Thursday, September 27, 2012
This week marks the release of two spectacular recordings of very different breadth and scope celebrating the 50th Anniversary of New Orleans' Preservation Hall: The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection box set and the live album St. Peter & 57th St.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
On September 25th, Sub Pop Records released Sera Cahoone's third solo album called Deer Creek Canyon. Inspired by her origins in the Colorado canyons, Sera has crafted a lasting collection of tunes that explore the notion of "home" while digging deeper into personal struggles with love and friendship.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Coyote Grace began as a duo of street performers consisting of Ingrid Elizabeth and Joe Stevens in 2004. The two performed frequently outside of Seattle's Pike Place Market and used their earnings to record and release their first album, Boxes and Bags. Since then the duo has added third member Michael Connolly, and continues to release popular albums with stringband music fans and tour nationally playing theaters, clubs, and festival stages.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
On September 18th, Thrill Jockey Records released the new solo album by Freakwater's Catherine Irwin. Little Heater is Catherine's first solo album since 2002's Cut Yourself A Switch, and her first record since Freakwater's Thinking of You (2005).
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Over the last couple of years I have been digging into some really great biographies. One of my favorites is Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson by Dr. Kent Gustavson, who is an award winning author, professor, and musician. The book is the first biography ever written on the life and music of Doc Watson.
Blind But Now I See is now available in its expanded second printing, with a third and even more expansive edition already in the works, that will include many new exclusive interviews and photographs since Doc's passing. I recently had the opportunity to speak with the author regarding his experiences writing a landmark biography on this humble, yet incredibly inspiring artist.
Monday, September 10, 2012
This week, Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers) will release his new solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance. As a fan of both Patterson's legendary band and his own solo albums, I was excited to discuss the making of his new record with him. Given how popular our last discussion was that coincided with the release of DBT's Go-Go Boots in 2011, I am absolutely thrilled to be once again sharing Patterson's own insights and experiences writing and recording, this time regarding Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance.