acoustic · banjo · country · female singer · old-time · singer-songwriter · swing · traditional

Coty Hogue: To the West (MP3)

Thanks to Hearth Music for sending me the new record from rising star Coty Hogue of Bellingham, WA. Her new release To the West charted #1 on the Folk-DJ chart in June, for good reason. Coty Hogue sings a lovely, sultry blend of old-time Americana and contemporary songs that connect to the old strain. Her… Continue reading Coty Hogue: To the West (MP3)

female singer · fiddle · male singer · swing

The Belleville Outfit: Time to Stand (MP3)

Last Tuesday, Austin-based band The Belleville Outfit released their second album, titled Time to Stand. A rowdy romp through sunny fields of swing, country, and gypsy sounds, Time to Stand establishes this band as one to watch as they conquer the major festivals one by one. Fiddlefreak is about follk music, and Belleville features piano… Continue reading The Belleville Outfit: Time to Stand (MP3)

accordion · acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · Cajun · dobro · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · swing · ukulele

Whiskey Chimp: Barely Right Now (MP3)

It has been almost a year since Fiddlefreak reviewed a live show by Whiskey Chimp, calling them “seven deadly sons who are bound for glory, or Hell in a handbasket.” We have been proven prophetic by their brand new third full-length record Barely Right Now (FP Records). On this CD they seem to fuse into… Continue reading Whiskey Chimp: Barely Right Now (MP3)

acoustic · bluegrass · female singer · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · swing

Bearfoot Live in Paso Robles

What do you call a bluegrass band without a banjo? Fiddlefreak sez: smooooooth. What’s the recipe for this tasty smoothie? Take one part Biscuit Burners, one part Nickel Creek, and one part Crooked Still, blend until creamy, and you get the breakfast of champions, born in the boondocks of our wildest state: Bearfoot. If you’re… Continue reading Bearfoot Live in Paso Robles

acoustic · male singer · singer-songwriter · swing · ukulele

The Johnny Starlings

The Johnny Starlings are singer/songwriter Jody Mulgrew and friends, sometimes changing but always including multi-instrumentalist Yohei Shikano. Their newest release Aiming Too High features the crystal-clear vocals of jazz diva Inga Swearingen on backup harmonies. I saw the Starlings on the main stage at the Live Oak Music Festival, where they brought forth a mellow… Continue reading The Johnny Starlings

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · dobro · fiddle · swing

Whiskey Chimp Live in Paso Robles

Yes, we have no bananas. Ain’t got no whiskey neither, just can’t seem to keep it in stock around here. But we got somethin’ for you today that’s bettern’ a Jack Daniels banana smoothie. Introducing Whiskey Chimp, the bastard hybrid spawn of Split Lip Rayfield, The Gourds, and the Ramones. Scared? You should be. We… Continue reading Whiskey Chimp Live in Paso Robles