The St. Louis Folk & Roots Festival returns September 25-28 to Grand Center. With a full schedule and lineup, the festival promises to be packed with great music and activities for all.
Ben Cassorla has been a go-to helping hand for bands like Washed Out and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, but he also dabbles in solo work as Cassorla. The new single, "The Right Way," is pure digital bedroom pop for guitar riff-loving people.
Putting a contemporary, jazzy spin on the driving bluegrass sound, Blue Canyon Boys will appeal to fans of dyed-in-the-wool old-time country and lovers of acoustic music in general. The honky-tonkin' "Heartaches Welcome" is the Colorado band at its pickin' and harmonizin' best.
There's nothing quite like a driving, wailing, sawing, old-time fiddle track. Old Buck, featuring Riley Baugus on banjo and vocals and Emily Schaad on fiddle, delivers just that on the classic tune "Chilly Winds."
Rushing by on a slipstream of bowed bass and sometimes trembling, sometimes wailing vocal rounds, "Although You’re Gone" defines the "dark Americana" sound of Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings.
Among up-and-coming old-time and Americana artists, Betse Ellis is surely one of the most versatile. A deft songwriter, accomplished fiddler and a moving singer, Ellis draws on influences ranging from John Hartford to the Clash. "Golden Road," from her 2013 album "High Moon Order," finds the Kansas City-based musician in a reflective, lush, pedal steel-dappled mood.
Hailing from Masaya, Nicaragua, Milly Majuc fuses ska, reggae, Latin music and contemporary rock in ways that few bands would dare, let alone imagine. Just try to keep from dancing along to the track "Giovana."
With the fizzy, spacey "Never the Same," DoublePlusGood, led by Portland, Oregon's Erik Carlson, combines melancholy '80s pop with contemporary electronic elegance.
Austin-based Americana-pop band the Belle Sounds, led by founders Noëlle Hampton and André Moran, enlisted producer Neilson Hubbard for the finely textured sound of its new EP "Black Stone" and the seductive title track.
The adventurous sound of Funeral Bonsai Wedding is something entirely new for songwriter Steve Dawson, long-known as leader of Chicago rock band Dolly Varden and accomplished solo artist. Suffused with free-swinging jazz and physically-intense romanticism, "As Soon As I Walk In" captures the expressive power of an open-ended musical approach.