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In the key of Americana

Jan 16, 2014
In the key of Americana


Dustbowl Revival’s sound, “hillbilly jazz” to some, is “Americana kitchen sink” to its frontman.

The Dustbowl Revival makes music for dancing barefoot on a porch in New Orleans. Or for swinging back gin after gin in an underground speakeasy.

Imagine a string band meets a brass...

Plucking fame from the internet

Jan 3, 2014
Plucking fame from the internet


Andy McKee’s “Drifting” video has logged more than 48 million online hits.

Anyone who disregards viral cat videos and other YouTube phenomena should check out Andy McKee.

The 34-year-old musician legitimized Internet fame seven years ago with his video “ Drifting.” A bearded McKee...

Riders In The Sky bring signature comedy and western music to special holiday performance

Dec 19, 2013
Riders In The Sky bring signature comedy and western music to special holiday performance


Riders in the Sky is, from left, Ranger Doug (guitar), Woody Paul (fiddle), Too Slim (bass) and Joey the Cowpolka King (accordion).

Sub out the Douglas fir for a cactus and it’s Christmas the cowboy way.

Expect sequined cowboy hats, rope tricks and original and...

San Francisco’s Two Gallants return with louder, darker, folk-rock sound

Dec 12, 2013
San Francisco’s Two Gallants return with louder, darker, folk-rock sound


Tyson Vogel, left, and Adam Stephens have released four albums as Two Gallants, the latest being “The Bloom and the Blight.”

Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel became friends when they were 5 years old. By age 12, they were playing music together. Now they’re 32 and 33, respectively, and they’ve...

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