Best of 2014: Sturgill Simpson - "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music"

When No Depression launched as a print magazine in 1995, its positioning as an alternative-country quarterly was intended to be squarely in contrast to the dominant acts on mainstream country radio at the time. The magazine championed the organic sounds of Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks while the...

Daintees - Haunted Highway

The leaders of alt-folk go country. If you aren’t already a paid member of the Martin Stephenson and the Daintees Fan Club, you should stop reading now, as I don’t want to share this secret with anyone else. First formed over 30 years ago, The Daintees defied description and even logic as they...

An Inspired Year of Americana Music: The Best of 2014

The work of creating a Best-of-the-Year list can be a strange experience. In a phone interview today with Keb' Mo' we moaned together about how to respond to these year-end lists.  Of course, he has a lot of room to moan with three Grammy wins in Blues categories and a nomination this...


"Vigilante Man" - Ry Cooder, Mando Lines, December 19, 2014

Ry Cooder - Vigilante Man (live)

Aiofe O'Donovan & Noam Pikelny - Don't That Road Look Rough and Rocky, Paul Wilner, December 20, 2014

Aoife O'Donovan & Noam Pikelny - Don't That Road Look Rough and Rocky

Langhorne Slim & Friends ~ "Countryside Shuffle", Craig Young, November 21, 2014

The Bluegrass Situation // Imogene& Willie Listening Room: Langhorne Slim & Friends

Cass McCombs ~ "Angel Blood", Craig Young, November 24, 2014


The Donkeys ~ "Ride The Black Wave", Craig Young, November 24, 2014

The Donkeys - Ride The Black Wave (Live on KEXP)

Benjamin Booker ~ "Falling Down Blues" , Craig Young, November 24, 2014

Benjamin Booker - "Falling Down Blues" (FUV Live at Rockwood Music Hall)

The Lone Bellow ~ "Then Came The Morning", Craig Young, November 25, 2014

KXT Live Sessions, The Lone Bellow, "Then Came The Morning"

Rhiannon Giddens - Spanish Mary , Paul Wilner, November 20, 2014

Spanish Mary - Lyrics by Bob Dylan & Lead Vocals by Rhiannon Giddens

Michael Franti & Spearhead - "Same As It Ever Was", Kim Ruehl, December 18, 2014

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Same As It Ever Was (Start Today)

Over The Rhine ~ "If We Make It Through December", Craig Young, December 19, 2014

Over The Rhine - "If We Make It Through December" (eTown webisode #713)