Sarah Jarosz casually strolled up upon the low-lit stage at NYC's Mecury Lounge last Friday night, among a collection of stringed instruments and amplifiers. She slung her banjo over her shoulder to the welcoming applause of fans, admirers, and as she later gratefully acknowledged, her dear friends in attendance. In that instant, the room proved the perfect setting to allow Ms. Jarosz to take… Continue
Back when I had a punk rock/folk art/west coast cartoon surrealist art gallery, and AOL was new and groovy, I spent some time in an alternative rock folder. My intent was to see if attending to the conversation in this folder would help me to determine which posters featuring which new bands I should buy.
Instead, I found myself in a pointless discussion about Nirvana with somebody who was, memory says, a sophomore at Wayne State University. I had been a working music… Continue
If you are a fan of good old bluegrass music and live festivals, this is definitely for you. The event took place June 4, 2010 at the Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia. This is beautiful ,rural Virginia, in the foothills of The Blueridge Mountains. I have spent a lot of time camping near this area and I love it.(Celebrating 55 Years of Bluegrass Music)
Many great Bluegrass bands were involved and they played lots of traditional bluegrass. Musicians involved were… Continue
Added by Jim Moulton on October 31, 2010 at 5:00am —
The Mad Tea Party - Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghoul (Whose That, 2010)
Just in time for Halloween, Asheville’s Mad Tea Party (not to be confused with some other teabaggers that’ve recently been in the news) unleashes this four-song EP of horror-themed rock ‘n’ roll. The title track sounds as if the Fugs returned from… Continue
We're off and runnin' again this weekend. Down to Winter Garden last night to play with Jason Thomas, our extremely talented pal and bandmate as his schedule allows. He tours the world with The Claire Lynch Band as fiddler and mandolinist extraordinaire. Winter Garden is a delightful place! Every Friday night they have a concert in their downtown gazebo in the heart of their charming and beautiful town. It's hoppin' down there.
Tonight... The Mockingbird Cafe in downtown Tallahassee… Continue
We've been obsessed with this record for the past couple years. It's a brilliant album and a fascinating story.
In March 1975, an American singer-songwriter named Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His VW bug was found abandoned, his motel room untouched. Some think he got lost in the desert. Some think he fell foul of a local family with alleged mafia ties. Some think he was abducted by aliens. By coincidence – or perhaps… Continue
My ex wife and I met on the Prodigy music boards back in 1993. She asked me a question about John Wesley Harding that she already knew the answer to in hopes of striking up a conversation. I answered it wrong three times. Twenty five cents a message got kind of pricey. She suggested an "internet account". I was working at the NPR station of my alma mater, The University Of Missouri-Kansas City. Apparently I could go to the computer department and get one of these internet accounts. The… Continue
Lately I have been spending time listening to Wrecking Ball, the 1995 cd by Emmylou Harris. I had been a fan of hers from the Gram Parsons albums, and can remember buying the Pieces of the Sky album, which still has a purity and clarity that is not diminished in any way. In contrast, Wrecking Ball was something of a transition; it was an foray into electronic rock music, with the producer Daniel Lanois (U2), and for that reason it must have been a risk (I recall seeing her… Continue
Wow, what a night! We loaded into London Bridge Studio at 3pm on Sunday to showcase at the Annivers-a-Birthday-Music Showcase-Mustache Party! It was a knockout. There were three other bands showcasing, all with stellar talent! It was not only a great party, but an excellent networking opportunity for people in the music industry. From producers to managers to Scott Mercado, there were plenty of shoulders to bump into while at the party. We were also honored to provide the kegs of beer to ensure… Continue
I have heard Mike Farris several times in Nashville and I cannot get enough of his remarkable voice. His album, Salvation In Lights, is a true gem. I listen to it every time that I need to nourish my soul. I am looking forward to hearing the new EP.
Added by Rick Gray on October 29, 2010 at 1:07pm —
Pairing of legendary British jazz bassist and Spanish guitar virtuoso is unexpectedly better than the sum of its parts
Dave Holland has spent much of his career standing in the shadow of giants. If you’ve spent any time listening to Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Chick Corea or John McLaughlin over… Continue
The 2011 MerleFest lineup has - at least in part - been released.
For an "initial lineup," the schedule is pretty darned impressive. Among the artists scheduled to appear are Alison Brown Quartet, Sam Bush Band, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Crooked Still, the Doobie Brothers, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Sonny Landreth, Jim Lauderdale, Corb Lund, Del McCoury Band, Tim O'Brien, Joe Smothers, The Wailin' Jennys, the Waybacks, and so many more. Check out the full initial list at the… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on October 29, 2010 at 9:00am —
Wrote this in answer to a ND friend's inquery, but worth sharing perhaps:
Top three current singer-songwriters I don't think get their due: A.A. Bondy, who might top the list; soulful, beautiful Antje Duvekot; and master guitarist with a keen, original wit, Peter Mulvey. Bob Schneider is another one who shoots quiet arrows to the heart, if I get a bonus pick.
I can't get enough of Todd Snider or Hayes Carll either, but they are thankfully not under-appreciated these days!… Continue
Added by Oriana Spratt on October 29, 2010 at 6:54am —
A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican October 29, 2010
In the weeks preceding Halloween, the average American, according to statistics I just made up, will hear “The Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett 17.3 times.
That novelty hit from 1962 (trivia note: Leon Russell played piano on the record) seems omnipresent, but it’s hardly the only tacky rock ’n’ roll monster song. They’re everywhere — full of shrieks, wolf howls,… Continue
Added by swt on October 29, 2010 at 12:42am —
Great article about the Bridge show and Buffalo Springfield. Didn't realize ND was rumbling' until my man Spencer showed me the north star. I am so happy to know you guys are out there and covering such a wide bandwidth of great music. Old 97s, Drive-by Truckers, Uncle Tupelo, Golden Smog, etc. Just saw Neil at the Paramount in Seattle. Shakey has carved it down to the bone and revealed the source code. Thanks again.
The first piece of wisdom I picked up from my grandfather. A wiry little man from the Ozark hills, his radio always seemed to be playing Conway Twitty, George Jones, Dolly and Porter, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Little Jimmy Dickens, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, etc. Saturday nights were reserved for "Hee Haw" and Buck and Roy pickin and grinnin. I used to think that my interest in country music began at the age of 16 when I worked at McDonalds and heard the cool older guys playing the… Continue
Ok so I'm thinking maybe I should change my profile picture to some Avatar thingy so you folks can have a break from looking at that old man!! But I couldn't pass up posting this about a great young fiddle player with a great new album! Again originally, posted at Me, Myself, Music and…Continue