Every image of Pete Seeger that’s been playing on a reel in my head today – and on videos that seem to be crowding the social media sphere as millions mourn the end of his incredible life – has Pete […]
I’ve been thinking about Martin Luther King, Jr., a lot lately. Which makes sense, in a way. After all, this past August was a half-century since Dr. King made his famous “I Have a Dream Speech”, one of many made […]
Originally written for the Bluegrass Situation Songwriting takes many forms. Sure, in the realm of Americana music, “songwriting” typically refers to the thing most people do with an acoustic guitar, a voice, and their sense of poetry. But, in many areas […]
The internet has been buzzing the past day or two over a folksinger gaffe that, in the grand scope of All Things, let’s be perfectly honest here, is not really the end of the world. A little background. In 1989, […]
To be perfectly honest, I don’t know why I started writing this piece about Elliott Smith this week. I was never a big fan, never studied his music very closely. I didn’t even like it all that much until I […]
I do these First Listen Reviews every now and then, pulling a couple of CDs at random from the often overwhelming stacks of review copies piling up in my office. Were I to write a full-length well-considered review, I would […]
Originally written for Folk Alley Sarah Jarosz got started early, releasing stunning albums of imaginative acoustic music before she was so much as out of high school. Of course, it helped that the discs included support from some of the other […]
It seemed like a good idea at the time, when I was offered a spot on a couple of panels at the annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) conference. After all, Raleigh is only four hours from where I live […]
In years past, I’ve come to these things with the intention of doing, seeing, and hearing Absolutely Everything. Have worn myself out running from conversation to conversation, venue to venue, hellbent on cramming as much as possible into my ears […]
LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE – There’s a Last Time for Everything Gosh, this record starts out beautiful and dreamy. The opening track, “The Year Will End Again”, rests heavily on an acoustic guitar and upper-register piano, some distant swirling, breezy, polyphonic […]
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