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Five Questions: Kris Orlowski

With his new album, Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it's a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he's a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic fashion.

As songwriters do,…


Added by Kelly McCartney on April 15, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

MerleFest - Wilkesboro, North Carolina - April 24-27 2014

While there are quite a few notable festivals that begin earlier than late April, many of us kick off the festival season by trekking to not your normal community college, the Wilkes Community College in the rolling hills of north central North Carolina where MerleFest has been held every year since 1988. Named in honor of Merle Watson who lived nearby, 2014 marks the second festival since Merle's father, Doc Watson, passed away. And as sorely his…


Added by Amos Perrine on April 15, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Americana Boogie new releases for the week of April 15th... Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare Jr, Moot Davis, Secret Sisters, Ray Bonneville and more


Undefeated (Bloodshot)

Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he s the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, instead, he blazed a path of unique songwriting…


Added by Bill Frater on April 15, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Catie Curtis - Flying Dream (Album Review)

Curtis’ Flying Dream is carpeted wall-to-wall by songs that explore the many shades of ‘love.’

This year Maine bred Catie Curtis celebrates quarter-of-a-century as a recording artist. Commencing with the self-released, cassette-only album Dandelion (1989), Curtis’…


Added by Folk Villager on April 15, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Bridie Jackson and the Arbour - New Skin (Album Review)

Who knew that Choral flavoured Folk music could be this cool?

When I first encountered Bridie Jackson and the Arbour three years ago they were like a breath of fresh air blowing across a very stale and dusty Folk music scene; and nothing has changed in the intervening years; apart from them getting better.

For once it is genuinely difficult to point you to individual tracks as this is; as we used to say, a conceptual piece that is best heard in its entirety so…


Added by Alan Harrison on April 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Album Review)

I’ve heard a lot of really unique descriptions of Lydia Loveless's new album, "Somewhere Else".  It’s always X + Y that supposedly equals a new sound.  None of them seem to capture the essence of the record for me.  On Loveless’s Facebook page, her sound is described as “Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar while cowboys and punks brawl out back”.  That’s a good one, but for my ears, even that falls flat.  If you want a… Continue

Added by Dirty Roots Radio on April 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q and A with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks are an edgy band.  Edgy in a good way.  From song to song you never know what kind of potion the band will cook up for the listener.  They are masters at so many different styles and when all is said and done, they’re just plain awesome.  Grooving modern vintage music is what they sometimes call their genre and that’s perfect.  It’s a little bit old and a little bit contemporary and it’s just fine by…


Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on April 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (Album Review)

Young folksinger finds a voice to match his impressive words

Even at the tender age of 22, Blair Dunlop already has all the hallmarks of a seasoned pro: fronting the reformed and regenerated Albion Band, touring solo virtually non-stop, winning plaudits and awards for his debut album in 2012; all of which all brings us to what they call ‘the difficult second album.’

So, can the young man meet the expectation of a doting public? It’s an emphatic yes, from me,…


Added by Alan Harrison on April 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance

Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P.

The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity, that placement was intentional. The 1986…


Added by Folk Villager on April 16, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Jeff Black – Folklore (Album Review)

The latest tunes from Missouri bred Black - thirteen of them – are delivered solo and acoustic.

Jeff Black’s tenth album, another self-release was recorded at his rustic Arcana Studios as were recent predecessors PLOW THROUGH THE MYSTIC (2011) and B-SIDES AND CONFESSIONS, VOL. 2 (2013). Produced by Black, the sessions took just two days and the sounds captured were mixed, once again, by Dave Sinko (Chris Thile & The Punch…


Added by Folk Villager on April 13, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls (Album Review)

Once upon a time, Katie Herzig wore her heart on her sleeve and wielded an acoustic guitar, both apropos of being a singer/songwriter. These days, though, she keeps company with synthesizers and drum loops. Yeah, the heart is still right there on the sleeve, but now you can groove to its beat.

Herzig's new collection, Walk Through Walls, is a song cycle that is as musically complex as it is emotionally…


Added by Kelly McCartney on April 14, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Reagan Boggs on Americana Music Show #187

On episode 187 of the Americana Music Show, Reagan Boggs plays 3 tracks from Quicksand and talks about writing songs about tough ladies and the value of simple songs.

Also on this episode, heartland rock & roll from Chuck Ragan, indie rock from Jonny Two Bags, southern rock from Jimbo Mathus, honky…


Added by Americana Music Show on April 14, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

David Wilcox - Blaze (Album Review)

BLAZE, solo album # 18, David Patrick Wilcox traverses a broad thematic gamut, his words at times thoughtful, occasionally provoking it’s simply another classic song collection.

BLAZE was recorded and mixed at former Over The Rhine guitarist Ric Hordinski’s Monastery Recording Studio – a deconsecrated church - in the Walnut Hills suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. In the album press release Wilcox sums up collaborating with Hordinski as “like hiking a new trail and seeing a vista…


Added by Folk Villager on April 13, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Easy Ed's Sideshow of Solos, Duets and Ensembles: Session #42

Welcome to the 42nd installment of random thoughts, trivial facts. occasional fiction, poetry, haikus, photos, artwork, stories of fleeting fame and dastardly deeds, and videos or tunes that may have caught my attention or fancy of late. As you can see by the picture at the side, I've got dessert on my mind, and in particular...pies.

The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink has this to say about the origin of how pies ended up in America: The surrounding…


Added by Easy Ed on April 13, 2014 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

St. Vincent in Concert: As Performance Artist, Annie Clark Shows Her True Colors

One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next?

That’s what one high-strung son of someone was thinking for the rest of us while pressed up against the barrier leaving just enough breathing room between entertainer and her target audience as March wound down while that inevitable day for April fools waited…


Added by Michael Bialas on April 13, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Lone Justice - This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 (Album Review)

Much bootlegged, these landmark early studio recordings by Lone Justice are finally given an official release.

By December 1983, performing their swashbuckling fusion of punk and country, Lone Justice were consistently playing ‘sold out’ sets in L.A.’s numerous rock clubs. That month Maria McKee (lead vocal, guitar), Ryan Hedgecock (guitar, backing vocal), Marvin Etzioni (bass, backing vocal) and Don Heffington (drums) hunkered down in Suite 16 Studios in…


Added by Folk Villager on April 13, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Stace England & The Salt Kings – America, Illinois (Album Review)

Let me tell you a little about Stace England.  Back in 2005 or so, Stace and the boys put out an album titled Greetings From Cairo, Illinois which music critic Greil Marcus put in his Top Ten albums of that year.  They followed it up in 2007 with Salt Sex Slaves, another historically apt musical look behind the facade of reality-as-told.  (Here is part of the story behind the album, lifted straight off of England's CDBaby page:  "…


Added by Frank Gutch Jr. on April 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Young Brits Climbing the Ladder: Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas

Ah, sweet  youth. Time for an update on Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas, two young British music talents that  I have mentioned before on these pages and who are worth keeping an eye on.

Dunlop turned 22 in February. He is a folk-country singer with an impressive musical pedigree (his dad is British folk icon Ashley Hutchings) and who, I have just learned played the young Willie Wonka in Tim Burton's…


Added by musicJJMG (Jeremy Gaunt) on April 12, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Slide Guitar Is Better Than Virtually Anything, But Especially These 25 Things

Slide guitar has long been the most pleasing instrument. That couldn't be more obvious. But only recently did it occur to humankind that the slide guitar might be the most pleasing thing on Earth, period. There is considerable evidence to support this notion. For instance, here are just a few of the things a slide guitar is superior to:

1. Sunsets

2. Shetland ponies

3. Caramel

4. Sophia Loren, circa 1960…


Added by Mike Seely on April 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Album Reviews: Katie Glassman, Kelcy Mae & Old Man Luedecke

Kelcy Mae: Half-Light Double EP

"Close your eyes. See the story in your mind, not with open eyes" starts Bright Eyes, the opening track of Kelcy Mae’s Half-Light EP. It's a song that thrusts the singers beautiful voice to the front over a single guitar before gradually building to a musical crescendo. The track shows a deft hand in doing so and…


Added by Skot Nelson on April 10, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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