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Jake Xerxes Fussell – Jake Xerxes Fussell

North Carolinian blues folksinger and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell grew up in a household steeped in the heritage and culture of the American South. The son of a noted Georgian folklorist, Fussell‘s youth was spent riding around with his dad while he documented old bluesmen, string bands, and Native American… Continue reading

Meg Baird

“Freak folk” never did justice to the decade-plus-old US project to reinhabit ancient song forms. Influenced by Appalachian mountain music, contemporary outsider folk, and Library of Congress recordings of their great-great uncle, I.G. Greer,  Meg Baird Influenced by Appalachian mountain music, contemporary outsider folk, and Library of Congress recordings of… Continue reading

The Pollies

“NOT HERE” IS THE NEW FULL-LENGTH LP FROM THE POLLIES, A BAND THAT HAS BEEN DEFYING GENRES AND STEPPING OVER BOUNDARIES SINCE THEIR FIRST RELEASE IN 2012. “When you write a song, you have a million different things you can do with that song,”  lead singer and songwriter Jay Burgess… Continue reading

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – So Delicious

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band release their fifth album, So Delicious, on a revitalized Yazoo Records via Shanachie. Yazoo is a storied blues label and it’s a good fit for the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, a trio from the backwoods of Indiana whose members desperately wish they hailed… Continue reading

Tallest Man on Earth

Playing spare but tuneful indie folk enlivened by his sometimes craggy, always passionate vocals and poetic lyrics, the Tallest Man on Earth is the stage name of Swedish singer and songwriter Kristian Matsson. Born in Dalarna, Sweden in 1983, Matsson first broke into music as a member of the group… Continue reading

Otis Gibbs

Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youthby Otis Gibbs While writing the songs on this record, I found myself thinking an awful lot about my father and how he encouraged me to do everything I could to pursue a creative life. He rode a Harley Davidson chopper, sang along to Jerry Lee… Continue reading

The Word – Soul Food

Fourteen years elapsed between the Word‘s raucous self-titled debut offering and Soul Food. All the members of this supergroup — pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski, and the North Mississippi Allstars (Chris Chew and Cody and Luther Dickinson) — have had full and demanding careers in the interim.… Continue reading

Laura Cantrell

Possessing a bright clear voice that combines the vulnerability of a young girl with the intelligence and resilience of a grown woman, Laura Cantrell burst onto the international music scene in 2000 with a debut album that showcased her affecting vocals, literate songwriting, and superb taste in musicians and fellow… Continue reading

Hey Mavis

Americana-folk band “Hey Mavis” was born in 2009 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Michael Stanley Christmas compilation CD and immediately agreed to produce their debut album, Red Wine. The CD quickly climbed the national… Continue reading

Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk

Since their humble start in 2010 with “Stories From Home,” a collection of songs recorded over the previous four years, Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk have taken the highways by storm with over 600 tour dates throughout North America. Their unique brand of alternative folk/pop and an impressive… Continue reading