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No More "Sad Boy Americana," Otis Wilkins Evolves on "Joni Mitchell Was Punk"
Singer-songwriter sound ditched for grooves on new single
"...“The sad boy Americana stuff is pretty much out the window,” Taylor Wilkins..."

May 20, 2019 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Adam Torres’ Big Sky Americana
His panoramic view of the world transcends into his haunting falsetto
"...Paralleling a strain of avant-garde Americana artists like Steve Gunn, William Tyler, and Greg Vanderpool..."

July 14, 2017 Music Feature by Alejandra Ramirez

Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples: Americana Soul
First ladies of rhythm and blues tape ‘Austin City Limits’
"...Americana music is so dominated by men that last night’s..."

June 28, 2012 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

Middle Americana
Boardroom song-craft? The Austin Songwriters Group Songwriters Symposium gets down to business.
"...that. You can go to South by Southwest or Americana [Festival] or the Folk Alliance and get as much..."

Jan. 16, 2009 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Americana 12-Pack

March 17, 2017 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Young, Gifted & Americana

April 19, 2013 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

UT Chamber Singers/Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble: Vox Americana redux
American choral music earns more big love in 2007 with back-to-back concerts of American vocal works by the UT Chamber Singers and the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble

March 30, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Living, Breathing Americana
Steve James: Sustaining Traditions, Not Reviving Them

Oct. 4, 1996 Music Feature by Brian Berger

Where Idealism Is Still Alive
The first Annual Americana Music Association meeting
"...Webster's defines "Americana" as "material concerning or characteristic of America, its civilization..."

Nov. 24, 2000 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

The Great Roots-Rock Scare of '96
The Americana Chart, Alternative Country, and Austin
" we'd all been waiting for had finally arrived. Twangcore/Americana/No Depression/insurgent country/roots-rock/y'alternative -- whatever you wanted to call it..."

Dec. 27, 1996 Music Feature

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
In this Depression-era Coen brothers film, a trio of chain-gang escapees seek a (possibly mythical) treasure while on the lam from a diabolical sheriff.
" so well, but also the whole of Depression-era Americana. It's a sprawling film and the comic tone matches..."

Jan. 12, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Meet Curtis McMurtry
A third generation emerges in the McMurtry clan
"...writers of our time, Larry McMurtry, and son of Americana music legend James McMurtry...."

Jan. 7, 2013 Music Post by William Harries Graham

Faster Than Sound: Ryan Bingham Warms Up His Western Festival
Onetime local Americana star inaugurates his fest on a chilly day in Luckenbach
" Oscar, Grammy, and a role on television's Yellowstone, Americana star Ryan Bingham totes a genuine outlaw backstory of..."

April 19, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

The Overnighters
The fracking boom in Williston, N.D., has created hard times in the land of plenty as shown in this devastating doc.
" film crew on a tiny patch of combustible Americana, namely the economically bedeviled town of Williston, N.D., which..."

Oct. 17, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Matt Harlan's Highway Anthem
Houston songwriter showcases at Maria's Saturday
"...recently released his third album, Raven Hotel, on Houston Americana micro-label Berkalin Records. Recorded locally at Ace Recording and..."

July 11, 2014 Music Post by William Harries Graham

Rob Reiner's best film in a decade is another coming-of-age story set in small-town America.
" Me: a coming-of-age story steeped in small-town, midcentury Americana and accompanied by voiceover narration. Here, there are two..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Planet 51
In a switcheroo, animated aliens fear the human in their midst.
"...of science-fiction filmmaking, the whole planet closely parallels Fifties Americana, right down to the Happy Days slang and the..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

From Mexico With Love
An illegal migrant worker dreams of becoming a boxer but suffers setbacks in this film shot in San Antonio.
"...Tejano pride is a punchy, melodramatic piece of tried-and-true Americana that mixes cultures (and film genres) with an eye..."

Oct. 16, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2004
A program of eight short films nominated for live-action and animated Academy Awards in 2004.
"..."Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher" is a galloping slice of proto-Americana that gleefully mines everything from Indiana Jones to those..."

April 1, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

National Treasure
Odd casting and unimaginative, workmanlike direction make the painfully overlong National Treasure an exercise in mediocrity.
"...body count and a gravely silly respect for off-kilter Americana. In the end, it’s the odd casting and unimaginative,..."

Nov. 19, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Woman Chaser
"...director's tone in handling this big, black-and-white slab of Americana dyspepsia. I'll assume the original idea here was to..."

Aug. 4, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
"...Aronson's 83-minute film is a meticulously-researched chunk of underground Americana that traces the poet's full life from his rather..."

Feb. 25, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

ACL Review: Parker Millsap
Oklahoman singer-songwriter exorcises his inner punk
" a shit-hot set at the Tito’s tent by Americana wunderkind Parker Millsap, and it felt like the Fourth..."

Oct. 8, 2017 Music Post by Tim Stegall

Alejandro Escovedo Grinds Axes at ACL
Austin escapee kicks out the jams in his fifth taping for PBS
"...Warhol’s Factory. Lou Reed, David Bowie, only roots huffing, Americana glam. At the final taping of Austin City Limits’..."

Dec. 1, 2016 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Weekend Two Sunday ACL Fest Interview: Amanda Shires
Americana songstress doesn't need hubby Jason Isbell to constitute one-half of a power couple
"...husband Jason Isbell now constitute the power couple of Americana as she hits the road behind her new album,..."

Oct. 7, 2016 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Review: Dilly Deli
Neighborhood Americana goes the extra mile
"...carved out of a convenience store that serves road-trip Americana without all the Fifties checkerboard pomp. I just wasn't..."

June 17, 2016 Food Feature by Brandon Watson

Force of Circumstance
Houston honky-tonks + Americana surrealism = Robert Ellis
"...of the key young songwriters in the suddenly broadened Americana scene. His eponymous fourth album, released this week on..."

June 3, 2016 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

SXSW Live Shot: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, Shakey Graves
Americana Music Association showcase finds the sweet spot
"...The average age of those showcasing for the Americana Music Association Friday night hovered around 47, but everybody..."

March 15, 2014 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

Gram Parsons Hoot Night
Patterson Barrett pays tribute to godfather cosmic cowboy
"...Monday, 7pm. This year’s show benefits both the nonprofit Americana Music Association and the Gram Parsons Foundation...."

Nov. 5, 2012 Music Post by Margaret Moser

Contradictions Exposed
"...KFAN the Americana Flame Editor,..."

Jan. 10, 1997 Column

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