Common Folk Music is a blog about music, not just folk music, but all music ranging from indie to alt-country to bluegrass, because music is for the "Common Folk". And, my mission as sole founder and writer is to provide fair and balanced reviews and artist features to open the door and make the way smoother for independent musicians, as well as, changing America's musical preference one person at a time. Music is the opiate of the masses, and I'm its pusher.
It has taken me a long time to pay tribute to Jason in a way I feel appropriate. Of course, the tribute album Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina is coming out on April 22, 2014 via Rock The Cause, and the album is a great homage to Jason and his music. However, I still feel compelled to…Continue
Posted on March 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments
Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, Indestructible Machine, Lydia Loveless comes out rockin' and swingin' with her fourth album, Somewhere Else, which is by far my favorite release of 2014. I have a feeling Somewhere Else will be a strong contender standing its ground firmly in the pantheon of many end-of-the-year-best-of lists. And, I'm willing to put good money on it. Somewhere Else is a damn good album showcasing…Continue
Posted on February 28, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments
Grit, dirt, booze, and 18-wheelers are often associated with country-blues-punk rock foot-stomper, Scott H. Biram. Not often do you link him with a baptism, but you'll find Biram emerging from a crimson river in some state of ecstasy, guilt, or deliverance on the cover of his new album, Nothing But Blood. Recorded at his home in Austin, TX, Nothing But Blood is a catalog of hardcore stories of wrongdoings and redemption with a shit-ton of soul and spirit. Although…Continue
Posted on February 4, 2014 at 8:30pm
So, this is my first "real" post of 2014 and I can't think of a better album to start with than Ben Fisher's Charleston. Since his first album, Heavy Boots & Underwoods, Ben has been a favorite here at CFM headquarters for his ability to spin stories through song and his strong voice from years of busking in the streets of Seattle. But, since his first album, Ben has grown from great to greatness with Charleston.
Charleston is an…Continue
Posted on February 4, 2014 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments