Of Freedom Smithsonian Folkways Reissues “Songs of the Spanish Civil War”

By: Jon Black Readers of a site that proudly proclaims “This Website Kills Fascists” (a reference to   Woody Guthrie’s guitar, which bore the slogan “This Machine Kills Fascists”) should  welcome Smithsonian Folkways’ re-release of The Songs of the Spanish Civil War. After   all, the American volunteers of the Lincoln Bridge spent the war doing just […]

Billy Joe Shaver – Long in the Tooth

Billy Joe Shaver – Long in the Tooth

I’m always excited about a new Billy Joe Shaver album – especially one with almost all new songs (“The Git Go” first appeared in 2012 on “Live at Billy Bob’s.”). This one even kicks off with a duet with Willie Nelson on “It’s Hard to be an Outlaw,” an enjoyable tune that sets up the […]

Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Cory Branan is a hard guy to peg, but he seems aware of that fact. His sound mixes enough influences that he called his last album, “Mutt.” While “Mutt” did showcase some strong songwriting, it simply didn’t cohere perfectly as an album. “The No-Hit Wonder” is a different beast. While there are still plenty of the […]

“Bluebird” – Dawn Landes

“Bluebird” – Dawn Landes

Dawn Landes’ lastest album, Bluebird, is the most gorgeous album I’ve heard in a long time. Every song is a subtle, smart, heartfelt gem. The video for the title song features the dancer Storyboard P and was directed by Christina Ladwig, produced by Ghost Robot. Warning: the minor chord changes at the bridge will tug […]