Artist and blogger Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skills on guitar, mandola, and banjo. The long-time guitarist for Molly's Revenge and other West Coast folk bands was born in West Virginia, grew up in Ohio and brought the music of the people with him when he migrated westward to California. He has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time FiddlerвЂ™s Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest), and songwriting (West Coast Songwriters Association).
Oil in My Vessel is a traditional song associated with North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson. The verse from the well-known hymn Amazing Grace was written by slave trader John Newton, who composed it upon his safe landfall after his ship […]
In accord with our recent tendency to cover the occasional non-traditional folk artist, we present another young, modern band making waves in the world of acoustic music. The Santa Cruz-based brother-sister duo of Ryan and Kaylee Williams — calling themselves the Native Sibling […]
(Left): Chris Coole, Mark Westberg, Tannis Slimmon, David Francey, Darren McMullen, and friend. Today marks the official release of David Francey’s tenth record titled So Say We All, on Red House Records. Canada’s reigning troubadour of the land and her people […]
Recently I was in Saint Louis and stumbled upon a lively blues trio making music at a corner hangout called the Blues City Deli, in the Soulard District. We showed up for lunch at noonish on a Friday, and found a […]
Fiddlefreak favorites Pharis and Jason Romero have a new record just out, titled Long Gone Out West Blues (previous review here). Once again, the Canadian duo have hit the ball out of the park with their winning combination of harmony-based original and traditional old […]
Old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert has a new record out that marks a beautiful new direction for her. Over the years, old-time American music has grown many roots and branches: southern fiddling, country blues, bluegrass, gospel… the list goes on. And then there […]
Nashville veteran Kathy Mattea has a new record hitting the streets on Sept. 11, titled Calling Me Home (Sugar Hill Records). Now I’ll admit to having a long-time anti-Nashville bias in my musical tastes, as evidenced by the kind of releases I cover on […]
July 17 2012: Today marks the release of Old Crow Medicine Show’s new record, titled Carry Me Back. The boys who made old-time music cool are still on their game; in fact this may be their best record since O.C.M.S. That release […]
The new release from Nettle Honey (previous post here) just proves that the Pacific Northwest remains a fertile hotbed for young American oldtime bands. What is it about the scene up there that just keeps producing such sick music? Is it in […]
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