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Notes: Kontest Winner, New Scott Miller,

Posted in Annie and the Beekeepers, Knoxville Music, Kris Kristofferson, Scott Miller on October 15, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

First of all, in case you missed the comment in the contest thread… I want to say congrats to Rory, the winner of the Kristofferson Kontest. Rory won a Deluxe Edition copy of Kris Kristofferson’s new album Closer to the Bone. I want to say thank you to everyone who entered the drawing (nearly 20 of you), and a special thank you to New West Records for providing the prize for the contest.

I’ve really enjoyed these first two contests (Kris & Porterdavis), and I know my wife has enjoyed being in charge of picking the lucky winners out of the hat. Keep your eyes peeled. If I come across any more cool prizes, I’ll certainly try to do more of these giveaways.

The Patron Saint of A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz, Mr. Scott Miller, has a new project cooking over at his website. If you remember, last year, Scott sold 1,000 copies (complete with original artwork for each copy) of a demos project called Appalachian Refugee to raise money for his first self-released studio album For Crying Out Loud.

This time around, Scott is again looking to fans to help fund the creation of his next record. Starting this week, Scott will be releasing a series of songs on his website that will be available for paid downloads. The first song, “Lo Siento, Spanishburg, WVa” went live yesterday. For those of you like me who don’t speak Spanish, the title translates to “I’m Sorry, Spanishburg, WVa.” You can purchase the song and become an investor in Scott’s new record here.

Last month, I posted a link to several videos over at the Music Fog website that were recorded on the Music Fog bus during the Americana Music Conference in Nashville. One of the videos I linked to was for a song called “Again & Again” by Annie Lynch & the Beekeepers. The video was contained in a post titled, “For the Love of God, Please Watch This!!!” So I did… and you still can.

What I heard was a true melancholy folk masterpiece from songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Annie Lynch, bassist Ken Woodward, and cellist Alexandra Spalding. The trio met while attending the Berklee College of Music a few years back and have just released their second EP, The Squid Hell Sessions. The studio version of “Again & Again” appears on the EP and was just included on the sampler CD in the newest issue of Paste Magazine. You can hear a whole lot more at their myspace page.
Annie & The Beekeepers: Again & Again (Buy Album)

Random Weekend Post: Kris Kristofferson Giveaway

Posted in Kris Kristofferson on October 3, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

Last month, I posted the title track from the new Kris Kristofferson album, Closer to the Bone.

Last week, a few days before the official release date of the album, the mp3 file of the song was removed from my file host due to a “copyright infringement” claim. Of course, I wasn’t infringing. The file was sent to me directly from New West Records with their blessing to share it on the site. A third party seems to be filing these claims and having songs removed left and right. I’ve gone through the same thing with Sarah Jarosz, Sons of Bill, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charlie Robison, and a few others. It kinda sucks.
Anyway… long story short… I contacted New West Records about the disappearing Kristofferson track, just to let them know what had happened. They have been very helpful, and have promised to look into the situation.
Now. What does this mean for you, and why does any of it matter?
It means that I’m not going to replace or repost the file for now. Even though I know I have the label’s blessing, that likely won’t stop the whole thing from happening all over again. So… for now… no download.
The good news is that New West has offered to let me give away a Deluxe Edition copy of Closer to the Bone to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post with your name and email address, or send an email to me at with the subject “Kristofferson Kontest.” I’ll throw all the names into a hat next Monday and pick out a winner. (US residents only)
Good luck.

Kris Kristofferson – Closer To The Bone from New West Records on Vimeo.

Cleaning Out the Old Inbox: Malcolm Holcombe, Kris Kristofferson, & Band of Heathens

Posted in Band of Heathens, Kris Kristofferson, Malcolm Holcomb on September 9, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

I get a lot of music sent to me every week. I mean a lot of music. I get submissions through e-mail, regular mail, Reviewshine… I even get packages left for me at the radio station. It’s a lot of music to wade through. The problem is that I also have two jobs, a wife, a dog, and a new house to take care of. I don’t often have time to listen to everything I receive or write extensively about everything that I like. That’s why I’m taking some time today to clear out my inbox and share a few things with you that I’ve overlooked.

We start with For the Mission Baby, the latest release from North Carolina songwriter Malcolm Holcombe. The gravel voiced Holcolmbe, along with producer Ray Kennedy and a band led by Tim O’Brien, has crafted another fine album full of gritty, bluesy folk tunes. The title track from his new album sounds upbeat and uplifting until you realize it tells the story of a teenage couple facing an unplanned pregnancy. These types of conflicted characters fill Holcolmbe’s songs and prove what a talented songwriter he is. For the Mission Baby will be released September 29th from Echo Mountain Records.

Malcolm Holcolmbe: For the Mission Baby (Buy Album)

Next is the newest effort from songwriting legend Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson’s latest is called Closer to the Bone, and as the title might suggest, it’s filled with topics that are close to the songwriter’s heart and tributes to friends and family who have passed. “Good Morning John” is a loving ode to the late Johnny Cash, while the entire album is dedicated to Kristofferson’s good friend and bandmate Stephen Bruton. Bruton, who passed away in May after a long battle with cancer, plays and sings throughout. The album is honest and stark with sparse production that lets the songs stand out on their own for what they are. It is a fitting tribute to Kristofferson’s fallen friend, and another fine addition to his catalogue. Closer to the Bone is released September 29th from New West Records.

Kris Kristofferson: Closer to the Bone (Buy Album)

I wrote recently about The Band of Heathens as one of the nominees for “Best New and Emerging Artist” at this year’s Americana Music Awards & Honors. What I didn’t mention then was that the Heathens are releasing a new album called One Foot in the Ether on their own Band of Heathens Records on September 15th. I’ve been listening to this one for a couple of weeks now, and it is another strong effort from the songwriting collective from Austin. The album contains eleven original tunes from the band, and one stunning cover of Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio.” The band has made two tracks from the album available as free downloads at their website… here’s one of them.

Band of Heathens: L.A. County Blues (Buy Album)

There’s a lot more music in the inbox to share… but I’ve got a dog to walk and a yard to mow. I’ll try to get back to some more as soon as I can.