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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 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, July 18 2012

The Steeldrivers - “Can You Run” (2010)

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


Thursday, October 20 2011

Bear Cub: Always Be Down EP

The Always Be Down EP is a strong statement from a promising young band with a lot of stylistic influences.


Sunday, October 9 2011

Crooked Still: Friends of Fall EP

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 Dirt Daubers: Wake Up, Sinners

The bluegrass outfit, led by Legendary Shack Shakers frontman (and Kentucky colonel) J.D. Wilkes, offers up an express train of an album.


Del McCoury Band: 16 July 2011 - New York (Notes from the Road) [21.Jul.11]
Railroad Earth: Railroad Earth (Reviews) [21.Mar.11]
Dierks Bentley: Up on the Ridge (Reviews) [16.Aug.10]
Dave Rawlings Machine: 2 June 2010 - New York (Notes from the Road) [3.Jun.10]
Sam Bush: Circles Around Me (Reviews) [28.Oct.09]
Spring Creek: Way Up on a Mountain (Capsule Reviews) [25.Jun.09]
Jerks of Grass: Come on Home (Capsule Reviews) [23.Mar.09]
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