The great thing about music is that there are so many different influences and when you mix a bunch of them together, you get a totally new sound. A little bit of soul vocals, a dash of jazzy instrumentation, a heap of reggae beats, and a sprinkling of folky lyrics combined together equals the music of Russell Kaback. He’s got a unique sound going down, that’s for sure.
Russell Kaback is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 23, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Dan Blakeslee’s new record ‘Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind’ was recorded in the eaves of an old, beautiful theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. I don’t think any record could genuinely illustrate that fact quite as well as ‘OTTTW’. The songs on this record bring you to that place. The environment that these songs were birthed from seeps through the sounds and textures and the stories told on this record. It truthfully is a thing of brilliance. Blakeslee…Continue
Added by Red Line Roots on July 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
On this week’s Medicine Show Health & Happiness Hour, we have Highland harmonic pop combo The Galipaygos, with a summer sun sounding session (perfect) we have Toots and The Maytals, Eric Hisaw, Zoe Muth,…
Added by The Medicine Show on July 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
I feel late to the game with Bill Frisell, discovering him around the time of East/West and just after The Intercontinentals. We all have those moments of discovering something that is so beautiful and so complete (and even quite popular), but…Continue
Added by Shawn Edward Cote on July 22, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments
The usual pleasantries open the interview with Lake Street Dive's singer extraordinaire, Rachael Price. There’s a mention of a shared acquaintance and a nod to the band's previous appearances in town, the first before a tiny crowd at Norfolk's Taphouse in 2011.
"Oh, I recall," Price says. "That was a very memorable show."
I push the comment aside, deciding to return to it at the end of the interview.
It's been a memorable year since Lake Street Dive played Norfolk…
Added by Jim Morrison on July 22, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Hailing from a family where music has always held a prominent presence can offer a valuable head start when it comes to picking up an instrument. But it is what you do with the instrument that really counts. In Jessie Bridges's case, she has channeled her burgeoning musical prowess into an inflicting new recording that she has recently taken on the road. The album she has been out promoting is titled "Let It Breathe" and follows on from a 2010 EP,…Continue
Added by Brett Leigh Dicks on July 22, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee played host to a standing room only crowd for IBMA stalwarts and Grammy winners, Dailey & Vincent. The intimate feeling and otherworldly acoustics brought out a richness in classic bluegrass and rootsy songs and other than the Ryman the highlights obviously were Dailey & VIncent’s harmonies but the amazing mandolin playing off Jeff Carter, banjo Jesse Baker and the Cherryholmes contingent, Molly and BJ, on fiddle. Bluegrass of…Continue
Added by Chuck Schultz on July 22, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
I first heard Chris Smither in 1970. Not live, unfortunately, but on vinyl when picking up his first record "I'm A Stranger Here Myself" on the Poppy label, unheard, for the simple reason that it was Townes' label. I figured -- rightly so -- any label that knew what a talent he was could certainly be trusted. It did not disappoint. The album not only included a future staple that would be covered by many folks, 'Love You Like a Man,' most famously Bonnie Raitt, and the Skip James'…Continue
Roy Schneider has presence. It’s impossible to dismiss him when watching him on stage. His music makes a powerful impact on the listener. As one music critic says “Roy Schneider fits in the same bag with such classic singer-songwriters as Guy Clark, John Prine, Steve Goodman and Townes van Zandt.” That’s some bag! Add the keyboard and vocals contributed by Kim Mayfield (Roy’s wife) and you’ve got a winning combination.
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 22, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments
Ever since we announced that No Depression had been acquired by FreshGrass back in March, we’ve heard from many of you with questions, concerns, and ideas about the future of this website and the community that gathers here. We created a forum topic at that time so we could organize these comments and refer to them frequently, which we have done as we’ve developed…Continue
A glorious run of unseasonably warm weather for a couple of weeks in Vancouver had me all but convinced that the 37th annual edition of the Vancouver International Folk Music Festival would see rain: we can rarely rely on the sun for that long in the Pacific Northwest, so it seemed like a sure thing. As it turns out I was wrong—again,…Continue
Avi Wisnia is eclectic and he revels in that fact. He’s not your typical acoustic musician. When’s the last time you heard someone cover Lauryn Hill or Bjork, for instance? Avi takes his own unique view of the world and wraps creative chords around clever lyrics and out pop memorable songs.
Avi is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 21, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Prospect Hill (Music Maker)
In 2005, at the now-fabled Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, N.C., Don he met Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, the fortuitous moment that launched the Carolina Chocolate Drops. After…Continue
Added by Bill Frater on July 21, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Guitarist Danny Petroni teamed up with Frank Lacy to create a modern blues, jazz and soul band that he bills as the “Sound of Asbury Park” the result is the self titled release The Blue Project.
The album is a collection of hymns to the common mans struggle and inner city view of modern life mixed with good old time horsing around fun. Vocalist and trombone man Frank…Continue
In 1992 while he was enrolled at George Washington University, Jeff Campbell had an idea that initially was inspired by a class project. The concept was to bring street musicians and other DC music talent together for a concert called Hungry for Music, that would benefit the Coalition Against Homelessness.
These concerts were held in 1992 and 1993 and also included a food drive. Two…Continue
Added by Easy Ed on July 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
A hot and steamy London night saw the Jayhawks' 1997 touring band play at this iconic venue in support of the recently released and remastered versions of the Sound of Lies (1997), Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). The trilogy includes bonus tracks, alternative versions, demos, live takes, new liner notes and unreleased material from the band’s extensive collection of archives. Original co-founder Gary Louris was the driving force behind the initiative, which has…Continue
Added by Jela Webb on July 20, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments
If you go to a Selwyn Birchwood show, the dance floor should be packed with enthusiastic hoofers. If not, the young Florida-based guitarist has a back up plan. To ensure that there's at least one dancer gyrating to the beat, a mummified muppet voodoo doll dangles by his neck in front of the kick drum, hinged limbs jerking with every thump, paying silent homage to the exuberant, vibrant Birchwood blues soundtrack.
Friday night's show at Durham,…Continue
For the last six years, my husband Dave and I have been involved in a funky little homegrown festival called the Far West Fest in Pt. Reyes Station, Calif. For us, it’s a great way to get back to our theatrical roots while helping to support live music. We have stage-managed at least one of the three stages and been involved in set-up,…Continue
One of the things that should prompt a thankful pride in all Americans is how our country’s presidents so often and so willingly reach for the hot handle of responsibility. In fact, a famous president once said, “The buck stops here.” This series, “The Pop Presidents,” seeks to honor an aspect of the last eleven president’s responsibilities that is often overlooked – presiding over the growth of pop music, specifically the genre known as Rock and…Continue
Added by John Ellis on July 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments