Eli Fox – Tall Tales

Throughout musical history, those of a tender age have often shown a prolific prowess that outpaces their level of growth and maturity. The examples are evident — Michael Jackson, Sarah Jarosz, Stevie Wonder and Sara & Sean Watkins are among the more obvious examples of musicians who made their mark … Continue reading

Chris Wood – So Much to Defend

Former BBC 2 Folk Singer of the Year Chris Wood is something of a national treasure in folk music circles. An inveterate collaborator, he has appeared alongside Martin Carthy, Oysterband, French fiddler Jean-Francois Vrod and, most notably, melodeon maestro Andy Cutting. He is often seen as a champion of traditional … Continue reading

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Made To Move

My favorite term to use when I’m talking about Chris Jones & the Night Drivers is “classy-grass.” The group’s music is smooth and tasteful, featuring some of the best, most thoughtful songwriting of almost any current bluegrass group. You’re not likely to hear them mash in B, but the contemplative … Continue reading

Howe Gelb & Lonna Kelley – Further Standards

Last year’s Future Standards saw Howe Gelb crafting twinkling, roguish takes on classic US songwriting. Think Harold Arlen after a lost year being dragged around jazz-fuelled speakeasies by Dr John… without the voodoo. Apparently Gelb’s itch wasn’t quite scratched and so we have Further Standards – a companion piece that … Continue reading

Grayson Capps – Scarlett Roses

Apart from 2013’s self-titled collective Willie Sugarcapps album, with Will Kimbrough, Corky Hughes, and Sugarcane Jane, we haven’t heard new material from Grayson Capps since 2011. Of the illustrious bunch on that record, only Hughes remains, wrangling guitars and co-producing here with Trina Shoemaker and Capps. Recorded over two days … Continue reading

William the Conqueror – Proud Disturber of the Peace

2017 seems to be the year of artists going solo, independent, or otherwise walking away from major record deals. Ruarri Joseph has established himself a member of this trend, leaving his solo folk career behind for more grungy shores, hoping that a new direction would allow him to loosen the … Continue reading

Chris Thile – Thanks for Listening

Released a little over a year after Chris Thile took over as host of the public radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, Thanks for Listening collects ten Song of the Week features from his inaugural season. Each song was an original written for that week and premiered live on … Continue reading