小编摘要：让我们来看看今年名声大噪的乐队吧-内战乐队。Joy Williams 和 John Paul White的合作听起来好像二人合作创作音乐已经有很多年了，但实际上这二人共同在一起写歌只有很短的日子。
American Roots Music Sound Continues to Evolve in 2011
Let's get started with one of the big “buzz bands” of the year , The Civil Wars. Joy Williams and John Paul White may sound like they’ve been making music together for years. But in reality, the two paired during a songwriting camp not too long ago. They come from totally different parts of the country: Joy is a westerner, from Santa Cruz, California, while John Paul is from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in the southern United States. But when they met at songwriting camp, the two realized they had a very special chemistry. It wasn’t romantic - both are married to other people. In fact, both Joy and John Paul have said in interviews that they believe their onstage partnership works so well because they aren’t a couple - singing songs about love or a “heartbreak tune” night after night would be too difficult!
The Civil Wars released their debut CD “Barton Hollow” at the start of 2011. It kicked off what turned out to be a very good year for fans of American roots music, whether they preferred the smooth sound of the Civil Wars, Abigail Washburn’s blend of American and Chinese folk traditions or anything in between - like the stark, gritty songs that Rod Picott wrote for his critically acclaimed “Welding Burns.”
Bluegrass artists also offered plenty of stellar releases in 2011, both traditional, modern, and unexpected. Actor and writer Steve Martin has incorporated the banjo into his work from the earliest days of his comedy career and is finally being respected as a premiere picker.
This year, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers released the follow up to the 2009 Grammy-winning best bluegrass CD “The Crow.” “Rare Bird Alert” has also been nominated for that honor, and is one reason Steve and the band took home the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award this year.
This was also a standout year for The Gibson Brothers. The upper New York state-based band had the number one album on "Bluegrass Unlimited" magazine’s Top 10 chart for about eight months. “Help My Brother” also claimed the top spot on the Pop Matters website’s “Best of Bluegrass 2011” list, and was also the International Bluegrass Music Association’s pick for Album of the Year.
One of the final releases of 2011 was also one of the year’s most eagerly awaited. “This One’s For Him,” is a double-disc tribute to acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark. Featuring performances by top roots stars including: Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Patty Griffin, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and James McMurtry, who chose to sing “Cold Dog Soup,” it will surely be a topic of conversation well into the new year.
让我们来看看今年名声大噪的乐队吧-内战乐队。Joy Williams 和 John Paul White的合作听起来好像二人合作创作音乐已经有很多年了，但实际上这二人共同在一起写歌只有很短的日子。他们来自国家完全不同的地区：Joy是西部人，来自加利福尼亚圣克鲁斯，而John Paul则来自美国南部阿拉巴马的马斯尔肖尔斯。但是当二人在写歌室碰面时，他们双方就明白他们之间将产生特殊的化学反应，当然不是和浪漫爱情相关的化学反应因为二人都已经结婚了。事实上，Joy和John Paul二人在采访中都说道他们认为舞台上他们合作得如此之好原因正是因为他们不是一对，否则夜夜歌唱爱情或是心碎的曲调实在是太困难了。
内战乐队在2011年初发行了首张CD“Barton Hollow”，这对于喜爱美国根源音乐的人来说是一个福利，他们偏爱内战乐队平滑的声音，美国和中国民间音乐的融合或是混杂于其中的一些东西-好像 Rod Picott为他受赞誉的“Welding Burns”而写的刚强和坚毅的歌曲。
今年，Steve Martin 以及 Steep Canyon Rangers乐队发行了2009年格莱美最佳蓝草系CD“乌鸦”的后续曲。“Rare Bird Alert”也被提名了相同的荣誉，这也是今年他们获得国际蓝草音乐协会"年度最佳艺人奖"的原因之一。
2011也是吉布森兄弟组合收获颇丰的一年，纽约州上游乐队的第一张专辑在“蓝草无限”杂志10大热销排行榜上持续了8个月之久。“Help My Brother”也位于流行网站“2011最佳蓝草音乐”排行榜榜首，也被国际蓝草音乐协会评选为年度最佳专辑。
2011年最后发行的专辑也是今年最受期待的专辑之一。“This One’s For Him”是一个双盘唱片主要是为了赞颂德克萨斯州创作型歌手Guy Clark而作，其中融入了顶级明星表演主要包含有Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely,Patty Griffin,Ray Wylie Hubbard,以及选择唱“Cold Dog Soup”的James McMurtry。这必定是进入新的一年一个很好的话题。