Alex Culbreth & The Dead Country Stars’ latest album, Heart In A Mason Jar, has sent the Virginian across the country on a long-term DIY tour, playing any venue he can find in hopes of seeing the country and sharing his songs. With influences from other songwriting troubadors like Woody Guthrie and Townes Van Zandt, and fellow DIY songwriters known only to small circles, Culbreth writes songs that are finding a path for himself and seeking out fans. He writes a lot of music and records much of it, yielding a wide range of projects for someone whose name is still mostly unknown. As he tours and plays, he refines his work, in search of the right song to play for you. Culbreth has just been added to the lineup for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, one he mentions in our conversation.
- Alex Culbreth & The Dead Country Stars Heart in a Mason Jar
- Spirit Family Reunion on Amazon This NY folk band has risen in prominence over the last year, and can be heard across the US & Canada at folk festivals. Checkt them out, if you can, and grab Spirit Family Reunion on iTunes
- Warren Hood Band on Amazon Tore it up at Kerrville Folk Festival! The Warren Hood Band on iTunes
- Woody Guthrie on Amazon So many amazing record collections to choose, but the full Woody at 100 set from Folkways is pretty amazing. Woody Guthrie on iTunes
- Townes Van Zandt on Amazon The official soundtrack for Be Here to Love Me is a collection staple. Townes Van Zandt on iTunes
- Alison Self from homemade digital recordings to folk EPs, truly DIY
- Jonny Graves on Amazon Not the hellbilly or muddy roots music I expected. Jonny Graves on iTunes
- Shakey Graves on iTunes seems to play in support of other musicians a lot, too.
- The Green Boys on iTunes New record is great
- Velvet Underground on Amazon Yes, I learned about them from R.E.M. because my dad would not let me touch his “banana album.” The Velvet Underground on iTunes