Atlanta-bred singer/songwriter Michelle Malone has lived through more than a few different incarnations in her career. She's been a blues rocker, a torch singer,an Americana troubadour, and, with her upcoming Acoustic Winter record, a folk singer... or as close to a folk singer as the fierce vocalist will probably ever get.
Indeed, this new effort finds Malone stripping down to the basics. In these songs, in this setting,…Continue
Chelsea Berry is one of the jewels of the Cape Ann music scene. Chelsea hails from Alaska but has made Massachusetts her home since her Berklee days. The music that Chelsea presents on stage and on her recordings is eclectic. She can mesmerize the audience with spine-tingling a cappella tunes and she can rock out with a full band, playing with gleeful abandon.
You are a classically trained singer. What caused the shift to the “other side”?
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The remastered re-release of Ashley Hutchings' By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept is one of those rare albums that is so beautiful it can re-ignite a genre as it leads music lovers to rediscover an artist.
It's no overstatement to consider this album a true gift. Hutchings, the Gov'nor himself, has nothing left to prove in music. If he walked away today, he'd still be revered for creating more exceptional music––both under his own direction and through…Continue
The collection's title may hint at the themes of loss, sadness and healing born out of personal circumstances and bled into the verses, but The…Continue
T Max is a musician, a graphic designer, an editor and a publisher and so much more. He’s one of the most vocal proselytizers of the New England music scene who has ever lived. Yes, he’s a force of nature. Musicians and music fans alike should be thankful that he spends every waking hour either making music or telling the world about the music that he’s discovered or rediscovered.
To learn a little bit more about TMax, visit this…Continue
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In summary, you will love this CD if you like beautiful folk rock with a touch of country. The Civil Wars have nothing on this.
The self-titled work is the first CD by this duo, but it is far from the first CD by either Kelli or Swearingen. Both of them have fabulous voices and Jayne Kelli is a vocal chameleon and she can adjust her sound a hundred ways to suit the song. Swearingen is an outstanding singer and guitarist and plays very tasty fills throughout the record.…
Added by Colin Ward on November 22, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Journeyman singer-songwriter guitarist Eric Bibb and his collaborator Glenn Scott have assembled a wide cast of characters with a colorful palette of sounds to weave the tapestry that is true world music fusion on the new release Jericho Road.
The thirteen song collection draws lyrical inspiration from Dr. King, Mandela, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and the like, while meshing musical textures of folk, blues, soul, African and Latin to create an album of meditation, motivation and…Continue
Love and loss is the universal theme behind much of Lisbeth, the debut album from James Bruce Moore. It is also highly personal, a tender, moving Valentine to Moore’s late wife, whom the record is named after. Weaving together elements of folk, country, and the blues, Moore caresses the sorrow in his lyrics with the warm afterglow of laidback roots music. The songs are stunningly beautiful, and a number of them are tinged with a profound sadness that stays with you. “Tears…Continue
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Known as The Milk Carton Kids, the California duo consisting of Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have been capturing the attention of music lovers with their heartfelt style of close harmony acoustic-based folk music. On Ashes & Clay, their first release on ANTI Records, they balance lush and emotive vocals with intricate, gorgeous guitar playing.
Neil Ferguson: So how did your tour dates come about with Sarah Jarosz?
Joey Ryan: Well, how did we meet…Continue
Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son:
Damien Jurado speaks about his new album and collaborating with Moby.
Reggae? Damien Jurado?
No, this prolific mainstay of Seattle's folk-rock community hasn't jumped ship into a new genre. But his forthcoming album proves, once again, Jurado isn't afraid to innovate in his approach to making music, including drawing on creative elements of dub reggae.
As he prepares to embark on a…Continue
The Honey Dewdrops sometimes make me want to weep…. That was said for effect, yes. But seriously, their harmonies and musical kinship on stage is at times heartbreaking and oftentimes so much more than the sum of their talents. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish blend their voices in a lilting and magnetic manner which draws the listeners in close. Real close. Their latest CD, Silver Linings, made many Top 10 CDs of the Year lists last year. Their music is unforgettable. …Continue
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He just seemed to appear out of the night crowd on 42nd Street in front of B.B.Kings. A man of slight stature… black trench coat … guitar on his back ….hat that looked too big for his head… his deeply etched face and half smile… I knew within the first seconds after meeting Bluesman Michael Packer that I’d come across the real deal. We were there for a CD release party; Michael had been instrumental in the recording both as a musician and mentor. Throughout the…Continue
Gloucester, Massachusetts based Annalivia is American ‘roots and branches’ at its finest– drawing from tradition and from today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. Annalivia – Liz Simmons and Flynn Cohen– are masterful players and singers, and have long histories with traditional music ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, and Old Time Appalachian music. For fans of traditional music, you can’t go wrong with this act!
Tell us about the members…Continue
Q: When did your interest in Celtic folk begin? Were you exposed to Celtic folk music quite often?
A: I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. At the time it was a heavy rock & roll town, but the Celts were always present. I have always been interested in Celtic music, ever since I was a little girl. I grew up in a family with Irish, Scottish, and Welsh roots and have always loved the sounds of the traditional songs. My parents and grandparents were musical, so…Continue
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Griffin House’s music is described as rootsy atmospheric Americana. Call it what you want to call it. It’s all good music, that’s all I know. He’s equally at home with a rockin’ band made up of members of Tom Petty and the Heartberakers as he is playing solo. He knows how to connect with audiences and make people care about what he’s singing about. His fan base is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s very exciting to see someone like Griffin rising to the top of the talent pool …Continue
“I’m A Stranger Here,” the fourth studio album by American roots trio The Devil Makes Three, is scheduled for an October 29, 2013 release on New West Records. On this ten-song record The Devil Makes Three give more of the bluegrass, ragtime, country, and rockabilly sound that has earned them a considerable fan base in recent years. Although…Continue
Be prepared. This is not your typical music interview. I interviewed the band a mere three months ago when they were chosen to be part of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists showcase. See that interview here. Suffice it to say that Darlingside blew me away (up, down, sideways, and any other which way) with their performances at the festival. This band has real…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 22, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Cincinnati bluegrass and folk-punk trio The Tillers are truly a shining beacon in an increasingly crowded roots scene, and as such they have lured their share of roots enthusiasts and would-be fans in with their music in recent years. What makes them stand out to such a degree is their wholly original take on the musical styles from which they have drawn so much inspiration—old-timey Appalachian folk, down and dirty…Continue
The moment I first heard Heather Maloney, I knew she was special. Listening to lots and lots of music like I do and also pondering what makes music accessible and interesting to an audience can sometimes make me more critical than some music fans. When I hear that certain “something” I try to determine whether it makes sense to bring the artist to our venue. Sometimes the moon and suns and stars align and we can make it happen. We enjoyed Heather so much that we asked her back…Continue
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Rachel Taylor is perhaps best known as one-third of the group, Maeve, but she’s got a real good sound going on as a solo artist. She has a real musical presence when she appears on stage and her release Heartbreak is for Everyone is reminiscent of music from a former time yet it’s tinged with a contemporary feel and vibe.
How would you describe your music? What’s your two-minute elevator pitch?
Always evolving! I am a singer-songwriter that…Continue
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