Minnesota’s Charlie Parr is an enigmatic figure; his output has all been released since the turn of the new century yet it sounds as much like 1915 as it does 2015 on Stumpjumper, recently released on Red House. Taking acoustic […]
Back in the mid-1980s I was fortunate enough to stumble into the studios of WUSC-FM at the University of South Carolina, and even more lucky to have the presence of mind to sign up as a student DJ, a position […]
Bluegrass and old-time music are intermarried yet uneasy relations, like cousins who know enough about each other to be uncomfortable hanging out together. Knoxville quartet The Misty Mountain String Band has an old-time sounding name and a bluegrass-based repertoire that […]
One warm spring evening not so long ago, I spent a few hours in the company of friends. We listened to music in their living room, shared food and a bottle of wine. It was over too quickly, as such […]
I spent most of my collegiate years being sucked into the college radio experience, which in the 1980’s was full of great unsung bands that in those pre-internet days you felt like were your little secret; when they in fact […]
Live at The Red Clay Theater. One of my favorite 4th of July related songs comes from South Carolina songwriter Brent Lundy, who delivers a soulful performance of Bottle Rockets at the historic Red Clay Theater in downtown Atlanta, Georgia […]
As long as I’m revisiting acts from MerleFest 2014 this month, here’s an older clip of North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange the very first night I saw them play, back in 2010 at the late great White Mule club in […]
The South Carolina Broadcasters are an award winning old-time trio with harmonies so tight you’ll swear they’re genetically driven. This clip was recorded live on the Battery in Charleston, South Carolina.
Columbia, South Carolina alt-country rockers American Gun are back with a brand new album that shows off their revamped lineup and some more rock ‘n’ roll direction in the songwriting. Great cover, too, as you can see above..couldn’t resist posting […]
How is it that one of the best undiscovered Americana acts hails from the Motherland instead of the upstart colonies? Out of Sheffield, England, comes Pete David & the Payroll Union with their ambitious new EP, the title of which […]
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