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Friday, September 5 2014

The Del McCoury Band and Hot Rize Talk Music and Share Tunes

In this amazing new video, bluegrass legends Del McCoury and Tim O'Brien chat about my hero Bill Monroe, the Del McCoury Band, and the importance of Hot Rize.


Monday, July 21 2014

Telluride 2014: The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Mandolins

In 2014, Telluride is the perfect encapsulation of where it has been and where it is going to be in the future.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

Hook & Anchor - “Concerning Spectral Pinching” (audio) (Premiere)

"Concerning Spectral Pinching," one of the standout tracks off of the Portland, Oregon, folk and Americana group Hook & Anchor's self-titled debut, is available to stream exclusively at PopMatters.


Tuesday, April 1 2014

Nickel Creek: A Dotted Line

For its first album in nine years, Nickel Creek tames down the displays of virtuosity that defined much of their previous albums, offering up a more pastoral take on their otherwise “newgrass" take on bluegrass.


Wednesday, March 12 2014

The Del McCoury Band - “Big Blue Raindrops” (video)

The Del McCoury Band, aka the best bluegrass band on the planet, stopped by the Washington DC studios of WAMU's Bluegrass Country this week to play "Big Blue Raindrops".


Thursday, August 22 2013

The Newport Folk Festival Paradox

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: Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1

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

Della Mae: This World Oft Can Be

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: American Kid

Patty Griffin's songs reveal multiple sides of a complicated, conflicted man.


Wednesday, July 18 2012

The Steeldrivers - “Can You Run” (2010)

Nashville's Steeldrivers create virtuostic songs focused on Southern life past and present.


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