Thursday, August 22 2013
We are all in this together, but now more than ever we are all hopelessly alone and apart. Three days of trading licks at Newport won't change anything, but in the words of Joe Fletcher, “Without Newport, what alternative is there? No folk at all?”
Thursday, August 8 2013
Chris Thile firmly rebuts any generational snark tossed at his past ventures with his invigorating take on three J.S. Bach pieces initially written for solo violin: two sonatas (G and A minor) and one partita (B minor).
Sunday, June 2 2013
This World Oft Can Be is the rarest kind of roots album: The past grounds it, but so too does the present, and the result illuminates both.
Wednesday, May 15 2013
Patty Griffin's songs reveal multiple sides of a complicated, conflicted man.
Wednesday, July 18 2012
Nashville's Steeldrivers create virtuostic songs focused on Southern life past and present.
Thursday, October 20 2011
The Always Be Down EP is a strong statement from a promising young band with a lot of stylistic influences.
Sunday, October 9 2011
Covers torn from other acts’ songbooks don’t generally sound as vital and vibrant as the arrangements Crooked Still gives to them.
Thursday, September 29 2011
The bluegrass outfit, led by Legendary Shack Shakers frontman (and Kentucky colonel) J.D. Wilkes, offers up an express train of an album.
Sunday, September 18 2011
Holy Ghost Station is exceptional considering the wide range of musical territory that is covered.
Thursday, September 15 2011
Quite simply, this is one of the best bluegrass-meets-folk albums you hear this year – if not in any given year.