(first published at Down at the Crossroads)
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is a very important movie that depicts the brutal horror of slavery in the Southern states of the US before the Civil War. It tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a musician and businessman who lived in the North as a free man but who was kidnapped and…Continue
Added by Gary Burnett on January 23, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
When Kim Ruehl tipped me off that there was something goin' on up in Pete Seeger's town of Beacon New York on the day we acknowledge the life, work, accomplishments and passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I hit the interwebs to dig up the information. In my mind, whenever the ninety-four year old Pete comes out to do something, it's pretty damn big news. An event. A happening. A gathering. So it was sort of surprising to discover barely any details of what Pete Seeger and the…Continue
“I always loved rock ‘n’ roll…blues…jazz…but I didn’t want to get too far away from the Western Swing thing with Asleep at the Wheel. But now, I figure I’d better do what I want to do musically…and I can do it very well…better than most!”
Bruce Springsteen, John Mellancamp, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger, to name a few distinguished senior heartland rockers, need not worry –despite the fact that Ray Benson can hang with the best of you. Mr. Benson, who was “Americana”…Continue
Scott Miller has a remarkable gift for exploring everyday emotion and uncovering the troubles and travails of ordinary folks simply trying to deal with the complexities of the modern world. That’s an auspicious…Continue
Albert King is one of the three kings of the blues – along with Freddie and B.B. – and is widely recognized as one of the most influential blues guitarists ever. On his long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, Gary Clark Jr, said, “Albert King is the bedrock of the guitar tradition. Without his influence there would be no so-called virtuosos,” and Joe Bonamassa hailed him as “arguably the most influential (of the three Kings) in today’s pop…Continue
On this weeks Medicine Show Health & Happiness Hour we feature an exclusive tribute to George Jones and a preview of the new My Darling Clementine album, from Michael…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on May 1, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Singer-songwriter Thomas Hentges better known as Burlap Wolf King embarks on a Midwestern tour tonight in Sioux Falls South Dakota that will take him through seven states in the month of April. After the successful release of a new EP in his native state of South Dakota, Hentges will bring his brand of "bare-boned truth in song" to the masses with stops in Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and North Dakota.
Burlap Wolf King has been turning folk, alt.country and…Continue
Added by Mathew DeRiso on April 17, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the greatest Dobro player of all?
Faced with that query, most magic mirrors would probably respond by saying that Jerry Douglas has been, and is, the premier Dobro player of our time.
And who could argue?
As the featured soloist for the multi-Platinum, multi-Grammy, multi-(pick an award) Allison Krauss and Union Station, Jerry Douglas has been raising the bar for what passes as virtuosity on that instrument for decades now.…Continue
"Music is Love" is a 2-disc set dedicated to the outstanding body of work produced by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Featuring 27 artists, 27 songs and a stunning 36-page booklet,
"Music Is Love" is a project supporting the Equestrian Therapy Co-op in Brandeis, California.
01. For What It's Worth Ron LaSalle 02. Triad Steve Wynn 03. Helplessly Hoping Judy Collins 04. Lady
Of The Island Liam Ó Maonlaí 05. Bluebird Sugarcane…
Added by Francesco Lucarelli on November 8, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments
Simone Felice is an unstoppable creative force. He is a survivor, father, songwriter, poet, novelist, and artist. I recently had the opportunity to ask Simone about his literary work, his musical history (including his work with The Felice Brothers, The Duke And The King, and The Avett Brothers), as well as his new album called Simone Felice.
At the age of 12 Simone Felice suffered a brain aneurysm and was pronounced clinically dead for several minutes. Recovering…Continue
by Dan King
On a recent field trip to Zia Records, I discovered two albums in the Bluegrass/Americana section that would fit the criteria for review on Prescription Bluegrass. One was Leonard Cohen’s “Old Ideas” and the other was The Grascals “Life Finds A Way.” I also found a CD by a fellow named Charles Manson in the section, but I’m still not sure if that was some store employees idea of a bad joke, or if perhaps there is a hot new mandolin…Continue
Added by Dan King on June 21, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments
by Dan King
Back in the late ’60′s, there wasn’t much to do in Phoenix Arizona. On summer afternoons, the mercury would routinely spike to 110 degrees and the prevailing wisdom was to take dental records along if you were foolish enough to engage in any outdoor activity. I was a young boy then, but I had already plunged headlong into the inviting world of performance music.
I was a guitar player.
My musical heroes at the time were electric rock…Continue
Just bought my copy! well done Michael Weston King, can't wait to hear what "The View from Shit Creek" is like from Jackie Leven (still can't believe we won't see Jackie again) great list of folk including our friends Kit Clark, Southern Tenant Folk Union, Eddi Reader, Martin G Stephenson, Peter Bruntnell, Reg Meuross, Andy White, Christine Collisterall venting their spleens for us, thank you well done!
At least in this project we…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on June 9, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
Singer-Songwriter Thomas Hentges is about as legit as it gets. The man oozes; yes, oozes style from a time long forgotten with no air of pretension, and it shines through in everything he does musically. I became familiar with Thomas at the Sioux River Folk Festival back in 2007. At the time he was fronting The Quaker City Night Hawks; one of the best undiscovered yet established alt-country/rock bands in his native South Dakota. But this isn't a story about the Quaker City…Continue
Gary Clark, Jr. cuts a quiet figure, long limbs settled into a chair on a stage in a conference room in a convention center. It’s not even noon in the industrial bland room with some bean bags on the floor for the exhausted to drape on, but the folks from WFUV are doing their best to broadcast music that matters live-from-the-wilds-of-SXSW back to New York City, and the black man in the floppy, slightly over-sized fedora is happy to share his music when most other bluesmen would be…Continue
Added by Holly Gleason on March 16, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Christopher King is the executive producer of the recently released, 2-CD set, Aimer Et Perdre, which is available now via the Tompkins Squarelabel. Mr. King has an impressive history of both collecting 78s, as well as assembling some remarkably beautiful, and thoughtfully assembled box sets and collections of very rare recordings.
In addition to his latest collection, Aimer Et Perdre, which features artwork by…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on March 1, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
Admittedly I’m playing a bit of catch-up here, because technically Welding Burns was released at the tail end of 2011. Still, this time next year, anyone reading this can feel free to remind me that I predicted it would emerge as one of the best roots/folk/Americana efforts of this year. Picott’s been plying his craft for quite awhile now, and sadly, too few people have taken notice. Which is all the more reason why this…Continue
By now the dust has nearly settled on the stunning 2011 Decemberists album, The King Is Dead. A rootsy, Americana turn-around that surprised their indie-lit core fans who were used to longer, more abstract songs, The Decemberists’ new sound dropped at a key time when…Continue
Don't laugh at Harry Belafonte, the incomparable American/world roots folk musician and popularizer, for being caught on tv asleep or meditating last week. Laugh with him during his appearance with Steven Colbert which he amazingly turns…Continue
3rd + Lindley Re-Opening
21 July 2011
When the Kentucky Headhunters hit country music with a low rumble and those loud guitars, people weren’t sure what to make of them. Looking like hillbilly cavemen, they sang and spoke with a drawl so thick you could slice it and seemed to merge their Bill Monroe and Don Gibson with Freddie King and Muddy Waters.
If it wasn’t quite a revolution – they were…Continue