Abe Spears came to Dallas on September 20 to back Nashville musician Josh Thompson at a gig at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill.
The 30-year-old Spears is a veteran banjo player who'd tasted modest success as part of the bluegrass group King Wilkie before joining up with Thompson. But he had bi ... More >>
If there were a String Band Hero video game, it's highly likely the music of Nashville's Old Crow Medicine Show would be prominent in the list of song options. Best known for "Wagon Wheel," the song that's as responsible for today's youthful lust for all things banjo as any other single track, the b ... More >>
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here.
Best Americana/Roots Act
J. Charles & The Trainro ... More >>
Fort Worth's Ice Eater have played around the area for the last few months, but Thursday's set at Dada will be their Deep Ellum debut. We caught up with members Jordan Kline and Zach Edwards about the first Ice Eater gig and who plays a better Mr. Freeze.
You guys are playing Dada tomorrow. Do you ... More >>
There's not just one Austin roots band that knows how to produce a video that must be watched a bajillion times to be believed. While The Possum Posse's "Guy On a Buffalo" series has proved to be quite the Internet phenomenon, the video for the Whiskey Shivers' "Gimme All Your Lovin'" is perhaps as ... More >>
Pete FreedmanDallas-born 16-year-old Ruby jane kicked off Saturday's proceedings in fine fashion. After a lackluster Saturday, things are already heating up on Sunday afternoon at Zilker Park. Actually, they were plenty hot in the morning, too: Temperatures soared into the '90s, but, more importa ... More >>
Don't forget, ungrateful and forgetful children: Mother's Day is this weekend.Fortunately, though, it's still two days off. And, if you're pressed for a gift idea or two, you still have time to pick up one of
these special musical options for the lady who brought you into this
Mumford & SonsNovember 4, 2010House of Blues Better Than: Going to a show at House of Blues when the Mavericks or Stars are in town.Andrew ShepherdMarcus Mumford. For more photos, check the slideshow.
The frenzy that currently envelopes English folk-rockers Mumford & Sons is as clear as ... More >>
It warms my heart to see some good boys from Texas doing well for themselves--and Cadillac Sky heats this ol' ticker just fine. Originally from Fort Worth, Cadillac Sky has gone on to considerable recognition and praise from bluegrass, roots, and folk fans across the nation for their genre fusing an ... More >>
The last time Megafaun, an Americana act with experimental flair and an offshoot of now-defunct DeYarmond Edison, was at Hailey's, it was opening up for the Bowerbirds in August of 2009. Doug Davis gave his take on the band:Megafaun is a trio who might be described as post-rock meets bluegrass. At t ... More >>
Bowerbirds and Megafaun
August 12, 2009
Better than: Watching a performance on La Blogotheque
Some days the life of a touring musician is just a bitch, especially when you are in that stage of your career that you are traveling in a van. Yesterday was one such day for Megafaun ... More >>