the museum of americana

a literary review

Congratulations to Our Best of the Net Nominees

          Poetry Janeen Rastall – “Photo from Our Only Trip to Riverside, CA” Shevaun Brannigan – “The Original Siamese Twins” Amanda Moore – “Mechanicsville, Iowa” Amorak … Continue reading

October 1, 2015

American Music Celebration — Robert Iulo on W.C. Handy

  Yellow Dog Blues William Christopher Handy is known as the father of the blues. Some who might disagree with that title would still have to admit that he’s had … Continue reading

August 16, 2015

American Music Celebration — Editor Lauren Alwan on Miles Davis

  Kind of Blue: Oakland, 1995 I first heard Kind of Blue, late at night, somewhere in Oakland, California. This was in 1995, and the LP was one you heard … Continue reading

June 19, 2015

American Music Celebration — Keith Lesmeister on Deer Tick Covering John Prine

Unwed Fathers There are those curiosities in life that prompt us to do things we ought not to do, but do anyway, and come out on the other side often … Continue reading

April 1, 2015

American Music Celebration — Kevin Miller on Fred Neil

Fred Neil, 1967 Nineteen sixty-nine, nineteen seventy, Bellingham’s south side featured one stunning aisling and three great taverns: the Kulshan, the Fairhaven, and Pluto’s. The Kulshan once a bank had … Continue reading

March 15, 2015

American Music Celebration — Norbert Krapf on His Deeply Personal Connection to the Blues

  Poetry and the Blues No poetry class I ever took pointed out a parallel between English and American poems printed on the page and blues lyrics sung with guitar … Continue reading

March 7, 2015

American Music Celebration — J.D. Schraffenberger on Henry Flynt

  The Avant-Garde Hillbilly and Blues Music of Henry Flynt There are plenty of good reasons that I’d never heard (or even heard of) the strange, arresting “back porch hillbilly … Continue reading

February 26, 2015