acoustic · banjo · Canadian · country · dobro · female singer · male singer · old-time · singer-songwriter · traditional

Pharis & Jason Romero: Long Gone Out West Blues

Fiddlefreak favorites Pharis and Jason Romero have a new record hitting the streets tomorrow, titled Long Gone Out West Blues (previous review here). Once again, the Canadian duo have hit the ball out of the park with their winning combination of harmony-based original and traditional old timey Americana played on a unique blend of custom-built… Continue reading Pharis & Jason Romero: Long Gone Out West Blues

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 · 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)

acoustic · bluegrass · blues · country · dobro · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

The Atomic Duo: Broadsides (MP3)

Remember the Bad Livers? The über-ironic oldtime-country duo who recorded songs with names like Git Them Pretty Girls and Shit Creek? Fiddlefreak has tracked banjo shredder Danny Barnes over the years, but what happened to that big guy on tuba? Well I’m happy to share that big boy Mark Rubin has come up for air,… Continue reading The Atomic Duo: Broadsides (MP3)

accordion · acoustic · bouzouki · Celtic · dobro · female singer · fiddle · flute · Irish · male singer · Scottish · singer-songwriter · whistle · world

Litha: Dancing of the Light (MP3)

Is this the first time in almost four years of Fiddlefreak reviews that I’ve let an entire month pass without a post? Gack! So here we go with the first review of 2012, and by God it was worth the wait. Scotland’s Aaron Jones and his partner Claire Mann make up half of a brillant… Continue reading Litha: Dancing of the Light (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · dobro · female singer · singer-songwriter

Rita Hosking: Burn (MP3)

It makes old Fiddlefreak proud that his adopted home state can produce an artist of this caliber. Rita Hosking is a singer-songwriter from Northern California whose music falls into a very sweet spot: nestled comfortably between folk, country, and bluegrass (previously reviewed here). Her new record Burn expands and builds upon previous releases by adding… Continue reading Rita Hosking: Burn (MP3)