MCP Picks: The Best Albums of 2017

With the new year knocking at our door and calling us forward, we can’t forget all the goodness that 2017 had to offer–maybe not so much culturally or politically, but there were definitely some damn fine albums released this year.… Continue Reading

The Monochromatic State of Americana

The Nashville-based Americana Music Association, who has taken up the mantel of preserving traditional music, making it known, and propelling it forward, defines “Americana,” in the musical sense, this way: “Americana is contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American… Continue Reading

Video Premiere: “Miracle” by New Reveille

These days, having a banjo in your band doesn’t make you Americana. All the elements have to be in place—stellar songwriting, outstanding musicianship, creative innovation, and a unique ability to connect with those who listen. Raleigh, North Carolina-based Americountry outfit… Continue Reading

Live Show Review: The Contenders

Part listening room, part laid-back, boozy music club, Nashville’s The Basement was the perfect place for me to get to know The Contenders. Featuring two seasoned vets of the music scene–Jay Nash on guitar and Josh Day on drums–the Americana-Folk… Continue Reading

Live Show Review: Trout Steak Revival

Colorado string band Trout Steak Revival, ambassadors of their home state’s progressive bluegrass scene, descended on Nashville’s City Winery recently to celebrate the unveiling of their now-released album, Spirit To the Sea. The room was configured differently on that special… Continue Reading