When the evening of Tuesday, June 19th rolled around, I was resigned. It was the eve of my annual Summer Solstice vacation—a migratory pattern I’ve maintained as a measure of self-care. I needed it as much as ever this time […]
There’s a lightness that comes with acoustic folk music. Sounds ring out, fade naturally, and often have an openness to them that makes the whole style feel more breathable. Add this sentiment to the sprightly and delicate songs jointly composed […]
In a lot of ways, live reviews are meant to serve as a hybrid, first hand recollection and motivator for generating interest in the next performance and overall tour of whomever the focus is currently on. This is no different, […]
As modern folk supergroups go, it doesn’t get much more super than Punch Brothers and I’m With Her. Each group in its own right is pretty super: Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile, Paul Kowert, Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, and Noam Pikelny are […]
“Genre is like gender, it is a suggestion” — Porch Stage announcer when introducing Mirah While the 17th Nelsonville Music Festival is now history, I am continually reminded of how special a place Southeast Ohio was and is to me. Even […]
Outside the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina, there’s a sculpture of a guy with a fiddle, a guy with a banjo, and a couple of people dancing. It’s cast in hard, cold metal, but the fixed figures appear […]
The 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference, with its many facets and some public access, occurred from February 15 to 19 in Kansas City. Part One Prelude – The Impressionist Merge of Folky World-ness in KC There is music and there […]
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