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Brandi Carlile, Yola, Allison Russell lead Americana noms

May. 16, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brandi Carlile, Allison Russell and Yola are the leading nominees for the 2022 Americana Honors and Awards, with each one up for album of the year, artist of the year and song of the year. The nominees were announced Monday in Nashville, Tennessee, at the...

Ukraine band favored in Eurovision Song Contest final

May. 13, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra and its members' folk-hip hop anthem to their war-torn nation is the oddsmaker's favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest, an event intended to celebrate diversity and promote friendship among nations. Twenty-five bands are set to...

A song with power: Ukraine's Eurovision entry unites nation

May. 06, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra’s upbeat, melodic entry for this month’s Eurovision Song Contest was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it has become an anthem to the war-ravaged motherland. ...

Review: French Quarter busker charts new course in Americana

Apr. 27, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

“A Walk Around the Sun," Erika Lewis (Independent) There's a sense of urgency in the lyrics of “A Walk Around the Sun," a hidden gem of a country-Americana project by a singer-songwriter known previously as the singer in a brassy French Quarter busker band called Tuba Skinny. ...

Play about Upper Big Branch disaster to be performed in WVa

Apr. 26, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A play based on the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mining disaster that killed 29 miners will be performed in southern West Virginia next month. “Coal Country” recently ended an off-Broadway run in New York City. The play's dialogue is taken directly from...

Review: Heifetz debut blends immigrant experience, Americana

Mar. 30, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

“First Generation American,” Elliah Heifetz (Self-released) Singer-songwriter Elliah Heifetz’s debut album is a cheerful reminder Americana has roots in many countries. Heifetz was raised on food stamps in Philadelphia as the son of Soviet political refugees, and...

Silence replaces old folk tunes in historic quarter of Kabul

Mar. 23, 2022 22:39 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nabih Bakhsh’s family has been part of Afghanistan’s musical tradition for generations. His great-grandfather was a musician in the court of the Afghan emperor 150 years ago. His father was a famous maestro and singer. Bakhsh too carried on the family art, performing...

Murakami plays antiwar songs on radio to protest Ukraine war

Mar. 18, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Playing James Taylor’s “Never Die Young” and going back to songs that marked the antiwar movement in the 1960s, author Haruki Murakami added his voice to protests against the war in Ukraine with a special edition of his Japanese radio show. “Does music have...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of March 13-19

Mar. 07, 2022 09:08 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of March 13-19: March 13: Jazz drummer Roy Haynes is 97. Songwriter Mike Stoller is 89. Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 83. Singer Candi Staton is 82. Actor William H. Macy is 72. Comedian Robin Duke is 68. Actor Dana Delaney (“Body of Proof”...

Folk, harlequins part of Venezuela's German town carnival

Feb. 28, 2022 12:01 PM EST

COLONIA TOVAR, Venezuela (AP) — Under the visible threat of rain, dozens of children and adults are dancing to Alpine folk music as they move through the hilly streets of this small community tucked in a mountain range. Their predominantly bright-red harlequin costumes contrast against the...