One of the oldest human possessions ever found is a flute. I'm talking somewhere in the area of 50,000 years ago, someone sat or squatted - presumably on the ground - playing a flute. The fact that these old flutes exist indicates the presence of music is much older. It would have to be in order for people to get good enough at flute-making as to fashion an instrument that would be so durable.
But, think about the implications here. You can't run from a predator when you're…Continue
Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:30am — 17 Comments
At the end of Nashville's last season, news broke that T Bone Burnett, world class record producer and husband to show creator Callie Khouri, would not be continuing as the music supervisor. I wrote in this space about how that could be a good thing. Though T Bone populated the show with some incredible songs to come out of characters like…Continue
Posted on March 14, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments
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 — 13 Comments
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. I moved to Seattle in 2003 and somehow wound up writing about music for a living. I found my way to No Depression when I was tasked with writing a story for a Seattle magazine about ND going out of print. Kyla brought me on board as News Editor for the old editorial site in late 2008 and then I became Community Manager when we launched the ND Community the following Feb (a job now ably held down by Shelley Champine).
Now, in addition to being Editor of No Depression, I'm the About.com Guide to Folk Music. My work has also appeared in Billboard, CityArts, Yes, and Shuffle magazines, online at Folk Alley, NPR, the Bluegrass Situation, and elsewhere.
In 2010, I moved to Asheville, NC, to start working on 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.