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…Continue
Added by Justin Wesley on July 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Lorin Guy wrote a great song with an Americana vibe for his friend the legendary racer Joe Leonard.
Joe is 88 years old now and Lorin wrote the song, recorded it in a professional studio and directed the making of this video tribute to a living legend.
I had the distinct honor of being there last night when Lorin premiered the song and video to Joe Leonard himself.
Watching Joe Leonard be so visibly moved while watching his career on screen and listening to this…Continue
Added by Gil on July 24, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments
Missing the first night, which will likely be the best of the three given my taste and interest, is sort of a bummer. But on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site to hopefully discover a new act, or the reinvention of something old. And to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to just being there.
This will be my first trip to the Newport Folk Festival and if you believe in ghosts like I do,…Continue
Added by Easy Ed on July 24, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014. Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators. Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldman , Shaker Village’s VP of Marketing and Development Jennifer Broadwater, and Delight Hanover of Alias Records helped put…Continue
Added by Sad Songs Keep The Devil Away on July 24, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Saw a great concert by the Old 97's last night here in Richmond, VA. Opener was Tommy Stinson, and it was at The National - - a beautiful, old converted theater with an excellent sound system. Good crowd for a mid-week concert here, and they were into both Stinson and the 97's.
Stinson went for about 40 minutes, played mostly guitar, and was accompanied only by a keyboardist who sometimes added harmony vocals. They actually pumped out a fair amount of sound for just a couple…Continue
Added by garry on July 24, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it's not without some edge. After all, you can take the boy out of the rock, but you can't take the rock out of the boy. The take-away, though, is that Webb takes on both music and parenthood seriously,…Continue
Added by Kelly McCartney on July 24, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris…Continue
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 in the…Continue
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