acoustic · banjo · country · fiddle · Irish · old-time · traditional

Grits & Gravy Stringband: Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thing

The new album from Ireland-based oldtime outfit Grits & Gravy, their first release, is jam-packed with a passel of high-octane traditional American fiddle tunes and songs. The music on this record shines like a mirror, reflecting our American music back to us across the Atlantic with an authentic patina that belies the Old World roots… Continue reading Grits & Gravy Stringband: Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thing

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)