Outwardly, Great Aunt’s “Oh, Won’t You Save Me” is joyous and buoyant — a New Orleans-inspired street beat and an orchestra of clapping hands invites us in. It’s a head fake, though: The song deals with deeply personal themes of […]
Cinder Well is at the vanguard of a different kind of transatlantic folk revival, one forged amidst the uncertainty of a global pandemic. However, Ireland-based songwriter Amelia Baker’s music isn’t nihilistic; instead, it strips traditional forms to their bones, creating […]
For as long as it’s existed, the American roots music industry has co-opted Black music into a package to be marketed and resold, defanging or erasing perspectives deemed too threatening along the way. Banjo player and fiddler Jake Blount resurrects […]
On the heels of their Grammy-nominated, IBMA Album of the Year winner Rivers and Roads, Special Consensus celebrates its 45th anniversary with the release of Chicago Barn Dance. The new project is a love note of sorts to Chicago, hometown of […]
Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. When asked about what drove him to […]
So 2020 isn’t shaping up to be anyone’s favorite year, is it? We had a decent few weeks there at the beginning, before COVID-19 slammed on the brakes, upending our personal and professional lives in profound ways. But that feels […]
“Cold Cold Ground” is VickiKristinaBarcelona’s new album, Pawn Shop Radio. From the band: “Cold Cold Ground” is most definitely all about the groove. The beautiful lazy Calypso lilt of the original demands no less. We decided to move in the […]
“The Long Haul” is the closing song from American Aquarium’s new album, Lamentations. “This is a record about the things that break people. Religion, politics, addiction, love, money, family, history. I believe it is an empathetic look at the other […]
Beloved Nashville artist Gretchen Peters has released her tribute to the legendary songwriter Mickey Newbury, recorded at the historic Cinderella Studios, where Newbury recorded his landmark albums of the late 1960s/early 1970s: Looks Like Rain, Frisco Mabel Joy, and Heaven […]
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