Ray LaMontagne is gracing the country with his Supernova Tour.
I slipped into the Gramophone shortly after opener Leif Vollebekk, an acoustic troubadour from Montreal, took to the stage. As the crowd chattered and clinked their glasses, Vollebekk stood alone with a grateful grin on his face, projecting silken, Dylan-esque fingerpicking and vocals toward the Gramophone's bar wall.
I walk into the Gramophone in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis at around 7:30 p.m. to find the members of Acoustics Anonymous in the middle of sound check.
Over years on the singer-songwriter circuit, Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have built a musical friendship that they fulfill on their first duo record, "For Keeps," which leads off with the graceful, carefree "Two White Clouds." If this song wasn't made to welcome in the summer, no song could be.
Two Aussie brothers Anthony and David Gill make up the core of City Walls Autumn Falls, a band now based in Brooklyn, New York. For their new album "Factory," they went to the same Woodstock, New York hills that inspired some of Bob Dylan and the Band's greatest work. The track "Sheltered Me" proves the trip wasn't just a random errand into the folk wilderness.