Violins and Fiddles: Roots Music Reigns at Boston’s Conservatories

Roots can dig deep and spread wide, but first they need solid ground. Luckily, the old marshes of Boston – with their old English name, the fens – have been steadily filled in since the 1600s, so that only a relatively small ribbon of the old wetlands remains. The name survives most prominently in Fenway Park, what John Updike so beautifully calls that “lyric little bandbox of a ballpark,” the home of the Boston Red Sox.

Robert Earl Keen - Happy Prisoner

Buy Robert Earl Keen’s Happy Prisoner just for the “Peter Rowan Intro”, which isn’t even a song, or an introduction of Peter Rowan, for that matter. Rowan needs no introduction and actually sings with Keen on an earlier track. This intro is an explanation of how he wrote “Walls of Time”...

The Valentinos: Lookin’ for a Love

The goldmine that is the ABKCO vault continues to pour out its riches. Earlier releases from the Stones, Sam Cooke, Herman’s Hermits, and the Cameo-Parkway catalog, are now complemented by a pair of seminal compilations by the Soul Stirrers and Valentinos. The former launched Sam Cooke’s career,...


Yarn ~ "When The Summer Ends", Craig Young, February 6, 2015

Yarn "When The Summer Ends"

Lera Lynn ~ "Refrain", Craig Young, January 30, 2015

Lera Lynn - "Refrain"

John Nemeth ~ "Country Boy", Craig Young, January 30, 2015

John Nemeth "Country Boy"

Hiss Golden Messenger ~ "Blue Country Mystic", Craig Young, February 18, 2015


Nashville Jam ~ "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms", Craig Young, February 6, 2015

Nashville Jam "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms"

Neil Young - "Long May You Run", Kim Ruehl, February 26, 2015

Neil Young - Long May You Run (unplugged)

Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two ~ "Give My Love To Rose", Craig Young, February 26, 2015

Give My Love To Rose - Johnny Cash - Live TV performance 1957

Rhiannon Giddens ~ "Black Is The Color", Craig Young, February 26, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens - "Black Is The Color" (Live at WFUV)

Austin McCutchen ~ "California Bound", Craig Young, February 2, 2015

AUSTIN MCCUTCHEN - "California Bound" (Live in West Hollywood, CA) #JAMINTHEVAN

The Rural Alberta Advantage ~ "Terrified", Craig Young, January 28, 2015

The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Terrified" (Live)