Live Review

X Meets its Match! X’s Alvin and Flatlanders’ Gilmore, A Pair Made in House Concert Heaven

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore on October 20, 2017

Dave Alvin (L) and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (L) combine legendary talents at Norfolk, Virginia, house concert. (Photo by Ron Wray)

They were good buddies, two legends of folk/country/rock on the road again. Not with their historic bands, The Flatlanders/The Wronglers (Gilmore), or The Blasters/X/The Knitters (Alvin), or others. Just these two greats, spinning stories and sharing their songs. Tinged, yet brightened, with age. Humor and beauty entwined a circle of ageless song.

Live Review

Chris Milam and Noah Derksen at Whirled Pies in Eugene, Oregon

Chris Milam on November 8, 2017

I don't know what I was thinking. Whirled Pies? I expected a restaurant full of, what else? Pies! “Whirled” was not even a consideration. Whirled? Pies? Freaking pizza! How dense am I at times? Pretty damn.

Live Review

Glasgow Americana 2017: Possibly the Best City in the UK to see Americana Music

Martha Fields on October 6, 2017

Martha Fields, CCA Glasgow during Glasgow Americana 2017

Returning to Glasgow, Scotland, after the blue skies of Nashville’s AmericanaFest, the seasons here have already changed – the nights are dark, it’s cold, and layers of warm clothing are immediately required. But alongside the autumn chill comes the eager anticipation of Glasgow’s own AmericanaFest – Glasgow Americana – which takes place in October and is now in its 11th year. Glasgow Americana is a small festival, but has earned a reputation as the destination for many future stars of Americana. Glasgow Americana audiences are magical – they are attentive, welcoming and friendly.

Interview

Career Horse Racer Peter Kleinhans Turns Singer-songwriter, Debut Album out January 2018

Peter Kleinhans

I am always excited to learn about a new artist with a unique backstory, and Peter Kleinhans does not disappoint! Having been a race horse lover since childhood, Kleinhans spent the better part of five decades training, racing and announcing in the race horse industry. Today, he has put down his reins to pick up a guitar and will be releasing his debut album, Something's Not Right, this coming January. I was able to sit down with this interesting artist to talk about his big life transition, his songwriting and album producing process, and his upcoming nuptials.

Interview

Interview: Singer/songwriter Ken Dravis and his labor of love

For singer/songwriter Ken Dravis, it's about love. On his latest album A Season of Jenny, Dravis sings warmly and eloquently about his profound affection for a woman who has lit the chambers in his heart. To the listener, it's an opportunity to peek into a man's soul and swim in his emotions.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?

Live Review

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit/Tift Merritt at The Roundhouse, London

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on October 30, 2017

Photo: AXS com

A bill headlining Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit supported by Tift Merritt is always going to be a delicious prospect, as a sold out Roundhouse would testify. Both have released albums this year that added to their respective acclaimed catalogs. 

Interview

Ruth Moody of the Wailin’ Jennys Covers Tom Petty, Fifteen and the Hand Behind the Band

The Wailin' Jennys (from left): Ruth Moody, Heather Masse and Nicky Mehta

The Wailin' Jennys are a Canadian-based trio of wonderful women blessed with angelic voices whose three-part harmonies are unparalleled in today’s folk-pop universe. But that doesn’t prevent them from getting down with songs made famous by a rocker who was born a rebel, a Werewolf of London or the darling of Pigeon Forge whose humble beginnings made her work harder than any 9-to-5er.

Live Review

Shrewsbury Folk Festival, UK. 25 - 28 August 2017

The Unthanks on August 25, 2017

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

This year’s festival started and finished with a tribute to Alan Surtees, founder and co-director, who sadly passed away a few months ago, having succumbed to cancer. Festival patrons John Jones (Oysterband) and Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) spoke warmly of an inspiring man whose love of music shone so brightly. Surtess’ delight when acts that he’d booked for the festival received such positive reviews from attendees, was evident to all those who knew him and fittingly, the first standing ovation was a minute’s applause for Surtees.

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