On Debi Smith's latest album Hits & Holidays the vocalist with the three-octave range–– a member of the much loved U.S. folk group the Four Bitchin' Babes and The Smith Sisters––turns her gorgeous vocals to an array of songs celebrating everything from Christmas to Collector Car Appreciation Day (That's July 9th, by the way!).
The delight is that the diverse collection works beautifully. Although Smith has a voice that challenges…Continue
Posted on December 1, 2013 at 7:00pm
The remastered re-release of Ashley Hutchings' By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept is one of those rare albums that is so beautiful it can re-ignite a genre as it leads music lovers to rediscover an artist.
It's no overstatement to consider this album a true gift. Hutchings, the Gov'nor himself, has nothing left to prove in music. If he walked away today, he'd still be revered for creating more exceptional music––both under his own direction and through…Continue
Posted on November 28, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment
The first time I spoke to Lindi Ortega, she was calling from her kitchen, having just finished washing some dishes. She was ready to talk about why she named her then-new release Little Red Boots.
"I went to Nashville on a songwriting trip and I always had it in my head I wanted red boots," said Ortega at the time. "I am a Wonder Woman fan and I was always picturing myself in red boots. The very first store we walked in had red cowboy boots, and I could…Continue
Posted on February 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments
Suzy Bogguss is moving back to her country roots on her next record but that doesn’t mean she’s abandoning the folk side of her sound.
Her 2011 release of American Folk Songbook showed a different side of the much-honored singer-songwriter who shares in the Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album for This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark.
“It’s a really nice, comfortable feeling to play the material for people that don’t necessarily know my…Continue
Posted on January 30, 2013 at 5:00am — 2 Comments