Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tony Trischka Shares His "Great Big World"

For over 45 years Tony Trischka has been one of the most influential and groundbreaking banjo artists influencing bluegrass and acoustic musicians everywhere. He is a legendary banjo innovator, composer, collaborator, and teacher. His new album, Great Big World, was recently released via the Rounder label.

Friday, February 28, 2014

NW Spotlight: Q&A with Jenn & Basho on "Tarantula Arms"

After a year and a halfish of calling Portland, OR my new home, I am now finally connecting with the vibrant music scene here. In an effort to spread the word on some of these exciting artists of the greater Northwest,  I am going to be posting a new series of interviews focusing on their work.

I am thrilled to kick off these regionally-focused features with an interview with Jenn Rawling  & Basho Parks, otherwise known as Jenn & Basho. The duo's third and recently released album, Tarantula Arms has been attracting a lot of national attention their way, and rightfully so. The two have clocked thousands upon thousands of miles on the speedometer- both to explore the country as well as to make art and perform their songs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West Discuss "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands"

Although not quite household names (yet!) and often referred to as "musician's musicians", Cahalen Morrison and Eli West have returned with their magnificent, third full length album called I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands, which is sure to be making quite an impression. The duo have been making quite a name for themselves over the years, playing every kind of venue including small intimate clubs, opening up for some of roots music's biggest artists, as well as appearing at well-respected festivals.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Doug Paisley Returns With "Strong Feelings"

Ever since I picked up a copy of Doug Paisley's Constant Companion, it has been one of my favorite albums and one of the most played in our home. As someone who has anxiously awaited for new recordings by the artist ever since that release, I have equally enjoyed his Golden Embers EP (which features a number of guests, including Feist), anticipating the next full length. Well the wait is over, Doug Paisely has returned with Strong Feelings, his third release overall for No Quarter.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Audio Releases of 2013

Before we get to the rundown of Uprooted Music Revue's yearly "best-of" list, first, let me say that this has been a year filled with excitement, reflection, and ultimately, some new beginnings for me. Early on in the year things were heading towards some unforeseen and unpredictably exciting places.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Introducing Portland, OR-Based Songwriter and Guitarist Marisa Anderson

Marisa Anderson is a Portland, OR-based songwriter and guitarist who explores the complex fabrics of American folk, blues, and country. At 19 she left college to walk across the country (and in her words, "didn't stop for 19 years"). Marisa was a founding member of The Dolly Ranchers, before embarking on her own solo career. Her solo debut, Holiday Motel, was an Outmusic nominee for Best Female Debut Recording, and in 2011 she released The Golden Hour, her debut for the Mississippi Records label. Her latest album is called Mercury.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Robbie Fulks Spins His Tale Of "Gone Away Backward"

Robbie Fulks is a prolific artist that continues to be praised and respected by indie-classic-country fans with each new release he drops. His discography, although rooted in sharp-tongued wit and infectious classic country tendencies, almost always transcends expectations by even his most devoted fans, never mind the neat and tidy genre-classifiable record bins.

For his latest album, Gone Away Backward, Robbie Fulks put together a simplified lineup to help him cut through any excess to efficiently and effectively convey the folkie (not folky) feel of the new songs. I am very excited to be dusting this feature off (that was originally set to post earlier this year) and be able to share it with you now. Better late than never, right!