Americana. Rockabily. Bluegrass. Irish soul. Country. Folk. Roots. One could keep going. These genres just scratch the surface of the sound that is Humming House.
On "Lying in the Sun" Nashville, Tennesse-based singer Lera Lynn stretches out her dusky, melancholic voice for a dark but honest message of what it sometimes takes to survive in a dog-eat-dog world.
A visit to New Orleans is a sensory treat, but the 2014 version of the French Quarter Festival takes your senses to a whole new level.
There is an interesting moment in a recent interview with Dave Holden, guitarist of the Irish band I Draw Slow, when he notes that in America their music is described as Irish, and in Ireland, it's American. The problem might simply be in knowing too much; the band may be from Ireland, but this is American music, drawing from the folk traditions of Appalachia.
The lilting, string-soaked "Fall Out of the Sky" by San Francisco-based singer and songwriter Frances England has a flash of insight to share: we may all feel like we're falling sometimes, but we're all falling together.
The old devil is at it again. For a simple farm-to-stage musician, William Elliott Whitmore can make a helluva lot of noise.