acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · dobro · female singer · fiddle · singer-songwriter

Rita Hosking: Frankie and the No-Go Road

Rita Hosking has been a force of nature in the acoustic Cali-Americana music scene these past few years. With her husband and daughter as her foundation and band mates, Rita has gradually solidified her standing in the sweet middle ground between oldtime bluegrass, classic country, and modern singer-songwriter. Her 6th album, released on Tuesday 9/22/15,… Continue reading Rita Hosking: Frankie and the No-Go Road

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · female singer · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · old-time · traditional

Foghorn Stringband: Devil in the Seat

Many are called, but few are chosen. On their new recording Devil in the Seat, Foghorn Stringband proves once again that they are still the Chosen Ones when it comes to down-home, foot-stomping, ass-kickin’ old time music. Portland, Oregon based Foghorn Stringband has traveled a long and winding road, with several personnel changes along the… Continue reading Foghorn Stringband: Devil in the Seat

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · female singer · fiddle · mandolin · traditional

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Sing The Songs of Vern & Ray

Vern Williams and Ray Park met in Stockton, CA in the 1950s, but they never knew each other back home in Arkansas, where they grew up just a few miles from each other. Together they forged a fierce and authentic bluegrass sound that became a touchstone for the Northern California bluegrass scene from the late… Continue reading Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Sing The Songs of Vern & Ray

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · old-time · singer-songwriter · traditional

Bryan Sutton: Into My Own

The folk music community lost flatpicker Doc Watson two years ago. “Here’s a man who’s carrying the torch of Doc Watson!” I thought, as I spun Bryan Sutton’s brand new release Into My Own (Sugar Hill, April 29). Sutton knows his way around his Martin flattop like no one else… but also like Doc, he… Continue reading Bryan Sutton: Into My Own

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · bouzouki · country · dobro · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · old-time · singer-songwriter · traditional

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: Swing My Hammer

Many thanks to Devon at Hearth Music for turning me on to the third album from Calahen Morrison and Eli West. We heartily recommended their first two releases, and this one raises the bar. I’ll Swing My Hammer with Both Hands is the fruit of veteran guidance from producer Tim O’Brien and contributions from crack… Continue reading Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: Swing My Hammer

acoustic · bluegrass · country · female singer · male singer · mandolin · old-time · traditional

Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder: Oh Do You Remember

There’s a sweet spot right at the intersection of traditional country, bluegrass, and old time music. There you’ll find your grandpappy rocking on his front porch, sipping sweet tea, telling stories. You’ll find your mawmaw at the back door, ringing the dinner bell to call you up from the lower pasture. You’ll find your high… Continue reading Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder: Oh Do You Remember

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · blues · country · female singer · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · old-time · traditional

Chad Manning: Chicken on a Rocketship (MP3)

Bay Area fiddler Chad Manning has an excellent new record out with the whimsical title “Chicken on a Rocketship.” His third solo release showcases a variety of styles, and his complete mastery thereof. Fiddlefreak was drawn in by the compelling old-time tunes and songs, especially the new lyrics that Jody Stecher  and Chad grafted onto… Continue reading Chad Manning: Chicken on a Rocketship (MP3)