Posts Tagged ‘folk music’

Stacey Randol: A Strong Voice for Female Singer/Songwriters

Stacey Randol: A Strong Voice for Female Singer/Songwriters

It’s a sad fact, but there seems to be shortage of female singer/songwriters in the world. Of course, with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Sarah Bareilles, and Regina Spektor earning accolades, many might argue that women have a huge place in the music scene, and these women are strong writers, singers, and performers who deserve […]

The New Standard by Which All Other Albums Will Be Judged – Maple Ridge by Swear and Shake

The New Standard by Which All Other Albums Will Be Judged – Maple Ridge by Swear and Shake

I’d heard a few sneak peek tracks of Maple Ridge and knew that something special was coming. With the release of These White Walls, the first single from the record, I could already tell that Swear and Shake had upped their game considerably. I thought I was adequately prepared for the remaining songs, but I […]

Live Review: Other Voices — Irish Music and Literature (Le Poisson Rouge, NYC)

Live Review: Other Voices — Irish Music and Literature (Le Poisson Rouge, NYC)

By Jacob Blickenstaff (All photos c.2011, Jacob Blickenstaff) On October 27 and 28, Irish music series Other Voices marked its ten-year anniversary with two sold-out shows at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. The three-hour-plus program featured an interwoven lineup of Irish and American musicians as well as several notable Irish writers. The program featured Glen […]

ATF Self-Interview: Folk Family Revival

ATF Self-Interview: Folk Family Revival

Texas roots quartet Folk Family Revival released their debut full-length, Unfolding, back in July of 2011. It’s an honest record, a gritty effort straight from the heart of these three brothers and one honorary brother. Produced and mixed by Jeffery Armstreet at Red Tree Recording Studio in Magnolia, Texas, the album also features Scott Davis, […]

Good Night, Hurricane Irene — Rev. John DeLore

Good Night, Hurricane Irene — Rev. John DeLore

Hurricane Irene (NYC 2011) by The Reverend John DeLore & Friends As a Florida native, I’ve been through a handful of major hurricanes. Now, living in the Georgia Piedmont, I’ve also experienced the horrifying fury of a tornado. It tore off the top of my neighbor’s house and obliterated my aluminum shed, which I never […]

Album Review: Colin Hay – “Gathering Mercury” – (Compass)

Album Review: Colin Hay – “Gathering Mercury” – (Compass)

Forever known as the lead singer-songwriter of the iconic ’80s band Men At Work, Colin Hay has been cranking out solo records for nearly a quarter century. Gathering Mercury is arguably his best work. Tragically, though, the album was inspired and written after the death of Hay’s father. “Dear Father” features one of the most […]

Album Review: Andy Friedman – “Laserbeams and Dreams” (City Salvage)

Album Review: Andy Friedman – “Laserbeams and Dreams” (City Salvage)

Rare is the album that grabs you from the start, from the first plucked notes, the initial poetic sentence, with promises of deeply felt stories and engaging tunes. This album is one of those, and like the proverbial metaphoric onion, the layers are many. Laserbeams and Dreams, Andy Friedman‘s third studio release, opens with the […]

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

For a truly unique take on folk and country music, look no further than Kill County. The band recently brought their minimalist old-school roots sound on a mini-tour to Texas, playing a series of shows around the Austin area. I sat down with the band’s vocalist/banjo player, known only as Ringo, vocalists/guitarist Josh James, and […]

Album Review: Josh Ritter – “So Runs The World Away” (Pytheas)

Album Review: Josh Ritter – “So Runs The World Away” (Pytheas)

By Brian Lightfoot Josh Ritter’s latest release So Runs the World Away is an emotionally rich reflection on life, death, disillusionment and pain. Though it is largely a record centering on the tragedies of broken love and human loss, it is also one of hopefulness and joy in reflection on the overall human experience. On […]

Contest Giveaway: Pete Seeger’s latest CD

Contest Giveaway: Pete Seeger’s latest CD

The great Satchel Paige famously said, “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” This definitely holds true for the indomitable Pete Seeger. He’s seen it all and done so much for so many people. Always a champion of the working class, of civil rights, of the environment, […]

News: Inaugural Portland Folk Festival 2010 – Starts Aug. 19!

News: Inaugural Portland Folk Festival 2010 – Starts Aug. 19!

— August 19 – 22, 2010 — The inaugural Portland Folk Festival kicks off this Thursday! As of August 16th, 2010, full-festival badges are $40 for four days, 20 venues and over 60 bands in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Do Pacific Northwesterners know how to put on a show or what! With a lineup including Kimya […]