After a two year fight to break his heavy-handed contract with Fantasy Records, San Francisco pianist Vince Guaraldi was free to follow his muse, and be compensated fairly for doing so. His first outing, the self-released Vince Guaraldi with the […]
October 20, 1937: Wanda Lavonne Jackson is born in Maud, Oklahoma, almost smack in the middle of the pot of the Panhandle State. From the time she was a little black-haired girl, her musician father encouraged her to sing and […]
Randall Ward release “Becoming” SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/user-362426958/sets/becoming/s-6yUFS Fusing guitar virtuosity with intricately complicated jazz arrangements, Randall Ward – with the assistance of the brilliant Stuart Millsapps and Alex Espinosa – has constructed a sonic masterpiece in the new album Becoming, an eleven […]
At a panel on representing Appalachia in Americana at the recent Americana Music Conference and Festival, West Virginia musician Kathy Mattea observed that “music is what led me back into the culture I lived in.” As she described the ways […]
There’s a lot of soul in this week’s new releases, both literally and figuratively, so prepare to move and be moved. I think I’m most excited about the newly unearthed early recordings from Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. On Sing […]
As of today, I will have been to 26 of the 50 states in this country (that’s a majority, for you mathematicians out there). I’ve seen a fair few music cities and music communities in my time touring, and as […]
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