Doug Kwartler is a contemporary singer-songwriter with passion, inspiring lyrics, driving rhythms, and memorable melodies that make one sit up and listen. He’s got the energy of a rocker but the ability to draw in his audience with his elegant quiet tunes as well. Doug has been chosen as one of 24 Emerging Artists at this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, New York. He’ll be hitting the…Continue
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FTB podcast #205 features the first time collaboration between EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL called Old Yellow Moon. Also new music from REBECCA PRONSKY, WOODY PINES and SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY.
Here's the direct link to listen now!
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One of the things that already tops my list of "things I miss most about living in Brooklyn" is the reading time during my daily commute. So until moving to Portland this past August, the NYC subway (MTA) is where I have absorbed most of my reading material since I moved there in 2004. Burying my face in a book on the subway was not only a great way to wake up in the morning on my way to work, but it also served as the ideal method of mellowing out on my way home.
Texas is home to some great songwriters. Brian Kalinec may not be a household name outside of Texas but he’s definitely worth a listen or two or three or more. Brian’s heartfelt lyrics and impeccable playing and production are testament to the hard work that he has given to his craft. Songwriting awards are accumulating on his resume as more and more people come to appreciate his gift for words and music. These are songs that stick to your soul and refuse to budge.
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Sean Rowe's Magic was one of my favorite records of last year. It was his second full length (his first was his self-produced 27, now out of print) and it marked the true arrival of a singularly unique songwriter with a voice that evokes wonder, mystery, and awe. Not surprisingly, names like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits often got name-dropped when discussing the album and attempts to describe his live performances. One listen and the uninitiated quickly learned…Continue
Exactly What do you Want Me to Be?
In the liner notes to "Mermaid Avenue - The Complete Sessions," Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora describes her response to first reading the lyrics to the many songs her folk-icon father had written yet never released in the 1940s and 1950s. “I had just discovered that my father had a bad crush on Ingrid Bergman and dreamed of getting her pregnant, that he was a proud lush and a comfortable luster, that…Continue
You’ll remember I wrote a couple of months ago about working on a record with the talented young Italian violinist Chiara Giacobbe, formerly of the band Lowlands. Well, the record she made – generally with me just scratching my balls on the studio sofa – is now ready to go. In fact, it’s actually called Ready To Go! How’s that for happenstance?
UK readers will be delighted to know that she’s lined up a handful…Continue
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by Terry Roland--In Memory of Doris Madeline Roland-Hutson Oct. 9, 1921-May 31, 2012
It's been 100 years since Woody Guthrie took his first breath of Oklahoma air. Although he died more than 45 years ago, Woody is more alive today than many people still walking around the planet. He was one of the first artists to teach me about roots in music and life. He brought my mother…
First published on OurStage, an MTV/CMT Partner
Talking to Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of Arlo and granddaughter of Woody, you’d never know she is folk music royalty. Even though her relatives have created some of the most enduring songs in the American music catalog—everything from “This Land is Your Land” (written by Woody…Continue
In honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial, Smithsonian Folkways is releasing an in-depth commemorative collection of songs, photos, and essays on one of America’s most treasured 20th-century icons called Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection. I recently spoke with archivist Jeff Place regarding his work and contributions to this beautiful box set.
Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection is a 150-page large-format book with 3 CDs…Continue
Before the Occupy Wall Street movement woke Americans back up to the opportunity of protest...
Before the Civil Rights movement, anti-war demonstrations, and the counterculture revolution…
Before Bruce Springsteen or Steve Earle, before punk rock, before Bob Dylan, and even before Pete Seeger…
There was Woody Guthrie.
Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was as Bruce Springsteen once said, “an average guy with a slightly above average gift”. Born in…Continue
Santa Rosa, CA, June 6, 2012 –
For over five years, a young Ramblin’ Jack Elliott stuck to Woody Guthrie like rust on a boxcar, becoming so proficient at his style that America’s most famous ballad writer remarked, “Jack sounds more like me than I do.” (He would soon teach Woody’s tricks to a young Bob Dylan.) Fast forward to July 29th, 2012: Ramblin’ Jack, having forged a unique legacy of his own, takes the stage at This Train: A Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Jubilee - a…Continue
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Singer-songwriter Woody Pines has recently released his latest recording called You Gotta Roll. Woody was a founding member of the Kitchen Syncopators, a legendary busking street jugband from Eugene, OR, that were one of the most exciting acts to emerge out of the West Coast folk scene in recent history.
Since the Kitchen Syncopators disbanded years ago, Woody Pines has been writing and recording albums and frequently…Continue
I'll just admit that when I read the track listing for "Americana," the first CD by Neil Young and Crazy Horse in 9 years, I sighed.
Yes, I wanted to hear new music from Young but gees, do we really need another cover of American folk classics such as "Oh Susanna," and "This Land is Your Land?" A few bars into the first track on the album, I would have answered with a heartfelt affirmative that only deepened as I heard more of these beautifully re-crafted songs.
Woody Guthrie would have been 100 years old this year, and there was a BIG old party for him last night at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Because it was Los Angeles, we dealt with the usual trifecta of traffic, long lines and confused box office workers, so we were late to the show, but were in good company as Steve Earle and Tim Robbins straggled in with us too, and seemed just as excited to get in. I learned a lot about Woody Guthrie from my friend, Tom Morello, so was most excited to see…Continue
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
This Land Is Your Land
Jimmy LaFave + Eliza Gilkyson’s Woody Guthrie Dream
Nora Guthrie’s father would’ve been 100 years old this year, yet somehow the music he left behind remains timeless and timely. It’s a notion she savored at the Prelude Music: Woody Guthrie Tribute – which served to warm-up the audience for Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address at the 2012 SXSW – telling the crowd, "These days are exciting times … My Dad would’ve loved to been here for this. This is a very…Continue
If you came expecting a big thrown down screed about empowerment, activism and the state of the world today, Bruce Springsteen – lean in a dark shirt, sleeves rolled to the elbows and black jeans – disappointed. It was not a talk of rabble-rousing state of the nation that he strode onstage to deliver.
Instead, with the tiniest bit of soul patch quivering, he came to give witness to the power of music: to capture imaginations, channel hormones, inspire quests, ask questions and mostly,…Continue
On February 28th, Rounder Records released New Multitudes(which is available as an expanded deluxe 2-CD edition). It is an elaborate and collaborative project that brought together the voices of some of today's unarguably best songwriters with some of the unpublished lyrics, writings, and artwork from the Woody Guthrie Archive.
Using these unpublished sources as inspiration, Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo,…Continue
Because Woody Guthrie never got to make his own music video of "So Long It's Been Good to Know You," singer Rob Tepper helps us imagine what one might look like. Tepper is an actor who does a one-man show portraying Woody Guthrie. He appears in the short film Been Good To Know Yuh – a Woody Guthrie Story. Check out his performance of Guthrie's song:
Guthrie originally called the…Continue