Seattle's Ballard neighborhood was, about a century ago, a city of its own. Though it was incorporated into the City of Seattle in 1907, Ballard has retained an undefinable, independent spirit. Granted, it's changed remarkably since I lived on the Ballard/Phinney line back in 2003-04, but the grit and rust and salty air that has helped define that part of town for generations, persists. Regardless of the way it's evolved with the times, Ballard remains one of the most substantive parts of the city that is, perhaps one of the farthest from the beaten path.

Nine Gems You've Probably Never Heard Of

CDs from would-be stars are starting to pile up on my desk again, which means it’s time for spring cleaning. Let’s skip the discs I’m discarding and focus on some keepers from relatively little-known acts: Big Sky Country, Sofia Talvik. Talvik’s angelic voice and folk/pop fusion remind me of the...

Tom Russell's Tonight We Ride and Midway to Bayamon

Tom Russell is so prolific that it’s hard to keep up: I have about two dozen of his albums, and I’m still missing a few. This pair of 2014 releases almost slipped by me. Tonight We Ride, subtitled “The Tom Russell Cowboy Anthology,” is an updated version of Cowboy’d All to Hell, a 2010 collection...


Dale Watson ~ "Texas Armadillo", Craig Young, June 23, 2015

Dale Watson - "Texas Armadillo"

Mustered Courage ~ "Miss My Ways" , Craig Young, June 2, 2015

Mustered Courage "Miss My Ways" (acoustic) // Gondola Session

Ryan Adams ~ Glastonbury Festival 28.06.2015, Craig Young, June 30, 2015

Ryan Adams Glastonbury Festival (Full Show 720p) 28.06.2015

Christopher Paul Stelling ~ "Dear Beast", Craig Young, June 1, 2015

Christopher Paul Stelling - "Dear Beast" (Live)

Matt Pond PA ~ "There Were Times", Craig Young, June 1, 2015

Matt Pond PA - There Were Times (Live on KEXP)

The Deslondes ~ 'Those Were (Could've Been) the Day', Craig Young, June 27, 2015

The Bluegrass Situation // THE DESLONDES, 'Those Were (Could've Been) the Day'

Dan Penn - Dark End of the Street , Paul Wilner, June 27, 2015

Dan Penn: "Dark End of the Street" - David Letterman

Martin Sexton ~ "Virginia", Craig Young, June 5, 2015

Folk Alley Sessions: Martin Sexton - "Virginia"

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams ~ "You're Running Wild", Craig Young, June 5, 2015

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams - You're Running Wild - Live at Fur Peace Ranch

Neil Young & Promise of the Real - Hold Back The Tears , Paul Wilner, June 25, 2015

Neil Young & Promise of the Real - Hold Back The Tears - 2015