Sitting here at my desk in Seattle, wrapped in a sweater, sipping on Market Spice Tea, watching the skies crystalline tears slide down the windows of my corner Capitol Hill apartment, I remember the life I left behind in Louisiana. A state I return to once or twice a year in order to get my fix of community, loving friends, music, dancing and incredible food.
October is coming up, maybe one of the best months to travel to Louisiana, and you bet I'll be there. It's…
For all my talk about unwinding during my write-up of Day One at this year's Pickathon, maybe I should have knocked wood. Saturday late morning, I ate the wrong thing, and wound up paying for it for the rest of the day and night. But, that didn't stop me from cramming as… Continue
Yesterday afternoon, after a surprisingly rocking set from Weinland to open the whole festival (I'd only heard their more quiet, affected, sentimental stuff before seeing that set), I dropped myself on a dusty patch of hill and kicked back for Martha Scanlan. Schedule in hand, August sun beating hard.
Scanlan has been living in a cabin at the end of a ranch in the emptiest reaches of Montana, working on a record and seeing, as she told us, more cows than people for about a… Continue
Every August for the past four years or so, on the first Friday of the month, I've woken with the sun and boarded a train for Portland. By mid-afternoon, I'm rolling my suitcase (packed tight with tent, sleeping bag, and a couple of clothes) over hay and dirt, dodging the occasional patty of old horse shit, to choose my camp spot on Pendarvis Farm.
Last year, the split second I entered the gates to… Continue
As you may recall, I recently spent a soggy weekend at Seattle Center catching some great live music at the annual Bumbershoot festival. One of the first best bands on my schedule were the Old 97s, whose frontman and bass player - Rhett Miller and Murray Hammond, respectively - were kind enough to sit down with me before sound check for a quick Q&A.… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on September 10, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Granted I've only been to Bumbershoot a handful of times, but this was the first year when it actually became necessary to have an umbrella. I don't want to waste your time with too many comments about the weather, but it did dictate a lot of choices this weekend, so it merits more than a passing mention. For example, Monday morning, the final day of festivities, I turned down the opportunity to check out the Minus 5 and Point Juncture, WA, in favor of an indoor set from the… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on September 8, 2009 at 1:00pm —
I had meant to post this (or repost it, since it was on my blog) right after attending the Clearwater Hudson River Revival, but, well, I'm lazy, that's all. Better late than never, though I suppose you, the reader, are the ultimate judge of that. Be gentle.
I had thought about going to the Clearwater Hudson River Revival earlier in the year, but… Continue
Added by James Sigman on July 1, 2009 at 9:04pm —
I got an email this morning announcing that Wintergrass - which has, for many years, been one of the best things going on down in Tacoma aside from the glass museum and that bridge project - is thinking of moving north to Bellevue, Wash.
Somehow the mere mention of a bluegrass/folk/roots festival taking to the Seattle suburbs just seems silly to me. Granted, this whole area is teeming with rootsy music and you can hardly… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on June 4, 2009 at 2:30pm —
I acclimate so quickly to my environs, it’s almost hard to believe just 24 hours ago I was making my way down the short path from Cave B toward Sasquatch. In those 24 hours, I saw performances from Loch Lomond, Heartless Bastards, the Pica Beats, Deerhoof, Grizzly Bear, Horse Feathers, Santigold, Blitzen Trapper, the Dutchess and the Duke, and Fleet Foxes. I took a few… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on May 26, 2009 at 11:53am —
In 38 days the annual camp meeting that is Merlefest will begin. I grew up with a love for the music of Crosby, Stills and Nash (and then Young), James Taylor and Jackson Browne. Over time, and through my thirties and forties my tastes drifted toward country and then roots and, at times, bluegrass and jazz. I am not sure how I came to make the pilgrimage to Merlefest, but for the past decade I have been there (there is an exception--every four years I have been elected to a conference that is… Continue
Added by Ken Carter on March 15, 2009 at 7:56pm —
I work for a music festival, and sit on the board of directors of a couple of others, so I tend to be a festival industry newshound. Even as the "death to the music industry" indie kids cheer on the downfall of the big labels and Bruce Springsteen apologizes to his fans for that Wal-Mart scenario, and even Bob Lefsetz thinks that the… Continue
Added by Megan Romer on February 27, 2009 at 11:35am —