Our Country

  • Americana Awards Honor Loretta Lynn and Jackson Browne Alongside Fresh Faces Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson

    Chris Willman at Our Country2 days ago

    It’s not very often that the Americana Music Awards result in anything that can be described as a “sweep,” since they only give out six awards total. (None of that stretching things out by breaking categories into “best male” and “female” for these progressive types.) So Jason Isbell came as close as humanly possible to a grand slam Wednesday night when he won all three prizes for which he could have contended: artist of the year, album of the year ( Southeastern ), and song of the year (“Cover Me Up”).

    Now that he’s been unofficially crowned the King of Americana, Isbell must be feeling pretty good about his decision to leave the Drive-By Truckers right about now, if at any point he wasn’t in the seven years since his departure from that band left the Americana world rattled and shaken. He’s become such a universal favorite among fans of roots-oriented singer/songwriters that even Lucinda Williams, who presented Isbell his final award, had to break impartiality and signal her approval.

    “I’m glad of this award,” Williams blurted after Isbell gave his acceptance speech. “His album is stupendous and beautiful!”

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  • See It First! Whiskey Myers Reveal New Lyric Video for 'Early Morning Shakes'

    Wendy Geller at Our Country9 days ago

    Whiskey Myers describe their music as being "honest," and — honestly — that's a pretty good way to put it. The Texas-bred band blends a no-holds-barred mixture of Southern rock, country, blues, and a bit of soul that has been rapidly attracting a fanbase over the past six years since the release of their debut in 2008.

    The band released their latest album,, earlier this year; the set was helmed by noted producer Dave Cobb (whose credits include Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, and both Waylon and Shooter Jennings). Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the lyric video for the title track, exclusively for fans to enjoy.

    Whiskey Myers kept playing played hundreds of shows in the past year, including a headlining spot at Texas Thunder Fest and a slot opening for their heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd in Houston. If you'd like to keep up with their schedule, check here.

     

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  • Annabelle Road: Following a Path To Stardom

    Wendy Geller at Our Country11 days ago

    Rising country sensations Annabelle Road describe themselves as "Carrie Underwood-meets-Johnny Cash-by way of-Skynyrd" which sounds like one heck of a rep to live up to. However, if there is any band out there that could claim that admittedly eclectic mash-up, it's this one. The members come respectively from years of playing rock, pop, blues, and country.

    " I wasn’t really country when we started doing it," notes drummer Donovan Tarjeft, who along with his cousin/guitarist Jeremy Temple has honky-tonk music in his bloodstream (both granddad and great-uncle played the Grand Ole Opry!), but chose to play rock n' roll intitally instead. Turns out it was easy to change his mind: "Jeremy’s like, 'listen the amount of girls to guys [in the country audience] is like 10 to 1!'" he laughs.

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