Recently I opened a couple of shows for my friend Mark Erelli, a great singer, guitarist, and songwriter who’s also based in Boston. During his shows, he began the musician’s traditional “I have CDs for sale” spiel, but his was […]
This week we have a great slew of new releases that push old sounds in new directions. Laura Benitez and the Heartache successfully navigate “the traditionalist’s conundrum,” Calexico finds joy in tough times, and the Steep Canyon Rangers continue to bend […]
Mark Erelli certainly had no reason to feel obligated to record an album of other people’s songs. Consequently, it’s easy to surmise that he was either taking time to catch his breath or, more likely, so smitten with the material […]
It’s been six years since Mark Erelli released a new set of original material. In that time he’s played with Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter and Paula Cole (the latter of whom appears on two tracks here), recorded two albums with […]
This won’t be the first time singer-songwriter Mark Erelli has been compared to Paul Simon, and it won’t be the last. On his new record For a Song, Erelli applies Simon’s same brand of soft texture to his own sound, […]
What a great concept: get 15 songwriters together, subsidized by an Iguana Music Fund grant, and send them to a camp on Lake Winnipesaukee to write songs for a week. They call themselves the Sub Rosa Collective, and they are […]
Several friends mentioned that the Under the Covers show at Club Passim (its 12th annual such performance) is their favorite show of every year and, without knowing anything about the show other than the musicians playing, I decided to go. I am […]
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