Lee Fields is a man who needs no introduction. As one of the artists leading the charge in the recent revival of soul music, Lee Fields and his band the Expressions have been capturing the attention of the public with their style of straightforward, honest music that speaks directly to the soul. Recently Lee took a break from his busy tour schedule to chat with me.
Neil Ferguson: How's your current tour going along?
Lee Fields: The tour is going great. No…Continue
The list of Bela Fleck's collaborators is a head-spinning kaleidoscope through modern music.
Sam Bush and John Cowan in New Grass Revival, a group that redefined acoustic music. The out-there rhythm section of Roy and Victor Wooten and the polymath harp player Howard Levy in the Flecktones. Double bassist Edgar Meyer. Tabla player Zakir Hassain. An assortment of African players and singers. Jazz stars Chick Corea and Marcus Roberts. And, most recently, the Nashville Symphony…Continue
Well, this is the second Christmas song that I have already reviewed this season. Mindy Smith has already released a five song EP last month. Mike has a really nice Video built around his song "Almost Christmas", which is a song that he wrote. It is an acoustic song which is very well done, The video is based around him singing in a decorated area, a train rolling down the snowy tracks, and him walking around the winter streets with his guitar, Mike Aiken is what I think of when you say…Continue
I realize that in this community of old hippies, post-punk latter-day newbie-parental types and the occasional bluegrass traditionalist who stumbles here by mistake because they think we all love to hear the "Orange Blossom Special" covered the same way six thousand times, that I sometimes stand alone. Well maybe not alone, but sort of to the left of the main event. The reason being is that I suck up new music and young(er) musicians like a Dyson on a shag carpet. And despite my…Continue
Beautiful Scars is not an album that The Burning Angels have made before. It is an album that two of the band’s constant members (Mark Cunningham, Andrew Vickery) decided had to be made immediately after the release of Love & 20 Pesos. A deeply personal album for songwriter Mark Cunningham, Beautiful Scars explores the frailty, darkness, emotions and stories set in a gothic southern landscape.
Putting trust into their own hands as producers, the pair…Continue
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I’ve got to say…. I don’t quite remember how I first heard about Sam Chase. He may have sent the CD to our coffeehouse or I may have seen him on the internet somewhere… But I distinctly remember listening to his CD, Every Time I’m Home, and advocating for him to play at a One-Day NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) conference that we had at UMass Boston a year or so ago. Fortunately, others felt the same way and he played. I’m still behind him and his music and hope…Continue
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I started making videos just to see if the new technology worked for me. Once I decided they were a pretty good way to share bluegrass music, it became inevitable that I would have to start a You Tube channel of my own. When I bought a low priced HD camcorder and began to learn to make titles, we started getting serious about including video as a part of our effort to communicate the part of the bluegrass world we live in. I say “we,” because my long suffering wife, Irene, has become an…Continue
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At 52, I’m starting to experience some of the downsides that come with reaching “middle age”. No, I’m not talking about some of the vagaries that come with reaching this milestone, such as how my knees feel or the fact that I need glasses or that perhaps I should experiment with Viagra. I’m talking about some real life tragedies that tend to happen to folks around my age, such as the loss of friends, or caring for our increasingly infirm parents, or the ravages of diseases that are starting…Continue
Joe Ely remembers the last time he played a songwriters show in Virginia Beach quite well, thank you. He was on stage at the Pavilion in 1991 with John Hiatt, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett when Lovett invited an old college buddy, Robert Earl Keen, on stage. Keen played a tune off his latest album,…Continue
In Our Nature (Telesoul)
For close to thirty years now, Canada's Blue Rodeo has taken the road less traveled - and succeeded far beyond anyone's expectations. The band emerged in the early 80's as a countrified rock band in the era of hair metal and glossy pop. And now, in the digital age, while everyone else is thinking…Continue
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My ears went on high alert and I sat up a little straighter when I first heard Cosy Sheridan play at the Far-West Conference in Irvine last month. Playing impeccably wrought and heartfelt songs about everything from the wonders of…Continue
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It is devastating. There is enough unguarded emotion in Paul Luftenegger’s latest single, “It’s Only Love,” to fuel a number of break-up ballads. However, Luftenegger’s lyrics aren’t narrating a relationship gone wrong; rather, it illustrates the absence of equality given to LGBT communities, especially concerning gay marriage. “When I was a boy/I knew I loved different than you,” Luftenegger sings, his voice nearly collapsing in sorrow. The crystalline beauty of Luftenegger’s…Continue
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Charlie Musselwhite, more than any other harmonica player of his generation, can rightfully lay claim to inheriting the mantle of many of the great harp players that came before him with music as dark as Mississippi mud or as uplifting as the blue skies of California. In an era when the term legendary gets applied to auto-tuned pop stars, this singular blues harp player, singer, songwriter and guitarist has earned and deserves to be honored as a true master of American roots music.…Continue
Dala = AmanDA Walther and SheiLA Carabine. They are two very talented young women from Toronto who make music that takes your breath away. Their music could be labeled acoustic pop but it has tinges of folk and maybe even a little soul. They are winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for the Best Vocal Band of the year. I like what this writer from the Peterborough Examiner has to say about Amanda and Sheila. “Dala can sing! What beautiful flights…Continue
Hearing accomplished musicians in one genre seamlessly shift into another makes my heart happy because I love a range of music: from jazz to Americana, to pop and R&B. For this reason and more, Missy Raines and the New Hip make my heart swoon with happiness on their latest release New Frontier produced by Raines and fellow band member Ethan Ballinger along with Ben Surratt. The interactions between IBMA…Continue
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Pete Anderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Producer and groundbreaking guitarist, who melds blues and country to forge a style all his own. Known as a pioneer in the roots-rock genre and an early champion of the Americana movement, he had a hand in introducing the world to artists such as Michelle Shocked, Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores and perhaps most famously, his musical partner of 20 years, Dwight Yoakam. Pete recently released his seventh solo…Continue
On episode 165 of the Americana Music Show, Yarn front man Blake Christiana talks about meeting Caitlin Cary at Sadlacks, the Lou Reed influence on his music, and turning fans into friends. He also sets up and…Continue
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What would happen if George Costanza—Seinfeld’s perennial loser—had to interview singer Heidi Swedberg?
He'd talk to her for almost an hour, then discover the tape recorder didn't work. Yeah, it happened to me. Call me George.
Actually, George and Heidi have met before. In fact, he almost married her—rather, he almost married Susan, Swedberg’s character on the show.…Continue
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