Posts Tagged ‘Jon Black’

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

The French Connection — From Quebecois to Cajun On night two of SxSW 2012, I acquired a sidekick (or perhaps I was the sidekick, I don’t know). In recent years, I have been fortunate to have an accomplice for my SxSW adventures. It has, however, never been the same person from year to the next […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

At Long Last: SxSW 2012 FIRST, an apology to my readers: real life sometimes gets in the way of my music journalism. These reviews come more than two months after the fact, but I hope that being untimely in no way distracts from the enjoyment that reading brings or the great music and performers it […]

Tom “Pops” Carter, 1919 – 2012

Tom “Pops” Carter, 1919 – 2012

SAYING GOODBYE TO POPS Bluesman Tom “Pops” Carter dies at the age of 92 In a twelve-month period that has already seen us mourn the loss of Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin, American blues and roots music has lost one of the last undiscovered treasures of blues music. Tom “Pops” Carter passed away late Sunday […]

SXSW: Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s, 3-15-12

SXSW: Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s, 3-15-12

ATF’s man in Austin, Jon Black, is hip deep in the SXSW fracas. But until his missives come rolling in, check out the audio for the Alabama Shakes’ rockin’ soul-shakin’ set at Stubb’s yesterday. Thank you, NPR. Thank you. While you’re listening you can read the story by NPR’s Stephen Thompson, who writes, “[Lead singer] […]

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

When I first set foot on the street for any given night of South by Southwest, I never know what exactly the evening has in store for me. Sure, I have a list of bands I want to see, but that’s not the same thing as knowing what to expect. Friday night of SxSW 2011, […]

The Jon Black Report: SxSW 2011 Day Two – A Look Back at the Mishmash

The Jon Black Report: SxSW 2011 Day Two – A Look Back at the Mishmash

DAY TWO: OUT OF THE COUNTRY — Irish Rock and Roll — Classic Punk — Balkan Gypsy Rock Cabaret — Afro-Columbian World Funk Fusion — Alternative Marching Band — Tennessee Garage Rock — West African Traditional Folk/Blues/Rock On the second night of South by Southwest 2011, I gained an asset I have never had in […]

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

DAY ONE: THE BUZZ ABOUT “SOUTH BY” For one week each year Austin, Texas becomes the global capital of the music industry. In its 25 year existence, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or simply “South by” to the initiated) has emerged as the industry’s most important “trade show”. Over the course of […]

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

For a truly unique take on folk and country music, look no further than Kill County. The band recently brought their minimalist old-school roots sound on a mini-tour to Texas, playing a series of shows around the Austin area. I sat down with the band’s vocalist/banjo player, known only as Ringo, vocalists/guitarist Josh James, and […]

Album Review: The Essential Highwaymen – (Columbia)

Album Review: The Essential Highwaymen – (Columbia)

Four Big Guns If one were to parse the entire pantheon of country music heroes for a quartet that embodies all that is great and good in country music, it would be hard to imagine a line-up more epic than Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. It was with this notion in […]

The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy

The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day One Some festivals are driven by the tastes of fans, other by the designs of the music industry. New Orleans’ Ponderosa Stomp is unique in being driven by the history of American popular music itself. The Stomp is a festival with a mission: to […]

News: Merle Haggard on Letterman – CBS, 8-31-10, 11:30pm EDT

News: Merle Haggard on Letterman – CBS, 8-31-10, 11:30pm EDT

As our own Jon Black discovered when he interviewed the legendary Merle Haggard for Awaiting the Flood, the man is a country music traditionalist and an internet prophet. Haggard will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman tomorrow night. CBS, 11:30pm EDT. Catch the show live or set your TIVO / DVR. Great chance to see the […]

The Infamous Stringdusters Fly High

The Infamous Stringdusters Fly High

With fingers flying across acoustic strings and a sound blending the finest traditions of American bluegrasss with the aesthetic sensibilities of the contemporary music, the Infamous Stringdusters embody today’s young, hip bluegrass scene. And with the release of their third album, Things That Fly, the Infamous Stringdusters are flying higher than ever. In laying the […]

Merle Haggard: Country Music Traditionalist, Internet Prophet

Merle Haggard: Country Music Traditionalist, Internet Prophet

In April 2010, Merle Haggard’s latest album, I Am What I Am hit stores and radio stations around the nation. Amid the smooth, polished, heavily produced (some would say overly-produced) opus of much of the modern Nashville sound, I Am What I Am was like a revelation — a voice and sound that seemed to […]