acoustic · banjo · fiddle · old-time · traditional

David Bragger: Big Fancy

Last month, LA-based old time fiddler David Bragger released his debut solo CD titled “Big Fancy” on Tiki Parlour Recordings. This record is a wonderful and long-overdue collection of his favorite fiddle tunes, played solo and accompanied by second fiddles, gourd banjo, guitar, pump organ, and even bagpipes. David fiddles with heart and soul and… Continue reading David Bragger: Big Fancy

acoustic · country · female singer · fiddle · male singer · old-time · traditional

Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller

Back in the day when I lived in Upshur County West Virginia, I took every chance I could to hang out with, listen to, and jam with the local fiddlers of that part of the state. Randolph County, the next county to the west, was always a hotbed of traditional mountain music, and its festivals… Continue reading Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller

Acadian · accordion · acoustic · Canadian · female singer · festival · fiddle

La Famille Leger: L’etoile Du Nord

I’ll begin this post with an apology. With summer festival season in full swing here at Fiddlefreak World Headquarters, and my own new CD released in May, the blog has not been refreshed lately. Sorry gang! I’m just returned from the renowned and unrivalled-for-fun fiddle camp held in Port Townsend, WA and called Festival of… Continue reading La Famille Leger: L’etoile Du Nord

acoustic · banjo · Canadian · country · female singer · male singer · old-time

Pharis & Jason Romero: A Wanderer I’ll Stay

If you’re not living under a rock in Greenland, you’re probably aware of Pharis and Jason Romero by now. NPR darlings from Horsefly BC. Makers of gorgeous banjos that are both rustic and refined. Two award-winning duo albums under their belts, and a couple of collaborations before that. Songs that mine the old-time tradition and… Continue reading Pharis & Jason Romero: A Wanderer I’ll Stay

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

Foghorn Stringband: Devil in the Seat

Many are called, but few are chosen. On their new recording Devil in the Seat, Foghorn Stringband proves once again that they are still the Chosen Ones when it comes to down-home, foot-stomping, ass-kickin’ old time music. Portland, Oregon based Foghorn Stringband has traveled a long and winding road, with several personnel changes along the… Continue reading Foghorn Stringband: Devil in the Seat

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · female singer · fiddle · mandolin · traditional

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Sing The Songs of Vern & Ray

Vern Williams and Ray Park met in Stockton, CA in the 1950s, but they never knew each other back home in Arkansas, where they grew up just a few miles from each other. Together they forged a fierce and authentic bluegrass sound that became a touchstone for the Northern California bluegrass scene from the late… Continue reading Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Sing The Songs of Vern & Ray

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

Bryan Sutton: Into My Own

The folk music community lost flatpicker Doc Watson two years ago. “Here’s a man who’s carrying the torch of Doc Watson!” I thought, as I spun Bryan Sutton’s brand new release Into My Own (Sugar Hill, April 29). Sutton knows his way around his Martin flattop like no one else… but also like Doc, he… Continue reading Bryan Sutton: Into My Own