For over 45 years Tony Trischka has been one of the most influential and groundbreaking banjo artists influencing bluegrass and acoustic musicians everywhere. He is a legendary banjo innovator, composer, collaborator, and teacher. His new album, Great Big World, was recently released via the Rounder label.…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on March 5, 2014 at 12:00pm — 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
Ian McLagan & The Bump Band
Live at the Lucky Lounge
Ian McLagan’s transition from noted sideman and member of dual Rock and Roll Hall Fame bands the Faces and Small Faces has been steadily advancing successfully over the past decade, following his resettlement in Austin Texas where he’s now a major part of the local musical landscape. There’s no better evidence of this creative shift than in this 14 song live set recorded at one of his…Continue
Even with a cracking band led by her husband John McCusker, Heidi Talbot took a chance by opening her Main Stage set with a singalong. Luckily, a Cambridge Folk Festival crowd is a resilient bunch and even those still recovering from last night’s fun were taken with the charming Heidi’s tales of feckless maidens, nudity, randy shepherds, Johnny Depp and the like.
If Heidi represented the ongoing folk renaissance, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick are so much of the old…Continue
Added by Kevin Bourke on July 29, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments
Launching his terrific new album Vagrant Stanzas on the Main Stage, Martin Simpson reflected that he’d been coming to the Cambridge Folk Festival since he was a teenager, playing onstage for the first time in 1976. This year he celebrated his sixtieth birthday and he’s obviously still as passionately committed to exploring the living tradition as he ever was. Dedicating his first song In The Pines to the late J.J. Cale, Simpson delivered a set, substantially drawn from that new album,…Continue
Added by Kevin Bourke on July 28, 2013 at 3:31am — No Comments
How can you resist this description of Martin Swinger on his website? “Robert Frost meets Tom Lehrer in ‘one potato chip’ songs that dare to venture into the worlds of Autism, Alzheimer’s, oysters, dyslexic theology, and the meeting of Betty Boop and Buddha.” Martin is a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist this year.
Falcon Ridge is celebrating its 25th anniversary the first…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 8, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
There are festivals and then there’s Telluride Bluegrass. There, it’s more about the vibe, a natural occurrence that transpires when you gather the loyal hordes – known collectively as Festavarians – at heights of 14,000 feet above sea level within a natural box a mere stone’s throw (or so it seems) from some of the most splendid peaks in the heart of the Rockies.
That feeling of euphoria is evident on arrival, from the sheer beauty of the magnificent surroundings to the obvious…Continue
STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL
Love Has Come For You (Rounder)
Steve Martin is currently in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comedian, actor, author, playwright, banjoist and songwriter. His fellow Texas native Edie Brickell has carved out an iconoclastic solo career that's solidified…Continue
Added by Bill Frater on April 23, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Performing Songwriter got it right. They called Patty Larkin a “drop dead brilliant guitar player, a richly textural singer, a commanding, poetic songwriter, a hilarious and personable entertainer.” Yes, all combined into one fantastic performer. Patty never fails to amaze me. Her fingers fly up and down the fretboard, her lyrics exude honesty, her style is beyond classy. In this little interview, Patty tells us a bit about her latest CD, gives us a mini-lesson about looping…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on January 30, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Confession One: I had never hear of either Tommy Emmanuel or Martin Taylor before being sent this CD for review. This despite the fact that the former, an Australian, was named as "Best Acoustic Guitarist" in a Guitar Player readers' poll. Confession Two: I am no a great fan of Django Reinhardt -style jazz guitar. I appreciate it, but a little goes a long way.
Having said that, I have found myself listening rather avidly to this "The Colonel & The Governor"…Continue
Added by musicJJMG (Jeremy Gaunt) on January 27, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
Janis Martin's set of 11 rockabilly tunes, "The Blanco Sessions," finds itself in the record bins due largely to the tireless work of singer Rosie Flores. It was Flores who met Martin in 1994, enlisted her to sing on her "Rockabilly Filly" album the following year and inspired Martin to record this set over 2 days in 2007 at Dennis Challman's Rancho Relaxo studio in Blanco, Texas.
It's also Flores who's responsible for the album's release, having taken…Continue
Added by Michael Verity on December 21, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
On one level it sounds like dogged persistence paid off. Billy Martin is in San Fransisco doing a drum clinic, the young organist Wil Blades whose built a name for himself at the Boom Boom Room thinks he can swing a duo money gig together, presses the manager, and apparently he passes the muster. "We just got up there and played, there was no preparation we didn't really have time for any of that with Billy coming in to do these clinics there just wasn't any time. So we basically…Continue
Added by Luke C. Bowden on November 22, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments
When it comes to playing the cello and composing music, Ben Sollee is a force that cannot be stopped. In addition to his solo albums, Learning to Bend and Inclusions, he has performed and recorded with such artists as My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Daniel Martin Moore, Cheyenne Marie Mize, Casey Driessen,…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on June 11, 2012 at 4:04pm — No Comments
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
He may not be releasing new albums at the fast and furious pace he did just a few years ago, but that doesn’t allay the suspicion that Ryan Adams may be the most prolific artist of this generation bar none. So instead of getting a new LP every six months, our man Adams has resorted to other mediums to get his music out, among them iTunes, which released this gem of a collection as an exclusive offering a short time back. Those that…Continue
Added by Lee Zimmerman on May 22, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments
The beginning of May marks a special and busy time for Sara Watkins. On May 3, Sara and her brother Sean orchestrated another of their Watkins Family Hour shows that was part of the L.A. Bluegrass Situation at Los Angeles’s Largo at the Coronet. This uniquely eccentric event, now in its third year, brings together adventurous acoustic musicians and music-loving performers, like Steve Martin and fest organizer Ed Helms. The fest returns to Largo at the…Continue
Added by Michael Berick on May 4, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
This week, The Steep Canyon Rangers released their new album, Nobody Knows You, via Rounder Records. New listeners may recognize the band's name as Steve Martin's touring bluegrass band, who also recorded with him on his latest album, Rare Bird Alert.
I would guess that there are many hardcore bluegrass fans who have been listening to the band's records over the years, as well new listeners who may be looking to explore the…Continue
Thank God Earl Scruggs was remembered at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards extravaganza on April 1, televised from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Don't get me wrong, I understand why the ACM has the major emphasis on young performers. And even if we want to be all snotty about profits and charts and radio play, it's important for us country fans to remember that time marches on. Just look at the portraits of the various "decades" of country performers…Continue
I’ll never look at the Waffle House the same way. The one out by the Assault & Battery Lane exit, 65 South out of Nashville, called Harding Place before the name change.
It’s actually on Sidco Drive, a parallel runner that’s lower industrial strip malls. There’s a Cracker Barrel for the more traditional Christian-types. Then there’s our Waffle House, like an Island of Broken Toys for college kids trying, sobering up from benders, gay kids after whippets and dancing, old Nashville…Continue
FTB podcast #153 features the new album by MARTIN ZELLAR called Roosters Crow. Also new music from OTIS GIBBS, DAVID RODRIGUEZ & SUSAN GREENBAUM. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts. Here's the…Continue
Added by Bill Frater on February 24, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments