acoustic · banjo · blues · festival · fiddle · male singer · old-time · traditional

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons: Take Yo Time

A couple months ago, I promised in a previous post to share some of the brilliant music I heard this summer at the Festival of Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA. One of my favorite discoveries is the duo of Ben Hunter (fiddle) and Joe Seamons (banjo, guitar). Their most recent album Take Yo Time… Continue reading Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons: Take Yo Time

acoustic · banjo · blues · male singer · old-time · traditional

Willie Watson: Folk Singer Vol. 1

In 2011, after playing with them for almost 15 years, Willie Watson left Old Crow Medicine Show and struck out on his own. His first solo album is set for official release on May 6 on Acony Records, the label started by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, who together produced this album. Folk Singer Vol.… Continue reading Willie Watson: Folk Singer Vol. 1

blues · male singer · rock · singer-songwriter

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition: Dark Night of the Soul

Fiddlefreak first became aware of Jimbo Mathus through his membership in the South Memphis String Band, an acoustic side project for members of the North Mississippi Allstars. Jimbo Mathus is perhaps best known for his leadership (with his ex-wife Katharine Whalen) of the now-defunct Squirrel Nut Zippers, who appeared at many prestigious events, including Prairie… Continue reading Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition: Dark Night of the Soul

acoustic · blues · country · female singer · fiddle · rock · singer-songwriter

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes

Tomorrow marks the American street date for Small Town Heroes, the first release from Hurray for the Riffraff on ATO Records (31 March in Europe). If you’re not yet familar with the rising star of Alynda Lee Segarra, here’s your chance to catch up. With twelve new, original songs all written or co-written by Segarra,… Continue reading Hurray for the Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes

accordion · banjo · blues · Cajun · fiddle · male singer · old-time · rock · singer-songwriter

Dirk Powell: Walking Through Clay

Dirk Powell’s fourth solo record is set for official release on February 4 on Sugar Hill Records. Dirk is a guy who has appeared everywhere you want to be if you’re an aspiring sideman in the realm of traditional acoustic Americana. He has worked on various projects with the likes of Jack White, Loretta Lynn,… Continue reading Dirk Powell: Walking Through Clay

acoustic · blues · dobro · female singer · male singer · singer-songwriter · swing · traditional

Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

Recently I was in Saint Louis and stumbled upon a lively blues trio making music at a corner hangout called the Blues City Deli, in the Soulard District. We showed up for lunch at noonish on a Friday, and found a line out the door into the street. Hello?! Red beans and rice for $3.50,… Continue reading Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

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)