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WDVX Radio Celebrates 20 Spectacular Years in Style

Darrell Scott on November 17, 2017

Photo By Bill Foster

It was an evening when emotion took precedence. When true Americana music was in the spotlight. When pride and purpose combined. A fond look back and a promising glance forward.

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Richmond Folk Festival a Leader in Musical Diversity, Exposing the “Roots” in Roots Music

Bitori on October 13, 2017

The energetic and passionate Evangelist Maggie Ingram & the Legendary Ingramettes bring down the house to close the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival. (Photo by Ron Wray)

In the plethora of music festivals, it’s like James Lee Burke is said of have remarked about writers in Missoula, Montana, that there’s one behind every parking meter. So, you take note of what’s unique about each festival. Richmond Folk Festival’s distinctiveness lies largely in a couple of areas, its wide diversity and its singular urban setting, a natural oasis in a concrete canyon.

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Resurrection Of The Prophet; Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, University of London

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express on November 17, 2017

Chuck and the gang at BBC Scotland

I think I have probably seen Chuck Prophet, either fronting his own band or as part of Green On Red, more than any other artist. I estimate all the time I’ve spent standing in front of stages watching, listening to and enjoying Chuck’s playing and singing amounts to about two days of my life. (I realise this is as naught compared to dedicated Springsteen followers or Deadheads who probably can count weeks of their existence spent in front of their favourites, but it is a significant time for me).

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Jade Jackson's European debut in London

Jade Jackson on November 13, 2017

Photo: Blurred Culture

A debut album that has attracted a lot of deserved attention this year is Gilded by Jade Jackson. She and her band notched up another debut recently; first show in the UK and headlining too. Before facing her first London audience Jade talked to me about her influences, songwriting and the new album. 

Artist Jade Jackson
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Blind Boys of Alabama/Irma Thomas at Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC

Blind Boys of Alabama Irma Thomas on November 13, 2017

Photo of Irma Thomas by Grant Britt

Finding a church with both Irma Thomas and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama presiding over the services on the same evening is enough to make you feel like you'd died and gone to heaven. But this particular corner of paradise had an a earthly base. Durham, NC's Carolina Theatre served as a worship hall/New Orleans getdown center Monday night when Thomas and the Blind Boys shared a bill backed by the brassy, percussive wallop of the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet. The messages were different, seperate but equal in their intensity.

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A Legend’s Grace at 80, Tom Paxton’s “Birthday Bash” a Triumph at Virginia's Birchmere

Tom Paxton on October 28, 2017

Tom Paxton sings out with Deb Smith and Marcy Marx at his 80th Birthday Bash in Virginia (Photo by Ron Wray)

Tom Paxton was turning 80, and we were there! A sea of white hair much like the waves along the Outer Banks. With exceptions, the full house audience was comprised of those who’d entered the gates of adulthood listening to and learning from the music of Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Rosalie Sorrels, Bob Dylan, Richard and Mimi Farina, Leonard Cohen, and others.

Interview

Rebecca Haviland: Up Close and Personal

Singer-Songwriter Rebecca Haviland is breaking new barriers with her eclectic form of Americana. The songstress, who is frequenting the road with the legendary Martin Sexton this Fall, is making a name for herself in her own right. The enchanting piece "Bright City Lights," is just one of many superb tunes that Haviland has in her repertoire.  2017 has been a standout year for the artist, and she's wrapping it up on a high note. Heading into the New Year we can't wait to hear what she has coming up next.

Interview

Rising Tides On The East Side : An Interview With Derek Hoke

Derek Hoke will probably get a statue in East Nashville someday…well, at least in our eyes he should. The singer-songwriter and community builder has been the curator of the renowned Two Dollar Tuesdays at East Nashville’s The 5 Spot for 7 years and running and embedded himself fully into the every expanding landscape of Americana and Roots music in town and beyond.

Artist Derek Hoke

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An Interview With Lukas Nelson: All Day, Every Day

interview by Ken Templeton

The first song on the self-titled Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, “Set Me Down On A Cloud,” is a sweeping, soulful tune that evokes the best combinations of gospel, blues, and rock. The band then goes on to explore a wide variety of sounds: from lightly strummed story songs, like “Just Outside of Austin” to crooning ballads like “If I Started Over” and driving single featuring Lady Gaga, “Find Yourself.” The album feels loose and confident, with several songs extending instrumental sections that expand the emotional tenor of the lyrics.

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Willie Nile, Still Heading For Another Joint

Willie Nile on November 11, 2017

You could be forgiven if you felt like you were back in time. The tables in front of the stage at Jammin Java outside Washington, D.C. looked the same as when a young Buffalo singer stood onstage at the famed and now defunct Bottom Line in New York. On one of those nights after introducing his band, he presented himself as Hank Williams from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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