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David Francey: So Say We All

(Left):  Chris Coole, Mark Westberg, Tannis Slimmon, David Francey, Darren McMullen, and friend.Today marks the official release of David Francey’s tenth record titled So Say We All, on Red House Records. Canada’s reigning troubadour of the land and her people has released another winner. This may be his best record yet, perhaps as a result of the stellar support crew he assembled, including Mark Westberg on guitar, percussion, and harmonies; renowned banjo picker Chris Coole (who also plays…See More
May 9, 2013
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David Francey: So Say We All

(Left):  Chris Coole, Mark Westberg, Tannis Slimmon, David Francey, Darren McMullen, and friend.Today marks the official release of David Francey’s tenth record titled So Say We All, on Red House Records. Canada’s reigning troubadour of the land and her people has released another winner. This may be his best record yet, perhaps as a result of the stellar support crew he assembled, including Mark Westberg on guitar, percussion, and harmonies; renowned banjo picker Chris Coole (who also plays…See More
May 7, 2013
A blog post by Fiddlefreak was featured

Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

Recently I was in Saint Louis and stumbled upon a lively blues trio making music at a corner hangout called the Blues City Deli, in the Soulard District. We showed up for lunch at noonish on a Friday, and found a line out the door into the street. Hello?! Red beans and rice for $3.50, and traditional southern blues for free? A match made in heaven. Inside, we found a festive atmosphere that should have been no surprise from a town that boasts the second largest Mardi Gras in the country. People…See More
Apr 21, 2013
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Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

Recently I was in Saint Louis and stumbled upon a lively blues trio making music at a corner hangout called the Blues City Deli, in the Soulard District. We showed up for lunch at noonish on a Friday, and found a line out the door into the street. Hello?! Red beans and rice for $3.50, and traditional southern blues for free? A match made in heaven. Inside, we found a festive atmosphere that should have been no surprise from a town that boasts the second largest Mardi Gras in the country. People…See More
Apr 19, 2013
A blog post by Fiddlefreak was featured

CD Review - Pharis & Jason Romero "Long Gone Out West Blues"

Fiddlefreak favorites Pharis and Jason Romero have a new record just out, titled Long Gone Out West Blues (previous review here). Once again, the Canadian duo have hit the ball out of the park with their winning combination of harmony-based original and traditional old timey Americana played on a unique blend of custom-built resophonic guitar, banjo and guitar. Pharis plays a 1937 Martin 00-18, while Jason plays a Romero resophonic guitar,…See More
Feb 15, 2013
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CD Review - Pharis & Jason Romero "Long Gone Out West Blues"

Fiddlefreak favorites Pharis and Jason Romero have a new record just out, titled Long Gone Out West Blues (previous review here). Once again, the Canadian duo have hit the ball out of the park with their winning combination of harmony-based original and traditional old timey Americana played on a unique blend of custom-built resophonic guitar, banjo and guitar. Pharis plays a 1937 Martin 00-18, while Jason plays a Romero resophonic guitar,…See More
Feb 8, 2013
A blog post by Fiddlefreak was featured

Rayna Gellert: Old Light

Old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert has a new record out that marks a beautiful new direction for her. Over the years, old-time American music has grown many roots and branches: southern fiddling, country blues, bluegrass, gospel… the list goes on. And then there are the mellow modernists who invoke a sense of mountain melancholy while making the listener feel glad to be alive: artists like Gillian and Rawlings, Pharis and Jason, and the Honey Dewdrops. Rayna Gellert’s new record “Old Light: Songs…See More
Oct 9, 2012
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Rayna Gellert: Old Light

Old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert has a new record out that marks a beautiful new direction for her. Over the years, old-time American music has grown many roots and branches: southern fiddling, country blues, bluegrass, gospel… the list goes on. And then there are the mellow modernists who invoke a sense of mountain melancholy while making the listener feel glad to be alive: artists like Gillian and Rawlings, Pharis and Jason, and the Honey Dewdrops. Rayna Gellert’s new record “Old Light: Songs…See More
Oct 5, 2012
Douglas Strobel commented on Fiddlefreak's blog post 'Kathy Mattea: Calling Me Home'
"I have been trying to get Kathy to hear a song (Wanderin' Fool Misner & Smith) that would've fit this albums theme to a t...She is great....pax doug"
Aug 10, 2012
A blog post by Fiddlefreak was featured

Kathy Mattea: Calling Me Home

Nashville veteran Kathy Mattea has a new record hitting the streets on Sept. 11, titled Calling Me Home (Sugar Hill Records). Now I’ll admit to having a long-time anti-Nashville bias in my musical tastes, as evidenced by the kind of releases I cover on fiddlefreak.com. But if a singer had total access to the deepest reaches of my fiddle-addled brain, they could not have done a better job of getting my attention. From her choice of material (my favorite singer-songwriters) to her sidemen (all…See More
Aug 7, 2012
Fiddlefreak posted a blog post

Kathy Mattea: Calling Me Home

Nashville veteran Kathy Mattea has a new record hitting the streets on Sept. 11, titled Calling Me Home (Sugar Hill Records). Now I’ll admit to having a long-time anti-Nashville bias in my musical tastes, as evidenced by the kind of releases I cover on fiddlefreak.com. But if a singer had total access to the deepest reaches of my fiddle-addled brain, they could not have done a better job of getting my attention. From her choice of material (my favorite singer-songwriters) to her sidemen (all…See More
Aug 5, 2012
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Old Crow Medicine Show: Carry Me Back

July 17 2012: Today marks the release of Old Crow Medicine Show’s new record, titled Carry Me Back. The boys who made old-time music cool are still on their game; in fact this may be their best record since O.C.M.S. That release included their mega-hit Wagon Wheel, nowdays the defacto singalong anthem in bars from Florida to Seattle.With Wagon Wheel, they inspired a zillion…See More
Jul 18, 2012
A blog post by Fiddlefreak was featured

CD Review: Nettle Honey - This Shed is Bound for Glory

The new release from Nettle Honey (previous post here) just proves that the Pacific Northwest remains a fertile hotbed for young American oldtime bands. What is it about the scene up there that just keeps producing such sick music? Is it in the cold blue snowmelt rivers? The moist sea air blowing off Puget Sound? The dark mossy forest glades that smell like spruce? I dunno the answer, but you gotta love a group that lists its interests…See More
Jul 4, 2012
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CD Review: Nettle Honey - This Shed is Bound for Glory

The new release from Nettle Honey (previous post here) just proves that the Pacific Northwest remains a fertile hotbed for young American oldtime bands. What is it about the scene up there that just keeps producing such sick music? Is it in the cold blue snowmelt rivers? The moist sea air blowing off Puget Sound? The dark mossy forest glades that smell like spruce? I dunno the answer, but you gotta love a group that lists its interests…See More
Jul 3, 2012
Julia Price commented on Fiddlefreak's blog post 'Foghorn Stringband: Outshine the Sun'
"Awesome! "
Jun 26, 2012
A blog post by Fiddlefreak was featured

Foghorn Stringband: Outshine the Sun

This week Fiddlefreak ponders the eternal question: can a music reviewer have a favorite band? Or should he? As it happens, I lucked into an advance copy of Outshine the Sun from Foghorn Stringband last weekend at the annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, California. The miles flew by as we burned up the road, heading southward toward home, past Sacramento, Stockton, Lodi, and Salinas, with the volume cranked up. Outshine was recorded at home, and it sounds like it. That’s not a…See More
Jun 22, 2012

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David Francey: So Say We All

(Left):  Chris Coole, Mark Westberg, Tannis Slimmon, David Francey, Darren McMullen, and friend.

Today marks the official release of David Francey’s tenth record titled So Say We All,…

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Posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:00pm

Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

Recently I was in Saint Louis and stumbled upon a lively blues trio making music at a corner hangout called the Blues City Deli, in the Soulard District. We showed up for lunch at noonish on a Friday, and found a line out the door into the street. Hello?! Red beans and rice for $3.50, and traditional southern blues for free? A match made in heaven. Inside, we found a festive atmosphere that should have been no surprise from a town that boasts the second largest Mardi Gras in the…

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Posted on April 19, 2013 at 2:30pm

CD Review - Pharis & Jason Romero "Long Gone Out West Blues"

Fiddlefreak favorites Pharis and Jason Romero have a new record just out, titled Long Gone Out West Blues (previous review here). Once again, the Canadian duo have hit the ball out of the park with their winning combination of harmony-based original and…

Continue

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 4:30pm

Rayna Gellert: Old Light

Old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert has a new record out that marks a beautiful new direction for her. Over the years, old-time American music has grown many roots and branches: southern fiddling, country blues, bluegrass, gospel… the list goes on. And then there are the mellow modernists who invoke a sense of mountain melancholy while making the listener feel glad to be alive: artists like Gillian and Rawlings, Pharis and Jason, and the Honey Dewdrops.…

Continue

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 10:00am

Kathy Mattea: Calling Me Home

Nashville veteran Kathy Mattea has a new record hitting the streets on Sept. 11, titled Calling Me Home (Sugar Hill Records). Now I’ll admit to having a long-time anti-Nashville bias in my musical tastes, as evidenced by the kind of releases I cover on fiddlefreak.com. But if a singer had total access to the deepest reaches of my fiddle-addled brain, they could not have done a better job of getting my attention. From her choice of material (my favorite…

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Posted on August 5, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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