It’s possible that Howe Gelb invented what we’ve come to call alt-country. At least he’s among the few who never denied it. In 1980 he gathered a pack of desert punks to record a sweet, original country song, “Curtis, John and Sue,” now lost to time.  

Gelb’s improvisational approach to words and sounds paints desert topography and locates temporal impressions of life’s unfolding drama. It also demands personal bests from any accompanist. And it has generated a European cult.

Old Crow Medicine Show Offers a Remedy

This is a story about Old Crow Medicine Show that begins and ends with Bob Dylan. Old Crow’s founding songwriter and singer, Ketch Secor, grew up in Harrisonburg in the hills of the Shenandoah Mountains, the child of parents who listened to a lot of soul (Steve Wonder, Aretha Franklin), but also...

Feufollet, The Revelers Share the Flavors of Lafayette's Progressive Cajun Scene

The Cajun band Feufollet is rolling down the highway to Columbus, OH, on the last third of their recent US tour, and their newest member – Appalachian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Kelli Jones-Savoy – is nervous. Her phone is dying, and though this seems like a small detail, cell phones are...

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Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan - Be My Husband

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Songs of Their Own - #1 "Black Muddy River" Luther Dickinson & Anders Osborne

John Hiatt ~ "Long Time Comin'", Craig Young, May 16, 2015

John Hiatt "Long Time Comin'"

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell ~ "The Weight Of The World", Craig Young, May 20, 2015

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Perform 'The Weight Of The World'

Jamie Lin Wilson - "Yours And Mine", Hanspeter Eggen..., May 20, 2015

Jamie Lin Wilson - Yours And Mine

Josh Chandler Morris & Carly Slade - Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand, Josh Chandler M..., May 20, 2015

Josh Chandler Morris & Carly Slade - Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand

Anthony D'Amato ~ "If It Don't Work Out", Craig Young, April 23, 2015

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Darrell Scott - "His Chosen Time" , Kim Ruehl, May 19, 2015

His Chosen Time

Pete Townshend ~ "Magic Bus", Craig Young, May 19, 2015

Pete Townshend - Magic Bus (Later with Jools Holland May '96)

Johnny Gimble ~ "Panhandle Rag", Craig Young, May 16, 2015

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