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
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
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
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)
It’s time to start planning for Pickathon 2009, which happens this year on July 31—August 2 at Pendarvis Farm just outside Portland, Oregon. Fiddlefreak attended a couple years back and was deeply wowed by its unique combination of down-home folksy vibe and youthful alternative energy. And the music lineup is always the best! Ranging from… Continue reading Pickathon Is Coming!
Levon is back! June 30 marks the official release date of Electric Dirt (Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard), the second solo outing in Levon Helm‘s remarkable comeback, after 2007’s Grammy-winning Dirt Farmer record. Expanding upon the acoustic-folk arrangements and down-home themes of Dirt Farmer (his first release in 25 years and following a very rough bout with… Continue reading Levon Helm: Electric Dirt (MP3)
Photo by Dan Tappan, Creative Commons License The night is dark and stormy. Cabs are scarce as hen’s teeth in this God-forsaken neighborhood, so you succumb to the lure of the neon lights and duck into a corner bar to shake off the cold. Heads turn as you walk in—the place is almost empty—but quickly… Continue reading Eilen Jewell: Sea of Tears (MP3)