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    January 15, 2021

    Seven New Frontier Artists Make The Alternate Root Top 100 Albums of 2020 List

    Recently, The Alternate Root dropped their Top 100 Albums of 2020 and we’re honored to have seven New Frontier artists make the list. First, Lilly Hiatt came in at Number 9 with her album Walking Proof. Next up was Reckless Kelly at Number 13 with their double-album release American Girls/American Jackpot. The Secret Sisters came in at Number 25 with their album Saturn Return. After that, we have The Band of Heathens at Number 29 with their album Stranger. Then next up is Will Hoge at Number 51 with his album Tiny Little Movies. After that, Darrell Scott landed the Number 57 with the album Jaroso. Finally, The Texas Gentlemen came in at Number 73 with their album Floor It!!!. You can check out the rest of the list here. Links to each album are below:

    Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof

    Reckless Kelly – American Girls/American Jackpot

    Secret Sisters – Saturn Return


    December 9, 2020

    Five New Frontier Artists on The Americana Music Charts!

    This week, The Americana Music Association released their Americana Radio Albums Chart and several NFT artists made the Top 20. Liz Longley came in at Number 20 with her album Funeral For My Past. Next up was Steep Canyon Rangers at Number 11 with their album Arm in Arm. Then Band of Heathens sit at Number 8 with their album Stranger. Finally, The Avett Brothers hold the Number 4 spot with their album The Third Gleam. Also, Paul Thorn recently moved from Number 39 to Number 24 on the Americana single chart with his song It’s Never Too Late to Call. You can check out the rest of the list here. Make sure to stream these amazing albums!


    December 8, 2020

    The Secret Sisters’ Saturn Return Makes #2 On PopMatters Top 25 Americana Albums Of 2020

    Recently, The Secret Sisters were ranked #2 on PopMatters Top 25 Americana Albums of 2020 list. Writer Elisabeth Woronzoff stated, “Saturn Return reiterates the power found in cherishing the connections that usher metamorphosis.” Make sure to stream the album today and to view the rest of the article, click here.


    December 2, 2020

    Darrell Scott To Perform Sunday For Mountain Stage Radio Show’s 37th Anniversary Celebration

    Today, Darrell Scott  announced that he would be performing this Sunday as part of the Mountain Stage Radio Show’s 37th Anniversary Celebration. The show also includes Country music star Kathy Mattea and premier songwriter Todd Burge. No ticket is required to watch the show, but a “pay-what-you-wish ticket” can be purchased via Eventbrite. For more information on the show, click here.


    November 30, 2020

    New Carlene Carter Interview In SPIN Magazine

    Long before the Taylor Swifts, Miranda Lamberts and Brandi Carliles, Carlene Carter set the standard for today’s independent, self-empowered, and irrepressible female country artists—and she did so when country music, as Barbara Mandrell sang in her 1981 Country Music Association Single of the Year, “wasn’t cool.” For the full story, click here.


    November 25, 2020

    The Secret Sisters and Steep Canyon Rangers Nominated For 2021 Grammy’s

    Yesterday, the Recording Academy announced its nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Included in the list were NFT’s The Secret Sisters and Steep Canyon Rangers.

    The Secret Sisters’ album Saturn Return is nominated for Best Folk Album and their song Cabin is nominated for Best American Roots Song.

    Steep Canyon Rangers’ album North Carolina Songbook is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.

    For the full list of nominees, click here.


    November 24, 2020

    The Avett Brothers Announce New Year’s Eve Virtual Celebration!

    Today, The Avett Brothers announced that they will have a special “Ring in 2021 with The Avett Brothers” concert streaming on Dec. 31, 2020. The concert will feature the entire band, along with special guest appearances throughout the night. Fans will be able to watch on Dec. 31st and/or On-Demand within 48 hours of the show. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 27 at 9am ET. Make sure to tune in and bring in the New Year right! Click here for ticket and event information.


    November 18, 2020

    Lee Roy Parnell To Host The Soulful Slide Guitar School

    Award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter Lee Roy Parnell will host “Lee Roy Parnell’s Soulful Slide Guitar School,” this Saturday, at 4 p.m. EST online via Topeka Live. The virtual event will feature a few tunes played by Parnell with vocalist Lisa Stewart and guitarist Adam Fluhrer; a meet-and-greet/Q&A session; and an enlightening visit with Parnell offering insights and tips into playing slide and regular guitar as well as songwriting. Space is limited and only a few slots remain available. You can learn more about the event and register here.


    Lee Roy Parnell Lands Cut On New Chris Stapleton Album With “Worry B Gone”

    Chris Stapleton’s latest album, Starting Over, includes a cut from NFT’s very own Lee Roy Parnell. Originally written by the late Guy Clark with Gary Nicholson & Parnell, “Worry B Gone” was released on Guy’s 2006 Workbench Songs record. Since then, it’s been covered by Willie Nelson with Kenny Chesney, Hayes Carll, and now Chris Stapleton. Make sure to check out the record today!


    November 17, 2020

    Maton Guitars Release The New Joe Robinson Signature Model

    Maton Guitars recently announced that they would be releasing the Joe Robinson Signature Model Guitar. The J.R. Signature Model features Tasmanian Myrtle back and sides with a spruce top, jumbo frets, an ultra-playable neck, and the lightest satin finish possible. The guitar will be available starting December 1, 2020 through Authorized North American Maton Dealers. Check out the promo video here.