Drawing from a background diverse enough to take him from the fields of Maine potato farm to social work in Boston's inner city, singer/songwriter Ellis Paul tells tales of struggle and triumph in the style of folk heroes like Woody Guthrie.
When she first joined KDHX as the Development Director she had no intentions of hosting a show, but it wasn't long before Caron House began working on Wax Lyrical, her Monday afternoon celebration of singer-songwriter craft.
Made up of members of Robust Worlds, Heavy Deeds, Gospel Gossip and Is/Is, Minneapolis band Web of Sunsets get as picturesque and languorous as its name on the lovely, psych-folk track "Wildflowers."
Located in Cambridge, Mass., Club 47 (now known as Club Passim) was one of the most important venues of the folk revival, a joint where everyone from Taj Mahal to Joan Baez to Bob Dylan performed. On this new recording of the classic "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues," Jim Rooney and Peter Rowan meet up to relive the salad days of a pivotal time and place in American music.
Peter "Pete" Seeger passed away on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94. His musical legacy is truly vast.
I double-parked a red Jetta toward the back of Off Broadway's parking lot as I tossed the butt of my smoke through the cracked window. Hold Steady fans of various ages milled through the parking lot and headed on across Lemp Ave. with a hungry gate that could only be satiated by bar rock. I crunched across the gravel of Off Broadway's entrance/porch and found myself amidst other like-minded music fans, basking in the warmth of Tim Barry's acoustic folk.
As ambivalent farewell songs go, "Numb and Blue" by Hayley Reardon (who is based out of Boston and is all of 17) cuts to the beautiful, bittersweet quick.
Toronto musician Barzin Hosseini, who records under the name Barzin, returns with the gossamer, string-swept track "All the While," a meditation on patience, forgiveness and waking up to the world.