Peace, Love and Twang at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

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The Philadelphia Folk Festival, which has been around for 54 years, isn’t your grandfather’s folk festival. While there is still a smattering of venerable acoustic solo folksingers on its program like Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Cockburn and Tom Paxton, the festival has become a great platform for Americana artists of all flavors as well as for […]

Monday Morning Video – Whitney Rose with Raul Malo

Last month we featured Eilen Jewell and the Sweetback Sisters paying tribute to the Ronettes with a performance of the “Be My Baby.” Not surprisingly the legendary song is a favorite of many artists. Singer-songwriter Whitney Rose recorded the song for her new release Heartbreaker of the Year. Joining her on the track is album […]

Readers’ Pick: Ode to Thinking by Bobby Long

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BOBBY LONG, Ode to Thinking beats out BRENT BEST, Your Dog, Champ as your favorite for the week of August 7, 2015. Poll Results     Readers’ Tops – Summer 2015 BOBBY LONG, Ode to Thinking (134) JASON ISBELL, Something More Than Free (34) BRENT BEST, Your Dog, Champ (10) SHINYRIBS, Okra Candy (8) WARREN […]

David Ramirez – Fables

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With raw emotion, David Ramirez delivers a collection of songs that shows the uneasy coexistence of a person’s true nature and best intentions. Each song on “Fables” is a candid vignette that demonstrates that the line between the two is unclear without honest examination. Relationships are explored with vocals and melodies that maintain harmony with […]

Mea Culpa! A Special Summer Playlist, Part 1

Mea culpa! So last year I made a commitment to myself to write a monthly playlist and publish it within the month for which it was named. I gave myself a hearty pat on the back when I met that goal. Thankfully, I didn’t set the same goal this year as I would have failed […]

Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals

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Perhaps as a side effect of a misspent youth where I had friends who leaned toward torn clothing, homemade piercings, and 5 minute rock songs played in under 2, I’ve always kind of liked really fast bluegrass.  Several years ago I stumbled across Trampled By Turtles, who didn’t just speed up bluegrass songs, they wrote […]