John Mayall and the Strange Man who Asked Him about Retiring

John Mayall, the dean of British electric blues, turns 81 this week. But, when I asked him during his current British tour whether this might be it, he looked at me as if I were from another planet. Next year was already booking up, with a tour of Australia, another European one and an album...

Anais Mitchell at the Black Box (Belfast, Ireland - Nov 5, 2014)

It was a packed house at the Black Box. Anais Mitchell was in Belfast supported by Rachel Ries, and tickets were scarce. Ries was the first on stage. Her album Ghost of a Gardener was released early this year. On the album, the track "Standing Still" features Gregory Alan Isakov’s rich harmonies...

Videos

Heather Maloney ~ "Dirt and Stardust", Craig Young, November 10, 2014

Heather Maloney - "Dirt and Stardust" (eTown webisode #692)

Buddy Miller ~ "The King Of Broken Hearts", Craig Young, November 10, 2014

Buddy Miller version of Jim Lauderdale's "The King Of Broken Hearts" (SESAC Awards 2010)

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Black Sheep (with Serena Ryder), Skot Nelson, November 8, 2014

'Black Sheep' by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings feat. Serena Ryder

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons ~ "Broke Down Engine Blues", Craig Young, November 3, 2014

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons - Broke Down Engine Blues (Live on KEXP)

Del Barber ~ "Country Girl", Craig Young, November 3, 2014

Del Barber "Country Girl"

Pieta Brown & Amos Lee - "Do You Know", Hanspeter Eggen..., November 3, 2014

Pieta Brown & Amos Lee - Do You Know

Frazey Ford ~ "Blue Streak Mama", Craig Young, November 3, 2014

Frazey Ford - Blue Streak Mama (Bing Lounge)

The Stray Birds ~ "Blue Yodel # 7", Craig Young, November 4, 2014

The Stray Birds ~ "Blue Yodel # 7"

Jamey Johnson ~ "Can't Cash My Checks", Craig Young, November 5, 2014

Jamey Johnson - Can't Cash My Checks (Live at Farm Aid 2014)

Jim White and the Packway Handle - Not a Song, Harrisonaphotos, October 30, 2014

Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band - "Not a Song"