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Live from the Divide - Band of Heathens - Part 1 - EP 501

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 57:58

Known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, Austin's Band of Heathens performs the first of two shows on Live from the Divide.

Img_2494_small Known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, Austin's Band of Heathens performs the first of two shows on Live from the Divide.

Live from the Divide - James McMurtry -EP 603

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:16

Legendary Songwriter and troubadour James McMurtry
weaves a world of Melody and prose -
All the while performing in his barn-burning roadhouse, rock ‘n’ roll band
The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of Where'd You Hide The Body. "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel's worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's an accomplished rock guitar player.Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a "must-see" powerhouse performance.

James_m_small Legendary Songwriter and troubadour James McMurtry weaves a world of Melody and prose - All the while performing in his barn-burning roadhouse, rock ‘n’ roll band The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of Where'd You Hide The Body. "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel's worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's an accomplished rock guitar player.Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a "must-see" powerhouse performance.

Live from the Divide - Marcus King Band Part 2 -EP 602

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 52:04

Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. At only 22 years of age, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Bands recordings and performances- Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," with hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.
Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own.

20108417_1357185697732759_8171762504355930834_n_small Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. At only 22 years of age, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Bands recordings and performances- Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," with hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts. Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own.

Live from the Divide - Marcus King Band -EP 601

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 56:17

Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. At only 22 years of age, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Bands recordings and performances- Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," with hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.
Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own.

20139761_1357185681066094_3592967129861034755_n_small Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. At only 22 years of age, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Bands recordings and performances- Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," with hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts. Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own.

Live from the Divide -Ned LeDoux - EP 604

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:11

​In country music, a last name like LeDoux casts a big, storied and bittersweet shadow, but it’s one Ned LeDoux doesn’t mind standing in one bit. Having been a drummer in his dad Chris’ band Western Underground since 1998, Ned knew from an early age that he had “no plan b” but to play music, “Once I got the taste of the road, and being in front of a crowd and just the sound of it, it was...freedom.”
Ned has boxes of song ideas his dad never finished and is digging through those for inspiration, “I will kind of stick with what dad used to do but bring my own stuff to the table.”
Ned says he doesn’t even need a road map anymore–that he and the highway are like brothers. He wants to write songs about what he knows, keep the themes simple and harken back to the sound of good ole country music but with an edge. Keeping up the family tradition of hard work & pursuit of craft - ned Ledoux is forging his own unique signature both as a performer and a songwriter and all the while throwing in a few of his dad’s songs in his own style as a tribute.

Ned_l_small ​In country music, a last name like LeDoux casts a big, storied and bittersweet shadow, but it’s one Ned LeDoux doesn’t mind standing in one bit. Having been a drummer in his dad Chris’ band Western Underground since 1998, Ned knew from an early age that he had “no plan b” but to play music, “Once I got the taste of the road, and being in front of a crowd and just the sound of it, it was...freedom.” Ned has boxes of song ideas his dad never finished and is digging through those for inspiration, “I will kind of stick with what dad used to do but bring my own stuff to the table.” Ned says he doesn’t even need a road map anymore–that he and the highway are like brothers. He wants to write songs about what he knows, keep the themes simple and harken back to the sound of good ole country music but with an edge. Keeping up the family tradition of hard work & pursuit of craft - ned Ledoux is forging his own unique signature both as a performer and a songwriter and all the while throwing in a few of his dad’s songs in his own style as a tribute.

Live from the Divide - Bj Barham -EP 605

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:11

Fans of Live from the divide know Bj Barham as the lead vocalist of American Aquarium, a country rock band out of Raleigh, North Carolina, where Barham went to school. He still is the vocalist, and the band is still together, but after the Paris shootings in November of 2016, Barham found himself with an eight-song solo record and a desire to tell a wholly different story: his own.
Rockingham is storytelling at its finest. He writes songs about the hardships people face and the fake hope you’re served when you grow up in a small American town where people die in the same place they’re born. In those towns there’s no real sense of a future—or if there is, it rarely delivers. While the narratives on Rockingham hide behind the characters Barham created, every song comes directly from personal experience. What Bj barham created and his performances and recordings is a haunting, beautiful ode to the everyday man, the woman who loves him, and the power of love in a small town.We were honored and lucky enough to Capture BJ Barham on the “lower 48 tour” supporting is Solo endeavor Rockingham

Bj__small Fans of Live from the divide know Bj Barham as the lead vocalist of American Aquarium, a country rock band out of Raleigh, North Carolina, where Barham went to school. He still is the vocalist, and the band is still together, but after the Paris shootings in November of 2016, Barham found himself with an eight-song solo record and a desire to tell a wholly different story: his own. Rockingham is storytelling at its finest. He writes songs about the hardships people face and the fake hope you’re served when you grow up in a small American town where people die in the same place they’re born. In those towns there’s no real sense of a future—or if there is, it rarely delivers. While the narratives on Rockingham hide behind the characters Barham created, every song comes directly from personal experience. What Bj barham created and his performances and recordings is a haunting, beautiful ode to the everyday man, the woman who loves him, and the power of love in a small town.We were honored and lucky enough to Capture BJ Barham on the “lower 48 tour” supporting is Solo endeavor Rockingham

Live from the Divide - ​Jack Ingram - EP 606

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:33

​Jack Ingram was born in Houston, Texas. He started writing songs and performing while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas,
Jack Ingram began his music career singing at a privately owned bar near the TCU campus of Fort Worth, Later, during the early 1990s, Jack toured the state of Texas opening for Mark Chesnutt and other acts. His first release was his self-titled album in 1995 with an appearance on Austin city limits-,
When Jack Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist,” thousands of people in the audience had to be smiling to themselves about that whole “new” thing. They knew the thirty-something, steel-eyed veteran accepting that trophy on that stage in Vegas had been rocking roadhouses, theaters and stadiums relentlessly since 1997, that he’d been celebrated by critics and fans of hard-core country music for more than a decade, and that as a Texas-born songwriter and performer, he’d been on the short list of next generation artists who could fill the boots of Lone Star legends like Willie and Waylon and the boys.

20769930_1380320932085902_1134375923541895614_n_small ​Jack Ingram was born in Houston, Texas. He started writing songs and performing while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Jack Ingram began his music career singing at a privately owned bar near the TCU campus of Fort Worth, Later, during the early 1990s, Jack toured the state of Texas opening for Mark Chesnutt and other acts. His first release was his self-titled album in 1995 with an appearance on Austin city limits-, When Jack Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist,” thousands of people in the audience had to be smiling to themselves about that whole “new” thing. They knew the thirty-something, steel-eyed veteran accepting that trophy on that stage in Vegas had been rocking roadhouses, theaters and stadiums relentlessly since 1997, that he’d been celebrated by critics and fans of hard-core country music for more than a decade, and that as a Texas-born songwriter and performer, he’d been on the short list of next generation artists who could fill the boots of Lone Star legends like Willie and Waylon and the boys.

Live from the Divide - Tyler Childers - EP 614 PT1

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:09

Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate his songs and performances that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold.Tyler Childers was born and raised in Lawrence County, Kentucky.His father worked in the coal industry and his mother is a nurse.He learned singing in church where he sang in the church choir.He started to play guitar and write songs when he was around 13.
His debut album was, co-produced by Grammy Award winners r Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semiautobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Tyler Childers Music is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky.
“I i’ve been writing these songs about being in the mountains,” Childers said. “I wanted it to have that gritty mountain sound. But at the same time, I wanted a more modern version of it that a younger generation can listen to—the people I grew up with, something I’d want to listen to.”

Tclftd_small Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate his songs and performances that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold.Tyler Childers was born and raised in Lawrence County, Kentucky.His father worked in the coal industry and his mother is a nurse.He learned singing in church where he sang in the church choir.He started to play guitar and write songs when he was around 13. His debut album was, co-produced by Grammy Award winners r Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semiautobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Tyler Childers Music is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky. “I i’ve been writing these songs about being in the mountains,” Childers said. “I wanted it to have that gritty mountain sound. But at the same time, I wanted a more modern version of it that a younger generation can listen to—the people I grew up with, something I’d want to listen to.” ​

Live from the Divide - Tyler Childers - EP 615 PT2

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 55:31

Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate his songs and performances that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold.Tyler Childers was born and raised in Lawrence County, Kentucky.His father worked in the coal industry and his mother is a nurse.He learned singing in church where he sang in the church choir.He started to play guitar and write songs when he was around 13.
His debut album was, co-produced by Grammy Award winners r Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semiautobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Tyler Childers Music is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky.
“I i’ve been writing these songs about being in the mountains,” Childers said. “I wanted it to have that gritty mountain sound. But at the same time, I wanted a more modern version of it that a younger generation can listen to—the people I grew up with, something I’d want to listen to.”

Tclftd_small Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate his songs and performances that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold.Tyler Childers was born and raised in Lawrence County, Kentucky.His father worked in the coal industry and his mother is a nurse.He learned singing in church where he sang in the church choir.He started to play guitar and write songs when he was around 13. His debut album was, co-produced by Grammy Award winners r Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semiautobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Tyler Childers Music is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky. “I i’ve been writing these songs about being in the mountains,” Childers said. “I wanted it to have that gritty mountain sound. But at the same time, I wanted a more modern version of it that a younger generation can listen to—the people I grew up with, something I’d want to listen to.” ​

Live from the Divide -Charlie Crockett - EP 703

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 01:02:17

Charlie Crockett - Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who also lived a wild life on the American frontier. After train hopping across the country, singing on the streets for change in New Orleans’ French Quarter, busking in New York City and performing across Texas and Northern California, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for nearly a year before searching for home in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa.
The the Roots & blues artist returned home to Texas and released his debut solo album titled A Stolen Jewel Since then has been touring the globe as a true American troubadour

Charley_crockett_on_tour_2_small Charlie Crockett - Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who also lived a wild life on the American frontier. After train hopping across the country, singing on the streets for change in New Orleans’ French Quarter, busking in New York City and performing across Texas and Northern California, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for nearly a year before searching for home in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa. The the Roots & blues artist returned home to Texas and released his debut solo album titled A Stolen Jewel Since then has been touring the globe as a true American troubadour

Live from the Divide - Jim Lauderdale - EP 704

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 57:56

Jim Lauderdale - Stylistically restless, Lauderdale's roots were in hard country and bluegrass, but his first album to be released, 1991's Planet of Love, was a savvy blend of rock, blues, and traditional country influences. It scored rave reviews, as did its follow-up, 1994's Pretty Close to the Truth, but with 1999's I Feel Like Singing Today, a collaboration with Dr. Ralph Stanley, he revealed he was also a first-rate bluegrass vocalist. Over the next two decades, Lauderdale would move back and forth between electric and acoustic projects, always steeped in roots music, while he also built an estimable reputation as a songwriter, as his compositions were recorded -- often with considerable success -- by a number of country stars, including George Strait, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Kathy Mattea, and George Jones. Singer songwriter entertainer co-conspirator and satellite radio host a true musical renaissance man

Jim_l_small Jim Lauderdale - Stylistically restless, Lauderdale's roots were in hard country and bluegrass, but his first album to be released, 1991's Planet of Love, was a savvy blend of rock, blues, and traditional country influences. It scored rave reviews, as did its follow-up, 1994's Pretty Close to the Truth, but with 1999's I Feel Like Singing Today, a collaboration with Dr. Ralph Stanley, he revealed he was also a first-rate bluegrass vocalist. Over the next two decades, Lauderdale would move back and forth between electric and acoustic projects, always steeped in roots music, while he also built an estimable reputation as a songwriter, as his compositions were recorded -- often with considerable success -- by a number of country stars, including George Strait, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Kathy Mattea, and George Jones. Singer songwriter entertainer co-conspirator and satellite radio host a true musical renaissance man

Live from the Divide - AHI - EP 711

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 01:00:04

AHI - No matter his material, the Canadian musician AHI (pronounced “EYE”) has one unbreakable rule for his songwriting: he has to be able to see himself—and some truth—in his songs.
“When it comes to songwriting, my stuff has to be honest, and I have to feel like the song I sing can be spoken to someone or said to someone in a conversation,” AHI says. “I have to be able to see myself in the narrator’s seat, and even if it’s not my specific story there has to be something in the song that’s coming from my voice and persona.” It is after the Ontario-based artist’s insistence upon truth-telling and his innate knack for storytelling that all else in his repertoire follows..And while it’s undeniable that AHI’s voice could easily steal any show, on his second album, In Our Time, he has learned to harness his instrument’s power by balancing its range across a colorful landscape of tightly-crafted lyrics, driving rhythms, and catchy melodies. The result is a sublime collection of modern-day folk-rock set off by its singular, soulful sire, a group of eleven tracks as earnest and emotive as anything being performed and recorded today, and one sure to bring AHI to the forefront of his scene.

Screen_shot_2019-12-26_at_3 AHI - No matter his material, the Canadian musician AHI (pronounced “EYE”) has one unbreakable rule for his songwriting: he has to be able to see himself—and some truth—in his songs. “When it comes to songwriting, my stuff has to be honest, and I have to feel like the song I sing can be spoken to someone or said to someone in a conversation,” AHI says. “I have to be able to see myself in the narrator’s seat, and even if it’s not my specific story there has to be something in the song that’s coming from my voice and persona.” It is after the Ontario-based artist’s insistence upon truth-telling and his innate knack for storytelling that all else in his repertoire follows..And while it’s undeniable that AHI’s voice could easily steal any show, on his second album, In Our Time, he has learned to harness his instrument’s power by balancing its range across a colorful landscape of tightly-crafted lyrics, driving rhythms, and catchy melodies. The result is a sublime collection of modern-day folk-rock set off by its singular, soulful sire, a group of eleven tracks as earnest and emotive as anything being performed and recorded today, and one sure to bring AHI to the forefront of his scene.

Live from the Divide - Robbie Fulks - EP 714

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 01:01:16

Robbie Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in 1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits.
In the mid-1980s he moved to Chicago and joined Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, with whom he made one record (Hole in My Heart, Turquoise, 1989) and toured constantly. Since then he has gone on to create a multifarious career in music.. He tours yearlong with various configurations and plays a weekly residency at the Hideout in Chicago.
His 11th record, Gone Away Backward, returned him to his bluegrass days and extends the boundaries of that tradition with old-time rambles and sparely orchestrated, acoustic reflections on love, the country life, the slings of time, and the struggles of common people..

Rf_small Robbie Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in 1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits. In the mid-1980s he moved to Chicago and joined Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, with whom he made one record (Hole in My Heart, Turquoise, 1989) and toured constantly. Since then he has gone on to create a multifarious career in music.. He tours yearlong with various configurations and plays a weekly residency at the Hideout in Chicago. His 11th record, Gone Away Backward, returned him to his bluegrass days and extends the boundaries of that tradition with old-time rambles and sparely orchestrated, acoustic reflections on love, the country life, the slings of time, and the struggles of common people..

Live from the Divide - Sam Morrow - EP 715

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 59:57

Sam Morrow - Concrete and Mud. Since kicking off his career with 2014's Ephemeral, Sam Morrow has seen plenty of both. 
rooted in Texas twang, southern stomp, and old-school funky-tonk. it also shines a light on Morrow's strength as a songwriter, front-man, and bandleader. At 27 years old, Morrow's found his footing as an artist and appears poised to join the ranks of West Coast heavyweights like Sam Outlaw, Jade Jackson, and Morrow's friend and label mate, Jaime Wyatt whose vocals can be heard on the latest recording. For every swaggering country rocker there's a gorgeous, emotional punch to the gut ...

Sm_small Sam Morrow - Concrete and Mud. Since kicking off his career with 2014's Ephemeral, Sam Morrow has seen plenty of both.  rooted in Texas twang, southern stomp, and old-school funky-tonk. it also shines a light on Morrow's strength as a songwriter, front-man, and bandleader. At 27 years old, Morrow's found his footing as an artist and appears poised to join the ranks of West Coast heavyweights like Sam Outlaw, Jade Jackson, and Morrow's friend and label mate, Jaime Wyatt whose vocals can be heard on the latest recording. For every swaggering country rocker there's a gorgeous, emotional punch to the gut ...

Live from the Divide -Drew Kennedy - EP 716

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 01:00:16

Drew Kennedy bases out of New Braunfels, a lovely Texas Hill Country town nestled along the banks of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers between Austin and San Antonio. A town settled in 1845 by German idealists and a fitting locale for a principled and energetic artist like Kennedy.
He might be called a reluctant but diligent optimist, looking for the good in people and circumstances while not always sure he will find it. Like many of us, Kennedy loves a sad song, the deep longing and familiarity of a well-crafted testament to lost love. However, in his work he strives to look forward, to new days and new loves, to the wonderful life we have left.

Dw_small Drew Kennedy bases out of New Braunfels, a lovely Texas Hill Country town nestled along the banks of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers between Austin and San Antonio. A town settled in 1845 by German idealists and a fitting locale for a principled and energetic artist like Kennedy. He might be called a reluctant but diligent optimist, looking for the good in people and circumstances while not always sure he will find it. Like many of us, Kennedy loves a sad song, the deep longing and familiarity of a well-crafted testament to lost love. However, in his work he strives to look forward, to new days and new loves, to the wonderful life we have left.

Live from the Divide - Amy Helm - EP 717

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 01:01:09

 Amy Helm sought what she calls a “circular sound” for her latest project and performance It’s a well-rounded one, one marked by streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave. And sentimentally, it’s a sound that represents the feeling of community.
"I'm just trying to tell some stories as honestly as I can," says Amy Helm
, Amy has been making music for most of her life., early on as a member of the celebrated alt-country collective Ollabelle and subsequently with/ for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.  
Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with her performances and her musical / songwriting craft
Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Amy Helm
And we're back with
, it serves as a comprehensive portrait covering her life's journeys and recoveries; They’re the stories that, no matter where they take her, seem to end and begin in the same place like a circle

Ah_small  Amy Helm sought what she calls a “circular sound” for her latest project and performance It’s a well-rounded one, one marked by streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave. And sentimentally, it’s a sound that represents the feeling of community. "I'm just trying to tell some stories as honestly as I can," says Amy Helm , Amy has been making music for most of her life., early on as a member of the celebrated alt-country collective Ollabelle and subsequently with/ for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.   Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with her performances and her musical / songwriting craft Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Amy Helm And we're back with , it serves as a comprehensive portrait covering her life's journeys and recoveries; They’re the stories that, no matter where they take her, seem to end and begin in the same place like a circle

Live from the Divide - S. Carey - EP 719

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 57:22

S. Carey - Sean Carey grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He was raised listening to James Taylor, The Beach Boys, and Bruce Hornsby. At the age of ten he learned to play the drums and developed a deep love of jazz percussion after hearing his oldest sister perform in the middle school jazz band
S. Carey’s chosen musical expression is a hugely beatific, restorative panorama of beauty - perfect given how landscape and the wonder of nature inspire much of Carey’s imagery. Like a weathered mountain range changing shadow form and color, or the ebb and flow of a river’s current, his music is simultaneously restful and rhythmic, complex and simple, and always evolving.  

Scary_small S. Carey - Sean Carey grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He was raised listening to James Taylor, The Beach Boys, and Bruce Hornsby. At the age of ten he learned to play the drums and developed a deep love of jazz percussion after hearing his oldest sister perform in the middle school jazz band S. Carey’s chosen musical expression is a hugely beatific, restorative panorama of beauty - perfect given how landscape and the wonder of nature inspire much of Carey’s imagery. Like a weathered mountain range changing shadow form and color, or the ebb and flow of a river’s current, his music is simultaneously restful and rhythmic, complex and simple, and always evolving.  

Live from the Divide -Jade Jackson - EP 720

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 59:40

Jade Jackson - A singer and songwriter whose music is a rootsy blend of country, blues, and folk with a dash of rock & roll for flavor, Jade Jackson makes music that's both tough and tender, revealing emotional vulnerability but making clear she's an independent spirit and nobody's fool. Hailing from a small California town, Jackson grew up on a diet of classic country and alternative rock, and she put the emphasis on her folk and country inclinations on her debut album,
Jade Jackson was born in Santa Margarita, California, a small town ten miles from San Luis Obispo with a population of less than 1,500 people. Jackson's parents ran a restaurant in Santa Margarita, and their record collection ran the gamut from classic country artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Townes Van Zandt to alternative rock such as the Smiths, the Cure, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Jackson dug deep into her parents' records, in part because they were the household's main source of entertainment, as television and the internet were forbidden to her and her siblings. Jackson was 13 years old when she was first allowed to see a concert without her folks, traveling to San Luis Obispo to see the rockabilly-informed punk band Social Distortion. The show inspired her to take up songwriting, and by the time she finished high school, she'd penned nearly 300 songs and was performing once a week at a local cafe.

Jj_small Jade Jackson - A singer and songwriter whose music is a rootsy blend of country, blues, and folk with a dash of rock & roll for flavor, Jade Jackson makes music that's both tough and tender, revealing emotional vulnerability but making clear she's an independent spirit and nobody's fool. Hailing from a small California town, Jackson grew up on a diet of classic country and alternative rock, and she put the emphasis on her folk and country inclinations on her debut album, Jade Jackson was born in Santa Margarita, California, a small town ten miles from San Luis Obispo with a population of less than 1,500 people. Jackson's parents ran a restaurant in Santa Margarita, and their record collection ran the gamut from classic country artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Townes Van Zandt to alternative rock such as the Smiths, the Cure, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Jackson dug deep into her parents' records, in part because they were the household's main source of entertainment, as television and the internet were forbidden to her and her siblings. Jackson was 13 years old when she was first allowed to see a concert without her folks, traveling to San Luis Obispo to see the rockabilly-informed punk band Social Distortion. The show inspired her to take up songwriting, and by the time she finished high school, she'd penned nearly 300 songs and was performing once a week at a local cafe.

Live from the Divide - Donna The Buffalo - EP 722

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 57:37

Donna The Buffalo - Dance in the Street, their first new album in five years, captures the dynamic energy that has earned the band the love and respect of their fans, “the Herd”, for thirty years.
Donna The Buffalo is well known for their lyrics about human potential and community. Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, the band’s co-founders, share songs of social commentary and self empowerment. “We feel that our music provides an enjoyable ride between the general and the personal, from both male and female perspectives,” says Puryear.
Donna The Buffalo is not just a band, rather one might say that Donna The Buffalo has become a lifestyle for its members and audiences. The band has played thousands of shows and countless festivals including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride, Austin City Limits Festival, Merle Fest, and Philadelphia Folk Festival.  

Dtb_small Donna The Buffalo - Dance in the Street, their first new album in five years, captures the dynamic energy that has earned the band the love and respect of their fans, “the Herd”, for thirty years. Donna The Buffalo is well known for their lyrics about human potential and community. Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, the band’s co-founders, share songs of social commentary and self empowerment. “We feel that our music provides an enjoyable ride between the general and the personal, from both male and female perspectives,” says Puryear. Donna The Buffalo is not just a band, rather one might say that Donna The Buffalo has become a lifestyle for its members and audiences. The band has played thousands of shows and countless festivals including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride, Austin City Limits Festival, Merle Fest, and Philadelphia Folk Festival.  

Live from the Divide - Tim Easton - EP 727

From Live From The Divide | Part of the LFTD Season 7 series | 58:48

American songwriter Tim Easton was born on the Canadian border in upstate New York and spent his formative years living in Tokyo, Japan and Akron, Ohio. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent 7 years as a bonafide troubadour, making his way around Europe, playing the streets and clubs, living in Paris, London, Madrid, Prague, Dublin, and wherever he laid his hat. It was this period of time when he developed his songwriting style - folk based storytelling and personal traveling tales, often peppered with bold confessions or "tell it as it is" reality. Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as "having a novelist's sense of humanity."
 Ladies and gentlemen would you please welcome

Te_small American songwriter Tim Easton was born on the Canadian border in upstate New York and spent his formative years living in Tokyo, Japan and Akron, Ohio. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent 7 years as a bonafide troubadour, making his way around Europe, playing the streets and clubs, living in Paris, London, Madrid, Prague, Dublin, and wherever he laid his hat. It was this period of time when he developed his songwriting style - folk based storytelling and personal traveling tales, often peppered with bold confessions or "tell it as it is" reality. Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as "having a novelist's sense of humanity."  Ladies and gentlemen would you please welcome