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

Foghorn Trio: Sud de la Louisiane (MP3)

The newest iteration of Fiddlefreak favorite Foghorn Stringband is the fooktastic Foghorn Trio, with Stephen ”Sammy” Lind on fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals, Caleb Klauder on mandolin, guitar, fiddle and vocals and Nadine Landry on guitar, bass and vocals. Although these three have recorded together on previous occasions, their first full-length collaboration just hit the… Continue reading Foghorn Trio: Sud de la Louisiane (MP3)

acoustic · Cajun · fiddle · male singer · old-time · traditional

David Greely: Sud du Sud (MP3)

  “You have to know where the party is to find this music. Welcome to our kitchen. Put away your earplugs for awhile.” –David Greely (liner notes) To fans of Cajun dance music, David Greely is well known as the fiddler from Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, where he was a founding member over… Continue reading David Greely: Sud du Sud (MP3)

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

Nadine Landry & Sammy Lind: Granddad’s Favorite (MP3)

    Oldtime pickers Foghorn Trio passed through my town about a week ago and kindly left behind a copy of Nadine and Sammy’s new record titled “Granddad’s Favorite.” It’s a lovely collection of oldtime country and Cajun songs and fiddle tunes that seems to have gotten permanently stuck in my CD player. Stephen “Sammy”… Continue reading Nadine Landry & Sammy Lind: Granddad’s Favorite (MP3)

accordion · acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · Cajun · dobro · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · swing · ukulele

Whiskey Chimp: Barely Right Now (MP3)

It has been almost a year since Fiddlefreak reviewed a live show by Whiskey Chimp, calling them “seven deadly sons who are bound for glory, or Hell in a handbasket.” We have been proven prophetic by their brand new third full-length record Barely Right Now (FP Records). On this CD they seem to fuse into… Continue reading Whiskey Chimp: Barely Right Now (MP3)

bluegrass · blues · Cajun · Celtic · female singer · festival · male singer · rock · singer-songwriter · world

Live Oak Music Festival and Joe Craven

Calling all California music-lovers! Now is the time to get your tickets for the wild and crazy Live Oak Music Festival 2009, to be held on June 19-20-21. This benefit for KCBX Public Radio, which happens annually in the hills near Santa Barbara, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Fiddlefreak will be in attendance—hope to see… Continue reading Live Oak Music Festival and Joe Craven