Roots Rock Notes: Old 97's, Avett Brothers, Blackberry Smoke 

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The Avett Brothers, out on the road for more than a year promoting the gorgeous I and Love and You album, have announced Live, Volume 3 is coming out on CD/DVD on October 5. The show is from August 8, 2009 and was recorded in Charlotte, N.C.

The Old 97's have a show at Bloomington's Bluebird on Wednesday night (July 21). In honor af that, head to their Facebook page - they've added a free digital three-song EP. I saw them when they came through Indy last summer, playing a gig at the Vogue - read the award-winning review here.

Have you heard the Georgia Satellites/Black Crowes/Cross Canadian Ragweed-influenced country rockers Blackberry Smoke? You should. The website That Nashville Twang has posted a Q&A with the band's Charlie Starr. Worth a read for gems like Starr saying some of the best advice he's received was from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, telling him to "get some good lookin’ boots".

Outlaw country legend Billy Joe Shaver is recovering from heart surgery and is expected to resume performing in August. The Texas music hero cancelled three July shows due to chest pain and had minor heart surgery on July last Tuesday. Shaver, 71, also suffered a New Year's Eve heart attack on stage at Gruene Hall in 2001.
Watch the video to hear/see his signature song.

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A music writer for more than 30 years, Rob began as a rock radio jock at age 17. Born in central Indiana, Rob moved north and spent his college years in Hillsdale, Michigan. That meant traveling to Detroit for all the good rock shows, and explains his affinity for Seger, the J. Geils Band, and Mitch Ryder. He's... more

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