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

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

accordion · Canadian · female singer · rock · singer-songwriter

The Abramson Singers: Late Riser

Here at Fiddlefreak World Headquarters, we come across lots of young new indie singer-songwriters who make brilliant music. Like housecats doing cute stuff on Youtube, they seem to pop up everywhere you turn. Reviewing their music is something we just don’t usually do. But Leah Abramson‘s music cannot be ignored. When I first heard her… Continue reading The Abramson Singers: Late Riser

acoustic · country · female singer · fiddle · old-time · rock · singer-songwriter · traditional

Rayna Gellert: Old Light (MP3)

Old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert has a new record coming out today that marks a beautiful new direction for her. Over the years, old-time American music has grown many roots and branches: southern fiddling, country blues, bluegrass, gospel… the list goes on. And then there are the mellow modernists who invoke a sense of mountain melancholy… Continue reading Rayna Gellert: Old Light (MP3)

fiddle · male singer · mandolin · rock

Railroad Earth: Free Download (MP3)

Fiddlefreak doesn’t often cover rock music, and “Americana” is everywhere you look lately, so usually we avoid anything with electrified guitars and drums. But every so often a rock band comes along that combines folk, blues, and soul seamlessly into a pure American sound. (The Band and Creedence come to mind.) A sound so rootsy… Continue reading Railroad Earth: Free Download (MP3)