How’s this for a talented of boundless talent – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan harmonizing beautifully on “Cross Muddy Waters.”
Quiles and Cloud originally formed as a duo. Maria Quiles (Vocals and Guitar) and Rory Cloud (Vocals and Guitar) began playing together in the Bay Area in 2011. Since then they have added Upright Bass player Oscar Westesson. Their new album “Shake Me Now” is being released this week and will hopefully be the launching […]
There will never be another John Prine. But like the jam bands that came after the Grateful Dead, if you’re open to the sprouts that come up in the field they plowed, you can experience some delicious flavors that may not be the original, but they’re tasty nonetheless. John Craigie is one such Prine varietal. […]
About an hour north of Denver sits Lyons, Colorado, on the banks of the St. Vrain river. It’s the home of the Planet Bluegrass organization, Rockygrass, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and other smaller festivals and events. Which is to say it’s one of the epicenters of Americana music. The Enion Pelta-Tiller and David Tiller […]
The catalog that Jim Croce created during his short life and career is awe-inspiring. From the entertaining storytelling of “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” to the heart-tugging beauty of “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” he demonstrated a mastery that leaves us wondering what could have been if he hadn’t died in a […]
Several years back I did a series about music released with an eye towards social impact or change. Called Music With a Purpose, it was one of the more enjoyable series that I’ve written. The starting point was some great music, made all the more significant given the underlying meaning. Well, the time has come […]
Peanut butter and jelly, Luxardo cherries and good rye whiskey, banjos and mandolins. Some things go well together, like Justin Ahmanson and Emily Villareal, a duo that goes by the name The Traveling Ones. Their debut album is called Meet Me There and offers plenty of proof that this couple belongs together musically. Philosophically the […]
2017 is already off to a rough start with the recent passing of songwriter Greg Trooper. He was very much a songwriter’s songwriter, a storyteller who delved deep into the lives of the characters who inhabited his songs all the while connecting the listener to the universal truths in their tales.
If the albums scheduled for release over the next few months are any indication, we’re in for a fine year of music. Here are just a few forthcoming long-players that we’re highly anticipating. MOUNT RENRAW by OTIS GIBBS (13 January on Wanamaker Recording Company) Otis Gibbs is one of the most thoughtful songwriters in Americana, […]
This week marks the one year anniversary since we lost David Bowie. Here’s Glen Hansard offering two tributes, the first is a bedroom version of “Ashes to Ashes,” the second is a performance of “Golden Years” from a tribute concert that took place shortly after Bowie’s death.