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
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
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
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 19, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Marbleheaders are all proud to call Mason Daring one of their own. Daring is the much heralded and influential composer of the soundtracks for John Sayles’ films as well as half of the duo, Daring and Stahl. “Marblehead Morning” is the most well-known song by Daring and Stahl.
You’ve recently taught a class at Berklee College of Music called “Scoring the Moment.” It sounds fascinating. Tell us a little bit about how you approach this class and what you ask…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 19, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Vancouver-based indie folk collective The Fugitives are the brainchild of songwriters Adrian Glynn, and Brendan McLeod. The duo have followed the formula of taking on a music genre that is the current vogue and combining it with smart songwriting, stellar musicians and top flight production to create a sensational product and creative platform such as their predecessors; Steely Dan , Tears For Fears, Savage Garden, and Brooks and Dunn.
Their new album Everything Will…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on October 17, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
If there’s one singer/songwriter out there who has paid his dues several times over, it is highway poet and American troubadour David Dondero. In evidence of this, David has released an all-new full-length album titled “This Guitar.” A career-defining piece of work if ever I’ve heard one, this collection of Dondero originals is not just a continuation of his signature outbound sound but…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on October 16, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Red Molly is one of the most entertaining and most genuine bands around. Their harmonies are to die for; their playing is impeccable, and there’s that certain electrifying creative spark that is evident whenever you see them on stage. Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo), Laurie McAllister (bass, banjo), and Molly Venter (guitar) are each enormously talented but the three of them together …. Well, they’re pure magic.
To learn more about Red Molly, visit their …Continue
I first met Layah Jane in the lobby of the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, New York at the NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) conference. John Platt (Director of Communications and Sunday Breakfast host on WFUV) made the introduction and informed me that Layah was a goddess. That’s not a word to be tossed around lightly—so I just had to pay attention! I can vouch that all the rave reviews about Layah Jane are true. She’s a potpourri of musical genres and she excels…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 7, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
For his debut album, The Man I Once Was, former Day of the Outlaw frontman Stewart Eastham embraced country grit and sweeping balladry to compose a dense and exciting collection of fourteen songs that amount to his “L.A. to Nashville album.” The debut announces the rise of a knockout songwriter with a commanding, yearning voice, dirt under his fingernails, a sensitive, scorched heart, and an ear for turning personal statements into feats…Continue
Claudia Schmidt has her hands in a multitude of musical pots. She makes magic with everything she attempts and gives one of the most soulful stage shows ever. One second she’s singing a folk tune while playing her beloved mountain dulcimer and the next she’s belting out a jazz tune … scatting with the best of ‘em Simply astounding showwomanship!
Learn more about Claudia Schmidt and her long list of amazing musical accomplishments on her…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 4, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Bob Franke has been a distinctive voice in the world of folk and acoustic music for many years. The world is a better place because Bob is in it. His gentle and lyrical way with words and melody encourages even the hardest heart to pay heed and listen…and absorb his message. It’s not every songwriter who can say that they’ve been covered by Peter, Paul & Mary, David Wilcox, June Tabor and John McCutcheon to name a few. Bob is a beloved fixture on the North Shore of Boston…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 3, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Of all the arts, music is decidedly the most expressive medium, combining sound and words as a means to confess sin, bemoan hardship, profess love, lament death, celebrate life, tell engrossing stories, acknowledge those who have played vital roles in one’s existence, and convey myriad other things…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on October 1, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
The annual Folkelarm festival has been a key showcase for Nordic folk music acts since 2005. After a break for reconsideration last year, it was back in force this year at Oslo’s rather impressive Rikscennen hub for traditional music and dance.
Showcases comprised a concise thirteen acts (including one contemporary dance company), timetabled so there was no excuse for not seeing all of them at least once across the three days. A few of them even reappeared at…Continue
Added by Kevin Bourke on September 30, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Anne’s vocals have been described as “organic” and that’s about as perfect a word to describe them as can be found. Her vocal style is so … well it’s so ANNE. Her music has been described as soft pop, smooth blues, and porch folk (whatever that means?) but it’s all Anne. I’d add upbeat jazz and swinging gospel to the list while we’re at it here. Anne is a woman for all seasons and all tastes.
To learn more about Anne Heaton, visit her…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on September 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Melissa Ferrick is an icon in the greater Boston music scene. Her name comes up whenever anyone discusses their favorite musicians so it’s no big surprise that her popularity keeps soaring as she releases each new recording and tours all over the nation. What more can be said about Melissa? She’s got eighteen albums to date. That’s an enormous number of songs and likely hundreds of thousands of miles traveled. To say Melissa’s fans revere her is an understatement.
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on September 28, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Yeah, not a fun topic…but one we should talk about more.
That’s why our album cover is a close-up of an elephant — major depression and musicians’ mental health are like the elephant in the living room. It’s so close that you almost cannot figure out what it is. We all know someone who needed help, but couldn’t afford it, was on the road all the time and couldn’t access care, or who self-medicated until they just disappeared. Every friend in music knows somebody who…Continue
Added by Sloane Spencer on September 25, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
In November of 1996 Townes van Zandt played his last tour of Europe. I was a 26-year-old kid who had just come back to Germany after spending a year as an exchange student in Austin, Tx. The reason I went to Austin in the first place was the songwriting scene that I quickly immersed myself in.
The only thing that qualified me to open a show for Townes was that I knew who he was and had the guts to ask.
He passed away only about five weeks later on January 1, 1997. I was shocked…Continue
Added by Markus Rill on September 20, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments