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New York Times  |  See All

NYTimes Features Charles Tolliver’s “Emperor’s March”

NYT celebrates Tolliver's "triumphant blues variations" "The trumpeter Charles Tolliver’s compositions tend to balance syncopated elements as if...

NYTimes Feature: Abdullah Ibrahim

A Lifetime of Dreams and Resistance at the Piano"The South African musician formed the Jazz Epistles and got a boost from Duke Ellington. Now 84, he...

New York Times: The Playlist

Marie / Lepanto, "Inverness""Will Johnson, who leads Centro-Matic and South San Gabriel, and Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, who leads Water Liars,...

NPR  |  See All

NPR Feature: Hanging Tree Guitars

The Wood's 'Not Good, Not Bad, Not Ugly--Just Strange'"A new book and museum exhibition celebrate the work of North Carolina luthier Freeman...

NPR Highlights Charles Tolliver’s Connect

Podcast Includes Connect Among Featured Albums"NPR Music's Bobby Carter, WBGO and Jazz Night in America's Nate Chinen, NPR Music contributor Gavin...

NPR Spotlights Dedicated Men of Zion

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out June 26"John Morrison, Ann Powers, and Stephen Thompson of NPR Music as they share their picks for the best...

NPR Music Feature

'It's Soul Music Without The Sex': Fat Possum Records' Bruce Watson Goes Gospel "For the label's new recordings, Watson produced the Sensational...

NPR Reviews Abdullah Ibrahim’s ‘The Balance’

Ibrahim Is Deeply Rooted Yet Sounds Like No One Else"The latest album from the 84-year-old South African composer and pianist showcases his work as...

NPR Review: Radio Jarocho & Zenin Zeferino

Afro-Mexican Folk Takes Root in New York City"The songs on Rios de Norte y Sur are, in large part, beloved exemplars of the son jarocho songbook,...

NPR Feature: Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell, The Half-Broke Horse Of Idaho, Returns Home"Jewell did wander. She went to college in New Mexico and busked on the streets of Venice...

Rolling Stone  |  See All

Rolling Stone Feature: Hanging Tree Guitars

Hanging Tree Guitars: See Artist Freeman Vines’ Haunting Creations "Freeman Vines, a North Carolina–based artist, guitar maker, and one-time blues...

Rolling Stone Feature: Pat Cohen

Meet the Blues Singer Who Won’t Stop Brightening Seniors’ Lives"She never stopped believing in kindness, and now she’s making a difference by...

Rolling Stone Best New Tracks: “Growing Up”

Rebecca Loebe, “Growing Up”"'Growing Up' finds her outlining a woman’s struggle in a man’s world, mixing resilience, empowerment and just a bit of...

Rolling Stone Highlights Danny Schmidt’s “Last Man Standing”

10 Best Country Songs to Hear Now"There’s acoustic guitar, fiddle and plenty of harmonies, and wrapped around lyrics that find the easy humor in the...

Wall Street Journal  |  See All

Wall Street Journal Review: Buddy Rich, ‘Just In Time’

"He Kept Pushing to the End""A previously unreleased concert, taped less than six months before Rich’s death, reveals his ability to propel a band...

Wall Street Journal Review: Abdullah Ibrahim

A Jazz Master Continues to Grow"On his first album in five years, the pianist finds yet more surprising pleasures in his signature blend of South...

Wall Street Journal Feature: Radio Jarocho & Zenin Zeferino

The Folk Music That Inspired ‘La Bamba’ Finds a New Generation of Fans"A centuries-old genre of Mexican folk music, called son jarocho, is making a...

Wall Street Journal: A New York Celebration of Lead Belly

Carnegie Hall prepares a tribute to the late blues man"Lead Belly is remembered as many things: an epochal figure in blues and folk music, a son of...

CNN  |  See All

CNN Feature: Blues Artists Impacted by COVID-19

Covid-19 taking toll on blues community"Cohen is part of a community of musicians trying to keep the blues alive in a landscape where live music is...

Pitchfork  |  See All

Pitchfork Feature: Leyla McCalla

Genres Of One "At 28, McCalla’s life and musical education have been defined by a steadily outward expansion of her interests and approaches." ...

Pitchfork Review: Camper Van Beethoven

Review of La Costa Perdida "Delightful…it does illustrate how unique this band still is, 30 years after it formed."  |  Read More at Pitchfork

Stereogum  |  See All

Stereogum Premiere: Kingsley Flood’s The Good Fight

Stream Kingsley Flood's New EP"The band’s new EP The Good Fight revolves around themes of society and change in a large culture, an exploration...

Stereogum Premiere: Brian Carpenter & The Confessions “Beautiful Jane”

Debuting the single from The Far End of the World"He sings with a weary confidence and a hint of absurd side-eye, striking a tone somewhere between...

Variety  |  See All

Variety Feature: Hanging Tree Guitars

A book, companion CD and virtual exhibit celebrates the life and work of musician and luthier Freeman Vines"Freeman Vines may not be a well known...

Vulture  |  See All

Vulture Interview: Winterpills

Jonathan Lethem Interviews the Front Man of the Band Winterpills"Philip Price was the last of a handful of lifelong friendships I forged during my...

Relix  |  See All

Relix Album Premiere: Willie Farmer ‘The Man From the Hill’

New album out March 1 via Big Legal Mess"Today we offer a sneak peek of the effort, which showcases Farmer’s gritty blues approach as he honors...

Consequence of Sound  |  See All

Consequence of Sound Excerpt: I Got a Song

Excerpt from new book on Newport Folk Festival details folk music’s rise in a racially tense America"The festival's founder, George Wein, discusses...

PBS  |  See All

PBS Newshour Video: Pat Cohen

A music maker sings the coronavirus blues "Musician Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen has long met adversity with music. She lost her New Orleans home to...

Washington Post  |  See All

Washington Post Feature

"Their ancestral cultures have been oppressed and forbidden, and yet they rise up singing" "For at least 30 years, Duffy has been working alongside...

Washington Post Spotlights Kingsley Flood

Kingsley Flood looks inward for inspiration"Boston is a big part of Khuri’s life, in part because it’s where Kingsley Flood began in 2008."  |  Read...

Paste  |  See All

Eric Andersen’s ‘Woodstock Under the Stars’ 3CD Live Album To Be Released June 19 On Y&T Music

Full-Length Documentary Film The Songpoet Premiers at Santa Barbara Film Festival RECORDINGS FEATURE SPECIAL GUESTS JOHN SEBASTIAN, ERIC BAZILIAN,...

US Premiere of the Songpoet Set for Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Eric Andersen Launches US Tour January 14The new music documentary The Songpoet about singer-songwriter Eric Andersen will have its U.S. debut at...

Songwriting Great Eric Andersen Plans National Tour with Scarlet Rivera & Cheryl Prashker

Tour Dates & Information “Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer.” -Bob Dylan Eric Andersen – the subject of last year’s career-spanning compilation...

Spin  |  See All

Spin Premieres “Captivating” Grace Askew Track

Hear the Hauntingly Beatiful "Bad Habit" "Below you’ll find “Bad Habit,” a captivating single filled with witchy “woo-hoo!”s and goosebump-inducing...

Billboard  |  See All

Billboard Premiere Mellotron Variations

Wilco's Pat Sansone Explores Cult Favorite Instrument on 'Mellotron Variations' Project "Though Wilco is gearing up for its next album, due out in...

Billboard: “Under the Shadows” Video Premier

Legendary Singer-Songwriter Eric Andersen Shares His First Music Video, for ‘Under the Shadows’ “During nearly 55 years of making music, Eric...

Billboard Exclusive: Liz Brasher’s “Cold Baby”

Soul Singer Liz Brasher Tries to Break From Her "Cold Baby""Liz Brasher, the newest signee to Fat Possum Records, is a timelessly American artist." ...

Billboard Video Premiere: Bette Smith, “Man Child”

Bed-Stuy Soul Singer Bette Smith Talks 'Cinderella Story' Signing"The results of those sessions arrive Sept. 29 on Jetlagger, a rugged, chugging...

AP  |  See All

Associated Press Item

American roots musicians get tintype portraits at museum "Alabama Slim, Little Freddie King, and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen are among musicians whose...

AV Club  |  See All

AV Club Giveaway

Do you like roots music? Then we're giving away a getaway just for you "We’re giving away a getaway to Durham, NC, to attend a five-day music and...

Bitter Southerner  |  See All

Bitter Southerner Feature

Searching for High John "High John the Conqueror, a man in full, has walked through the annals of African American folklore for centuries."  |  Read...

American Songwriter  |  See All

American Songwriter 4-Star Review: The Last Shall Be First, Volume 1

Rare, Rousing Gospel Is Rescued By Fat Possum Label Founder"The advance promotional material of this trip back to the 70s calls these 17 songs...

American Songwriter Feature: Hanging Tree Guitars

Hanging Tree Guitars Delivers Important Insights About America’s Racial Divide"At a time when America is struggling mightily to address past and...

American Songwriter Feature: Chris Milam’s Meanwhile

Chris Milam Discusses ‘Meanwhile’, a Non-Linear Album About Changing Times"Songwriter Chris Milam’s new album Meanwhile goes against all label...

American Songwriter Premieres New Album from Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster

Hear the Hopeful New Album Take Heart, Take Care "In 2016, Kinkel-Schuster released a solo album called Constant Stranger and, in 2018, teamed up...

American Songwriter 4-Star Review

Kevin Gordon: Tilt and Shine "It’s another example of why he’s one of America’s finest, most literary and talented musicians."  |  Read More at...

American Songwriter Feature: Bette Smith

4 out of 5 stars for Jetlagger "From first listen to Bette Smith’s debut album Jetlagger, it’s clear the Bed-Stuy based artist has an uncompromising...

Atwood  |  See All

Atwood Review: Chris Milam Radiates in “Phoenix”

Today's Song: Wistful, Symphonic, Verdant "Phoenix""With symphonic energy and lyrical grace, Chris Milam delivers a wistful, gusty anthem that...

Jazziz  |  See All

Jazziz Highlights Chiminyo’s “Breathin”

Chiminyo featured in New Music Monday"Its latest single, “Breathin'” finds him unleashing expressive beats on his tech-heavy drum kit and showcasing...

Jazziz Item: Modern Masters Series

Crosstown Arts Announces Modern Masters Jazz Series "The series kicked off with saxophonist Ed Peterson on January 14 and is currently scheduled to...

Jazziz Track Premiere

Hear the Last-Ever Known Recording of Drum Legend Buddy Rich "It’s peak Rich: full of swing, bristling with energy and faster than a speeding...

Brooklyn Vegan  |  See All

Brooklyn Vegan Premiere: JCR Records

70s Memphis gospel-soul ‘JCR Records Story’ comp coming"The Last Shall Be First: the JCR Records Story, Volume 1. is an upcoming compilation of raw...

Brooklyn Vegan Article: Eric Andersen

Full-Length Documentary Readies "Ahead of the release, we’re premiering a long out-of-print live version of Eric Andersen’s classic “Violets of...

Parade  |  See All

Parade Magazine Video Premiere

Exclusive Premiere: Watch as Rebecca Loebe Takes On Reality in 'Growing Up'  "The song, “Growing Up,” showcases her honey-dipped, reedy voice and...

Bluegrass Situation  |  See All

The Bluegrass Situation Q&A

BGS 5+5: Rebecca Loebe "What rituals do you have, either in the studio or before a show? Ha! My ideal pre-show ritual includes..."  |  Read More at...

Billboard: “Under the Shadows” Video Premier

Legendary Singer-Songwriter Eric Andersen Shares His First Music Video, for ‘Under the Shadows’ “During nearly 55 years of making music, Eric...

Boston Globe Feature: Eric Andersen

Looking back, Eric Andersen savors the hits, shrugs off the misses "Andersen, who returns to Boston to play City Winery on Thursday, touring behind...

Brooklyn Vegan Article: Eric Andersen

Full-Length Documentary Readies "Ahead of the release, we’re premiering a long out-of-print live version of Eric Andersen’s classic “Violets of...

Boston Globe  |  See All

Boston Globe Feature: Eric Andersen

Looking back, Eric Andersen savors the hits, shrugs off the misses "Andersen, who returns to Boston to play City Winery on Thursday, touring behind...

No Depression  |  See All

No Depression Feature: Hanging Tree Guitars

The Reading Room: Art, Music, and History Merge in Hanging Tree Guitars "North Carolinian Freeman Vines is one such luthier, though until now his...

No Depression Album Review

New Label Bible & Tire Serves Up Newly Minted and Vintage Gospel Soul "Elizabeth King missed her blastoff. Forty years ago, she was on the...

KEXP  |  See All

KEXP Interview & Premiere: Xanthe Alexis

Xanthe Alexis Celebrates the Supernatural Strangeness of the Cosmos in "Moon""Colorado-based folk musician Xanthe Alexis also understands the...

Wide Open Country  |  See All

Wide Open Country Premiere: Greg Klyma

Greg Klyma Drinks To His Health in 'Why I Oughta' Music Video"Klyma, a Boston-based artist, wrote "Why I Oughta" from the standpoint of a barfly...

Wide Open Country Premiere: Ward Hayden & the Outliers

Song Premiere: Lively Cover of 'The Promised Land'"Ward Hayden and the Outliers put their own spin on American classics on their forthcoming album...

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Bandcamp Interview: Charles Tolliver’s New Album, Connect

Jazz Icon Reflects On His 50-Plus Years in Music"There’s no title track on the new album from Charles Tolliver—his first in over a decade. But its...

Premier Guitar  |  See All

Premier Guitar: Freeman Vines’ Hanging Tree Guitars

How a North Carolina luthier's instruments unearthed a buried story of the American South"Luthier and musician Freeman Vines was 8 or 9 years old...

Inked Mag  |  See All

Inked Mag Reviews Jake La Botz’ ‘Sunnyside’

The Sound of American Traditional Ink"If American Traditional tattoos had an official anthem it would be growled by La Botz; the blues man puts...

Boing Boing  |  See All

Boing Boing Feature: Hanging Tree Guitars

Man builds guitars using wood from a lynching tree"Vines deeply moving work is the subject of a new photography book, Hanging Tree Guitars, with...

Okay Player  |  See All

Okay Player Album Premiere: Krystle Warren

Hear Krystle Warren’s New Album Three The Hard Way "The Kansas City soul specialist paints with deep blues and stirring sharpness on her first album...

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