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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 · 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 · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

Preorder: Our Lady of the Tall Trees

 Like a cold clear flood of June snowmelt cascading down from the Olympic Range, outstanding new music continues to emerge from the Pacific Northwest. And when the heavy gray ominipresent clouds of Seattle part, a golden ray of sunshine falls upon the sparkling tunes of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. Fiddlefreak can’t get enough of… Continue reading Preorder: Our Lady of the Tall Trees

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · female singer · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

The Honey Dewdrops: Silver Lining (MP3)

Silver Lining, the third album from the Honey Dewdrops, will be released on June 1st. It’s a record that Fiddlefreak alluded to in this previous post — and we are the lucky ones with an advance copy! As we hoped, Silver Lining has emerged as a silky-smooth collection of original songs that take the listener… Continue reading The Honey Dewdrops: Silver Lining (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 · banjo · bluegrass · country · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

Jackstraw – Sunday Never Comes (MP3)

A quick search reveals that Jack Straw was an English rebel leader who died in 1381. Jackstraw is also a traditional form of the kids’ game of pick-up sticks. And it’s the name of a song recorded by the Grateful Dead in 1971. But for Fiddlefreak, Jackstraw is the name of a Portland (OR) based… Continue reading Jackstraw – Sunday Never Comes (MP3)

acoustic · bluegrass · country · female singer · male singer · mandolin · old-time · singer-songwriter · traditional

The Honey Dewdrops: Preorder Now (MP3)

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish of Charlottesville, Virginia tap into the heart of the Appalachians with their smooth renditions of original gospel-tinged mountain music.  The Honey Dewdrops are planning the imminent release of their third LP to be titled Silver Lining, and if it’s anything like their previous one, you should support them by preordering… Continue reading The Honey Dewdrops: Preorder Now (MP3)