Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

Songs We Love: David Ramirez, 'Rock And A Hard Place'

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Texas singer-songwriter's song about the light at the end of rock bottom now features a sadly beautiful video starring American Sniper actor Keir O'Donnell.


Rhiannon Giddens, Patty Griffin And Shakey Graves—A Musical Conversation

Friday, September 25, 2015

Listen to NPR Music's Ann Powers host a "Songs We Love" panel at Nashville's Americana Fest, where three of Americana's finest songwriters discussed and performed their favorite songs


No Blank Space, Baby: Taylor Swift Is The Soul Of Ryan Adams

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Adams' 1989 recognizes a rock lineage born of a woman. He's not legitimizing Swift's work – he's figuring out how her voice can validate and include his.


Feel The Power Of Living History With Two Gospel Quartets

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Watch The McCrary Sisters and The Fairfield Four, two groups united by blood, as they combine to perform "Rock My Soul" in Texas.


Robyn Hitchcock Salutes Gillian Welch And David Rawlings

Friday, September 18, 2015

Read the British troubadour's paean to his longtime collaborators while handing them a Lifetime Achievement plaque at the Americana Honors and Awards


AmericanaFest Preview: Lucette, Whitey Morgan, Oh Pep! And More

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

On this week's podcast, Bob Boilen, Ann Powers and Jewly Hight showcase the music they look forward to seeing at Nashville's AmericanaFest.


Songs We Love: 2015 Americana Awards Edition

Monday, September 14, 2015

Check out the playlist: six of our favorite songs, from six artists nominated for many of this year's Awards.


First Listen: Darlene Love, 'Introducing Darlene Love'

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

This is a huge-sounding album, not to mention an unapologetic celebration of the Wall Of Sound the 73-year-old singer helped build.


First Listen: Maddie & Tae, 'Start Here'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

With a sound rooted in rich vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, the young country-pop duo explores a sense of living in between childhood and the next thing.


Songs We Love: Aaron Lee Tasjan, 'E.N.S.A.A.T.' (East Nashville Song About A Train)

Friday, August 14, 2015

A New York-to-Music City transplant presents a biting critique of the Americana music business.


Songs We Love: Bottle Rockets, 'Monday (Everytime I Turn Around)'

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The St. Louis roots-rock vets return with another heartland epic to help you get through real life.


First Listen: Grace Potter, 'Midnight'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

On the singer's new album, a departure from the rootsy sounds of her albums with the Nocturnals, pop-rock music gets a real kick in its cherry-red pants.


Dolly In Nashville: Authenticity That Makes Room For Rhinestones

Monday, August 03, 2015

At her first headlining shows in Nashville in a dozen years, Parton turned the Ryman Auditorium into the Church of Dolly.


Watch Low-Key Country Supergroup Traveller's Charming Video For 'Western Movies'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In a single take, standing in front of a red van in a gravel lot, Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz and Cory Chisel offer up an ode to the solitary pleasure and romance of cowboy flicks.


'I Love The Truth': Ashley Monroe In Conversation

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The singer and songwriter, whose The Blade is one of the most acclaimed country albums of the year, talks to NPR's Ann Powers about genre expectations, famous collaborators and country radio.


Watch Ashley Monroe Perform Live In Concert

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Watch Ashley Monroe play songs from her new, breakthrough album, The Blade, live at WNYC in New York.


Songs We Love: Lizz Wright, 'River Man'

Monday, July 27, 2015

Covering the elusive Nick Drake is rarely successful, but Lizz Wright's smooth, trumpet-accented version of "River Man" has the right kind of self-possession.


Drive By-Truckers To Release Massive Live Album

Monday, July 27, 2015

The 35-track It's Great To Be Alive!, recorded over three nights last year at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, will be out October 30. Hear the album's version of "Birthday Boy" now.


From Ballads To Romps, Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' Is Timeless

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers of NPR Music talk about the new album from Ashley Monroe called The Blade.


Watch Jenny Hval's Dreamlike, Experimental Video For 'Sabbath'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pulling from both pop and academic sources for her challenging, visceral, "soft" rock, Jenny Hval's music is an illustration of an interior world that leaks into and is pressed upon by the larger one.