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 · 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 · banjo · bluegrass · bouzouki · country · dobro · male singer · old-time · singer-songwriter

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: The Holy Coming of the Storm (MP3)

Here’s another sweet new record that has come to Fiddlefreak by way of Devon at Hearth Music. The Holy Coming of the Storm from Cahalen Morrison and Eli West hit the streets on January 30 and has been stuck in my CD player ever since. Their new old-time bluegrass songs strike just the right balance… Continue reading Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: The Holy Coming of the Storm (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · dobro · fiddle · male singer · old-time · traditional · viola

Luke Abbott: Take Me Home (MP3)

Santa Cruz, California is the home of barefoot hemp-wearing earth-mamas, world-famous surf breaks, and mossy redwood forests of epic proportions. Down on Pacific Street you see everything from bass-thumping Chicano low riders to panhandler addicts with cats riding on their shoulders. And of course the Umbrella Man who walks the street wearing all pink and… Continue reading Luke Abbott: Take Me Home (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · male singer · mandolin

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (MP3 Download)

Today marks the release of Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s new record titled Legacy (COM 4543). Legacy is a satisfying ramble through 13 tracks of mellow retro-trad newgrass, most of them written and sung by Peter himself. His merry band of veteran pickers is composed of Jody Stecher on mandolin, Keith Little on banjo, Paul Knight… Continue reading Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (MP3 Download)

acoustic · banjo · blues · male singer · singer-songwriter

Shaun Cromwell: The Gristmill (MP3)

Fiddlefreak was fortunate to hear and meet Shaun Cromwell at the FARwest convention in Irvine, CA. Shaun Cromwell’s one-man acoustic blues connect the modern world to a long-lost southern Gothic past. On guitar and banjo, his fingerstyle approach lifts a soulful vocal delivery, and the gripping songs tell stories of murder, love and loss. Death… Continue reading Shaun Cromwell: The Gristmill (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · blues · male singer · rock · singer-songwriter

Tony Furtado: Deep Water (MP3)

Tony Furtado has a new record out called Deep Water, on Funzalo Records. Jeez, I don’t know how many this makes, but one of his previous releases is titled Thirteen, so it’s quite a few. I first heard Tony perform years ago at the Live Oak Music Festival near Santa Barbara, where I immediately bought… Continue reading Tony Furtado: Deep Water (MP3)