Thursday, April 18, 2013

Founder Katie Vinson Discusses Wildwood Music Fest & Campout

The second annual Wildwood Music Fest will be held this summer in Willamina, OR on July 19-21st. This year the festival/ campout has expanded from a one-day to a two-day music event. Attendees can camp, take in some stellar performances, and enjoy some fantastic locally sourced food. Although new to may national festival-goers, Wildwood offers some of the best music, food, and communal camaraderie anyway.  Last year's inaugural gathering included such artists as Charlie Parr, Shovels & Rope, Sasspirilla, and many more. This year, Wildwood will feature Brown Bird, Deadstring Brothers, Hillstomp, The Harmed Brothers, Possessed By Paul James, among many others.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Woody Pines Takes Us Inside "Rabbits Motel"

Two months after my wife and I were married in the fall of 2009, we packed our bags and drove down to Nashville for a "roadtrip honeymoon adventure". The mission was to spend the week after Christmas with one of our best friends and cap off our exploits with the New Year's Eve show by the Old Crow Medicine Show at the historic Ryman Theater.

During our week-long stay in Nashville, we stopped in at an old-time jam and met a really friendly young fellow named Woody Pines. While enjoying the music by the local players while socializing with old and new friends, the fact that Nashville is the kind of town filled with famous icons, working musicians, studio players, and backyard players, I didn't even consider that some of our new friends might be some of the who's-who in Americana music.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messeneger on "Haw" and Golden Gunn

Hiss Golden Messenger have returned with a stellar, new length-album called Haw (Paradise of Bachelors). It is HGM's first set of new material since their much celebrated Poor Moon (Tompkins Square), not including Lord, I Love The Rain, which was composed of some of MC Taylor's unearthed home recordings, previously unreleased tunes, and covers. You can read more about these records by checking out my two previous interviews with MC Taylor on Poor Moon here and Lord, I Love The Rain here.

In addition to Hiss Golden Messenger's Haw, MC Taylor has another exciting release to offer us. It is a collaboration with Steve Gunn, called Golden Gunn (Three Lobed). I recently had the pleasure of speaking with MC Taylor again, this time digging into the making of Haw and Golden Gunn.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Jay Farrar Of Son Volt On The New "Honky Tonk"

The last time I interviewed Jay Farrar was roughly a year ago for his contributions to the Woody Guthie-inspired New Multitudes album he made with Yim Yames (Jim James of My Morning Jacket), Will Johnson, and Anders Parker.