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John Prine – Station Inn, Nashville 2016


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John Prine at The Station Inn –

Americana Music Festival Conference


This was on the Thursday night at Nashville’s AmericanaFest where attractive shows were calling out everywhere.

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Come on the Roots’n’All Music Tour 2017?


Americana Awards Finale – photo Jim Jacob

Like to Experience the Best of American Roots Music?


Want to go on an Escorted, Personalised Tour of the most influential music cities in the United States – Memphis, Nashville, Clarksdale and Austin?


Then join me on the inaugural ROOTS’n’ALL Music Tour in 2017!

My colleague Greg Clayton and I are designing a tour for September 2017 which will encompass all of the above AND MORE!

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Andrew Adkins Reveals Himself

andrew adkins Glass Castles Album CoverAndrew Adkins is a name you probably haven’t heard.  There’s an obvious reason for that – he hasn’t used it much in promoting his music, until now.

Adkins is a former member of Mellow Down Easy (who were signed to Dualtone records) and helped form an outfit Lions For Real.  Add to that, two solo projects under the pseudonyms The Colored Parade and Indigenous Engines and you have a prolific and polynymous artist.

Now, we have Glass Castles, released this January under this Nashville songwriter’s own name.  Thirteen tracks that provide listeners with a real diversity and unique touch, with most of the instruments played by Adkins himself.  The styles range from Americana, alternate folk, ballads and country.

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Last Taste

USA Music Tour 2015 Day 31

Nashville Tennessee 20 September 

Our last day in glorious Nashville.  A day at leisure, for tomorrow we transit to L.A. and the long flight to Melbourne

The day commenced with some serious discussion as to how to make the most of the day without doing anything too strenuous.  There were lots of choices – an Aussie showcase all afternoon and evening, a music bash over in East Nashville and Jay Farrar and Parker Milsap at 3rd and Lindsley tonight.  Also, I haven’t been to Robert’s Western World (the best honky-tonk bar on Broadway), Ernest Tubbs’ Record Store or the Country Music Hall Of Fame this trip.  Plus, it’s been a few days since we’ve had a square, sit-down dinner.

Plans were hatched.

Morning coffee at Bonds was abandoned as it was closed today, so we kept walking toward Downtown, stumbling upon another establishment Tin Cup on 8th for an excellent macchiato.

Then a saunter towards Broadway, past the singing Barbershop Harmony building

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

and into the iconic Ernest Tubb Record Store, ongoing since 1947, one of the few authentic places on Broadway.

Well, maybe not for much longer?  Every time I return, the store looks more bare and the CD stock has diminished even further this time around, with the racks being only about 20% full now.  Let’s hope it gets some revitalisation and doesn’t go the way of the rest of the strip.

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

I’d been to the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 2008 and was ready to return, particularly given two new exhibits – Sam Phillips/Sun Studio and Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash and the Nashville Cats.  There’s plenty to see and it took a while to get through it all.  Highly recommended.

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

Over to Robert’s Western World for some authentic country swing.  Today it was Rachael Hester and the Tennessee Walkers.

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

photo Jim Jacob

A solid meal at Demo’s and a cab to The Blue Bar for a little taste of the Aussie talent.

Daniel Champagne – photo Jim Jacob

Tomorrow the trek home.

It’s been a fun four weeks.

Hope you have enjoyed following the journey.


My USA Music Tour 2015


Fishing Near Clarksdale Mississippi

By the time you read this, I will be somewhere over the Pacific.

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New Event at Americana Music Festival 2015 Announced

Showcase on Americanafest 2015 #5

Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings To Headline


Loretta Lynn at the Americana Honors and Awards 2014

The Americana Music Association has announced a one-off “mini-festival” during its 16th annual Americana Festival & Conference.

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Dylan, Cash and The Nashville Cats

dylan cash and nashville cats

Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Double CD Release

Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and The Nashville Cats

Bob Dylan’s decision to record in Nashville in 1966 provided a major catalyst for bringing many others to what must have seemed like a very unlikely destination in the politically polarized sixties.  In spite of its reputation as a conservative town, removed from the main trends in popular music, Nashville was home to musicians who had a huge influence on other music scenes of the era.

Dylan’s embrace of Nashville and its musicians, The Nashville Cats, inspired many other artists, among them Neil Young, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen to follow him to Music City.  Around the same time, Johnny Cash was recruiting folk and rock musicians including Dylan and Young to appear on the TV series The Johnny Cash Show.

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