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 · country · female singer · male singer · rock

The Native Sibling: Letters Kept to Ourselves

In accord with our recent tendency to cover the occasional non-traditional folk artist, we present another young, modern band making waves in the world of acoustic music. The Santa Cruz-based brother-sister duo of Ryan and Kaylee Williams, calling themselves The Native Sibling, have just released a video for their latest single Here With Me.  Their new album… Continue reading The Native Sibling: Letters Kept to Ourselves

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 · 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

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 · country · female singer · male singer · old-time · singer-songwriter

The Hems: Those Early Years

I won’t say that Gillian Welch and David Rawlings spawned a whole new genre when they came out with their lovely and unique brand of languid acoustic Americana… but they’ve had a profound influence. The Hems (not Hem, the band, from Brooklyn) are a new Austin-based duo who successfully channel that same sound on their debut… Continue reading The Hems: Those Early Years

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