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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)

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

Kathy Mattea: Calling Me Home

Nashville veteran Kathy Mattea has a new record hitting the streets on Sept. 11, titled Calling Me Home (Sugar Hill Records). Now I’ll admit to having a long-time anti-Nashville bias in my musical tastes, as evidenced by the kind of releases I cover here on Fiddlefreak. But if a singer had total access to the… Continue reading Kathy Mattea: Calling Me Home

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

Old Crow Medicine Show: Carry Me Back (MP3)

Today marks the release of Old Crow Medicine Show’s new record, titled Carry Me Back. The boys who made old-time music cool are still on their game; in fact this may be their best record since OCMS. That release included their mega-hit Wagon Wheel, now the defacto singalong anthem in bars from Florida to Seattle.… Continue reading Old Crow Medicine Show: Carry Me Back (MP3)

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

Foghorn Stringband: Outshine the Sun (MP3)

This week Fiddlefreak ponders the eternal question: can a music blogger have a favorite band? Or should he? As it happens, I lucked into an advance copy of Outshine the Sun from Foghorn Stringband last weekend at the annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, California. The miles flew by as we burned up… Continue reading Foghorn Stringband: Outshine the Sun (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · bouzouki · country · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

Preorder: Our Lady of the Tall Trees

 Like a cold clear flood of June snowmelt cascading down from the Olympic Range, outstanding new music continues to emerge from the Pacific Northwest. And when the heavy gray ominipresent clouds of Seattle part, a golden ray of sunshine falls upon the sparkling tunes of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. Fiddlefreak can’t get enough of… Continue reading Preorder: Our Lady of the Tall Trees

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · female singer · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

The Honey Dewdrops: Silver Lining (MP3)

Silver Lining, the third album from the Honey Dewdrops, will be released on June 1st. It’s a record that Fiddlefreak alluded to in this previous post — and we are the lucky ones with an advance copy! As we hoped, Silver Lining has emerged as a silky-smooth collection of original songs that take the listener… Continue reading The Honey Dewdrops: Silver Lining (MP3)

acoustic · bluegrass · country · dobro · female singer · fiddle · Irish · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

Red June: Beauty Will Come (MP3)

Laura and Kagey of the Honey Dewdrops passed though town a couple weeks ago and told us about the best new band we’ve never heard of but wish we had: a smoothgrass trio calling themselves Red June. Well Fiddlefreak dropped ’em a line and next thing you know, here I am looking out over Morro… Continue reading Red June: Beauty Will Come (MP3)