Americana

Lucinda Williams gets stellar assistance at Massey Hall: review

The alt-country darling had to read her lyrics from a binder, but her top-notch backing band more than filled in any gaps in her memory. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri Nov 21 2014 Lucinda Williams 3.5 stars At Massey Hall, Nov. 20. What on earth is going on with Lucinda Williams? That’s the first question the good denizens of a half-filled Massey Hall were probably asking themselves on Thursday…


Ethan Johns brings folk-flavoured solo work to Toronto

Best known as a producer for artists including Kings of Leon, Johns performs selections from his album If Not Now Then When? at the Drake on Aug. 3. By: Nick Krewen Music Published on Fri Aug 02 2013     Ethan Johns is finally experiencing life from the other side of the studio pane. Best known for his production skills — he’s overseen Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle…


Willie Nelson charms Massey Hall crowd

It usually takes country music icon Willie Nelson and his backing band, The Family, a few numbers to get into that special groove of theirs. That was the case Thursday night in Toronto. Willie Nelson and The Family performing for a Toronto crowd at Massey Hall on June 20, 2013. Nick Krewen Music Published on Fri Jun 21 2013   Willie Nelson Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., Toronto, June 20…


Canadian Music Week: The White Buffalo in town for Great Hall gig

Canadian Music Week: The White Buffalo in town for Great Hall gig Folk and country singer has had six songs featured on hit TV show The Sons Of Anarchy By: Nick Krewen Special To The Star, Published on Wed Mar 20 2013   If you’re a fan of The Sons Of Anarchy, you’re probably aware of The White Buffalo’s music. The California native, who is also known as Jake Smith…


Iris DeMent wants songs to be worth the wait

By NICK KREWEN Special to the Star Fri., Oct. 19, 2012 The last time Grammy-nominated, Americana music siren Iris DeMent released an album of original songs, Lisa Marie Presley had divorced Michael Jackson; Diana, Princess of Wales was still among the living and social media was restricted to email. Not that it matters to the DeMent faithful who will pack Hugh’s Room to the rafters this weekend for a pair of…