Country Roots Music Web Guide

Page Updated and links checked: March 6, 2018

For sites specific to Austin and Central Texas visit Central Texas Country.

Page Contents:

Country Roots Music Sites

Mailing Lists/Discussion Groups

Print & Email Publications

Record & CD Stores

Country Roots Music on the Web

  • The Alternate Root - an online interactive magazine catering to the Roots /Americana community since 2007.
  • AMA - The Americana Music Association out of Nashville. Their motto: "We walk the line" which sounds a lot like sitting on the fence to me.
  • Americana-UK - News, reviews, UK gig guide, interviews, features... a great site.
  • ArtistDirect Country - Country is a nebulous term, but the name does evoke a specific sound, namely the long-standing tradition of simple country songs delivered with simple instrumentation and a distinct twang. Find MP3's, lyrics, tabs, pictures, video, web sites, merchandise, and more!
  • Bluegrass Today - Bluegrass news and information at the speed of... well, bluegrass.
  • Cajun Zydeco Music - A cool site with lots of resources on Cajun and Zydeco music, culture, dancing, etc.
  • Central Texas Country Blending traditional country, honky-tonk, rockabilly, early-folk, roots-blues, cowboy music, hillbilly, bluegrass and western styles. With an emphasis on South Central Texas including the free Musicalternatives eNewsletter bringing you a weekly calendar of country roots music events.
  • The Country Classics mission is to preserve classic country music while encouraging new traditionalists.
  • CountryHome - Themen rund um Country Musik und mehr - auf Deutsch.
  • Country Music News Blog - committed to bringing you the hottest country music news, gossip and updates.
  • Country Music On Tour (Country Concerts) is committed to bringing you the hottest country concerts when they come to your town.New country concerts and country concert dates are added daily, and a live person is always standing by to answer your questions and comments.
  • Country Standard Time has news, country music features, country CDs, in concert, editorials, book reviews and links.
  • Country Start Page - Comprehensive directory for country music sites, musicians, events, magazines, lyrics, shops, radio, fan sites, record labels, forums, tv, associations and more.
  • The FAR Charts - Freeform American Roots Chart covering real music played for real people by real DJs. Get the current info.
  • Folk Alliance is the service association for the field, and works on behalf of the folk music and dance industry year round. Our advocacy efforts tackle issues important to the folk arts community. We offer a business directory of contacts for members, and a non-profit group exemption program for US-based organizations.
  • Folk Radio - an electronic discussion group for DJs and other people interested in all folk-based music (bluegrass, old-time, traditional balladry, traditional international music, singer-songwriters, etc.) on the radio.
  • Freight Train Boogie is a website dedicated to Americana Music: including Country & Folk singers and songwriters, with a special emphasis on "Alternative Country" and Roots Rock music. People come to this music looking for something real and honest, with more passion and grit then what they hear on today's commercial radio stations. A great site with lots of quality information, including RealAudio music files.
  • A Guide to the Instruments of Bluegrass, That High, Lonesome Sound: Bluegrass depends on acoustic stringed instruments, usually the fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and upright bass, and is sometimes accompanied by the resonator guitar (The Dobro guitar)...
  • Hear the Music Play - primarily a blog and instrument/equipment review site for musicians.
  • Honky Tonk Texas, USA - hand-crafted collection of Texas Music resources. Serving up Texas dance hall history, country music legends and Texas music news, we're always open.
  • The Hornpipe - Perspective on Southern Folk Music out of Spartanburg, S.C.
  • IBMA - International Bluegrass Music Association: Working together for high standards of professionalism, a greater appreciation for our music, and the success of the worldwide bluegrass community.
  • Indie-Music - is a portal for musicians. The community-based system attracts the music industry, media, and music fan segments. Both amateur and veteran musicians regularly log on to for the latest news, articles, and contact directory updates.
  • The Insurgent Country Homepage - A site based in Germany full of, Americana, country rock info, links, reviews, news, etc. and so forth. Some of the info is sadly out of date, but still worth a visit.
  • Joe Sixpack's Guide to Hick Music - Part of the website of San Francisco Bay Area DJ, Joe Sixpack. Equal parts e-zine, music guide and wacky carnival mirror for his overstuffed, overly musical brain.
  • Kerrville Folk Festivals are family oriented events which are held each year on the Quiet Valley Ranch, just 9 miles south of the resort town of Kerrville in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Our two annual festivals are the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Kerrville Wine & Music Festival.
  • National Traditional Country Music Association - a.k.a. Music Savers: a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation devoted and dedicated to keeping acoustic rural country music, traditional folk, and bluegrass, and old-time┬ámusic alive.
  • Native Ground Books & Music founded in 1973, is the comprehensive resource for authentic southern Appalachian music and traditional music of rural America, the Civil War, and the Old West. Our gospel, bluegrass, and old-time folk music collections are unsurpassed, and we have a full catalog of outlaw ballads, cowboy music, pioneer music, Lewis & Clark music, and railroad songs.
  • Pickathon Music Festival - non-profit  traditional/roots music festival near Portland, OR. Proceeds from the August, week-end festival go to local community radio
  • Pure Music - an online magazine dedicated to bringing great music to an audience whose tastes and interests are not limited to what's being played on corporate radio and television. They're all about singer songwriters and music for grownups from new folk to R&B, country to pop, spoken word to instrumental.
  • Rockabilly Hall of Fame is the creation and vision of Bob Timmers who founded it in 1997. It is full to overflowing with all sorts of stuff about rockabilly artists and the scene in general.
  • Roots Music Report - Charts and articles on roots music, including Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Folk and Traditional Country.
  • Texas Heritage Music Foundation was established in July 1987 to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of Texas music, to examine the background of Texas music, to trace influences and patterns in Texas music and to document the role Texas music has played in society.
  • The Texas Music Office "serves as the information clearinghouse and promotion office for the Texas music industry." Lots and lots of quality information for musicians and lovers of Texas music.
  • Third Coast Music Network - can be heard Mondays through Saturdays from 3 - 7PM and Sundays 4-8PM on KSYM 90.1 in San Antonio Texas.
  • Twangfest - is a celebration of great Americana music, from bluegrass to hardcore honky-tonk to roots rock. In its sixth year, Twangfest is now both a musical event in St. Louis and a non-profit organization.
  • Underground Country Music AKA Drunken Hillbilly - designed to promote awareness of underground and unsigned country musicians. Here you'll find reviews, interviews, advice and all other types of resources for independent musicians, labels, and venues.

Mailing Lists/Discussion Groups.

  • FOLKDJ-L is an electronic discussion group for DJs and other people interested in all folk-based music (bluegrass, old-time, traditional balladry, traditional international music, singer-songwriters, etc.) on the radio. With over nine hundred subscribers from all corners of the earth, we're a lively bunch with a unique perspective on folk music. Take a look at our digest archives and sign up for a folkdj-l subscription if what we do is of interest to you.
  • Hillbilly - discussion group The Hillbilly Music Mailing List was created to provide a forum for intelligent discussion of traditional country, bluegrass, southern rockabilly, honky-tonk, western swing, old time, and other related forms of culturally southern music. This music was called Hillbilly Music by the press in the 1940s and 50s and many of us still embrace that term. Discussion of past and present artists is encouraged.

There are many discussion and announcement groups dedicated to individual musicians. You can generally sign up for these on their web site. See Links to Bands & Musicians page.

Print Publications

  • Bluegrass Unlimited - Includes some web content from the print magazine.
  • Fiddler Magazine was begun in the spring of 1994. Our aim is to provide an informative, educational, and entertaining resource for fiddlers, accompanists, and appreciative listeners. Each issue (now approx. 60 pages each) features a different region or style of fiddling, as well as plenty of other articles and columns.
  • Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is a bi-monthly periodical, and companion audio CD, dedicated to presenting all aspects of the art of flatpicking the acoustic guitar as pioneered by such great guitarists as Doc Watson, Clarence White, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and Dan Crary.
  • Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine, A quarterly journal, published since May of 1950, each *huge* issue includes complete lead sheets for 20 or more traditional and contemporary folk songs, feature articles and interviews, instrumental teach-ins, tons of recording and book reviews.

Email/Web Publications.

  • 3rd Coast Music is no longer a printed publication, but is a monthly eNewsletter covering the greater Austin and San Antonio areas. It is published by John Conquest who has now moved to the Houston area. John has been around the music industry for a long time, is well known by many musicians. The paper is filled with music news, CD and concert reviews, opinions, gossip and good recommendations. It covers similar musical genres as this newsletter, but there are interesting differences, too. Click the link for subscription information.

Record Stores & Sites

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Best store in Austin. New & used CDs, cassettes and vinyl. Will accept checks and money orders for mail-order by phoning the store. Great return policy for retail sales - bring any CD back for any reason within 10 days for store credit (with receipt) ... even if you just don't like it. In-store performances to celebrate new releases - this is where the big names come to play. On-line sales, too.

San Marcos mail-order business run by super nice-guy Chad Raney. "The unofficial capital of Texas music on the World Wide Web." The online store features more than 500 artists and some 5,000 song samples.

  Your Texas Music is dedicated to Texas music of any stripe. We like non-major label artists. We’re really fans of undiscovered, struggling artists, working their way along and paying their dues. We’re also fans of people who have paid their dues, but for one reason or another never gained admission to major label stardom.