Not many folk bands in 2019 can say they’ve been together for 30 years. Even fewer can pride themselves on maintaining an independent career after this kind of music has waxed and waned in mainstream popularity. But on their 15th […]
I have always wanted to attend the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida’s panhandle. Not because it’s four days in warmer climes in the middle of winter, but because when I first began my musical quest for the holy grails I […]
The day after the presidential election, I, along with 30,000 other (perhaps similarly stunned and heartsick) souls downloaded Rebecca Solnit’s 2004 book “Hope In the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.” The prescient tome details the history of activist victories against […]
As I’m one of those lifelong bird people (I considered a bird-related career path in college, studying natural history and working to release peregrine falcons for the Predatory Bird Research Group) I notice the actual and metaphorical birds wherever I […]
This gig was a double first for me. I went into St Giles in the Fields church in central London for the first time ever, despite having passed by it innumerable times, and been impressed with its Palladian style, in […]
Over the Rhine’s double album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World has been on my most-played playlist since it was released in 2013, so I was anticipating that their sold-out show at The Freight & Salvage would be excellent. […]
It’s not the political wishful thinking of this disc’s final track — a two-beat pedal steel novelty ballad titled “If A Song Could Be President” — that’s most significant. It’s the song’s unabashed praise for the giants of songwriting, a […]
On some levels, it makes perfect sense that Over The Rhine serves, occasionally, as honorary members of Cowboy Junkies. Like their Canadian peers, the husband-and-wife team of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist often frames their songs in sparse, candlelit arrangements […]
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