Anya Hinkle effortlessly delivers conversationalist country blues on “Why Women Need Wine”. It’s a musical eye roll that takes on the patriarchy.
Abigail Dowd’s Beautiful Day finds its roots in the hardships that she and her husband had faced dealing with six house floods in a year.
On Samantha Crain’s I Guess We Live Here Now, the four tracks are possessed by soothing ghosts weaving in and out of the musical lines to comfort the listener.
DL Rossi’s “Great Lakes State Line” is from new LP, Lonesome Kind. “Once I had a chance to breathe in some life, I exhaled a bunch of songs.”
One acting job was her major claim to fame, but there’s so much more to the story for Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Emily Kinney, whose new album plays a small — but very important — part in a much bigger picture.
Rod Abernethy's new record was recorded during a more innocent time—at least in terms of COVID and the insurgency—and implies the world could still change into someplace better. That's the truth. Does it really matter if it's normal?
The North Georgia elements enrich the tales on Calico Jim, but Pony Bradshaw is concerned with the larger questions we all face in the desire to find meaning and purpose in life.
Dave Scanlon, the singer and guitarist of Brooklyn's JOBS, offers a stripped-down collection of songs that retains the unique intensity of his more complex work.
"Starting this new solo thing has reinvigorated me in a way," says former Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jessee, shortly after dropping his best album to date. "To get a fresh start this late in something you've been doing so long is really a great feeling."
The artists in this year's list all use their music to create a sense of unity. Whether it is the acknowledgment of shared oppression, or in contrast, the visibility of identity, Best of Folk Music 2020 is defined by its ability to form a musical common ground.