Thursday, September 19, 2013

Americana Music Fest, Kenny Rogers, Blind Boys of Alabama, Alabama Shakes, Promised Land Sound, Al Jarreau and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)

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Breaking Good: With acts like Shovels & Rope reaching bigger audiences, can Americana still claim its underdog status?

Americana Music Festival 2013 Highlights

Island in the Stream: With a brand-new record, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Rogers remains an icon of musical quality (Playing Wednesday, 25th at the John Hiatt Fund for Treatment at Cumberland Heights benefit at the Ryman)

Acts of God: After 70 years, the Blind Boys of Alabama bring their gospel message to a new crowd (Playing with Mavis Staples Wednesday, 25th at War Memorial Auditorium)

Take and Give: Alabama Shakes are perfecting imperfection (Playing Saturday, 21st at The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel)

Under the Influence: Nashville's own Promised Land Sound channels '70s country rock through a modern lens (Playing Saturday, 21st at Centennial Park; Promised Land Sound out Sept. 24 via Paradise of Bachelors)

Beyond Category: Vocalist Al Jarreau continues to defy categorization (Playing Sunday, 22nd at the Schermerhorn)

In The Spin: Robyn Hitchcock at Mercy Lounge, Katey Red at The Stone Fox

Plus Critics’ Picks on Luke Winslow-King, Starfucker, Screaming Females and Waxahatchee, Daughter, Alt-J, fun. with Tegan and Sara, Blitzen Trapper, Valient Thorr, Ani DiFranco, Ben Sollee and more

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