accordion · acoustic · banjo · cello · female singer · singer-songwriter

moira smiley and VOCO: Laughter Out of Tears

The new record from moira smiley and VOCO hits the streets today. Laughter Out of Tears (Whim Records) is a beautifully transcendant creation that boldly spans Appalachian, Eastern European, and choral traditions with a tasty dash of Moira’s original material and covers from folk stalwarts Woodie Guthrie and Gillan Welch. Having followed and enjoyed Moira’s… Continue reading moira smiley and VOCO: Laughter Out of Tears

acoustic · cello · female singer · fiddle · singer-songwriter

Laura Cortese: Into the Dark

Today marks the street release of Into the Dark, the new album from Laura Cortese. Laura has been kicking around the folk world for a number of years, producing a body of very good fiddle-centric material in the vein of Sara Watkins and Lissa Shneckenberger. But with this release she rises into that rarified atmosphere… Continue reading Laura Cortese: Into the Dark

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · cello · female singer · fiddle

Crooked Still: Friends of Fall (MP3)

East Coast alt-bluegrass band Crooked Still is in the middle of their 10th Anniversary Tour, currently on the West Coast and heading south. (I’m planning to attend their show this Friday in Arroyo Grande.) Their new 7-song EP titled Friends of Fall was released October 11th on Signature Sounds.  Since their early days, the kids… Continue reading Crooked Still: Friends of Fall (MP3)