Rolling Stone is streaming one fo the unreleased songs, “My Name Is New York” and the Wall Street Journal has the story behind “Tom Joad,” as told by Pete Seeger — one of his final interviews before passing away earlier […]
Most of this room is wood. Wood tables and chairs, stools, a bar. There’s wood around the doorways and the giant window that opens in the back like a garage door. Wood beams in the ceiling are exposed. And there’s […]
I’ve been listening to a little bit of Keb’ Mo’ recently and a whole lot of the Smithsonian Folkways Classic African-American Songsters collection, thinking about the strange connection I have to African-American storytelling traditions. Strange because I’m a white lady […]
“Everything you need is in your bones.” – Mama Nayo That quote, scrawled on a large sheet of paper, hung from the ceiling in the workshop center at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn., two years […]
There’s a saying in the music industry that it takes your whole life to write your debut album, and then you get a few months to write the next one. If the first album is successful in any way, the […]
The Americana Music Association’s annual awards show – and the conference and festival which thereby ensue – is easily one of the most interesting, entertaining, and comprehensive events of the year, shedding light on this indescribable style of music we […]
One of the oldest human possessions ever found is a flute. I’m talking somewhere in the area of 50,000 years ago, someone sat or squatted – presumably on the ground – playing a flute. The fact that these old flutes […]
At the end of Nashville‘s last season, news broke that T Bone Burnett, world class record producer and husband to show creator Callie Khouri, would not be continuing as the music supervisor. I wrote in this space about how that could […]
Originally written for the Bluegrass Situation Greg Brown is what you might call a songwriter’s songwriter. From the blues to old school country, folk and so forth, his music doesn’t fixate on any one style. The songs he writes go where they […]
Amy Ray was backstage at the Isis in Asheville, NC, last week, listening to the soundcheck of her opener, a local artist named Lyric. As we got to talking about her new album Goodnight Tender, which dropped on her own Daemon label […]
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