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10:37 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another Is Waiting' by Stephen Thompson

It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns — the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter — fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

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Rock & Roots
12:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Guy Clark, Music's Master Craftsman, On Making Songs Last by Melissa Block

If you want to learn how to write a song — one that's built to last, with vivid characters and images that plant you squarely inside a scene — listen to .

Songwriters who revere Clark will tell you he crafts songs with the same precision and attention to detail he uses when he builds guitars. But Clark has a simpler, blunter explanation, as he told me with a glint in his eye when I visited him recently at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

"No bull- - - - means no bull- - - -, know what I mean?" Clark says.

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Rock & Roots
12:46 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Song Premiere: The Civil Wars' 'Dust To Dust' Is An Ode To The End

Joy Williams and John Paul White are The Civil Wars, a duo of passionate performers. The first time I saw them perform there were such positive sparks flying between them, but these days . The Civil Wars are about to release a new album — their second and probably their last for a while or perhaps forever ... we shall see. Today we have a new song for you by Joy and John Paul, a ballad called "Dust to Dust."

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Rock & Roots
12:25 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern': Fresh Air

When singer-songwriter Jason Isbell used to get drunk, he'd sometimes tell his then-girlfriend, the musician Amanda Shires, that he needed to quit the bottle — and that if it was going to take, he'd have to go to rehab. Eventually, she said the next time he told her that, she'd hold him to it. And she did. And he went. And, he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "The jury is still out on whether or not it worked, but it worked today and all the days leading up to this."

Initially, he says he was scared about what sobriety would do to his personality and his creativity.

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Rock & Roots
11:59 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Watch The Civil Wars Live Up To Their Name In A Behind The Scenes Video

The Civil Wars are a duo whose interchanges, onstage and on the 2010 debut album Barton Hollow, fascinated fans with their magnetic pull and expressiveness. Joy Williams and John Paul White, singer-songwriters whose own separate careers had stalled at different crossroads, came together by accident and quickly became . Produced by Nashville veteran Charlie Peacock, Barton Hollow rocketed up the iTunes and Billboard charts on the strength of Internet fandom and the pair's spellbinding live performances.

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Rock & Roots
11:37 am
Mon July 15, 2013

“On the Road” with Rock & Roots – Forecastle 2013 - WRAP UP.

Thanks to Amelia and Russ, we all got a closer look at Forecatle 2013. Here are the LINKS to the Rock & Roots pages they shared with us from BEGINNING to END...

Forecastle 2013 – A preview by Amelia Stevens

Today’s the day! Forecastle 2013 officially starts...

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Rock & Roots
11:25 am
Mon July 15, 2013

“On the Road” with Rock & Roots – Forecastle 2013

Saturday look back –

Saturday was a really fun day at the fest. There were such great headliners and incredible artists playing all over the festival.

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Rock & Roots
5:44 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

“On the Road” with Rock & Roots – Forecastle 2013

It is absolutely one of the most beautiful days that Forecastle could have possibly started on, in my opinion. Although there were quite a few people in line at both entrances, at least it isn’t miserably hot…or raining.

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Rock & Roots
12:09 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

“On the Road” with Rock & Roots – Forecastle 2013

Today’s the day! Forecastle 2013 officially starts, and we get to kick it off with a BBQ and Bourbon welcome in the media tent! After we get some pulled pork and Kentucky bourbon in our bellies, it’ll be time to start the interviews, the concerts, and the fun!

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Rock & Roots
12:40 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

“On the Road” with Rock & Roots – Forecastle 2013

Forecastle 2013 – A preview by Amelia Stevens

fore·cas·tle  /ˈfōksəl/

Noun

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