The Americana Music Association’s weekly radio airplay chart is full of familiar acts — Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell, Steve Martin with Edie Brickell and Jason Isbell fill the top spots.
But moving up the chart is a new group, relatively unknown, though with band members familiar to many in the valleys.
Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line’s debut CD, “Carnival,” was No. 7 this week, having jumped two spots in each of two consecutive weeks after debuting at No. 17. While it is the band’s debut, it is Struthers’ third record and most successful to date.
Struthers, an English teacher- turned- traveling singer/songwriter, is recording and touring with a couple of Salem natives — multi-instrumentalist P.J. George and drummer Drew Lawhorn. They are having a great time on the road, supporting “Carnival” as the record’s profile rises. They will hit Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Saturday.
Read more in Friday’s Extra section or music.roanoke.com.
This podcast features a conversation with Struthers and streaming music from Carnival — “Barn Dance,” “Mountain Child” and “Beyond The Farm.”