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Chris O’Connell - Be Right Back

Chris O’Connell

Be Right Back

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…


Added by Martha E Ture on July 24, 2014 at 11:35pm — 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

The Legend of Joe Leonard by Lorin Guy

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…


Added by Gil on July 24, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

By The Time You Read This, It'll Be Over...a Pre-Newport Ramble

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,…


Added by Easy Ed on July 24, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014

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…


Added by Sad Songs Keep The Devil Away on July 24, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Old 97's plus Tommy Stinson at the National (Richmond, Va. - July 22, 2014)

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…


Added by garry on July 24, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Five Questions: Bry Webb

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,…


Added by Kelly McCartney on July 24, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris

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…


Added by No Depression on July 24, 2014 at 5:52am — 3 Comments

Getting to Know Russell Kaback -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Aritst

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…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 23, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Dan Blakeslee - Owed To The Tanglin’ Wind (Album Review)

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…


Added by Red Line Roots on July 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Health & Happiness Hour The Galipaygos in session July 23 2014

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

Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood”

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…


Added by Jake Schepps on July 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Jillpoke Bohemia #232 - "The Avatar" - by Shawn Cote


Added by Shawn Edward Cote on July 22, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Lake Street Dive Motorboats into the Big Time

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…


Added by Jim Morrison on July 22, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Jessie Bridges lets her music breathe (Interview)

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,…


Added by Brett Leigh Dicks on July 22, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Dailey & Vincent Thrill Standing Room Only Ryman Auditorium Crowd

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…


Added by Chuck Schultz on July 22, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Chris Smither - Still on the Levee, A Fifty Year Retrospective (Album Review)

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'…


Added by Amos Perrine on July 22, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Getting to Know Roy Schneider -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

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

No Depression Is Getting a Facelift: A Note About What's Around the Bend

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…


Added by No Depression on July 22, 2014 at 12:00am — 14 Comments

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