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

Bruce Molsky: Can’t Stay Here This a-Way

Living legend Bruce Molsky recently recorded a wonderful collection of his favorite tunes and songs on fiddle, banjo, and guitar at an unlikely location for rural traditional music: the urban landscape of Los Angeles, California. Released as a single package on both CD and DVD on Tiki Parlour Recordings, the album is titled Can’t Stay… Continue reading Bruce Molsky: Can’t Stay Here This a-Way

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

acoustic · blues · dobro · female singer · male singer · singer-songwriter · swing · traditional

Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

Recently I was in Saint Louis and stumbled upon a lively blues trio making music at a corner hangout called the Blues City Deli, in the Soulard District. We showed up for lunch at noonish on a Friday, and found a line out the door into the street. Hello?! Red beans and rice for $3.50,… Continue reading Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

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

Bruce Molsky: If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back

Bruce Molsky is an undisputed master of what has become known as old-time music. That is, traditional American songs and tunes from the pre-radio era. He has a great new record out called If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back. On it, he shreds the Appalachian dance tunes on fiddle or banjo, takes us down south… Continue reading Bruce Molsky: If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · blues · country · female singer · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · old-time · traditional

Chad Manning: Chicken on a Rocketship (MP3)

Bay Area fiddler Chad Manning has an excellent new record out with the whimsical title “Chicken on a Rocketship.” His third solo release showcases a variety of styles, and his complete mastery thereof. Fiddlefreak was drawn in by the compelling old-time tunes and songs, especially the new lyrics that Jody Stecher  and Chad grafted onto… Continue reading Chad Manning: Chicken on a Rocketship (MP3)

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)