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.
The other day while driving deep into the Kanawha River Valley where the ancient Appalachian mountains hug the Kanawha River on my way to Montgomery, West Virginia, I plugged in my iPod and pushed "play" on The Heart's Swift Foot. To my delight it was the perfect album for the trip. It had just finished raining, so the Valley was washed clean of the coal dust and the mist was rising from the mountains like primitive ghosts rising from the ground bringing to the…Continue
Posted on July 30, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment
I have made it no secret that I'm a mountain girl. I'd rather camp or visit family in the mountains than go to some of the world's most beautiful cities. Why go when you can find some of the prettiest places on earth here? These hills and mountains of West Virginia and Virginia will always be a part of me…Continue
Posted on July 13, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment
For the past couple of days, Damien Jurado's new album, Maraqopa, has been filling my home, car, mind, body and soul. This album is like a drug. When I pushed "play" it entered my bloodstream, warmed my body, heightened my senses, and sent me into an euphoric state. If there was a way to actually shoot up this album, I would. And, because of Maraqopa, I've become a Damien Jurado junkie.
My first introduction - the gateway drug, if you will - was "Nothing…Continue
Posted on January 30, 2012 at 9:30am
It's hard to believe Jenny Berkel has only been writing songs and playing the guitar for four years. Born out of a love for writing poetry, Jenny started to create music around her written words while living in an empty apartment in Winnipeg. After a year in Winnipeg, she traveled Canada and Europe the spent…Continue
Posted on January 29, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment