• Bluegrass,  Folk

    President Obama

    What an amazing day. All of the majesty, symbolism, and History behind today’s inauguration of Barack Obama was nothing short of breathtaking. Thanks to ABCNews.com, I was able to catch the Oath and the speech at work. It’s a very…

  • Folk,  Indie

    The Olympic Symphonium

    The Olympic Symphonium – More in Sorrow Than in Anger (Forward Music Group, 2008) What is it about the great white north that fosters such beautiful, introspective and intimate music?  I suppose that I could make some crack about folks…

  • Folk,  Roots Rock

    Blue Car

    Everything about this song is just.. right. The cadence of Greg’s delivery. The lyrics. The electric guitar. The way the drums and the first line of the song introduce themselves together. I think I need to buy all of Greg…

  • Folk

    Greg Brown’s Eugene

    Boy, does this song hit me juust in the right place on so many levels. Greg’s low-down baritone narrative, and the purely American imagery his lyrics evoke, make me close my eyes, sit back, and just listen. The detailed vignettes…

  • Folk

    Society’s Child

    When I was in high school, I listened to a lot of chick singers. I would lay on my bedroom floor and listen to Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Sarah McClachlan, Suzanne Vega, Liz Phair and others and while…

  • Folk

    Steve Earle at the Newport Folk Festival

    For fellow Steve fans, NPR has a podcast of Steve’s set at the Newport Folk Festival available for free. Get it from their site, or download from iTunes. While you’re there, grab Jim James’s set, and Tom Waits’s entire Atlanta…

  • Acoustic,  Folk,  Laid Back

    Little Sea Horse

    Non-parents may want to move on to the next post, ’cause this one’s a little ch-ch-cheesy. I’ll make it short & sweet – my four year old daughter attended her first day of kindergarten today. I’m a proud papa, and…

  • Folk,  Rock n' Folk,  Soul

    Northern Exposure: The Duhks

    Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Duhks (pronounced like “ducks”) blend the unlikely bedfellows of traditional Celtic, Zydeco, Bluegrass, Soul and some Brazilian Samba into what they classify as “Roots, Worldbeat, Soul.” I sat down with their forthcoming release Fast Paced…