The legendary songwriter Blaze Foley died tragically in 1989. His catalog has lived on in the hearts of music lovers everywhere and was brought back to life in the biopic "Blaze". Adapted from Sybil Rosen's book "Living in the Woods in a Tree" and directed by Ethan Hawke, the film was released in 2018 and introduced the world to musician/actor, Ben Dickey.

Ben Dickey has been playing music most of his life, with an approach that borders between a high-level academic and universal mystic. His latest record, "Glimmer on the Outskirts" in March 2019. 

In today's episode, host Robert Earl Keen, speaks with Dickey about his work on "Blaze", the mystical parallels of life, and his new record. 

At Americana Podcast: It is out goal to define and expand on the term Americana as it applies to music.

Word on the Street are brief interviews with music industry professionals and dedicated music lovers alike.

On this episode of our Word on the Street segment, we speak with author, producer, and Americana champion Tamara Saviano. Saviano is a prolific author, Grammy-award-winning producer, music leadership activist, publicist.. the list is truly never ending. It seems every where you look in the history of Americana music, Tamara has been present. 

In this episode of Americana Podcast, Tamara talks about her writing, her new documentary and the importance of staking claims in Americana music. 

Since the word Americana was first used in application to music, Reckless Kelly has championed it throughout their career. Beginning in Idaho and moving down to Austin, TX, Reckless Kelly has had a long and fulfilling career without any signs of slowing down. Having made 9 studio records, attracted a loyal following, and overseen the transition of the famed Braun Brother Reunion from regional celebration to a three-day music festival- Reckless shows little sign of slowing down.

On Americana Podcast: the 51st State, Reckless Kelly discuss with host, Robert Earl Keen, about their road-worn upbringing, professional trials and tribulations of running a successful band, and the reason why they have stuck by Americana since the beginning. 

Welcome to our Word on the Street Segment of Americana Podcast! As part of our goal to define and expand the term Americana in regards to music, Word on the Street is a brief interview with either music industry professionals or a dedicated music lovers. "Word on the Street" is released two weeks after episodes of "Americana Podcast: The 51st State".

Our first episode of "Word on the Street" features Mike Morgan of The Zone Recording Studio. Morgan has been in the recording industry for over 35+ years and has overseen the production of artists such as The Flatlanders, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Turnpike Troubadours and so many more. On this interview Morgan discusses his decision to become a studio owner/operator, some of his favorite recording experiences and the growing pains found in Americana.

Robert Earl Keen talks with singer/songwriter Bruce Robison. During his career, Robison has written hits for acts including but not limited to Tim McGraw and George Strait. On this episode, Bruce Robison discusses his songwriting, changes in music production, and his thoughts on how to expand the reach of Americana music.  

Host Robert Earl Keen speaks with Brian Venable and Ben Nichols of the band Lucero. Having celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band in 2018, Lucero talks about longevity, their growth as musicians and their particular take on Americana music. 

Our host, Robert Earl Keen speaks with Zach Chance and Jonathon Clay of Jamestown Revival  about the early formation of their band, their songwriting process, and their growth and education as musicians. 

April 22, 2019

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Americana Podcast: The 51st State is a platform dedicated to sharing and expanding the Americana genre's roots, reach, and definition. Each episode is told from the point of view of the musicians that have dedicated their lives to it. Robert Earl Keen, Americana pioneer and host, interviews musicians- exploring their unique histories, creative processes, successes, failures, and everything in between.