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Big Harp releases new music video

* Two bits of Saddle Creek Records news from the past week. Big Harp, the Americana-tinged indie duo of Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, released a video for "Everybody Pays" off their just-released debut album White Hat. The video, which premiered on IFC.com, was directed by Danny Drysdale and shot in the California desert. The band returns to Omaha with fellow Saddle Creek artist Maria Taylor...

Label Luck

Nick Lowe may have proclaimed his appreciation for his record company with his tongue-in-cheek ode “I Love My Label," but San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall genuinely is head over hills for his musical home, Drag City Records.

“Drag City is the f--king best man. They're really cool and they give a shit,” Segall says.

Segall says its the sort of label where he can call them whenever, just to discuss ideas or...

A New Groove

Mat Kearney set his acoustic guitar aside during the songwriting sessions for his new album, Young Love.

The Nashville-based Kearney instead created tunes by starting with programming beats and grooves on a computer, then building songs around the rhythmic skeleton.

“It's probably not the most traditional album I've ever made,” he says.

Kearney says it can be paralyzing to create songs with only an acoustic...

Alberta’s Joyous Blues

In the early 1980s I had the pleasure of seeing Alberta Hunter perform her captivating mix of bawdy blues, ballads and gospel tunes. Hunter was bewitching, her love of the music was infectious. She was in her mid-80s. The last time I saw her perform she had to be helped onstage in a wheelchair, but when she sang the years melted away. The music was in her blood.

In her first career the teenage Hunter started...

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