Hearth Music's Blog – May 2012 Archive (5)

New Favorites: Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

We've been waiting to post this review for a while, but with rain pouring down on our roof in Seattle and a roaring fire in the hearth, there's no better time for some deep, dark British folk music.

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. The Seas are Dead.

2012. self-released.

It's no secret that British folk traditions laid…


Added by Hearth Music on May 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

CD Review: The Hunger Games Goes Deep into Appalachian Americana

Looks like we're the first on No Depression to review the new soundtrack to the hit Hollywood movie, The Hunger Games. Sure, we've all been hearing about it, especially the much ballyhooed Taylor Swift/Civil Wars collaboration and the production by Americana icon T-Bone Burnett, but the album itself is a musical wonderland. Burnett's off the leash with this one, gleefully quoting Appalachian tropes while shoving…


Added by Hearth Music on May 21, 2012 at 4:30pm — 29 Comments

Guest Blog: Roots Music in Portland, Maine

Hearth Music Guest Blog: Roots Music 
in Portland, ME

by Melissa Rae Cohen

We've got a special guest blog today from travel writer Melissa Rae Cohen, writing all the way from Portland, Maine about the great roots music in her hometown!

I grew up in a very musical environment. My father and grandfather used to sit…


Added by Hearth Music on May 17, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

CD Review: Rory Block's Memories of Rev. Gary Davis

There’s something deeply triumphant about the new album from veteran country blues singer Rory Block, and what’s strange is that I’m not sure why this is. I Belong to the Band, released May 29 on Stony Plain Records,…


Added by Hearth Music on May 9, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Straight-Up Folk: Reed Foehl, David Newberry, Anna Coogan

I get so focused on my own version of folk music (fiddles, banjos, and songs written centuries ago by nameless poets), that I tend to forget that folk music for most people actually refers to a more modern vision of acoustic troubadours. So in honor of this world of folk, here are three artists that have been catching our ears recently.

Reed Foehl:

Once an Ocean



Added by Hearth Music on May 7, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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