accordion · acoustic · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · dobro · fiddle · Irish · male singer · traditional · world

Exclusive Song Premiere: Doolin’

Natives of Toulouse, France, the six members of Doolin’ (guitar, bodhrán, violin, tin whistle, accordion/vocals, bass) bring a fresh and funky approach to Irish music. July 15 will mark the release date of their self-titled debut for Compass Records in Nashville.  Doolin’ worked with legendary Irish guitarist John Doyle in the producer’s chair to record their unique mix of… Continue reading Exclusive Song Premiere: Doolin’

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 · country · female singer · male singer · old-time · singer-songwriter

The Hems: Those Early Years

I won’t say that Gillian Welch and David Rawlings spawned a whole new genre when they came out with their lovely and unique brand of languid acoustic Americana… but they’ve had a profound influence. The Hems (not Hem, the band, from Brooklyn) are a new Austin-based duo who successfully channel that same sound on their debut… Continue reading The Hems: Those Early Years

acoustic · banjo · bouzouki · Canadian · dobro · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

David Francey: So Say We All

Today marks the official release of David Francey’s tenth record titled So Say We All, on Red House Records. Canada’s reigning troubadour of the land and her people has released another winner. This may be his best record yet, perhaps as a result of the stellar support crew he assembled, including Mark Westberg on guitar,… Continue reading David Francey: So Say We All

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 · country · dobro · female singer · male singer · mandolin · old-time · singer-songwriter · traditional

Amber Cross and Moonsville Collective

California may not be the first place you’d think to look for new songs by emerging bands playing good old-school mountain music. But there’s a deep blue sea of acoustic revolution happening in this country, erupting like flying fish that explode from the spray before a racing sailboat. Two of the best right now are… Continue reading Amber Cross and Moonsville Collective

acoustic · banjo · Canadian · country · dobro · female singer · male singer · old-time · singer-songwriter · traditional

Pharis & Jason Romero: Long Gone Out West Blues

Fiddlefreak favorites Pharis and Jason Romero have a new record hitting the streets tomorrow, titled Long Gone Out West Blues (previous review here). Once again, the Canadian duo have hit the ball out of the park with their winning combination of harmony-based original and traditional old timey Americana played on a unique blend of custom-built… Continue reading Pharis & Jason Romero: Long Gone Out West Blues