Originally written for the Bluegrass Situation
Greg Brown is what you might call a songwriter’s songwriter. From the blues to old school country, folk and so forth, his music doesn’t fixate on any one style. The songs he writes go where they want to go, say what they want to say so naturally, they start to feel as though they’ve written…Continue
Posted on February 17, 2014 at 7:06am — 11 Comments
Amy Ray was backstage at the Isis in Asheville, NC, last week, listening to the soundcheck of her opener, a local artist named Lyric. As we got to talking about her new album Goodnight Tender, which dropped on her own Daemon label on Jan. 21, Ray periodically paused mid-sentence to enjoy the muffled funk happening on the other side of the wall.
To most people, it might seem odd to pair a funk and…Continue
Posted on February 3, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment
Every image of Pete Seeger that's been playing on a reel in my head today - and on videos that seem to be crowding the social media sphere as millions mourn the end of his incredible life - has Pete behind a microphone, looking away, his mouth still shaping the words, but the sound is coming from the dark expanse in front of him. It's a fitting image - the voice of the crowd creating a noise that appears to be emerging from Pete's own mouth. His life's work, after all, was getting…Continue
Posted on January 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments
I'm writing a book about Zilphia Horton - the small-town Tennessee music teacher from the 1930s-'50s who influenced Pete Seeger and Rosa Parks, fueled the labor and civil rights movements with music, and gave us universal anthems of empowerment like "This Little Light of Mine" and "We Shall Overcome." Learn more.
After studying classical music my whole life, I spent eight or nine years moving around the country, hopping from music scene to music scene, touring, and trying to make a living as a singer-songwriter. Then, in 2003, after a very long and fascinating ride on a Greyhound bus, I moved to Seattle and decided to try writing about the music I play and have grown to love.
In addition to managing this community site for No Depression, I'm the About.com Guide to Folk Music. I was, from Feb-Oct 2008, Editor of Seattlest. My work has appeared in Billboard, at Rollingstone.com, NPR.org, in Seattle and CityArts magazines, The Mountain XPress, and a handful of other publications.
If anything on this site seems out of wack, confusing, wrong, or missing, please let me know. And, if you have any ideas about how we can make this community better, I'm always open to those.