It’s time to uncover something new from Freakons, the mind-altering mashup of Mekons and Freakwater, and a whip-smart animated music video is what’s on tap. The coal connection between Wales and Kentucky was the initial concept that brought them together in hopes of supporting Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, but the decades-long friendship between the two bands made Freakons and its recent S/T release on Fluff & Gravy Records possible. Learn more about the conjoining of these two iconic groups from Janet Beveridge Bean, Jon Langford, and Catherine Irwin, and be
To pair with the World Premiere of her new tearjerker of a music video, “Drive,” we caught up with award-winning Nashville-based Americana and Country music artist Sarah Jane Nelson on her upcoming LP Shelby Park, set to release April 29th. Nelson is known for her adept storytelling, but this new album is inked with an honesty not shown prior. “It’s a collection that covers online dating,” says Sarah Jane, a group of songs “reflecting on the potential I’ve not yet fulfilled, raising kids I love with my whole heart, being
Fans and friends of Will Kimbrough know just how versatile a creative collaborator the Alabama native is. He just finished producing the next Shemekia Copeland album, which features guests like Cedric Burnside, Rev. Charles Hodges, and Aaron Lee Tasjan. He says he has hopes that this next one will do even better than Copeland’s 2020 Grammy-nominated LP which he produced, Uncivil War. He also still has hope in humanity and the power of empathy, as his new single “The Other Side” clearly conveys, aided by jangly guitars and harmonies. Take
We’ve caught up with straight shooter Margo Cilker in 5 Questions as she’s in between tours supporting American Aquarium and Hayes Carll and before she departs for the UK in May for a string of duo shows with bassist Tom Bailey, plus an anticipated appearance at Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival. Cilker let us know that she is “back in the studio working on a new batch of songs” for the second time with Sera Cahoone, producer of Pohorylle, Margo’s acclaimed 2021 LP release for Fluff and Gravy Records. 5 Questions
“In the past four years, we’ve all gotten engaged or married,” River Whyless’ Halli Anderson reveals, “Ryan and Daniel are both fathers, and our reflections have become more personal or introspective in some ways, but that is not to discount our passion for progress.” A couple of days ago, before kicking off a spring run in support of the band’s new album Monoflora, it had been years since River Whyless toured together. As many performers can relate, Anderson predicted that being on stage again would be a “ping-pong mixture of
DittyTV has the great pleasure of premiering a new music video today from dynamic Americana artist Cristina Vane titled “How You Doin’,” a feel-good piece of movie magic released in support of her innovative and infectiously-good upcoming studio album, Make Myself Me Again. Along with the premiere, Vane offers details of working with producers Brook Sutton (Blackberry Smoke) and Jano Rix (The Wood Brothers) at The Studio in Nashville, TN, as well as info on her musical background, where she draws fashion inspiration from, her rig rundown and much more.
What do John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Supersuckers have in common? They all helped inspire the new single from The Waymores titled “Road Worn,” the latest release supporting the Atlanta duo’s upcoming LP, Stone Sessions, releasing April 8th via Austin, TX-based Chicken Ranch Records. “This twangy Bakersfield-sounding song was written during the quarantine when we unpacked our suitcases for the first time in years,” says the band. Get to know The Waymores better in 5 Questions and share in the wanderlust of “Road Worn.” 5 Questions with The Waymores
Texas native and acclaimed singer-songwriter William Clark Green joined us for a quick 5 Questions to dig into his recent and raved-about LP, Baker Hotel, and what it was like working with director Billy Cano on his cinematic new music video for the album’s title track, shot in Mineral Wells, TX. He also discussed the state of reflection that turning 35 has sparked in him (hint: it all comes back to “Bop” by Dan Seals), his work with the High Cotton Relief Fund, and why he loves the ruggedness of
This Friday, emerging Americana singer-songwriter Elliah Heifetz will release his new Andrija Tokic-produced album, First Generation American, a record connected as much to the immigrant experience as to the modern dilemmas surrounding us: the global pandemic, political and social upheaval, etc. Scroll down to enjoy the first listen of a new track from the album titled “Bustleton Avenue,“ performed live by Heifetz exclusively for DittyTV, and be sure to read up on his story and various inspirations in our 5 Questions feature. 5 Questions with Elliah Heifetz by Sam Shansky 1) With your upcoming album First Generation
On April 8th, Nashville-based artist and teacher Amy Speace will release her anticipated new album Tucson, her most personal and certainly her most openly-written collection of songs to date. We caught up with the award-winning singer-songwriter to hear in her words about the complex and life-changing events that inspired the record. Like she does on her new album, in this Q&A, Speace bravely reveals details regarding past traumas, the birth of her son and the death of her father, and her subsequent visit to Cottonwood Tucson, a treatment center for
We sent 5 Questions to acclaimed Americana artist Michaela Anne to learn more about her just-announced next studio album, Oh To Be That Free, available to the public on June 10th via Yep Roc Records. “Growth is a big part of this record,” says the artist, “looking at oneself with honesty and making decisions to have a healthier life, rooting in our own life, stillness, not always chasing and looking outward for fulfillment, validation, that fix that I think we all are searching for. Doing what we can with what
DittyTV is pleased to offer the first-listen of the title track from David Quinn’s third studio album Country Fresh, which will be released April 15th via Down Home Records/Soundly Music. See how an ashtray at Sound Emporium Studios, a new house in Indiana, and collaborators like Fats Kaplin (Jack White, Beck) and Jamie T. Davis (Margo Price) have shaped Quinn’s next record in this 5 Questions feature. 5 Questions with David Quinn by Sam Shansky 1) Your third studio album Country Fresh will be released April 15th via Down Home
We invite you to check in with CJ Cain of bluegrass band The Wooks to learn about their new album Flyin’ High and where the good fishing holes are in Florida (he’s not giving away too much). Plus, learn about the work the band does with the nonprofit Can’d Aid. “Hopefully, this gives the kids some motivation to start or continue the pursuit of music as an art form,” says Cain. “My favorite thing is playing fiddle tunes and seeing the kids do all the trendy TikTok dances to bluegrass
We sent out 5 Questions to enigmatic and genre-bending artist Swamp Dogg to learn about his new album I Need A Job...So I Can Buy More Auto-Tune, his creative relationship with his frequent collaborator Guitar Shorty, his thoughts on the passing of his friend John Prine, and much more. After nearly 70 years as an active player in the music business, Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg, has proven to be a resilient, inventive, and prolific man of action, inspiring and entertaining people with his assertive and sometimes explicit persona.
Danielia Cotton’s anticipated new album Good Day is set to release this Friday, March 18th, and DittyTV looked to the artist to learn more about what to expect, and what inspired the record in the first place. “Like so many other people,” says Cotton, “I’ve been through some bad times, especially during the Covid Epidemic shutdown. I lost family members as did my co-writer on the album Jeff Cohen. As a response and to keep our spirits up we recycled our pain into listenable and hopefully uplifting songs.” Cotton shares
Need-to-know Nashville-based duo Side Pony has a brand-new music video to reveal today for their single, “Heels,” a tune which they say, “started out as a cheeky song about not being worried about the height of your partner when choosing your shoes,” before they realized there was “potential to say a lot more… too many good opportunities to throw in some humor-laced digs at the male sex’s shortcomings. All’s fair in love and footwear!” Side Pony is Alice Wallace and Caitlin Cannon’s new musical vehicle, and they’ve been driving listeners
When festival organizers dreamed up the Master Musicians Festival nearly three decades ago, their idea was simple: to honor those whose contributions have had a significant effect on their respective genres and to highlight the up-and-coming acts who are carrying the torch of their forebears. For every Guy Clark they booked, a Jason Isbell shared the bill, for every Doc Watson, a Nickel Creek, and for every Willie Nelson, a Tyler Childers, highlighting a thread that runs through all generations of world-class musicians; a bonafide mastery of their craft. This
Single Lock Records artist Duquette Johnston joins us for 5 Questions to talk about his third solo studio album The Social Animals and his collaborators John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Sun Kil Moon), the creative work he’s doing in Birmingham, AL, with Club Duquette, as well as personal matters such as what his time in prison taught him. 5 Questions with Duquette Johnston by Sam Shansky 1) You released your third solo studio album, The Social Animals, on February 25th via Single Lock Records. It’s been nearly a decade since you
Arriving this Friday via Archtop Records, it’s Superhuman, the much-anticipated debut LP from London’s own Ferris & Sylvester. We caught up with the duo to learn about the making of the record and their latest music videos, as well as what’s on their minds as they prepare to make their return to SXSW next week. 5 Questions with Ferris & Sylvester by Sam Shansky 1) First of all, congratulations! Your new record Superhuman will release this coming Friday via Archtop Records. Produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, The Strokes) and Michael Rendall (Pink Floyd, Youth), could you
Relax, it may be Monday, but we’ve got the video World Premiere of “I Can’t Take It,” one of DeeOhGee’s latest visuals, and one that comes fresh from the road. Shot at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC in support of their December-released LP New Way of Life, this is DeeOhGee in action. This is “Harnessed Chaos.” 5 Questions with DeeOhGee by Sam Shansky 1) In December, you released New Way of Life, and now you’re back with the video premiere of “I Can’t Take It,” one of the album’s leading tracks.