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                                 SETTING THE CAPTIVES FREE

One morning I woke up and was plunged into psychological shock.  I had forgotten I was free. (Jack Henry Abbott - American criminal and writer.)…


Added by Les on July 27, 2014 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Chris Isaak's Life Beyond the Sun

In 2011, Chris Isaak took the long overdue step of recording an album at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. It wasn't just any album, it was faith interpretations of classic songs by his musical mentors and heroes: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. It didn’t take much of a leap of imagination to predict that the album would be something fine. It captures the spirit of those sessions from so long ago with respect but also with the same kind of raw…


Added by Terry Roland on July 27, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Carolina Story – Chapter Two (Album Review)

Strong country duets from Nashville husband and wife

The empathy shared by great duet singers can take your breath away. The ways in which a duo's voices complement, compete and provoke one another, the weaving of a harmony line above, below and around a melody, and the connection of two voices as they race around banked curves make listeners eavesdroppers as much audience. The Nashville-based Carolina Story, Ben and Emily Roberts, is…


Added by on July 27, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Canada's "Tour Tax" is History

Next week Delta Moon will cross the border to Canada to play the Kitchener Blues Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, one of our all-time favorite gigs. Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, we'll play four shows in Kitchener. And that's it. We'll turn around and head back to the US.

In years past we've enjoyed playing club dates as…


Added by Tom Gray on July 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Waylon, John Prine, Kinky, Gram Parsons ... Come Together

Musicians & Movie Stars: Brief Encounters by W. Conrad

This began as a foreword for a small collection of pictures and articles I am assembling for a book I plan to self-publish. As the memories piled on, the words accumulated into a short memoir and loose chronology of what happened in my life and on paper between 1967 and 1979. All of my No Depression offerings are referenced throughout this brief biography.

Stoney Burns, editor of Buddy…


Added by Bill Conrad on July 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Alvins Prove It Is Never too Late for Brotherly Love: Phil and Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones – Dakota Bar (Minneapolis, Minn. – July 26, 2014)

I knew going in it was going to be an emotional night at the Dakota Bar in Minneapolis.  Phil and Dave Alvin were performing together for the first time in Minnesota for a long time.  Had it really been nearly thirty years since they last played together here?  Having attended their previous shows with the Blasters at First Avenue and later warming up for Eric Clapton at the St Paul Civic Center, it seemed like it was just yesterday that the Alvins and their brash band, the…


Added by Plain Sense on July 27, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Dave & Phil Alvin & the Guilty Ones – Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, Minn. – July 26, 2014)

“My brother Dave is a triple threat and I’m so proud of him – singer, songwriter, and guitar player.” That’s what Phil Alvin told a July 26 sellout crowd at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Minn. The show was winding down but fans were totally pumped as the Alvin brothers exchanged pleasantries and showed no sign of their famed sibling rivalry after Dave split from the Blasters. If anything, the duo was good-natured and philosophical; especially Dave, who mentioned Phil’s brush…


Added by Karl Leslie on July 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Celebrating 40 Years of Schoolkids Records: An Interview with Owner Stephen Judge

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Watergate. That's not really anything to celebrate, it's not an accomplishment, and what's that got to do with music? Nothing. It simply marks the inevitable passage of time. But 2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of Raleigh, NC's Schoolkids Records which is an accomplishment and is definitely something worth celebrating. iTunes and streaming have cut into record sales and due to…


Added by Hal Bogerd on July 27, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Getting to Know Matt Nakoa, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

There once was this kid named Matt Nakoa who grew up on a goat farm and went off to learn all he could at a prestigious music school in Boston.  While at the aforementioned college, he learned a lot about music but he also learned a lot about what it takes to live the life of a musician and play the kind of music that feels just right for him.  Apparently it’s working,…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 27, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Getting to Know Allie Farris, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

Allie Farris has been and will be a very busy festival performer this year.  She’s hopping all over the country with appearances in Texas, Colorado and New York.  As one critic says, Allie’s vocals are a “tour de force” and her musicianship is something else. After studying jazz at Berklee for a short time, Allie headed to Nashville where she had made a comfortable home base for herself and has gotten immersed in the songwriting scene there.

Allie Farris is one of 24…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 27, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Getting to Know The Levins, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists

Huey Lewis and the News have been known to sing about “The Power of Love” but it was “The Power of Music” that brought Julia and Ira Levin together.  Their collaboration is a mighty one and it sure feels like it was a union that was truly meant to be.  As they state in the interview below, they are committed to making the world a happier place through their music.  There’s no doubt that they are achieving their goal.

 The Levins are one of 24 Emerging…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 27, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Birchwood and Big Sam's Big Night – The Funky Biscuit (Boca Raton, Fla. – July 25, 2014)

On Friday the 25th, The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida, had the second of their three anniversary shows. The venue was celebrating three years of being a music venue and boy did they have some good acts lined up for the three nights of their anniversary. Friday’s bands were Selwyn Birchwood Band as an opener, and for…


Added by Michael McDade on July 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ray LaMontagne at the Woods at Fontanel (Nashville, Tenn. – July 25, 2014)

Ray LaMontagne writes great songs and makes great records. And that's certainly no small feat. His live shows, though, while being technically and musically superlative, really don't leave the audience with a whole lot to hang on to other than the technique and the music. There's no personal engagement on LaMontagne's part. It's as if the whole thing is an absolute imposition, start to finish. Last time I saw him, he cussed a woman out for talking down near the stage. He,…


Added by Kelly McCartney on July 26, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Releasing the Children

There they go, out into the world to be loved, dismissed, devoured ...and the list goes on. My new album 'Dig Love' dropped this past week and that brings with it the release of another ten songs. Like a father seeing their children go off into the world it's a day of mixed emotions.

There's the embryonic conception…


Added by Eddy Mann on July 26, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie Show #264 features new music from Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes

FTB Show #264 features the new album by Old Crow Medicine Show called Remedy.  Also new music from Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts.  Here's the direct link to …


Added by Bill Frater on July 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Vancouver International Folk Festival Day Two (Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC - July 19th, 2014)

While Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Festival focuses on main stage performances, the rest of the weekend on the sprawling festival grounds of Jericho Beach is as notable for it's smaller workshop performances. This was especially true this year: this particular Saturday started with the official public announcement of Joan Baez's cancellation. Perhaps in some kind of karmic sympathy the day's weather forecast--originally a bit ominous--took a turn for the…


Added by Skot Nelson on July 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Chris O’Connell - Be Right Back (Album Review)

The art of feeling a song’s essence and giving it all to you, with color, range, control, and style, is the domain of the great jazz singers, like Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan; the great pop singers like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt.   Chris O’Connell has a voice that carries you up with her when it soars, soothes you with a mother’s loving croon, brings out the rockin’ rabble in you, and…


Added by Martha E Ture on July 24, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Getting to Know Zak Smith -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

Zak Smith is from New Jersey and proud of it.  There’s an incredibly large musical legacy in that state and Zak works hard at maintaining his place within it. As one music critic pointed out “Zak Smith proves his worth with passionate vocals and concisely written songs from the gut.” What more could you ask for?  Not much. 

Zak Smith is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  The Emerging Artist showcase is always one of the highlights…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)

The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revolutions. Hence the triptych of songs titled “Jack Kerouac,” “Leo Tolstoy” and “Walt Whitman” on Joshua Powell & the…


Added by Justin Wesley on July 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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