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

accordion · Canadian · female singer · rock · singer-songwriter

The Abramson Singers: Late Riser

Here at Fiddlefreak World Headquarters, we come across lots of young new indie singer-songwriters who make brilliant music. Like housecats doing cute stuff on Youtube, they seem to pop up everywhere you turn. Reviewing their music is something we just don’t usually do. But Leah Abramson‘s music cannot be ignored. When I first heard her… Continue reading The Abramson Singers: Late Riser

blues · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · rock

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt (MP3)

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)

blues · female singer · rock · singer-songwriter

Eilen Jewell: Sea of Tears (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)

acoustic · banjo · blues · male singer · rock · singer-songwriter

Tony Furtado: Deep Water (MP3)

Tony Furtado has a new record out called Deep Water, on Funzalo Records. Jeez, I don’t know how many this makes, but one of his previous releases is titled Thirteen, so it’s quite a few. I first heard Tony perform years ago at the Live Oak Music Festival near Santa Barbara, where I immediately bought… Continue reading Tony Furtado: Deep Water (MP3)

banjo · rock

Live Show: Port O’Brien/Sparrows Gate

It’s official! San Luis Obispo is on the map, placed there first by M.Ward and now by critic’s darlings Port O’Brien. We’re just a sleepy little college town somewhere north of Santa Barbara, and we’ll take fame any way we can get it. Chardonnay, lo-fi indie bands… whatever. No matter that Port O’Brien now calls… Continue reading Live Show: Port O’Brien/Sparrows Gate