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Sundance Channel will premiere the second season of its critically acclaimed music/talk original series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10:00pm et/pt. Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… combines the best elements of talk and music television and lets viewers in on intimate conversation and performance with host Costello and his guests ranging from legendary performers to promising new artists. The series, executive produced by Sir Elton John, includes one-on-one interviews, unprecedented pairings, group discussions, as well as extraordinary performances, from impromptu “illustrative” moments to full band (and even multi-band) productions. Among the confirmed guests for the seven-part season are: Bono, The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, Jesse Winchester, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint. (more…)

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Buddy Miller Pulls Near-Sweep Of Major Categories

Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Jim Lauderdale, John Fogerty & Buddy Miller; photo: Erika Goldring

Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Jim Lauderdale, John Fogerty & Buddy Miller; photo: Erika Goldring

(September 17, 2009) – Acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Buddy Miller was the biggest winner at the 8th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show Thursday night at the Ryman Auditorium, taking home trophies in almost every category for which he was nominated.

Performing in celebration of lifetime achievement awards were John Fogerty, Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel, and Sam Bush. John Prine and Nanci Griffith sang a duet in honor of recipient Jim Rooney. The AMA’s annual awards show, hosted by Jim Lauderdale, was also a showcase for both established artists and the next generation of stars, all contributing fresh material to the Americana music scene. Performers included Rodney Crowell, The Gourds, Raul Malo, The Flatlanders, Reckless Kelly.

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Diana Jones, the remarkable singer and songwriter with a slate of new songs that Uncut says “sound like they’ve spent a couple of generations being marinated on an Appalachian porch,” has planned a busy spring, showcasing music from her new album Better Times Will Come, out May 19th (Proper American). Highlights range from New York and California dates to a triumphant return to the UK — where her “haunting purity of voice” (Maverick) has made her a recent press darling and breakout success — culminating in a headlining spot at the renowned Cambridge Folk Festival this August.

In addition, music from Jones’ new album, specifically her song “Appalachia”, is slated for a featured role in the upcoming PBS documentary, “Coal,” produced by legend John Prine. The nod is a natural match for Jones, whose record features several tales of Appalachian life, such as “Henry Russell’s Last Words,” a heartrending tale of coal miner Henry Russell, who died in the 1927 Everettville cave-in. Also covered by Joan Baez on her most recent Grammy winning release, the song is just one of many that highlight Jones’ gift for narrative, including the feisty murder ballad “If I Had A Gun” and the evocative personal family story of “Soldier Girl.”

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CD is seminal singer-songwriter’s 19th album and first album of all-new material since 2005

Los Angeles, California – Nanci Griffith’s classic sound – folk/country melodies built around stories that aren’t afraid to tackle big subjects all delivered with the artist’s signature vocal style – returns in full bloom on THE LOVING KIND, her new album scheduled for release on June 9th from Rounder Records.  Featuring thirteen new songs, THE LOVING KIND is Nanci’s most politically outspoken release in years, and underscores her stature as one of the music world’s most esteemed singer-songwriters. The release of THE LOVING KIND will be accompanied by a U.S. tour.

With a recording and touring history that stretches back more than two decades, Griffith has established, what Madison Avenue would call, a “brand.” But her signature music is much more about art than commerce, which is why her fan base has remained incredibly loyal – fans include contemporaries such as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris, all of whom have either recorded her songs or insisted she record theirs.

With her last CD (the critically-acclaimed Ruby’s Torch), a torch song tribute, THE LOVING KIND is her first studio album of original and contemporary cover material since 2005’s Hearts in Mind. The title track, emblematic of the album’s story songs, refers to Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 landmark civil rights case that once and for all ended the ban on interracial marriages in the U.S. Richard and Mildred Loving were a married white man and black woman who were forced to leave their native state of Virginia under threat of arrest because of the state’s Jim Crow law prohibiting marriages between different races.

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Jeffrey Foucault

Jeffrey Foucault

On February 17th, Jeffrey Foucault will release an album of songs by one of his musical heroes, the great singer-songwriter John Prine. The collection entitled Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes: Jeffrey Foucault Sings The Songs Of John Prine features 13 Prine originals from all stages of his long career, including a number of lesser-known songs. The supporting cast includes Mark Erelli, David Goodrich, Eric Heywood and Kris Delmhorst. This release won’t be sold in stores and will be available only from selected websites and as a digital download.

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