Articles tagged folk

Rising Appalachia - ‘Alive’ (album stream) (premiere)

Rising Appalachia create unifying, renewing live music that blends folk and soul sounds from around the world on their new album, Alive.

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Van Morrison: Roll with the Punches

Calling Morrison enigmatic is like calling candy sweet: it’s the defining characteristic. Morrison’s best music has always been complex and mysterious.

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Stills & Collins: Everybody Knows

Their voices blend together well, especially on the title song. The roughness of Stephen Stills’ leathery vocals meshes well with Judy Collins’ velvety crooning and fits the black humor of Cohen’s lyrics.

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Bruce Sudano - “When Cinderella Dies” (video) (premiere)

Haunting and surreal, “When Cinderella Dies” is the latest video from singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano’s sixth solo album, 21st Century World.

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Eilen Jewell: Down Hearted Blues

Jewell and company offer pristine versions of wonderful blues tunes from America’s past.

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Chris Hillman: Bidin’ My Time

The former Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers member revisits classic musical pathways on the sturdy Americana release Bidin’ My Time, his first effort in more than ten years.

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F.J. McMahon: Spirit of the Golden Juice

Available once more, F.J. McMahon’s stark and sobering assessment of the decline of ‘60s idealism and impending introspective ‘70s is the rarest of rarities: a true lost masterpiece.

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Gabrielle Papillon - “Keep the Fire” (audio) (premiere)

Gabrielle Papillon continues to be one of today's best singer/songwriters with this title track from her upcoming sixth studio LP.

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Back to Blue Bayou: An Interview With Linda Ronstadt

In her exclusive interview with PopMatters, Linda Ronstadt revisits Simple Dreams just in time for Rhino's 40th anniversary edition of her classic number one album.

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Trevor Hall - “What I Know” (audio) (premiere)

When we let go of the answers and the analysis, joy can find its way through. So says Trevor Hall via this brand-new song.

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Lal and Mike Waterson: Bright Phoebus

Once considered too weird for the folkies, this long-out-of-print 1972 album featuring Ashley Hutchings, Martin Carthy, and Richard Thompson in addition to Waterson siblings is a long-lost masterpiece.

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Lilly Hiatt: Trinity Lane

She writes and sings in the first person about addictions, bad love and such in a voice scarred and innocent like a sinner reborn. Hallelujah!

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Jon Boden - “All the Stars Are Coming Out Tonight” (audio) (premiere)

An astronomical folk tale that finds hope in the midst of a post-apocalyptic future.

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Lenore. - “Heavy Eyes” (audio) (premiere)

Lenore. captivates with driving cello, grooving guitar, and gorgeous harmonies on the retro roots of "Heavy Eyes".

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Small Souls - ‘Unheard, Unseen’ (album stream) (premiere)

The Portland duo Small Souls aims to do for folk what newgrass did for bluegrass with their "post-folk" sound.

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Penny & Sparrow: Wendigo

Penny & Sparrow’s somber mood is still the same, but their lyrical and musical exploration bring them to their most ambitious state thus far.

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Fred Wickham - “Rock Bottom” (audio) (premiere)

Fred Wickham's "Rock Bottom" is a modern bard's sardonic tale of twists and turns for the worst.

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28 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Iron & Wine: Beast Epic

Sam Beam returns to his roots with a warm acoustic record which is often understated but packed with emotional power and arguably his strongest vocal performance to date

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Lotte Kestner - ‘Off White’ (album stream) (premiere)

A gorgeous collection of modern folk music that ends as ominously, nostalgically, and sweetly as it begins.

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Paul Bergmann: Nothing at All

Paul Bergmann's sophomore release won't have you smiling, but it may grow on you nonetheless.

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