If Roy Buchanan's psyche was hard to penetrate, his work was a glorious stew of what has become known as American roots music. It ran the gamut from the wordless vocalized screams of the Pentecostal church to the sustained trailing notes ...
Bluegrass tag teams with blues, jazz, and Celtic music on this all-acoustic CD from the Spanish based band. What a stunning instrumental tour de force from founding musicians Lluis Gomez (five-string banjo) and Joan Pau Cumellas (harmonica), along with additional members, Miguel Talavera (guitar/mandolin/resonator guitar) and Maribel Rivero (upright bass). The group is dedicated to maintaining the traditional sounds of Appalachian music while enhancing the classic with flavorings from other genres. You’ll especially want to check out a couple of cuts where the band collaborates with banjo great, Tony Trischka (Manga el banjo and Trio!).
R&B veteran Lee Fields is celebrating 43 years in show business with Faithful Man, a collection of new tunes recorded for Brooklyn's Truth & Soul Records. The set grounds the singer in the template of Motown-style soul, but includes some modern touches from Truth & Soul co-owners and producers Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels, who have previously worked with stars including Adele, Ghostface Killah and Jay-Z. Faithful Man won't be in stores until May 13th, but you can stream the record in full today.
The country singer Gram Parsons (1946-73) has in the last decade been increasingly cited as a seminal influence upon the development of contemporary alt.country and the roots/americana revivial. This article critiques Parsons and his music within the realm of contextual theology, using him as a bridge to examine the wider issue of what a theology of country music might entail.
Arthel Lane Watson was born on March 3, 1923, in Deep Gap, North Carolina. He is known around the globe as “Doc” Watson. To celebrate Doc’s 89th birthday, I am focusing on one of my favorite Doc Watson projects for this Album of the Week.
Driving east out of Bakersfield you see it long before you get there, the heat shimmer distorting lines and colors, and yet somehow it kind of sneaks up on you. One minute you’re in civilization, the next…nowhere.
For Southern-fried folk singer Jim White, it all revolves around the bluebirds. Five of the brightly plumed harbingers of happiness that he noticed on a telephone wire outside his new home, on the first warm day of a recent spring.
Delta Spirit’s third LP, a self-titled effort out March 13 via Rounder Records, marks a clear of a departure for the band sonically, one brought on perhaps by line-up changes and new locales. Delta Spirit frontman Matt Vasquez has never been shy about the influence Zinn has had on his band; 2010’s History from Below drew heavily from the progressive historian’s People’s History of the United States
Oh good. Just when Spotify was starting to get boring! The Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) have officially launched the ACE Online Archive, which they’re calling “the fulfillment of over a decade of the restoration, digitization, and cataloging of Alan Lomax’s life’s work”
It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Yarn, which was featured on a recent segment of the CNN show “Erin Burnett Out Front” that showcased that band’s music and partnership with Firefly Vodka. Later this month, Yarn will make its first appearance at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, to play the New Frontier showcase. The performance coincides with the release of Yarn’s new record, produced by the legendary Bil VornDick, who has worked with Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan and many others. His credits appear on No. 1 albums in five different musical genres.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose informal folksy jug band approach belies a talent pool that is seemingly bottomless, have added another gem to their already stellar catalogue with Leaving Eden. The Drops, who in their live shows recreate the look and feel of a turn-of-the 20th century string band but with the anachronistic addition of human “beatbox” vocal percussionist Adam Matta, have compiled a 15-track album that captures the excitement of those live shows.
Time to share a little love for the Rumble Man while pointing out a few similarities between Link and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. “He was a huge influence… I still have all of my guitar amps turned sideways because when I saw him play he turned his guitar amps sideways, because it was so loud, and you would hear the ambient sound of the amp and not just the direct speaker sound. I thought that made a lot of sense. Plus, the amps aren’t blasting the audience in the face, which I think is really good, too. When I saw him, it was one of the greatest shows I ever saw in my life. There was a vocal mic and he didn’t say one word; he got onstage and started ripping through songs, and 40 minutes later he was done. Everybody was screaming for an encore, and he never came back — it was amazing.”
Guitarist Clay Ross grew up in South Carolina. He made a name for himself on the music scene there, but he always had some reservations about his home state and its local music, including bluegrass: he associated both with xenophobia and even racism. It took a trip to Brazil to change his mind.
In a career of more than two decades, blues guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit has generated an impressive body of work—every note of it rooted in the rich and centuries-old musical and cultural traditions of his native Louisiana.
The life of the late musician, documentarian, and scholar Mike Seeger will be celebrated with a tribute concert and lecture at the Wilson Special Collections Library on March 23, 2012. Seeger, co-founder of the folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, died in 2009. He was a member of the famous Seeger folk family, along with musician siblings Pete and Peggy Seeger and their musicologist parents Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger. Music from the True Vine presents Seeger as a gatekeeper of American roots music and culture, ...
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