Articles tagged folk

The Sweeplings - ‘Rise and Fall’ (album stream) (premiere)

A chance meeting thanks to a reality show brought two artists together and yielded a beautiful Americana album.

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Ana Egge - “Bright Shadow” (audio) (premiere)

The North Dakota-raised singer-songwriter finds heart in the sparse arrangement on her endearing new track.

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Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami

If you’re not dancing or clapping while listening to Omar Souleyman, you’re doing something wrong.

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Various Artists: Shirley Inspired

Contemporary folk revivalists assemble to pay tribute to one of the British folk revival’s leading lights, Shirley Collins.

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Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller - “Roving Gambler” (audio) (premiere)

The West Virginia duo offer an authentic look at America's rich folk heritage on this cover.

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Neil Young and Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (Take 2)

While the message often appears to overpower the music, the album is nowhere near the unlistenable mess some critics have claimed.

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Haroula Rose - “Swimming Song” (audio) (premiere)

The LA singer-songwriter serves up a bluegrass-tinged cover of a Loudon Wainwright III favorite.

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Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour

The long-running L.A. musical variety show yields a slight but enjoyable album without pretensions to being anything more than slight and enjoyable.

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Daphne Lee Martin - “I’d Take a Bullet for You” (audio) (premiere)

The singer-songwriter draws inspiration from Bonnie and Clyde on her newest track.

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Maggie Trapani - ‘Life of a Perpetual Quitter’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The debut EP by the young singer-songwriter is mature beyond her years.

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Nathan Gray - “Wayward Ghosts” (video) (premiere)

The Boysetsfire vocalist marks his solo debut with a spare, quietly powerful new video.

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Bumper Jacksons - “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down” (audio) (premiere)

The Baltimore band delivers a raucous performance of an old gospel standard.

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21 Jul 2015 // 2:10 AM

Richard Thompson: Still

The Jeff Tweedy-produced Still may not surprise, but surprises aren't what Richard Thompson albums are about.

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Bert Jansch: Live at the 12 Bar

Bert Jansch's intimate London gig from the mid-'90s changes hands again for reissue.

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FY5 - Finnders & Youngberg - “Back Door” (audio) (premiere)

There's old-timey, and then there's FY5, whose wonderful new track echoes a bygone era.

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Monogold - “Pink Lemonade” (audio) (premiere)

The Brooklyn band's new single sounds as sweet as the subject matter.

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China Forbes - “The Northern Line” (video) (premiere)

The talented singer-songwriter gets personal in this new track for her sister's feature film.

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Sam Lee & Friends: The Fade in Time

Sam Lee brings a deep reverence and a wildly inventive sonic vision to the British folk tradition, making these ancient songs sound new again.

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Sharon Van Etten: I Don’t Want to Let You Down

There are spaces of elegant starkness on Sharon Van Etten's new EP, and she fills them like a shade of blue yet to be invented.

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Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

This long awaited debut from the long-married duo mixes blues, country, and gospel traditions into one of the strongest Americana albums of the year.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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